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England ease past UAE

England demolished the United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in Sharjah to put themselves on course for an Under-19 Tri-series final with Pakistan.

The UAE, who have now lost all four of their tournament games, were skittled for 94 inside 28 overs and Jonathan Tattersall’s side, who have two wins from three, romped to victory with more than 28 overs to spare.

Tattersall’s decision to put the hosts into bat was rewarded when seamer Jack Winslade and Harry Finch each struck twice in the compulsory powerplay.

Number three Shorye Chopra resisted with 46 until he was the first of three scalps for leg-spinner Rob Jones as the remaining wickets, two of which went to off-spinner Miles Hammond, fell at regular intervals.

In reply Dom Sibley eased to a run-a-ball 23 before departing to Pankaj Prakash but, after leg-break bowler Sharuk Ahmed cheaply ousted Finch and Ryan Higgins, an unbeaten 42 from opening batsman Tattersall completed the win.

Each team has three round-robin games remaining ahead of next Sunday’s showpiece, which will almost certainly be between England and Pakistan.