U-19 World Cup 2022: To score 230 against Afghanistan was amazing, says England skipper Tom Prest;

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U-19 World Cup 2022: To score 230 against Afghanistan was amazing, says England skipper Tom Prest;
U-19 World Cup 2022: To score 230 against Afghanistan was amazing, says England skipper Tom Prest;

U-19 World Cup 2022: To score 230 against Afghanistan was amazing, says England skipper Tom Prest;

England captain Tom Prest said achieving a score of more than 230 in the semi-final of the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 was great after leading his team to the finals.

After edging Afghanistan by 15 runs in a thrilling match, England became the first side to reach the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final.

“Didn’t expect it to get that tight as it did. Boyden was brilliant under pressure. Was quite a brave call choosing to bat. Had to put a score on the board. Something special that partnership,” said Prest after the game.

“Those runs were crucial at the end. We kind of thought 200 would be a great score. To get up to 230 was amazing. We feel he’s a great bowler who can hit the deck hard. Can’t really believe it (leading England into the final),” he added.

The Young Lions’ spinner Rehan Ahmed was the hero, grabbing three wickets in the penultimate over at a vital time when their opponents needed only 18 runs from the last 10 balls.

England will now meet the winner of the other semi-final between Australia and India in the final on Saturday, a remarkable turnaround from their ninth-place finish in the previous event in South Africa just two years ago.

Afghanistan will compete in the third-place playoff at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.