Jack Haynes made 31 but England Under-19s have failed to reach the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup after losing by two wickets off the final ball to Australia Under-19s in their Super League encounter in Kimberley today.
The Worcestershire CCC batsman came to the wicket at 77-2 and added 64 for the third wicket with Ben Charlesworth.
Haynes hit two boundaries in his 43 ball knock before he was dismissed by leg spinner Tanveer Sangha.
The 18-year-old was third out at 141 in the 32nd over.
England lost three wickets for five runs – including Charlesworth for 82 – and stood on 146-5 at one stage.
But Dan Mousley (52) and Kasey Aldridge (32) added an unbroken 60 in 7.2 overs to lift the final England total to 252-7 in 50 overs.
Australia reached 153-2 at one stage in reply but were reduced to 206-8 in the 46th over with Haynes holding onto a chance offered by Oliver Davies at short cover off Lewis Goldsworthy.
However, the ninth wicket pair of Conor Sully (35) and Todd Murphy (16) added an unbroken 47 in 4.2 overs to see Australia home from the final delivery.
England had needed to win after losing the opening Super League game to the West Indies via the Duckworth-Lewis Method – a game in which Haynes scored 27 off 36 balls.
They will conclude their Super League group programme against Nigeria on Saturday at Kimberley but will then enter the Plate Championship quarter-finals.