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WATCH: Spirit of Cricket shines in U19 WC as NZ players carry Windies batsman off the field

New Zealand's Jesse Tashkoff and pacer Joseph Field were the protagonists in a heartwarming act of helping injured West Indies batsman Kirk McKenzie.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 30, 2020 7:34:21 pm
Jesse Tashkoff and pacer Joseph Field carry West Indies batsman Kirk McKenzie. (Twitter/Screengrab)

The Under-19 Cricket World Cup is supposed to be the platform that turns boys into men, not just on the field but off it as well. It teaches values of the spirit of cricket, involving respect for the opponents, umpires and game’s traditional values.

Such a moment was witnessed in the second quarter-final of the ongoing ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup between New Zealand and West Indies in Benoni on Wednesday.

New Zealand’s Jesse Tashkoff and pacer Joseph Field were the protagonists in a heartwarming act when they took injured West Indies batsman Kirk McKenzie off the field.

It all happened after the West Indies’ innings came to an end in the 48th over where McKenzie was the last man dismissed. The batsman, however, immediately fell down clutching his right leg. It was then that Tashkoff and Field carried McKenzie off the field.

Prior to it, McKenzie had retired hurt on 99 in the 43rd over due to the cramps but later came in to bat after the Windies had lost their 9th wicket.

He lasted only one delivery and was unable to stand up thereafter. The Kiwi pair then carried him off in their laps earning a round of applause across the ground.

While it was an awful moment for the Windies batsman what was truly heartwarming to see was that the spirit of cricket alive and well amongst the young players.

Tashkoff and Field were equally impressive with the ball and picked up two wickets each as West Indies were bundled out for 238 in 47.5 overs after their captain Kemani Melius won the toss and chose to bat.

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