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The 1998 MTN Under-19 World Cup was an international limited-overs cricket tournament played in South Africa from 11 January to 1 February 1998. Sponsored by the MTN Group, it was the second edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, coming ten years after the inaugural tournament in 1988, and the first to be held in South Africa.

1998 Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Dates11 January–1 February 1998
Administrator(s)ICC
Cricket formatLimited-overs (50 overs)
Host(s) South Africa
Champions England (1st title)
Participants16
Matches played50
Most runsWest Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle (364)
Most wicketsWest Indies Cricket Board Ramnaresh Sarwan (16)
Zimbabwe Mluleki Nkala (16)
1988
2000

Sixteen teams participated at the 1998 World Cup, up from only eight at the previous edition. After an initial group stage, the top eight teams played off in a super league to decide the tournament champions, with the non-qualifiers playing a separate "plate" competition. The tournament was won by England, which defeated New Zealand in the final to win its first and only title. Both teams are yet to qualify for another final. Matches were held at venues around the country, though primarily in the interior, with the main final held at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. West Indian batsman Chris Gayle led the tournament in runs, while his teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan and Zimbabwe's Mluleki Nkala were the joint leading wicket-takers.[1][2]

Contents

Teams and qualificationEdit

The twelve ICC members that had qualified their senior teams for the 1999 World Cup also automatically qualified their under-19 teams for the 1998 Under-19 World Cup. Of those teams, nine were Test-playing countries and three were ICC associate members.[3]

The other four teams were invited to the tournament based on criteria set by the ICC – unlike at later editions, only one regional qualification tournament, the 1997 Youth Asia Cup, was played.[3]

Pool stageEdit

Pool AEdit

Pool A was known as the Bradman Pool, after former Australian batsman Sir Donald Bradman.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  Pakistan 3 3 0 0 0 6 +2.896
  Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.795
  Denmark 3 1 2 0 0 2 –2.901
  Ireland 3 0 3 0 0 0 –1.058
Source: CricketArchive
12 January
Scorecard
Ireland  
160 (44 overs)
v
  Denmark
161/8 (48.3 overs)
Denmark won by 2 wickets
Christian Brothers' College, Boksburg

12 January
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
168 (47 overs)
v
  Pakistan
169/3 (46.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni

13 January
Scorecard
Pakistan  
348/7 (50 overs)
v
  Denmark
71/7 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 277 runs
Christian Brothers' College, Boksburg

13 January
Scorecard
Ireland  
159/9 (50 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
163/8 (48 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets
Christian Brothers' College, Boksburg

15 January
Scorecard
Denmark  
97 (49.2 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
100/3 (18.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park

15 January
Scorecard
Pakistan  
292/8 (50 overs)
v
  Ireland
153 (48.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 139 runs
Avion Park Cricket Club, Kempton Park

Pool BEdit

Pool B was known as the Cowdrey Pool, after former English batsman Sir Colin Cowdrey.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  Australia 3 3 0 0 0 6 +2.887
  Zimbabwe 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.488
  West Indies 3 1 2 0 0 2 +0.618
  Papua New Guinea 3 0 3 0 0 0 –4.569
Source: CricketArchive
12 January
Scorecard
Australia  
352/8 (50 overs)
v
  Zimbabwe
249 (41.4 overs)
Australia won by 103 runs
Fanie du Toit Sports Complex, Potchefstroom

13 January
Scorecard
Australia  
299/8 (50 overs)
v
  West Indies
228/7 (50 overs)
Australia won by 71 runs
Fanie du Toit Sports Complex, Potchefstroom

13 January
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  
290/8 (50 overs)
v
  PNG
143 (39 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 147 runs
Recreation Centre, Klerksdorp

14 January
Scorecard
PNG  
59 (26 overs)
v
  West Indies
60/0 (10.5 overs)
West Indies won by 10 wickets
Manzil Park, Klerksdorp

15 January
Scorecard
Australia  
398/6 (50 overs)
v
  PNG
139 (34.3 overs)
Australia won by 259 runs
Vaal Reefs Cricket Ground, Orkney

15 January
Scorecard
West Indies  
234/8 (50 overs)
v
  Zimbabwe
236/5 (45.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets
Witrand Cricket Field, Potchefstroom

