Scotland’s U19 cricket team emerged victorious in their final fixture against Italy, securing their place in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024. With this win, Scotland becomes the 15th team to qualify for the prestigious event, which will be held in Sri Lanka in January. Skipper Owen Gould expressed his excitement, stating, “It feels really good to cross the line and get to Sri Lanka.”
In the match against Italy, Scotland batted first and set a target of 230 runs. Opener Jamie Dunk played a crucial role, scoring an impressive 96 runs. However, Italy struggled to chase the target and were bowled out for just 78 runs. Adi Hegde was the standout bowler for Scotland, taking five wickets for 15 runs. This victory marked Scotland’s third consecutive appearance in the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Throughout the tournament, Scotland showcased their talent and teamwork. Dunk was named the Player of the Tournament, having scored a total of 255 runs in four matches. Seamer Alec Price’s four-wicket haul against Jersey set the tone for their campaign, while Price and Bahadar Esakhiel’s half-centuries secured a win against the Netherlands. In their match against Norway, Price and Dunk’s partnership led Scotland to a comfortable ten-wicket victory.
Reflecting on their successful campaign, Scotland captain Gould expressed his pride in the team’s performance. He said, “It feels incredible to win the tournament and I’m really proud of everyone. It feels really good to cross the line and get to Sri Lanka. We had a tricky prep phase but gelled together really well this week, came together at the right time and got the four wins, and we’re looking forward to the next step.”
The ongoing U19 Americas Qualifier will determine the final team to qualify for the World Cup in Sri Lanka, completing the lineup of teams vying for the silverware. The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup has a history of propelling young players to global stardom, and in just five months, the event will commence in Sri Lanka, returning to the island nation for the first time since 2006.
With 15 teams confirmed, the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 will feature a total of 16 teams competing in 41 matches. Eleven teams have automatically qualified based on their performance in the previous event, while the remaining five spots will be determined through regional qualification pathways. The Americas and EAP regions will host qualifying events in 2023, with the winners securing their place in the World Cup. The Africa, Asia, and Europe regions have a two-step qualification structure, with the winning teams from the Regional Qualifiers advancing to the main event.
Scotland’s qualification adds excitement to the tournament, and the final team will be confirmed once the ongoing Americas Qualifier concludes. As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the World Cup, an infographic detailing the qualification pathway is available for further information.