Brathwaite leads WI into quarter-finals

Brisbane, Australia - West Indies easily defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets on Thursday to book a place in the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. The win was the third for the Windies as they topped Group C and qualified for the quarter-finals against New Zealand.

Zimbabwe needed a convincing win over the West Indies to themselves itself a chance of qualifying for the Super League quarter-final. However, the West Indies bowlers were too much for the Africans with pacer Jerome Jones taking two wickets in an opening burst while left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and seamer Justin Greaves also had two wickets apiece.

West Indies’ Test opener and captain Kraigg Brathwaite struck form at the right time as he returned unbeaten on 70, even as his side achieved the modest victory target of 149 with six wickets and almost 15 overs to spare. Brathwaite said it was good to get some runs on the board as he added an ubroken 59 for the fifth wicket with left-hander Kyle Mayers, who made 30 not out.

“I was looking for a hundred actually but I was just taking my time and getting into it. I am really pleased with our fast bowlers, they are really hitting their straps and backing themselves and looking to bowl fast which is a good sign for us,” he said.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 03:46