Pool CEdit

Pool C was known as the Gavaskar Pool, after former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 0 6 +1.729
  India 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.775
  Kenya 3 1 2 0 0 2 –1.320
  Scotland 3 0 3 0 0 0 –2.413
Source: CricketArchive
11 January
Scorecard
India  
197 (49.2 overs)
v
  South Africa
201/6 (46.4 overs)
South Africa won by 4 wickets
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

12 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
202 (50 overs)
v
  Kenya
208/2 (35.5 overs)
Kenya won by 8 wickets
Soweto Cricket Oval, Soweto

13 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
103 (48 overs)
v
  India
104/3 (26.3 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Lenasia Stadium, Johannesburg

13 January
Scorecard
South Africa  
283/8 (50 overs)
v
  Kenya
203/8 (50 overs)
South Africa won by 80 runs
Soweto Cricket Oval, Soweto

15 January
Scorecard
India  
253/9 (50 overs)
v
  Kenya
78 (28.2 overs)
India won by 175 runs
Azaadville Oval, Krugersdorp

15 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
110 (38.1 overs)
v
  South Africa
111/2 (19.2 overs)
South Africa won by 8 wickets
Fanie du Toit Sports Complex, Potchefstroom

Pool DEdit

Pool D was known as the Sobers Pool, after former West Indian all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.905
  England 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.526
  Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.159
  Namibia 3 0 3 0 0 0 –2.910
Source: CricketArchive
12 January
Scorecard
Namibia  
105 (43 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
109/6 (28.1 overs)
Bangladesh won by 4 wickets
Laudium Oval, Pretoria

12 January
Scorecard
New Zealand  
180 (47.1 overs)
v
  England
181/6 (43.2 overs)
England won by 4 wickets
St. Alban's College, Pretoria

13 January
Scorecard
New Zealand  
278/8 (50 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
179 (46.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 99 runs
LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria

13 January
Scorecard
Namibia  
161/9 (50 overs)
v
  England
162/7 (33.4 overs)
England won by 3 wickets
NF Oppenheimer Ground, Randjesfontein

15 January
Scorecard
England  
223 (49.3 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
225/7 (44 overs)
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets
Pretoria Boys High School, Pretoria

15 January
Scorecard
New Zealand  
372/7 (50 overs)
v
  Namibia
160 (43.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 212 runs
LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria

Plate competitionEdit

The plate competition was contested by the eight teams that failed to qualify for the Super League.

Pool AEdit

Pool A was known as the Magiet Pool, after South African administrator Rushdie Magiet.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 0 6 +1.594
  Kenya 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.156
  Ireland 3 1 2 0 0 2 +0.255
  Papua New Guinea 3 0 3 0 0 0 –2.027
Source: CricketArchive
19 January
Scorecard
Kenya  
132 (45.5 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
134/7 (40.2 overs)
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets
Fanie du Toit Sports Complex, Potchefstroom

19 January
Scorecard
PNG  
118 (40.5 overs)
v
  Ireland
119/4 (29.5 overs)
Ireland won by 6 wickets
Lenasia Stadium, Johannesburg

20 January
Scorecard
Bangladesh  
263 (49.3 overs)
v
  PNG
102 (40.5 overs)
Bangladesh won by 161 runs
St. John's College, Johannesburg

20 January
Scorecard
Ireland  
191 (48.5 overs)
v
  Kenya
195/6 (48.4 overs)
Kenya won by 4 wickets
Gert van Rensburg Stadium, Fochville

22 January
Scorecard
Ireland  
169 (48.4 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
173/7 (42.5 overs)
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni

22 January
Scorecard
Kenya  
211 (49.4 overs)
v
  PNG
161 (46 overs)
Kenya won by 50 runs
St Stithians College, Johannesburg

Pool BEdit

Pool B was known as the Procter Pool, after former South African all-rounder Mike Procter.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  West Indies 3 3 0 0 0 6 +2.930
  Scotland 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.424
  Denmark 3 1 2 0 0 2 –0.406
  Namibia 3 0 3 0 0 0 –3.733
Source: CricketArchive
19 January
Scorecard
West Indies  
307/6 (50 overs)
v
  Denmark
107 (30.4 overs)
West Indies won by 200 runs
St. Alban's College, Pretoria

