Jubilant West Indies Under-19 players, with Player of the Match Matthew Patrick (foreground) who scored 68 from 70 balls and took two wickets, have advanced to the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. (Picture courtesy CWI Media)
KIMBERLEY – Captain Kimani Melius and Matthew Patrick struck half-centuries as West Indies crushed hapless Nigeria by 246 runs to storm into the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup with an unbeaten record yesterday.
Already with wins against powerhouses Australia and England under their belts, the 2016 champions flexed their muscle with both bat and ball, to top Group B with six points and install themselves as one of the title favourites.
Windies chose to bat first and Patrick, batting at number six, topscored with 68 from 70 balls, while opener Melius struck 65 from 81 deliveries to power the Caribbean side to 303 for eight off their 50 overs.
Number eight Joshua James rallied the lower order with an explosive 30-ball 43, while Kevlon Anderson got a start with 25 off 27 balls in the top order, but failed to carry on. (CMC)
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