Pulsating Proteas pair pepper Namibia
Quinton de Kock and Chad Bowes smashed centuries as South Africa preserved their 100% record at the Under-19 World Cup with a crushing 209-run victory over Namibia at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane.
In an opening stand of 212, De Kock blazed 126 off just 106 deliveries and Bowes contributed a run-a-ball 115 to help the Proteas post a commanding 359 for six.
That proved too much for Namibia, who were bowled out for just 150 thanks to Theunis de Bruyn’s 4-20 off five overs.
Another polished performance from Australia saw them defeat Ireland by six wickets and claim a place in the quarter-finals.
Alex Gregory and Shane Cassel took three wickets apiece as Ireland were bowled out for 129 inside 43 overs.
After Gloucestershire’s Graeme McCarter and George Dockrell of Somerset snared an early scalp each, William Bosisto and Sam Hain saw the hosts home with 36 and 26 not out respectively.
Malcolm Lake’s rapid hundred proved in vain as Zimbabwe lost to India by 63 runs.
Prashant Chopra struck 57 and Unmukt Chand hit 78 in an opening partnership of 139 to help their side make 261 for six.
Kamal Passi then claimed impressive figures of 6-23 off 8.1 overs, including Lake for a 107-ball 118, to dismiss Zimbabwe for 198.
New Zealand overcame some strong lower-order resistance from Afghanistan to secure a narrow eight-run success.
The Black Caps were reliant on a fourth-wicket stand of 108 from Robert O'Donnell and Henry Walsh, who made 69 and 52 respectively, as they were bowled out for 190, with Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai taking four wickets each.
Will Young’s side looked to be cruising to victory as they reduced their opponents to 88 for six in the 28th over.
However, Najibullah Zadran’s 69 and 42 from Afsar Khan threatened to get Afghanistan over the line, only for them to fall short on 190 for nine after Jacob Duffy and Matthew Quinn returned 4-40 and 4-26 respectively.