Heartbreak for Yorkshire star Jonny Tattersall in U-19s Cricket World Cup semis

Jonny Tattersall
Jonny Tattersall

Yorkshire cricketer Jonny Tattersall narrowly missed out on a place in the U-19s World Cup final after his England side suffered semi-final heartbreak against Pakistan on Tuesday.

England were well on course for an historic spot in the final before a 61-run eighth wicket partnership saw Pakistan pull off an unlikely victory.

However, Harrogate CC batsman Tattersall endured a frustrating final after being dismissed for an 11-ball duck opening the batting.

But Yorkshire teammate and captain Will Rhodes (76no) led England’s fightback to post 204-7 from their 50 overs.

Pakistan were then reduced to 57-4 and 142-7, as York bowler Matthew Fisher snaffled two wickets for 21. But the sub-continent side battled back to win with five balls to spare.

Tattersall, who signed a junior pro-contract at Yorkshire before Christmas, tweeted: “Heartbreaking to lose today but loved playing with these boys and have shown so much character #proud #honoured #moveupwardsandonwards.”

England will next play either Australia or South Africa in the third-placed play-off on Friday.

Tattersall, England’s vice-captain, had earlier helped England into the last four by surpassing tournament favourites India in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The 19-year-old hit 23 at the top of the order to set his side up for a thrilling three-wicket victory, which was sealed in the game’s final over.

The ex-Knaresborough CC player has averaged 32 with the bat throughout the competition in United Arab Emirates.

He smashed 95 runs in the group stages against Sri Lanka and has made three other scores in the twenties.

However, England have yet to use his leg-spin in the spin friendly conditions.