England had had a fantastic run so far in the World Cup and today was no different as they defeated Rwanda by a massive 139 runs in Match 22 of the ICC U19 World Cup at North-West University No. 1 Ground in Potchefstroom. England won the toss and decided to bat first.
England had the perfect outing with the bat as all their batters had a field day. Grace Scrivens and Liberty Heap gave them the ideal start and scored half-centuries at ease and it was not until the 12th over that Rwanda made inroads into the game as Heap was dismissed for a well-made 64 and in the very same over even Scrivens was out for 43 as Sylvia Usabyimana got these crucial wickets. Davina Perrin and Seren Smale chipped in with their knocks of 20 and 13 before they were dismissed by Gisele Ishimwe and Sylvia Usabyimana respectively. A few more single-digit contributions by the lower middle order meant England ended up with 183/5 from their 20 overs supported by the 16 extras bowled by Rwanda. Sylvia Usabyimana was the pick of the bowlers with her three-wicket haul.
Rwanda had a nightmare of a run chase as they lost Merveille Uwase for a 11 ball duck and even the skipper Gisele Ishimwe cheaply for 1 with Cynthia Tuyizere also getting dismissed for 6 in what was a double strike for Alexa Stonehouse, Rwanda was struggling. Although Henriette Ishimwe scored 12, the rest of the batting did not even score a double-digit figure as Rwanda folded for 45 in 17 overs. Davina Perrin, Ryanna MacDonald Gay, Hannah Baker, and Alexa Stonehouse were phenomenal and scalped 2 wickets each and were economical in their spells.
🏴 England U19 won by 138 runs
🏴 England U19: 183-5 (20)
Liberty Heap: 64 (35)
Grace Scrivens: 51 (43)
Sylvia Usabyimana 3-39
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) January 19, 2023
Liberty Heap for her remarkable 64 off 35 was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.
Brief Scores: ENG- 183/5 (L Heap 64, G Scrivens 51; S Usabyimana 3/39) defeated RWA- 45 all out in 17 overs (H Ishimwe 12; MacDonald Gay 2/1, D Perrin 2/5) by 138 runs
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