England U19 batsman Dan Mousley described their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Plate title triumph as a silver lining following a disappointing tournament that saw the English fail to qualify for the Super League Quarter Finals.
England defeated Sri Lanka by 152 runs to lift the Plate in Benoni following a superb century (111 from 135 balls) by opening batsman, Mousley.
The 18-year-old says it’s very pleasing to at least win some silverware in the tournament.
The versatile Mousley, who scored his maiden century for England Juniors, says he really enjoyed being promoted up the order on his way to setting up a great platform for his team to launch.
Despite having also batted down the middle order, Mousley also declared that he believes his best batting position is at the top of the order.
England failed to finish top of their group thanks to a nail-biting defeat at the hands of Australia in a crucial group match that saw the Aussies advance to the Super League Quarter-finals.
However, Mousley says they have taken a lot of positives the tournament despite not featuring in the last four of the competition.
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup tournament director Sivuyile Mqingwana confirmed that the event, hosted in South Africa for the first time ever, has been a great success thus far.
Mqingwana adds that now all the attention turns to the first semi-final between subcontinent cricketing powerhouses India and Pakistan in Potchefstroom on Tuesday. – Report by Thando Gqamane