England edge thriller to finish third
England Under-19s secured a third-placed finish in the World Cup with a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia that went down to the last over.
Chasing Australia's 246 for seven, England fell to 213 for nine with just under four overs left, despite Ben Duckett's brilliant century - his first in an England shirt.
But last-wicket pair Josh Shaw and Matt Fisher combined to leave their side requiring 10 from the final over before pulling off an unlikely victory, a feat they managed with two balls to spare.
Ben McDermott struck an unbeaten fifty for Australia, with Matt Short and Thomas Andrews both reaching 40. There were three wickets for Ed Barnard, two for Will Rhodes and one apiece for Miles Hammond and Shaw.
Jonathan Tattersall and Harry Finch started well before departing for 17 and 15 respectively, but Duckett held the response together.
The Northamptonshire wicketkeeper, appearing in his final appearance at the age group, arrived at the crease with England 40 for two, which soon became 41 for three as Finch was stumped off Andrews.
But Duckett was on top form, striking exactly 100, including nine fours, before departing to the 109th ball he faced.
He had been supported by 28 from Rhodes and Rob Jones' 14 but his dismissal left England 209 for seven, still 38 short of victory.
And two further wickets in quick succession seemingly put Australia on the verge of victory, only for Shaw and Fisher to combine at the death and pull off a stunning success.