Amazing Ambris tears into PNG
Brisbane, Australia - A blazing 91 from just 43 balls by opener Sunil Ambris helped the West Indies maintain their early tournament winning form with a nine wickets win over Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The West Indies did not allow PNG a hint of a chance in a comprehensive showing at Endeavour Field No.2 in Townsville in Group C of the ICC Under-19 World Cup Tournament.
PNG was held to 116 from 41 overs, before Ambris blasted nine fours and seven sixes in his rapid-fire innings to sweep the West Indies to 117 for one from just 11.4 overs. At one stage Ambris hit 28 runs - four sixes and a four - off an over from seamer Charles Amini. This is a record at the Under-19 ODI level.
Ambris, from St Vincent, was so dominant in the shortened innings that the next highest score was that of captain Kraigg Brathwaite 17 not out off 25 balls with two fours.
Amidst the batting carnage, PNG new-ball bowler Raymond Haoda, the leading overall wicket-taker in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010, kept his composure on the way to no wicket for 7 from three overs.
Earlier, left-arm quick Jerome Jones and all-rounder Kyle Mayers both claimed three wickets apiece. Jones snapped up three for 15 from 10 overs, including three maidens, while Mayers returned three for 12 from four overs.
PNG captain Chris Kent again fought hard for his side, top-scoring with 39 (62b, 5x4, 1x6) but with seven batsmen dismissed in single figures, it was always going to be a huge ask against the in-form Caribbean line-up.