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Pakistan U-17 beat English counterparts

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The Pakistan Under-17 National Cricket Team beat their opponents from England in a warm-up match at the ICC Academy, winning their encounter by seven wickets.

With both teams spending the last week or so training at the ICC Academy, this was a perfect opportunity for the two teams’ promising young players to show their mettle without the spotlight of the pressures of a stadium packed to the rafters with an audience, which can be unsettling for even the most seasoned professional.

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It was a task which was easily matched by the boys from the subcontinent. Despite opener May Holden making a polished 63 which included eight fours and a stunning six off a hundred deliveries, none of his partners at the crease really got  going, with George Bartlett putting up 26 and Sam Curran adding 25 runs to the scoreline to muster a total of 176 in 49.3 overs.

For Pakistan, Said Ghauri was the pick of the bowlers, as he took three wickets for a paltry 31 runs, with Muhammad Azhar and Shadab Khan picking up two wickets apiece.

The Pakistanis started imperiously and never wavered from their objective. Despite opener Sajawal Riaz departing for a duck, an effective 51 from fellow opening batsman Gohar Hafeez and an unbeaten 71 from Gulam Haider saw them meet the bulk of their total, with Shahid Khan’s cameo of 34 helping them seal the innings with a little under 15 overs to spare.

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Arthur Godsal, George Panayi and Martin Anderson all picked up a wicket each for the English.

Academy manager Will Kitchen was pleased with the workout the boys received in the middle of the park.

“It’s good to see such young players display fortitude and commitment in the middle of the park,” he said. “These players are the future generation of their countries and their experiences in these conditions will only help them develop into world-class athletes.

“We will always be on hand to support them in whatever manner they require,” he finished.

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