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England fall short in thriller

England fall short in thriller

George Balderson's side will compete in the Plate competition after being beaten off the last ball against Australia

England's under-19 side are resigned to a place in the Plate competition at the ICC Cricket World Cup after losing to Australia in a last ball thriller at Kimberley.

In a topsy-turvy encounter, Australia prevailed thanks to a late burst from Connor Sully to break England hearts.

Following defeat to West Indies in the opening game on Tuesday, England now cannot qualify from the group in a top two position.

They will instead compete for the Plate, the competition for those who finish third and fourth in the group, with one game left to play against Nigeria.

Despite faltering with the bat, Lancashire's George Balderson was economical in taking 1/47, including the early wicket England desperately needed after posting 252 from their 50 overs.

Balderson trapped opener Jake Fraser-McGurk LBW with the score on 19 before returning to keep a hold on the Australia innings through the middle and then again towards the death overs.

At 153/2 after 30 overs, the Aussies looked to be cruising to their target before England pulled it back, reducing them to 189/7.

And with 40 required from the last three overs, England looked all-set to keep their hopes alive before Sully struck 22 off four Blake Cullen deliveries.

Needing ten from the last, Sully hit the third ball for a decisive four before hitting over the infield with one required from the last to seal a dramatic win.

England's final group stage game is on Saturday.

2020 Internationals at Emirates Old Trafford

Tickets are now on general sale for England's Specsavers Test match against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford between Thursday 7 to Monday 11 August.


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