England [ Images ] middle-order batsman Ben Stokes, playing in the city where he was born, scored a punishing century as England defeated defending champions India [ Images ] by 31 runs in the final group stage match in the ICC [ Images ] Under-19 World Cup at Bert Sutcliffe in Lincoln, near Christchurch.
The victory saw England top Group A while India finished second.
As such, England will now take on the West Indies [ Images ] in the Super League quarter-finals at Rangiora, while traditional rivals India and Pakistan go head-to-head in the other quarter-final at Bert Sutcliffe.
Both the quarter-finals will be played on Saturday, January 23.
England got off to a slow start after being put in to bat, thanks to a brilliant opening spell from India left-arm fast bowler Saurabh Netrawalkar, who bowled 10 overs straight and finished with figures of 10-1-25-3.
England looked to be in serious trouble at 60-4 in the 19th over, but 18-year old Stokes combined with Ateeq Javid (42) to breathe life back into the English innings. The two batsmen added 100 runs for the fifth wicket in 21 overs.
Stokes clobbered four fours and six sixes as he went on to make 100 off 87 balls, his second 50 coming off just 27 balls, before being the sixth batsman out at the score of 222 in the 46th over.
England finally finished with 246-8.
Stroke was more destructive in the batting powerplay which England took in the 39th over as it collected 55 runs.
Apart from opening bowler Netrawalkar, none of the other India bowlers seriously troubled the England batsmen as the runs came thick and fast from the likes of Harshal Patel and Harmeet Singh, who both conceded six an over from their eight-over spells.
In reply, India's batsmen occasionally got starts but were unable to build any substantial individual innings or partnerships. Wickets fell with regularity and it was left to wicketkeeper Sufiyan Shaikh to take the total over 200.
Shaikh scored 45 off 72 deliveries while Netrawalkar backed up his bowling effort with 28 at the end of the innings.
England's David Payne was the most successful bowler, taking 3-40, while batting hero Stokes chipped in with two wickets including the scalp of dangerous Mayank Agarwal, who was smartly caught by Jack Manuel.
Stokes said it was a thrill to score a century in the city he was born.
"To score a World Cup century in the country I was born is something very special," he said.
England captain Azeem Rafiq praised the efforts of Stokes.
"The way Stokesy got out there and hit the ball, it was incredible. He's got a lot of talent and not just with the bat, but also with the ball and in the field.
"It wasn't just him. At 60-4, no one would have given us a chance against India. It came at us hard early and got away with it. But the way the lads stuck together was incredible. It was a team effort and I'm absolutely delighted."
With England and India advancing to the next stage, third-placed Afghanistan and fourth-placed Hong Kong will appear in the Plate Championship which starts in Napier [ Images ] from Saturday.
England beat India by 31 runs at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (Group A)
England 246-8, in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 100, Ateeq Javid 42; Saurav Netrawalkar 3-25)
India 215 all out, 46.4 overs (Sufiyan Shaikh 45, Manan Sharma 36, Mayank Agarwal 32; David Payne 3-40, Ben Stokes 2-43, Nathan Buck 2-53)
Super League quarter-final fixtures (all matches in Christchurch)
Saturday, Jan 23:
England v West Indies, Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
Pakistan v India, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Sunday, Jan 24: