Windies trounce Nepal to win ICC U-19 Plate Championship

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Kuala Lumpur, Mar 1 (UNI) After their exit from the Super League of the Under-19 World Cup, West Indies, inspired by Jason Dawes' splendid bowling performance, defeated holders Nepal by seven wickets to win the plate championship here today.

Bowlers made the task easy for the West Indies batsmen as they dismissed Nepal for just 74 runs and reached the target within 25 overs.

Dawes claimed four wickets for 18 runs and was well supported by Darren Bravo who chipped in with two wickets.

Despite today's defeat, it has been another excellent tournament for Nepal who won the Plate Championship in Sri Lanka two years ago.

The overall performances of this young Nepal side bodes well for the future of the game in that country.

Meanwhile, in the Plate Championship play-off final in Johor, Ireland beat created history to beat a Full Member for the first time at under-19 level when it defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets in a rain affected match.

Andrew Britten took 4 for 14 as Ireland restricted Zimbabwe to 99 for nine off 27 overs. Only Reginald Nehonde (43) was able to put up any real resistance to the Irish attack.

In reply, Ireland lost four wickets on the way to reaching the target with James Hall top scoring on 32 off 29 balls as the Irish got home with six wickets and 3.4 overs to spare.

In another game of the day, old rivals Australia and England went head to head in the Super League play-off final but match had to be abondoned due to rain.

Australia made 106-7 when they finally got out to play after the match had been reduced to 24 overs each.

Opener Kirk Pascoe batted well for his 55 and for England James Harris (2 for 8) and Steven Finn (2 for 11) kept the total down nicely.

England could bat only for 10.5 and scored 47 runs for the loss of two wickets before the rain returned.

However, all eyes will be on tomorrow's Under-19 World Cup final where India will take on South Africa for the title.

Scores in brief: Plate Championship Final At Bayuemas, Kuala Lumpur, West Indies beat Nepal by seven wickets: Nepal 74 all out, 25.3 overs (Jason Dawes 4-18, Darren Bravo 2-8) West Indies 78-3, 14.2 overs (Darren Bravo 24 not out; Amrit Bhattarai 2-25) Plate Championship Play-Off Final At Johor Cricket Academy, Ireland beat Zimbabwe by six wickets Zimbabwe 99-9, 27 overs (Reginald Nehonde 43; Andrew Britten 4-14, James Hall 2-11, Shane Getkate 2-20) Ireland 100-4, 23.2 overs (James Hall 32, Stewart Matsika 2-14) Super League Play-Off Final At Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, match abandoned due to rain Australia 106-7, 24 overs (Kirk Pascoe 55; James Harris 2-8, Steven Finn 2-11) England 47-2, 10.5 overs UNI XC RAR AB HT1916

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