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Women's U19 World Cup
Final: England lost to India by 7 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 29 January.
England 68 (17.1 overs: Rayana MacDonald-Gay 19; Titas Sadhu 2-6, Parshavi Chopra 2-13, Archana Devi 2-17)
India 69/3 (14 overs: Gongadi Trisha 24, Souyma Tiwari 24*)
Players of India celebrate after winning the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup following the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup 2023 Final match between India and England (ICC)
India asked England to bat first and that decision paid off handsomely. England had batted first in all their games so far but they lost a wicket in the first over when Liberty Heap hit a return catch to Titas Sadhu. Niamh Holland swept a boundary off Archana Devi but then moved across to 'paddle', missed and the ball clipped the off bail! A bit of spin and some bounce in this pitch and Scrivens was down the track to Archana's final delivery in the over, didn't get to the pitch, caught by Gongadi Trisha running in and diving forward at long-off. Disastrous start by England that nearly got worse as keeper Richa Ghosh dropped an edge off Sadhu, Ryana MacDonald-Gay the lucky batter. Seren Smale was bowled by Sadhu and it was backs to the wall already for England. India's most successful bowler leg spinner Parshavi Chopra and Mannat Kashyap took up the attack, it wasn't going to get any easier, especially when Charis Pavely was given lbw, a huge inside edge being missed by the umpire. A diving one-handed catch by Archana Devi removed MacDonald-Gay. Could England's semi-final batting heroes Alexa Stonehouse and Josie Groves stage a repeat performance? No was the answer, as Josie Groves ran on a misfield and was run out by a direct hit at the bowler's end. Hannah Baker stretched and was stumped to give Shafali Verma a wicket and it was one-way traffic towards the dressing room, Sophia Smale chipping gently back to Sonam Yadev. England opened with legspin from Hannah Baker and slow left-arm of Sophia Smale. India went on the attack and lost Shafali Verma caught at mid-on, success for Baker and when Sehrawat top edged a flick off Scrivens and lobbed a catch to short fine leg. Scrivens dropped a hard edge off Tiwari at slip but India managed to keep from being totally becalmed. and were easing to victory when England finally turned to their seamers. They however conceded boundaries, although they did claim the wicket of Trisha as she heaved across the line and was bowled going for the winning hit. All over shortly after when Tiwari stroked the last ball of the fourteenth over into the covers for a single.
Women's U19 World Cup
Semi-Final: Australia lost to England by 3 runs.
Potchefstroom, 27 January.
England 99 (19.5 overs: Alexa Stonehouse 25, Grace Scrivens 20; Sianna Ginger 3-13, Maggie Clarke 3-15, Ella Haywood 3-25)
Australia 96 (18.4 overs: Amy Smith 26, Claire Moore 20; Hannah Baker 3-10, Grace Scrivens 2-8)
Hannah Baker of England celebrates with teammates after bowling out Paris Hall of Australia (ICC)
England made it through to Sunday's Final winning a low scoring thriller with captain Grace Scrivens claiming the final Australian wicket in the nineteenth over. England had won the Toss but had subsided tamely to 45/7 at the halfway stage of their innings. Alexa Stonehouse and Josie Groves added 46 for the eighth wicket, a partnership that in the end proved decisive. The Australian chase began, as England's did, with wickets falling in each of the opening overs and it fell to Claire Moore and Ella Haywood to keep the runs ticking over without taking any risks. They had added 30 runs when Haywood backed away to legspinner Hannah Baker and was bowled, so pressure back on Australia, but 11 off legspinner Josie Groves first over helped them along to 48/3 at Drinks. First ball after the break Moore was bowled, two more wickets quickly followed, and when Hannah Baker claimed her third courtesy of a 'generous' lbw decision England were suddenly favourites with Australia 59/7 and needing more than a run-a-ball. Australian hopes were resting on Amy Smith, and when she failed to clear long-off the game swung England's way, again. Josie Groves two overs cost 27 runs, but she had claimed the vital wicket Smith. With 4 runs needed a caught and bowled chance was missed by Hannah Baker, but the ball rebounded to Rayana MacDonald-Gay at mid-off, and her direct hit found the scampering Milly Illingworth short of her ground. Nine wickets down, 4 runs needed and 16 balls to get them - 8 'dots' later it was all over, England skipper Grace Scrivens trapping Maggie Clarke lbw. Australia were one hit away from the Final but it is England who will face India on Sunday. Hannah Baker picked up the POTM award for her bowling performance but without that Alexa Stonehouse / Josie Groves partnership it would be Australia celebrating tonight.
Women's U19 World Cup
Semi-Final: India beat New Zealand by 8 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 27 January.
New Zealand 107/9 (20 overs: Georgia Plimmer 35, Izzy Gaze 26; Parshavi Chopra 3-20)
India 110/2 (14.2 overs: Shweta Sehrawat 61*, Soumya Tiwari 22; Anna Browning 2-18)
Georgia Plimmer of New Zealand catches out Shafali Verma of India. (ICC)
A complete performance from India who have a battery of spinners and a powerful lineup of batters. They won the Toss, asked New Zealand to bat, and claimed both openers, one in each of the opening overs. Izzy Gaze and Georgina Plimmer mounted a recovery with Gaze taking three boundaries off Sadhu's third over. She had moved to 26 before being given lbw to leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra, a shocker, a huge edge onto her pads as she went for a pull shot. New Zealand reached 63/3 at Drinks but first ball after the break, skipper Izzy Sharp hit a full toss to short mid-wicket, luck not on their side today. Top score went to Georgia Plimmer with 35, but she fell with three overs remaining, meaning there was no end of innings acceleration for the Kiwis. India by far the happier side at the change of innings. Five spinners used by India in the innings and New Zealand opened with one of their own, Anna Browning's off-spin. Natasha Codyre's second over of seam went for 17 and India were on their way. Their skipper Shafali Verma was out to a stunning catch, a hit to deep mid wicket taken by Georgia Plimmer, running in and diving forward at full stretch, as good a catch as you will see anywhere. But Shweta Sehrawat looked in command and took 14 off Paige Loggenberg's first and only over that included a chance - Sehrawat hittting hard and shoulder high to extra cover - a real stinger. India were cruising at the halfway stage with 76/1 and Sehrawat moved to her 50 in only 39 balls (8x4). Disappointment for Tiwari though, as she couldn't see India home - bowled by Anna Browning with 13 needed. Sehrawat finished unbeaten for the fourth time in six innings and moves to the top of the tournament runscorers' list, for the time being at least. 292 runs and averaging 146!
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