ENG Vs. SA U19 CWC: England storms into the semis, Jacob Bethell shatters Africa

England chased the target of 210 in just 31.2 overs to win the match by six wickets, asserting a statement of being the favorites to win the World Cup.

To chase the target of 210, George Thomas and Jacob Bethell started the innings for England. The opening duo provided a dream start to the side by creating the opening partnership of 110 runs in just ten overs.

Jacob Bethell played the innings of his life. He struck 16 fours and two six in his innings of 88 runs off just 42 balls. He smashed shots all over the ground and was looking dangerous from the very first ball. He played with a strike rate of 209.52 and took the game completely away from South Africa in the first ten overs. Jacob created momentum for the rest of the batsmen to follow and missed his well-deserved century by just 12 runs. Jacob lost his wicket to Asakhe Tsaka.

George Thomas was a part of a hundred partnership but could contribute only 19 runs throughout his innings. Captain Tom Prest got a good start but couldn’t build on it; he scored 24 runs in 33 balls. William Luxton played a superb inning of 47 runs off 41 balls, striking six fours and two sixes to take England over the line and win the match by six wickets to reach the Super League semifinal 1.

For South Africa, Dewald Brevis (2 wickets) and Asakhe Tsaka (1 wicket) were the only bowlers to get wickets. Jacob Bethell was awarded as the man of the match for his magnificent batting performance of 88 runs off 42 balls. In this match, Jacob, with his aggressive batting, attracted numerous eyes on him and would be the player to watch out for in the semis.

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