The England Under-19 Cricket team, featuring Kendal's Tom Aspinwall, are making good progress in the World Cup, currently being held in the West Indies.

England won their first two matches convincingly on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts.

On Sunday 16 January they defeated current U19 World Cup holders Bangladesh by 7 wickets - Bangladesh being bowled out for 97 with Tom taking 2-18 off 8 overs.

The England batsmen knocked off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets.

On Tuesday 18 January, they beat Canada by 106 runs.

England batted first to score a formidable 320-7, with Tom coming in to bat with 2 balls to go in the innings - a scrambled leg bye giving Tom the strike for the final ball which he slog swept to square leg for 2 runs.

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Canada were all out for 214 in reply with Tom bowling 4 overs for 17 runs conceded.

Thursday sees the final group game as England take on United Arab Emirates, and with qualification for the quarter finals already guaranteed they will be looking to top the group table with a win, and they will likely be pitted against either strongly-fancied India or South Africa next week in Antigua.