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England’s bid to win the Under-19 World Cup Super League play-off was thwarted by rain after the final against Australia was washed out.

England looked set for victory in an encounter reduced to 24 overs per side, having reached 47 for two after 10.5 overs chasing a modest target of 107 at the Royal Selangor Club.

Unseasonal rain in Kuala Lumpur forced the match to be abandoned, although England were guaranteed fifth place overall in the World Cup by virtue of their superior run-rate.

It was the best they could manage after defeat by India in the quarter-finals left them battling for Super League play-off honours.

Seamers James Harris and Steven Finn, underlined the positive impression they have made throughout the tournament, returning figures of 2-8 and 2-11 respectively from five overs apiece to help restrict Australia to 106 for seven after England won the toss.

There were also two wickets for Tom Westley, captaining the side once more in the absence of the injured Alex Wakely.

Only opener Kirk Pascoe, who hit 55 not out off 67 balls, offered lengthy resistance for Australia, with David King’s 19 the next highest contribution.

Though England lost James Taylor and Ben Brown cheaply in reply, Billy Godleman progressed to 20 not out off 19 balls and, with a further 60 runs required off 79 deliveries when the weather intervened, they could rightly claim to be the more disappointed of the two sides at the abandonment.

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