England finish on a high
Reece Topley played a key role with bat and ball as England sealed fifth place at the Under-19 World Cup with a hard-fought 13-run win over West Indies at Endeavour Park, Townsville.
Sam Wood was chiefly responsible for guiding England to 241 for nine after they had been invited to bat; the opener’s 104, which contained seven sixes, represented the only score of note.
However, following a collapse that saw six wickets go down for 24 runs, it was left to Topley and Tom Knight to ensure Adam Ball’s men batted 50 overs.
Their unbroken 10th-wicket partnership added 49 in 11.3 overs and Topley then chipped in with three wickets as the Windies were dismissed for 228 in reply, despite 105 from John Campbell.
Wood attacked from the outset, but struggled to find support until Craig Overton contributed 18 to a fourth-wicket stand of 86.
Overton’s departure came moments after Wood had brought up his hundred, with the last of his maximums.
The Nottinghamshire man was run out eight balls later and wickets continued to tumble prior to Topley and Knight’s defiant rearguard.
Topley wasted little time in making an impression when West Indies began their reply, bowling Sunil Ambris in his first over.
Campbell did his best to keep his side on track, sharing 72 with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and back-to-back fifty stands with Kyle Mayers and Stephen Katwaroo.
The Windies required just 40 from 39 balls when Katwaroo became the sixth batsman to depart, but Campbell’s subsequent exit - lbw to Topley in the next over - proved decisive.