Afghanistan beats Ireland on day

Brisbane, August 07, 2012: In a battle between the qualifiers, Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 101 runs on day one of the warm-up matches of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Brisbane. Half centuries by 17-year-old Hashmatullah Shaidi and Najibullah Zadran ensured Afghanistan scored a competitive 257 for six against the Irish. Left-hander Shaidi hit 64 from 84 balls batting at number-three while Zadran smashed a quick fire 56 from 23 balls, including two sixes and seven fours.

Ireland was unable to strike the batting partnerships it needed against the enthusiastic Afghanistan line-up, with only Shane Getkate, whose grandfather Robert played first-class cricket for Natal, scoring 45. Ireland was dismissed for 156 in the 41st over, with right-arm paceman Yamin Ahmadzai taking three for 31 from eight overs and off-spinner Javed Ahmadi producing the excellent figures of three for 10 from six overs.

Scores in brief:

Afghanistan 257 for six (H Shaidi 64, N Zadran 56)

Ireland 156 (S Getkate 45; J Ahmadi 3-10, Y Ahmadzai 3-31)

PNG beats Nepal by eight wickets on day one of warm-up matches

Papua New Guinea (PNG) defeated Nepal by eight wickets in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 warm-up match at Trevor Hohns Field, Deagon, on Tuesday.

PNG all-rounder Chad Soper, a first grade player with Gordon in the Sydney competition, was a stand-out with the ball when he snapped up 5-22 from 7.3 overs as Nepal managed 213 for nine, with only two of the Nepalese batsmen putting scores on the board. Captain and opener Subash Khakurel hit a patient 68 from 85 balls while all-rounder Hasim Ansari lifted the scoring-rate in the middle-order with a better than run-a-ball 81 from 80 balls including 11 fours.

PNG, in its target chase, then relied on a stylish century from right-handed opener Lega Siaka, as he and Chris Kent (56 not out) combined for a 126-run stand for the second wicket to set up an easy victory. Siaka, who played alongside his older brother Heni in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010, finished with 106 from 112 balls, including four big sixes. Siaka and Kent’s strong performances with the bat were key as PNG overhauled the Nepalese total in the 41st over.

Scores in brief:

Nepal 213 for nine (H Ansari 81, S Khakurel 68; C Soper 5-22)

PNG 214 for two (L Siaka 106, C Kent 56no)

Result: PNG won by eight wickets

Schedule of Wednesday’s warm-up matches:

England v Zimbabwe, WEP Harris Oval, University of Queensland

West Indies v Namibia, Oval 7, University of Queensland

Sri Lanka v Ireland, Trevor Hohns Field, Sandgate-Redcliffe

Pakistan v PNG, Norman Grey Oval, South Brisbane

Australia v Scotland, Bill Albury Oval, Wynnum-Manly

India v Afghanistan, Fred Kratzman Oval, Redlands

South Africa v Bangladesh, Kev Hackney Oval, Sunshine Coast

New Zealand v Nepal, Ron McMullin Oval, Sunshine Coast. —- ICC

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