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England U19s reach last eight

England Under-19s progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup by producing a complete display against New Zealand.

Two days after suffering a heartbreaking one-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, Will Rhodes’ side bounced back with aplomb as they eased to an 115-run win.

Having chosen to bat on a tacky surface, the young guns played in a manner that belied their years to reach 229 for eight.

Seemingly aware of what a good score constituted, the platform was laid by Ryan Higgins – who struck a composed 123-ball 83.

His work was subsequently built upon by the lower order, with Joe Clarke 23-ball 33 a particular highlight.

The Black Caps, derailed by three early Matthew Fisher wickets, never got close to matching their opponents’ effort.

The impressive Rob Sayer and Rob Jones chipped in with two scalps, while Jack Winslade did likewise as England moved into the last eight by dismissing New Zealand for 114.

Things did not immediately go England’s way as Brett Randell struck early when getting rid of Dominic Sibley for two.

Yet his opening partner Harry Finch, with Higgins for company, rebuilt by hitting a well-made 30.

The Black Caps turned the table thereafter by grabbing three quick wickets; Finch was bowled by Jeremy Benton, Jonathan Tattersall trapped lbw by Dane Watson and Ed Barnard run out by Ken McClure.

Rhodes, however, offered Higgins some useful support with 31 before Clarke played some inventive strokes in his cameo.

There was still time, too, for Sayer and Jones to chip in and take England up to a good total.

It looked even better when Fisher began to make his presence felt, the seamer bowling a nagging line and length while extracting just enough movement.

Having trapped Tim Seifert lbw for a first-ball duck, he bowled McClure via an inside edge and induced the slightest feather behind from Robert O'Donnell.

His efforts were backed up superbly by off-spinner Sayer.

The tweaker does not extract much turn but has shown deadly accuracy, as Raki Weerasundara – who had battled his way to 40 – and Leo Carter found out when being trapped lbw.

Determined to get in on the act, bustling seamer Winslade had Shawn Hicks taken at midwicket before bowling Kyle Jamieson with one that nipped back first up.

Randell survived the hat-trick ball but, having moved on to 10, pulled straight to midwicket off Jones - who then had Watson caught behind.

England's victory was wrapped up soon after, Tattersall running out Luke Williamson for 16 to seal their passage to the next phase.