Melius scores 65, Patrick 68, as West Indies U19 steamroll Nigeria to win Group B

By January 23, 2020
Captain Kimani Melius scored 65 as the West Indies racked up 303 for 8. Captain Kimani Melius scored 65 as the West Indies racked up 303 for 8.

West Indies U19 advanced to the quarterfinals of the ICC U19 World Cup on Thursday after they steamrolled debutants Nigeria by 246 runs at Kimberley in South Africa.

The win, their third of the tournament, saw the Caribbean lads top Group B with the maximum six points. The young West Indians had previously won their matches against Australia and England.

On Thursday, after winning the toss and choosing to bat, the Caribbean side racked up a mammoth 303 for 8 from their 50 overs, their best score in the tournament so far.

The score was built largely on half-centuries from captain Kimani Melius, who scored 65 and allrounder Matthew Patrick, who top-scored with 68. The latter and Joshua James, who scored a 30-ball 43, put together a 90-run seventh-wicket partnership that propelled the West Indies to their mammoth total.

There were two wickets each for Peter Aho (2-53), Abdulrahman Jimoh (2-56) and Sylvester Okpe (2-66).

In the face of the huge total, Nigeria crumbled to 57 all out.

Jayden Seales (4-19) tore the top order taking their first four wickets to fall as the Nigerians stumbled to 23 for four, four balls into the ninth over.

They never recovered as Ashmead Nedd (3 for 15) and Patrick (2 for 16) ripped out any resistance that might have remained within the Nigerian batting that only managed to survive for 21.4 overs.

Jimoh (17) and Okpe (10) were the only batsmen in double figures.

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