KIMBERLEY – A Player of the Match performance by 19-year-old Matthew Patrick helps West Indies to a massive 246-run victory over Nigeria in Group B match of the Under-19 World Cup in Kimberley, South Africa on Thursday.
After winning the toss, West Indies captain Kimani Melius elected to bat. The skipper put on 70 runs with Leonardo Julien (18). Melius was out for 65 from 81 deliveries and hit nine fours and two sixes.
Joshua James made 43 and Kevlon Anderson got to 25 before he was trapped LBW. But it was Patrick who top scored with 68 from 70 balls that included six fours and two sixes.
West Indies got to 303/8 in their 50 overs.
When Nigeria batted, they were off to a poor start with Jayden Seales taking the scalps of the two openers without them troubling the scorers.
West Indies only used four bowlers and Seales ended with four wickets for 19 runs in six overs while Ashmead Nedd took three for 11 and Patrick claiming two wickets for 16 runs off five overs.
Nigeria were skittled out for 57 in 21.4 overs with a top score of 17 by Abdulrahman Jomoh. Nigeria captain Sylvester Okpe reached 10 before he was run out. They were the only two batsmen to reach doubles figures as four Nigeria batsmen were back in the pavilion for ducks.