Stewart finds touch to help Windies into Plate semis
LINCOLN – Captain Emmanuel Stewart broke out of a worrisome rut with his first half-century of the ICC Youth World Cup while Nyeem Young struck his second successive one, as West Indies Under-19s easily beat Ireland Under-19s by four wickets in their Plate quarter-final here Tuesday.
Asked to chase a challenging 279 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, the deposed champions got home in the penultimate over, to clinch their spot in the semi-finals of the Plate.
Young stroked an exciting unbeaten top score of 55 off 33 deliveries while Bhaskar Yadram struck 53 and Emmanuel Stewart, 50.
Stewart, with just four runs in three previous innings, took charge of the innings in a 62-run, fourth-wicket stand with Kirstan Kallicharan, who chipped in with 46.
Stewart struck five fours and a six in a measured 67-ball knock while Kallicharan faced 66 deliveries and counted six fours.
Young also punched eight fours and a six in a quick-fire knock. He put on 51 off 35 deliveries with Cephas Cooper, 29, before combining with Jeavor Royal (11 not out) in an unbroken seventh wicket partnership worth 36, to put the Windies over the line.
Ireland had earlier posted a healthy 278 for eight off their 50 overs thanks to a superb 99 from Neil Rock and 69 from captain Harry Tector. Left-arm spinner Royal finished with three for 59. (CMC)
IRELAND U19s 278 for eight off 50 overs (Neil Rock 91, Harry Tector 69, Mark Donegan 38, Joshua Little 24; Jeavor Royal 3-59, Ronaldo Alimohamed 2-31). WEST INDIES U19s 281 for six off 48.2 overs (Nyeem Young 55 not out, Bhaskar Yadram 53, Emmanuel Stewart 50, Kirstan Kallicharan 46, Cephas Cooper 29; Max Neville 2-53).