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24th January 2024 Representative

Ben McKinney in the runs again as England Under 19s beat South Africa to go back-to-back in World Cup.

England continued their Under 19s World Cup campaign with a second group stage win as they beat home side South Africa on Tuesday.

England won the toss and chose to bowl first, restricting the hosts to 230 all out.

Spin was the name of the game in Potchefstroom once again. After seven wickets fell to England’s young spinners in their opening win at the same venue against Scotland on Saturday, Jaydn Denly and Tazeem Ali combined for six wickets this time round. Denly finishing with 3-37 and Ali impressive figures of 3-26. England’s most successful pace bowler was Eddie Jack, who also had three key wickets, taking 3-28.

In reply England got off to a strong start thanks to a 92 run second wicket partnership between captain Ben McKinney and Noah Thain. Mckinney falling just two runs short of his half-century, before Thain completed his 50 in the 26th over.

The players were then forced off in the 29th over, with the risk of lightning in the area, followed by heavy rain. That rain stopped the two sides from coming out to complete the game, but with England 137-2 from their 28.3 they were well ahead of the required run rate for a win by DLS.

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