The Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team beat Ireland in Trinidad on Tuesday to claim the final semi-final spot in Thursday's CLICO International Under-15 Cricket competition. Nafeez Ahmed took 5 wickets for 18 runs as Ireland was bowled out for 148 runs. Didar Hossain, 61 runs not out, and Rakin Ahmed, 48 runs not out, combined to polish off the runs after early Irish inroads into the Bangladeshi batting.
Bangladesh will play Pakistan, who won all three matches in the Guyana Group, in the semi-finals. Pakistan blitzed Malaysia in what was potentially a battle for top place in the group. It took less than 20 overs for the Pakistani batsmen to overhaul Malaysia's 76 all out. Ashan Mirza took 4 wickets for 19 runs and Muhammad Nawaz 3 wickets for just 1 run in Malaysia's innings.
West Indies went undefeated in the Trinidad Group, closing with a ten wicket win over Kenya. The Africans made just 86 all out as Ramon Senior took 4 wickets for 15 runs. West Indian opening bats, John Campbell (43 not out) and Kraigg Brathwaite (37 runs not out) polished off the runs in less than 15 overs.
The ICC Americas Development XI comfortably beat the Netherlands under the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method and will face Ireland on Friday in Tobago in the match to determine 5th place. Abhijit Joshi (USA) struck 65 runs and Nitish Kumar (Canada) scored 52 runs in the Americas tally of 187 runs for 7 wickets (50 overs). Captain Kumar then took 3 wickets as the Dutch struggled to 71 runs for 7 wickets off 21 overs before rain washed out the rest of the day's play at Bourda.
The Americas Development Under-15 side includes players from five countries, including Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and the USA.This is the third time an international Under-15 competition has been staged. The organizers had hoped for all major cricketing countries to take part, but this was not possible for a number of reasons.