Leg-Spin sensation guides Aussies to U19 World Cup semi-finals

Australia have defeated England in the U19 World-Cup quarter-finals thanks to an incredible performance from leg-spinner Lloyd Pope.

Pope recorded the best ever figures in the history of the U19 World Cup, taking 8-35 off 9.4 overs to single-handedly lead the Aussies to an improbable victory.

Bowled out for 127 in 33.3 overs, Australia was facing elimination as England cruised to 0-47, before Pope turned the game on it’s head.

The 18-year-old was inspirational in his spell, taking wicket after wicket and urging his teammates on from what was a grim scenario, ultimately bowling England out for 96 off 23.4 overs, 31 runs short of the Aussies.

Australian captain Jason Sangha also performed strongly, scoring almost half the team’s total with 58, before taking three spectacular catches in the slips off the bowling of Pope.

For England, Tom Banton hit 58 off 53 balls with the bat, whilst bowlers Ethan Bamber, Dillon Pennington and Will Jacks each took three wickets.

Man of the match Lloyd Pope spoke after the game:

“You always have to have belief to win the game,” Pope said.

“All the boys have worked so hard for this, and we never gave up, that’s the true spirit of all the boys.

“I always love playing for my country and to take some wickets was really awesome.”

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