SA u.19’s lick wounds after England defeat

The England u.19 cricket team has started their pre-World Cup campaign in Potchefstroom with a bang after consecutive victories against Namibia and South Africa in the on-going Triangular Youth ODI series.
Their impressive 112-run D/L victory against the hosts, South Africa on Sunday, 3 December was an example of a complete batting and bowling performance.
South Africa struggled in this match and after a promising start with the bat in chase of England’s 289/5, they succumbed to the pressure under the bright floodlights at Senwes Park to be bowled out for 166.
This should be a rude awakening for Lawrence Mahatlane’s boys, if they are to succeed in the upcoming u.19 World Cup in New Zealand in January next year. Although they beat Namibia by 10 wickets this past Friday, they will still need to stay consistent in their performances especially against top class opposition.
It is not all doom and gloom for SA’s u.19 squad as they still have three matches (two against Namibia and one against England) to rectify the situation and get into the winning habit. Matthew Breetzke with 52 (46) and Jiveshan Pillay with 31 (43) were SA’s best batsmen and showed a lot of promise in their opening stand of 83.
That was before England’s Will Jacks (3/33) and Luke Hollman (4/30) tore through SA’s line up with accurate and aggressive bowling.
England’s batting performance was in direct contrast to the hosts as Savin Perera (84 off 109) and captain Harry Brook (91 off 82) paved the perfect platform. Left-hander Tom Lammonby was also solid at the back end of the innings as he hit an unbeaten 62.
South Africa’s best bowlers were Gerald Coetzee (1/49) and Akhona Mnyaka with (2/70) who although he had pace to burn, was a bit expensive at the end of the innings.
South Africa will next face England on Thursday 7 December and will hope for a much improved performance. The final of this triangular tournament will take place on Sunday 10 December.

Photos: Wouter Pienaar

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Wouter Pienaar
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