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U19 World Cup 2022 | We would have been in the hunt if we had scored around 230, says Tom Prest

England U19 had a terrible start to the proceedings against India U19 in the final of the World Cup in Antigua. The English team suffered a batting collapse and were left tottering at 91/7 before James Rew and James Sales tried to steady the ship with a 93-run partnership for the 8th wicket. 

Rew missed out on a hundred by just five runs while Sales remained unbeaten at 34. 

Talking about the batting collapse, captain Tom Prest admitted that the side needed just one more stand and a total of somewhere around 230 to make a game out of it. 

"The way James Rew and James Sales came in, I think they put on close to a hundred or maybe even just over [93]," he said. "All it would have taken was one more partnership, really, earlier on in our innings, and if we had got to 230 it would have been really interesting."

Prest lauded the bowlers for their efforts. "I think we actually did really well, restricting the run rate," he said. "It felt like they were almost digging themselves a hole, really, that first partnership [between Harnoor Singh and Shaik Rasheed for the second wicket]. They chewed up quite a lot of balls - we felt, just a couple of wickets and we were well in the game," he added. 

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