Topley helps England get off the mark
Reece Topley led the way with outstanding figures of 3-14 from nine overs as England thumped Ireland by seven wickets to record their first win at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup.
Beaten by Australia in their opening fixture, Adam Ball’s side responded superbly at Townsville's Endeavour Park, dismissing their opponents for just 109 after winning the toss.
England openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Alex Davies fell cheaply in reply, but an unbroken partnership of 59 between Craig Overton and Aneesh Kapil ensured victory was completed with more than 13 overs to spare.
The result boosts England’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals; they have one further group game remaining against Nepal on Thursday.
Ireland struggled from the outset as Essex left-arm seamer Topley struck twice in his first four overs to remove Ryan Hunter and Jason van der Merwe.
Robin Kelly and Shane Getkate also failed to reach double figures and a partnership of 42 for the fifth wicket ended when Overton and Ben Foakes combined to run out Andy McBrine, who used up 57 balls in making 16.
Overton and Foakes were involved once again in the run-out of Tyrone Kane, Ireland’s top-scorer with 28, and the innings subsided thereafter, despite 26 from George Dockrell, Topley’s final victim.
England quickly lost Davies, who was caught behind off Gloucestershire seamer Graeme McCarter for three, and Bell-Drummond could only muster eight before he was bowled by McBrine.
However, only one more wicket was to fall, that of Foakes for 32.
Overton faced 91 deliveries for a patient unbeaten 26, while Kapil struck four fours en route to 31 not out, the last of his boundaries sealing England’s triumph.