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Lewis upbeat despite England defeat

Lewis Goldsworthy became the first Cornishman to take part in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup when he played for England in their first match against West Indies at Kimberley earlier this week.

Despite ending with the impressive figures of two for 28 from his 10 over stint, the slow left armer’s contribution wasn’t enough to prevent defeat by 71 runs D/L.

“The West Indies got the better of us,” said the youngster from Camborne. “But to be fair, they played a good game. I felt that I bowled well. The wicket didn’t offer a lot of spin, so I was trying to hit the stumps as much as possible and keep the batsmen quiet. In the end I picked up a couple of wickets, which I’m quite happy about.

“I bowled my overs earlier than I normally do. Usually I bowl six or seven in the middle but this time I bowled my 10 straight through quite early.

“There wasn’t a lot in the wicket early on for seam which we thought there might be, but there wasn’t a lot of spin either. It was on the slowish side for a South African wicket.”

Lewis is also proud to be the first player from the Duchy to play in this competition.

“I think I could well be the first Cornishman to take part in the Under 19 World Cup, which is something to be proud of. It’s a real thrill to be out here taking part in the competition.

“The social media coverage is huge and something that you have to get used to. Being on television is also quite weird and to have all the cameras everywhere and see your face on the big screen is a bit different.

“Mum and Dad are really proud and have been watching every game on tv. I’ve also had a lot of messages from back home, which is really nice.”

Looking ahead Lewis said: “Now we have got what is essentially a knock-out game against the Australians on Thursday. Whoever wins goes through to the quarter-finals, so it’s a very big game for us.

“Australia are going to be strong and they’ve got a few talented lads who can bat, so we will have to play really well to win. However, we’ve got some really talented guys as well, so hopefully we can come out on top.”

Finally, Lewis said: “It’s really good being out here with two others from Somerset in Sam and Kasey. We moved into the flats on the ground at Taunton and spent three weeks living together there before we came out here. We’ve had another three weeks here and we are still together, so it’s all going pretty well for us and we are enjoying it.”

England images courtesy of Getty Images

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