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South Africa opened their Under-19 World Cup campaign with a resounding 133-run thrashing of Bangladesh at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, a strong performer on the Proteas’ tour of England last summer, cracked 95 from 93 deliveries at the top of the order after Bangladesh had elected to field first.

De Kock’s superb innings, together with a breezy 63 from Theunis de Bruyn, helped South Africa post an imposing total of 294 for eight.

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock impressed with the bat at Allan Border Field, striking 95 as South Africa cruised to a 133-run victory over Bangladesh

Bangladesh then stumbled to 161 all out in reply, with only four batsmen making it into double figures, as Vincent Moore returned 3-44.

Anthony Alleyne and Kyle Mayers were central to West Indies’ four-wicket defeat of India at Townsville.

The duo contributed scores of 52 and 43 respectively to help the Windies reach a target of 167 with 17 balls unused.

Mayers had earlier chipped in with two wickets as India, who lost the toss, were restricted to a modest total of 166 for eight. Wicketkeeper Smit Patel registered the only score of note by making 51.

New Zealand captain Will Young led by example in a 39-run triumph over Scotland in Buderim.

Young’s 111-ball 115 underpinned a score of 247 for nine after opposite number Mathew Cross had inserted the Black Caps.

Freddie Coleman’s 65 gave Scotland hope, but they were dismissed for 208 in 46.5 overs, with Connor Neynens and Ish Sodhi sharing six wickets.

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