Dillon Pennington ended his contribution to England’s ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign with another impressive performance in the 32 run win over hosts New Zealand in Queenstown.
The Worcestershire paceman has had a knack of taking early wickets and it continued with a double breakthrough as New Zealand chased a 262 target in 50 overs.
Pennington struck twice in the space of three balls in his third over when he dismissed Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra.
First Pennington sent Bhula’s off stump cartwheeling out of the ground and then he had Ravindra caught behind.
There was a sight to be proud of for Worcestershire followers – and Academy coach Elliot Wilson – with Pennington and his County team-mate Adam Finch – both Academy products – sharing the new ball.
The pair were in tandem for the opening 10 overs with Finch bowling an opening spell of 5-0-17-0 in his third appearance in the tournament and Pennington 6-0-21-2 in what was his fifth game.
They finished with figures of 8-0-36-0 and 10-0-37-2 respectively as New Zealand were bowled out for 229 in 47.1 overs.
England finished in seventh spot in the tournament and Pennington and Finch will have gained massive experience from featuring in such a global tournament for when they return to Blackfinch New Road.
Somerset’s Tom Banton (112) was awarded Player of the Match for a fine batting performance that saw him score his maiden Under-19 ODI century and take England to 261-7.
In reply Surrey’s off-spinning duo of Will Jacks (3-31) and Euan Woods (3-34) spun the game back in England’s favour in the last 10 overs.