Zimbabwe to face Ireland in U19 Cricket World Cup Plate League semifinal

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: A Cricket ball is seen lying on the pitch as mist and a wet outfield delay play during the Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Wellington on March 30, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe will take on Ireland in the Plate League semifinal of the U19 Cricket World Cup (CWC) at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, after defeating Scotland in their quarterfinal match.

Zimbabwe won the match by 108 runs at the same venue with Matthew Welch and Brian Bennett scoring 78 and 54, respectively, as Zimbabwe reached 248 and set Scotland a target of 248.

FILE PHOTO: A cricket ball lying on a pitch. /CFP

Scotland’s response was dismal with their highest run scorer Tomas Mackintosh hitting 25 followed by Jack as the European side was bowled out for 140 in 39 overs.

Should Zimbabwe win, a meeting with the winner of the first semifinal between United Arab Emirates and West Indies will happen in the Plate League final at Queen’s Park Oval on January 31.

The winner of the Plate final will be ranked as high as ninth in the final tournament standings. The Plate League is the CWC’s knockout tournament which features teams that finished third and fourth in their respective groups.

Meanwhile, South Africa missed out on qualifying for the Super League semifinals following a six-wicket defeat to England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

The Super League is the top-level knockout competition of the tournament and will determine the overall winners as well as the second- and third-placed teams.

South Africa elected to bat first with Dewald Brevis top-scoring with 97 off 88 balls but England’s bowlers managed to pick apart South Africa’s order regularly with Rehan Ahmed taking four wickets for 48 and Joshua Boyden taking two wickets for 31.

Jacob Bethell led England to a blistering start hitting 88 off just 42 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes, with William Luxton adding an unbeaten 47 off 41 balls as England comfortably chased down South Africa’s target with 112 balls remaining.

South Africa will next play the loser of the fourth Super League quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at Coolidge Cricket Ground on January 31 as they aim to finish as high as fifth in the tournament.

The continent’s other representative at the tournament, Uganda, will play Papua New Guinea in a Plate League match on January 28 at Diego Martin Sporting Complex.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)