Ballarat cricketer helps Australia to World Cup win

MATT Short has helped Australia progress to the quarter finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup following a 74-run win over Bangladesh late yesterday.

The Ballarat boy made 36 at the top of the order before being run out as the Aussies posted 6-244 batting first in the must-win clash.

It proved more than enough as Australia bowled out their rivals for 170.

Short finished with tidy figures of 0-22 from eight overs.

The victory put Australia on top of group B and sets up an encounter with the West Indies in Dubai on Sunday.

In local cricket, Ballarat has the chance to book its place in the division two final at Melbourne Country Week today.

Ballarat, which remains third and still outside a berth in the decider following yesterday's wash-out against Traralgon, takes on ladder-leaders Warrnambool in Melton.

The final is played at the Albert Cricket Ground in Melbourne tomorrow.

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