19 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
244/9 (50 overs)
v
  Namibia
88 (32.2 overs)
Scotland won by 156 runs
Avion Park Cricket Club, Kempton Park

20 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
222/7 (38 overs)
v
  Denmark
140 (37.3 overs)
Scotland won by 82 runs
Avion Park Cricket Club, Kempton Park

20 January
Scorecard
Namibia  
94 (38.3 overs)
v
  West Indies
95/2 (17.4 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets
Christian Brothers' College, Boksburg

22 January
Scorecard
Denmark  
305/5 (50 overs)
v
  Namibia
79 (30.5 overs)
Denmark won by 226 runs
Wanderers Stadium (No. 3 Oval), Johannesburg

22 January
Scorecard
Scotland  
144 (48.1 overs)
v
  West Indies
148/5 (37.3 overs)
West Indies won by 5 wickets
Gert van Rensburg Stadium, Fochville

FinalEdit

24 January
Scorecard
West Indies  
243/8 (50 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
245/4 (46.5 overs)
Chris Gayle 141*
Mushfiqur Rahman 3/48 (10 overs)
Al Sahariar 90*
Ramnaresh Sarwan 2/35 (7 overs)
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets
Gert van Rensburg Stadium, Fochville
Player of the match: Chris Gayle (Win)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl.

Super LeagueEdit

Pool AEdit

Pool A was known as the D'Olivera Pool, after former England international Basil D'Oliveira.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  England 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.475
  Australia 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.174
  India 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.056
  Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0 0 –0.645
Source: CricketArchive
19 January
Scorecard
England  
251 (49.3 overs)
v
  Pakistan
233 (48.5 overs)
England won by 18 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion

20 January
Scorecard
India  
174 (49.2 overs)
v
  Australia
175/4 (29.3 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion

23 January
Scorecard
Australia  
253/8 (50 overs)
v
  Pakistan
226 (45.5 overs)
Australia won by 27 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

24 January
Scorecard
India  
252/8 (50 overs)
v
  England
152 (33.5 overs)
India won by 51 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
  • Following a rain interruption, England's target (calculated using the Clark curves method) was 204 runs in 39 overs.[4]

27 January
Scorecard
Australia  
147 (47.2 overs)
v
  England
151/4 (29.1 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

29 January
Scorecard
Pakistan  
188 (46 overs)
v
  India
191/5 (40.1 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
Kingsmead, Durban
  • The India–Pakistan fixture was attended by over 10,000 people, a tournament record.[3]

Pool BEdit

Pool B was known as the Pollock Pool, after former South African batsman Graeme Pollock.

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
  New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.243
  South Africa 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.488
  Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 0 4 –0.040
  Zimbabwe 3 0 3 0 0 0 –1.760
Source: CricketArchive
21 January
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  
177 (50 overs)
v
  South Africa
181/3 (38.2 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth

22 January
Scorecard
New Zealand  
180 (48.5 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
139 (46.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 41 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth

25 January
Scorecard
New Zealand  
194 (45.2 overs)
v
  South Africa
196/5 (45 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
Newlands, Cape Town

26 January
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  
137/9 (50 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
138/6 (42 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
Buffalo Park, East London

28 January
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  
97 (31.2 overs)
v
  New Zealand
98/0 (12.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein

30 January
Scorecard
South Africa  
240 (50 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
244/7 (49.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets
Kingsmead, Durban

FinalEdit

1 February
Scorecard
New Zealand  
241/6 (50 overs)
v
  England
242/3 (46 overs)
James Franklin 56* (67)
Giles Haywood 3/18 (10 overs)
Stephen Peters 107 (125)
James Franklin 1/35 (5 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Player of the match: Stephen Peters (Eng)
Attendance: 6,000[3]
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Batting and fielding in MTN Under-19s World Cup 1997/98 (ordered by runs) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ Bowling in MTN Under-19s World Cup 1997/98 (ordered by wickets) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d John Stern, "MTN Under-19 World Cup"Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1998. Retrieved from ESPNcricinfo, 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ England Under-19s v India Under-19s, MTN Under-19s World Cup 1997/98 (Super League d'Oliveira Pool) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

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