SYDNEY, Reuter: Australia’s young cricketers emulated their seniors with a crushing defeat of West Indies in the opening round of the First Youth World Cup limited overs tournament in Mildura on Sunday.

Following Australia’s victory in the World Cup in India and Pakistan last year, their under19 year old counterparts began in confident style with 112 by opener Brett Williams setting up their 73run win.

After an opening partnership of 141 young Australia totaled 238 for five in their 50 overs.

West Indies were bowled out for 165 in 39.5 overs with leg spinner Adrian Tucker taking four for 42.

Young India scored a thrilling two wicket win over England in renmark with only two balls to spare when tailenders J. Ramdas and Venkatapathi Raju put on an undefeated 40 for the ninth wicket.

Skipper Mike Atherton had earlier top scored with England reached 172 for eight but India responded with 177 for eight.

NEW DELHI, India: Former Indian skippers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have denied that they were offered a great deal of money to play a rebel cricket tour under the captaincy of Australian Allan Border in South Africa

Their denial followed a report in London’s Daily Mirror which, in a story from Christchurch said that South African businessman John Fisher, now on a cricket supporters’ trip to New Zealand, had approached the players and that major funds were at stake.

The report said that New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee, Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan and English all-rounder lan Botham along with the master batsman from the West Indi Vivian Richards were offered $865, 00010 play four unofficial test sand six ‘one day internationals against a South African side.

In the other matches, New Zealand scored 178 for nine to win by 12 runs ‘over Sri Lanka who was dismissed for 166 in 47.4 overs and Pakistan beat an International cricket conference (ICC) Associations XI by five wickets.

The tournament continues on Monday with the next stage of the preliminary round Robin. The first semifinal is on March 10 with the final three days later.

Vishwanath Retires From Cricket

BOMBAY, India: There will there will no more first class cricket for star Indian middle-order batsman Gundappa Vishwanath who retired from the game here on Feb. 15. Vishwanath, who announced his retirement during a Ranji Trophy match here, played more than 90 Tests and scored more than 6,000 runs in Test Cricket including 14 centuries and was rated as one of the most stylish batsman India has ever produced.

Vishwanath, brother in law of outstanding Indian opener and former skipper Sunil Gavaskar, who also retired last year, said that he would now associate himself with the activities of the Cricket Association of Karnataka.

AUCKLAND: Star New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee is not available for the third cricket test against England, New Zealand Cricket Council Chairman Bob Vance said,

Hadlee, who shares the world record with Ian Botham for 373 test wickets, injured a calf muscle on the first day of the first test in Christchurch.

NEW YORK; American sprinter Gwen Torrence won her 40th successive race with a dead heat finish in the finals of the women’s 55 meters at an indoor athletics meeting here.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 4, 1988