Under 19 World Cup: England beat New Zealand to reach last eight
Last Updated: 18/02/14 10:13pm
Ryan Higgins: Starred for England with a 123-ball 83
England reached the quarter-finals of the Under-19 World Cup on Tuesday with a 115-run victory against New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Two days after suffering an agonising one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka, Will Rhodes' side recuperated as they eased to convincing win over the Black Caps.
Rhodes opted to bat first on a tacky wicket and England's batsmen played with an air of confidence as they posted a healthy 229-8 from their 50 overs.
Things did not immediately go England's way as Brett Randell struck early, getting rid of Dominic Sibley for two.
Yet fellow opener Harry Finch laid the foundations with a steady 30 before he was bowled by Jeremy Benton, but it was Middlesex's Ryan Higgins who featured as England's mainstay.
Zimbabwe-born Higgins hit a composed 83 from 123 balls before holing out to Kyle Jamieson off the bowling of Randell, who was the pick of New Zealand's bowlers, taking 3-57 from his 10 overs.
The Black Caps turned the table thereafter by grabbing three quick wickets - Finch was bowled by Benton, Jonathan Tattersall trapped lbw by Dane Watson and Ed Barnard run out by Ken McClure.
Rhodes, however, offered Higgins some useful support with 31 before Joe Clarke played some inventive strokes in his cameo of 33 from 23 balls.
The Black Caps, unsettled by three early Matthew Fisher wickets, never got close to matching England's effort.
Fisher - who became the youngest player to feature in a competitive county match when he made his Yorkshire debut in 2013 at just 15-years-old - trapped opener Tim Seifert lbw for a golden duck, before dismissing Ken McClure and Robbie O'Donnell for a combined total of four.
The impressive Rob Sayer and Rob Jones chipped in with two scalps, while Jack Winslade did likewise as England moved into the last eight by dismissing New Zealand for 114.
England spinner Sayer again displayed unerring accuracy, as Raki Weerasundara - who had battled his way to 40 - and Leo Carter were found out.
Seamer Winslade had Shawn Hicks taken at midwicket before bowling Jamieson with one that nipped back first up. Randell survived the hat-trick ball but, having moved on to 10, pulled to midwicket off Jones - who then had Watson caught behind.
England's victory was wrapped up soon after, Tattersall running out Luke Williamson for 16 to seal their passage to the next stage.