Northants youngster Ben Duckett’s World Cup dream is over after England Under-19s exited the tournament at the semi-final stage today, going down to Pakistan by three wickets in Dubai.
An outstanding unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 63 by Amad Butt (26no) and Zafar Gohar (37no) steered Pakistan to their target of 205 after they had been in real trouble at 142-7.
Rob Sayer, formerly of Peterborough Town, took 2-39 to complement his part in a stand of 50 with Will Rhodes, who made an unbeaten 76, at the end of the England innings which enabled them to post a competitive total of 204-7.
Ryan Higgins had contributed 52 and the County’s Duckett 22, but it proved to be in vain as the Pakistani’s held their nerve.
The other semi-final is between Australia and South Africa.