England secure third spot
Man-of-the-series Ben Foakes struck an unbeaten century as England Under-19s finished third in the Quadrangular Series courtesy of a six-wicket victory over New Zealand at Townsville's Tony Ireland Stadium.
After England had been set 272 to win, the Essex right-hander built on opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond’s aggressive 61 by hitting 14 fours and two sixes in his 105 off just 84 balls.
Foakes shared an unbroken partnership of 109 with Sam Wood, who compiled an unbeaten 46, as England reached their victory target with 34 deliveries to spare.
Earlier, Brett Hutton and Muhammad Abid claimed three wickets each to put the brakes on New Zealand, who were grateful for 81 from Ben Horne and Henry Walsh's 61 not out as they made 271 for nine.
Horne and Joe Carter frustrated England’s bowlers with an opening stand of 136, until Abid struck three times in two overs. The Lancashire spinner trapped Horne in front and bowled Cam Fletcher for a second-ball duck, either side of Foakes holding on to end Carter’s 66-ball 45.
Captain Will Young and Walsh rebuilt with a fourth-wicket stand of 58, but Hutton collected his first scalp when trapping the former, who hit three sixes and two fours, in front for an aggressive 44.
England’s bowlers continued to make inroads as the Kiwis collapsed to 235 for eight, losing four wickets for nine runs.
Hutton and Adam Ball accounted for Nick Kelly and Connor Neynens, both caught by Bell-Drummond, while Sam Wood ran out Ish Sodhi. Hutton then completed figures of 3-42 with the dismissal of Jacob Duffy.
Walsh rotated the strike perfectly with the tail, hitting just three fours in his 84-ball knock as he and Theo van Woerkom shared a ninth-wicket stand of 34, until the latter became Sam Wood’s sole victim.
England got their chase off to a positive start as Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning opened the innings with a 98-run stand, only to both fall in quick succession.
After a reserved 31 from 70 balls, Yorkshire batsman Leaning was stumped by Fletcher off van Woerkom, while Ed Nuttall removed Bell-Drummond.
But the pair’s dismissals failed to derail England’s progress as Foakes entered the fray to dominate a 57-run partnership with Craig Overton, who reached 16 before finding the hands of Nuttall off Sodhi.
Rammy Singh was run out by Young cheaply, but Foakes and Wood, who blasted eight fours and a maximum, led England to victory with a brutal alliance.