Bishop and Wickham hit tons to give Rising Stars U19s win
Superb centuries by Teddy Bishop and the in-form Kevin Wickham guided West Indies Rising Stars U19s to a convincing eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe Under-19s, as the hosts finished the ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign on a high note. Asked to chase 257 in the 11th place playoff at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex on Monday, Rising Stars overhauled their target with four balls to spare.
Bishop top-scored with an unbeaten 112 off 122 balls and counted 11 fours and one six while Wickham, already with two half-centuries under his belt, struck 104 off 115 balls including 17 fours. The pair put on 194 for the second wicket after Matthew Nandu fell cheaply for one in the second over with West Indies Under-19s having as many runs on the board.
Choosing to bat first, Zimbabwe posted a very competitive 256 for four from their 50 overs, thanks to half-centuries from the Bennett twins, David (77 not out) and Brian (62). Connor Mitchell produced a whirlwind 42 not out off 26 balls towards the end while opener Steven Saul had earlier scored 34.
Fast bowler Johann Layne (2-44) made the early strikes to reduce Zimbabwe Under-19s to 25 for two in the seventh over before the Bennetts came to their side’s rescue. Brian first put on 55 for the third wicket with Saul who struck three fours and a six off 50 balls, before adding a further 102 with his brother David.
Zimbabwe felt they were in with a chance when Nandu perished leg-before to Brian Bennett’s off-spin but Bishop and Wickham took the game away from them quickly in a dominant stand. Wickham’s wicket in the 35th over failed to halt the hosts’ charge as Rivaldo Clarke (28 not out) combined with Bishop in an unbroken third wicket stand of 67, to see his side home.