BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - ENGLAND continued with their dominant performance in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, when they saw off Canada by 106 runs at Warner Park to progress to the Quarter Finals.
This followed up their emphatic beat down of Bangladesh in their opening encounter when they skittled them out for a paltry 97 at the same venue.
Canada, on the other hand, was looking for their first points of the competition as they started well.
After winning the toss on a fresh track, that was the only success the team would have as they were put to the sword by the English side.
After being inserted, Captain Tom Prest, who was in fine form, stroked a run-a-ball 93, in which he spared no bowler in striking 10 boundaries.
He gained strong support from opener George Thomas (53) in a 90-run partnership that laid the foundation for an unreachable total on the board.
Strong support from the lower middle order - George Bell (57) and William Luxton (41) - was enough to push them 320 for 7.
In the end, the mammoth target proved too much for the Canadians to handle as they were bundled out for 214.
Gurnek Singh’s late fireworks of 44 was no match for the dominant English bowlers. Joshua Boyden was the pick of the bowlers, bagging four for 44 including the removal of Singh with an inswing yorker.
Tom Prest and Jacob Bethell both ended the game with three wickets each to ensure that the English became the first team to book their Quarter Finals spot.
Canada will now be regulated to the plate competition - placement and qualification for the next edition of the tournament.
Action continues today (Jan. 19) with Australia taking on Scotland in a must win game for the Asian-Pacific side if they are to qualify for the knockout round of the competition.