Queenstown: A superb team batting effort from England, led by hundreds from Will Jacks and Liam Banks, led England to their highest-ever Under 19 ODI total of 383/7 before their bowlers combined to bowl England to their second biggest U19 ODI victory.
Canada came into this game with hopes of beating England and making the Super League quarter-finals, but those were effectively ended after they conceded what was their highest-ever total in an Under 19 ODI, and confirmed after they were bowled out for 101.
England’s assault started immediately, and ICC U19 CWC debutant Pieter Pretorius bore the brunt, his first two overs disappearing for 27.
Canada regrouped to dismiss Tom Banton, Faisal Jamkhandi inducing an edge to the wicket-keeper, but that just brought Will Jacks to the crease, and for the next 27 overs he and Banks held sway, adding 186 to take the score to 240.
Both men reached their hundreds within minutes of each other, and both got out soon after as England, even with 16 overs in their innings, looked for a late surge.
There were cameos from all towards the end of their innings, but the one that stood out came from Jack Davies, who finished on 57 off 36 balls as England surged in to uncharted territory.
Canada needed to reach the total within 38 overs to qualify for the Super League quarter-finals; they never even got close, slipping to 20/4 less than seven overs into their chase.
They fought hard, reaching 75/5, but in the end England were just too good, each of their first four bowlers taking at least two wickets, giving Canada no respite.
They deservedly top the group, while Canada will enter the Plate.