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Australia moved a step closer to defending the Under-19 World Cup after beating South Africa by four wickets in their semi-final at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.

After losing the toss, the Proteas recovered from 37 for three thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 88 between Chad Bowes and Murray Coetzee, who made 46 and 50 respectively.

Prenelan Subrayen contributed an unbeaten 30, but Mark Steketee took 3-35 off 10 overs to restrict South Africa to 191 for eight.

Australia replicated their opponents’ poor start as they slipped to three for two inside the opening two overs.

Cameron Bancroft

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft struck 66 off 133 deliveries as Australia chased 192 to beat South Africa by four wickets

Opener Cameron Bancroft led the recovery superbly, sharing in stands of 95 and 75 with Kurtis Patterson, who compiled 49, and William Bosisto until he departed for 66.

Skipper Bosisto was run out for 40 with just four required, but the hosts got home in the penultimate over.

Javed Ahmadi struck a century as Afghanistan moved into the ninth place play-off final with a commanding 126-run victory over Scotland.

They racked up 336 for seven thanks to 134 from Ahmadi and Najibullah Zadran’s 83 before bowling the Scots out for 210 in the 40th over.

Papua New Guinea edged out Zimbabwe by 12 runs to set up a 13th place play-off against Nepal, who were reliant on impressive performances from Pradeep Airee and Bhuvan Karki to defeat Namibia.

Half-centuries from Lega Siaka and Charles Amini lifted Papua New Guinea to 225 all out in the final over and, despite Luke Masasire’s 68, Zimbabwe could only manage 223.

Struggling at 72 for five, Airee smashed three fours and as many sixes in a unbeaten 76-ball 98 that propelled Nepal to 219 for seven.

Despite 56 from Stephan Baard and Zhivago Groenewald’s 54, Karki returned figures of 5-21 off 7.3 overs to help dismiss Namibia for 180 in the 47th over.

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