England fall to Oz spin wizard
World Cup journey ends for Under-19s squad as Australia’s Lloyd Pope claims eight scalps for just 35 runs in quarter-final showdown
25 January, 2018 — By Steve Barnett
Some of the England Under-19s team at the World Cup in New Zealand
ENGLAND’S dream of winning the World Cup is over after they were spectacularly bundled out of the Under-19s cricket tournament on Monday by old rivals Australia.
The Young Lions made a ferocious start to the quarter-final showdown in Lincoln, New Zealand. Middlesex man Ethan Bamber, Dillon Pennington and Will Jacks all took three wickets apiece as Australia were dismissed for 127.
Cricket may well be a team sport, but try telling that to Lloyd Pope. The Aussie leg-spinner sent wickets tumbling as he claimed eight scalps for just 35 runs as England were dismissed for 96 in reply.
The journey may be over for England, but they return home with plenty to be proud of – as does Acland Burghley pupil Luke Hollman, who was part of the team that recorded impressive wins over Namibia, Bangladesh and Canada in the group stages.
Luke, who lives in Tufnell Park, was one of four Middlesex players selected to play for their country, taking to the field alongside Bamber, Jack Davies and Savin Perera. Luke and Ethan were also flying the flag for North Middlesex Cricket Club, who they regularly turn out for in the Middlesex County Cricket League.