Harry helps England come third

Harry Finch opened the batting for an England team which came third in the ICC U19 World Cup

Harry Finch opened the batting for an England team which came third in the ICC U19 World Cup

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Cricket star Harry Finch helped England finish third in the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

The Hastings Priory and Sussex County Cricket Club talent was part of the England side which edged out arch rivals Australia in the third place play-off on Friday.

Australia posted 246-7 from their 50 overs batting first in Dubai. Finch made 15 at the top of the order in England’s reply, but when he was out stumped to make it 41-3 in the 10th over, the team looked in a spot of bother.

A brilliant 100, however, from man of the match Ben Duckett kept England in with a chance and an unbeaten 20 off just 12 balls by last man Matthew Fisher took them over the line with one wicket and two balls to spare.

It was a good campaign for England, who were only beaten by three wickets with five balls to spare in their semi-final against Pakistan the previous Monday. Finch and fellow opener Jonathan Tattersall both fell for ducks in that game.

England pulled off a magnificent victory over defending champions India in the quarter-finals. Much-fancied India recovered from 8-3 and 24-4 to total 221-8 batting first. Finch scored 10 as England got home with five balls and three wickets to spare.

St Leonards-based Finch, 19, also played in all three of England’s group D games. He scored 49 in the 213-run victory over United Arab Emirates, 24 in the one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka and 30 in the 115-run success against New Zealand.