Cricket: New Zealand sportsmanship on display at U19 World Cup

New Zealand are through to the semi-finals of the U19 Cricket World Cup, after beating West Indies in Benoni, South Africa. 

But the Kiwis' sportsmanship has become the big talking point from the game, after Jesse Tashkoff and Joseph Field helped injured West Indies batsman Kirk McKenzie off the pitch.

McKenzie had struggled with cramps during the match and when pain became too much, he retired hurt and was stretchered off in the 43rd over. 

After the ninth wicket fell in the 48th over, McKenzie returned to the crease to help his team.

He lasted only one delivery and was unable to remain standing, so Tashkoff and Field carried McKenzie off in their laps, earning a warm round of applause across the ground.

Tashkoff and Field were equally impressive with the ball, picking up two wickets each, as West Indies were bundled out for 238. 

The young KIwis then successfully chased down the total with two balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten 46 from Kristian Clarke. 

New Zealand's performance to get over the line was impressive, after they were reeling at 153/8 in the 35th over, but Clarke's 86-run partnership with Field (38) was key to the victory. 

"I don't think I've been part of a better game than that," player-of-the-match Clarke said. 

"Obviously, playing my part was good, but the whole game was up and down, so we're just thankful to get over the line.

"We definitely wanted to try and reach as far as possible in the tournament, and getting to the semi-final is an excellent effort by our boys. Everyone has stood up and it has been a really good team effort."

New Zealand will now face Bangladesh or hosts South Africa for a spot in the final.