Meet Lloyd Pope, the Australian leggie who set best bowling figures in U19 WC - 8/35

Lloyd Pope surpassed his teammate Jason Ralston's figures of 7/15 against Papua New Guinea

The Australian national cricket team may have lost the ongoing 5-match ODI series to England but the under-19 colts pulled up an emphatic victory against their English opponents in the Super League Quarterfinal of the ICC Under-19 World Cup on January 23. Thanks to the remarkable spell from spinner Lloyd Pope who marked the best bowling figures in the history of U19 world cups. His 8-wicket haul helped the Aussies to bounce back in the game and defend an easy total 0f 127.

The Australian dugout seemed to be highly disappointed after they could put only 127 runs on the board after batting first. Except for skipper Jason Sangha, who scored a 91-ball 58, no other player could manage to score more than 16 runs. The entire team was bundled up in 33.3 overs.

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For the English colts, 128 runs could have been an easy affair but Pope made sure that their arch-rivals struggle to get there. He bowled a total of 9.1 overs at an economy rate of 3.62 and picked up 8 scalps after conceding just 35 runs.

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With this remarkable performance, he became the bowler with best bowling figures in U19 world cups. He surpassed his teammate Jason Ralston’s figures of 7/15 against Papua New Guinea. Let’s have a look at the top 5 bowlers with excellent figures in this ICC tournament:

SL No Player Country Figures Opposition Year
1 Lloyd Pope Australia 8/35 England 2017
2 Jason Ralston Australia 7/15 Papua New Guinea 2017
3 Jeevan Mendis Sri Lanka 7/19 Zimbabwe 2002
4 Trent Boult New Zealand 7/20 Malaysia 2008
5 Rahul Vishwakarma Nepal 6/3 Papua New Guinea 2012


Watch Llyod Pope’s magnificent spell in the quarterfinal match against England:

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As soon as Australia turned the game around, the crowd erupted in joy. England U-19 team managed to bat till 23.4 overs and were all-out at 96. They lost the game by 31 runs.

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Pope bagged the Man of the Match award for his outstanding performance.

Apart from Australia’s victory, Sri Lanka won the plate quarter-final 3 by defeating Kenya by 311 runs and West Indies defeated Ireland by 4 wickets and won the plate quarter-final 4.