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Windies Under-19s pass test


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DUBAI – THE?WEST?INDIES?Under-19 cricketers have done what their senior counterparts have failed to do since 1995.
The Young Windies defeated Australia’s Under-19s by four wickets on the third and final day of their one-off ‘Test’ in the United Arab Emirates, yesterday. It followed a 2-1 triumph by the West Indian youngsters in the preceding three-match One-Day series.
Set a modest 153 for victory after dismissing the Young Aussies for 228 in their second innings, the Caribbean boys achieved their target in 33 overs, scoring 153 for six. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite led the way with the top score of 46 to follow up his marvellous unbeaten 168 in the first innings.
Akeem Saunders weighed in with 42, sharing a second-wicket stand of 71 with Brathwaite, whose dismissal resulted in a middle order collapse as five wickets fell for 22 runs.
English-based Barbadian left-hander Anthony Alleyne, who made a century in the first innings was run out for a “duck”.But all-rounder Kyle Mayers (24 not out) and Derone Davis (16 not out) guided the West Indies to victory. 
Fast bowler Davis had earlier taken three for 44 off 16 overs as Australia, resuming the final day on 54 without loss, dramatically lost their last six wickets for just 41 runs. (EZS)


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