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Under-19s ride home on Vince

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Mark Chapman & Danny Briggs

Danny Briggs again performed a suffocating job with his spin, as England prevented Hong Kong from imposing themselves © ICC

England Under-19s made a perfect start to their World Cup campaign as they cruised to an emphatic nine-wicket win over Hong Kong.

After bowling out the minnows for 185, England lost just one wicket as Joe Root and James Vince joined forces to put on 129 for the second wicket to bring victory with 19.5 overs remaining.

On an overcast day in Lincoln, England skipper Azeem Rafiq won the toss and inserted the ICC Associate nation, who were making their first appearance in the competition.

England's new-ball bowlers Nathan Buck and David Payne relished the swinging conditions and regularly beat the bat as the Hong Kong pair of Shakeel Haq and Alex Smith struggled.

Leicestershire seamer Buck was particularly impressive and he was rewarded with the wickets of both openers, castling the pair to leave Hong Kong 25 for two in the 11th over.

It was soon 32 for three when Ben Stokes bowled Hong Kong captain and former Durham team-mate Jamie Atkinson for nine.

But any hopes England might have had of rattling through the Hong Kong batting order soon drifted off into the breeze as Irfan Ahmed and Nizakat Khan mounted a valiant rearguard action.

The pair played with refreshing freedom, particularly against England's spinners. The free-spirited Nizakat would have sent a few jitters through the England dressing room with his clean striking.

But, after an entertaining 67 stand from just 12 overs, Rafiq, bowling his off spin around the wicket, brought an end to the fun when Ahmed perished lbw attempting to sweep a ball that pitched in line.

Nizakat continued to attack and brought up his half-century - Hong Kong's first at an Under-19 World Cup - from just 57 balls.

Nizakat Khan & Mark Chapman

Nizakat Khan, in troublesome third and fourth-wicket stands, left England briefly scratching their heads © ICC

The wristy right-hander went on to make 65 before hitting Ateeq Javid to Vince as Hong Kong slipped to 155 for five.

With more than 12 overs remaining, Hong Kong would have been eyeing a total beyond 200 but two run-outs and the returning Payne saw the remaining five wickets lost for just 30 runs.

Chris Dent and wicketkeeper Michael Bates combined to run-out Ashish Gadhia before Payne ensured a double success in the same over when the obdurate Mark Chapman edged behind.

Payne struck twice in the 46th over with Rafiq and Bates taking catches to help the Gloucestershire left-arm seamer to 3-24 from nine overs.

Dent was again in the action to run out Aizaz Khan and bring the Hong Kong innings to an end with seven balls still remaining.

England openers Root and Dent, of Yorkshire and Gloucestershire respectively, set a perfect platform for the victory chase by passing the 50-mark in the eighth over.

Dent was England's only casualty, caught by Nizakat off Niaz Ali for 33, but Root and new batsman Vince marched on.

Root was the first to chalk up his half-century, which arrived off 65 balls, a knock that was eclipsed by Hampshire right-hander Vince who arrived at the landmark in just 45 deliveries. Both batsmen cracked a maximum as the target rapidly dwindled down.

Man-of-the-match Vince continued to dominate with four more boundaries to take England home.

England meet Afghanistan on Monday knowing another win will earn them a place in the quarter-finals.

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