Second Emerging four-day match drawn, SA win series

The SA Emerging side with the series trophy.

The SA Emerging side with the series trophy.

The second and final Cricket South Africa Emerging four-day match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Tuks Oval in Pretoria has ended in a draw, leaving a 1-0 series win for the home side.

Bjorn Fortuin took 4/97 to help bowl the visitors out for 510 early in the day. In reply, Dayyaan Galiem, Simon Khomari and captain, Leus du Plooy hit 37*, 27 and 21* to get South Africa to 99/2 before the umpires called the match.

The end of this series also means an end to the Powerade National Academy from which the South Africa players were selected. Coach, Shukri Conrad is delighted with the progress of his players as well as their performance in the four-day series.

“I’m happy with the way the boys have played, I’m happy with the way that things came together in this final game,” he said. “I think we could have played on that particular wicket another couple of weeks and we’d still struggle to get a result, that’s how good it was, but full marks to our guys. Karabo Mogotsi getting a double hundred was outstanding, Marques Ackerman (156) played brilliantly and has played fantastically well throughout the tour.

“All-round we’ve had some fantastic performances. With the ball, it was really tough work but we toiled manfully and professionally and that was good to see. It was also good to see bowlers not have it their own way, this was a similar wicket to what you’d often find at an international level. All in all, I’m happy with the way the boys played in this tournament, I’m happy with the way that the Powerade National Academy ended as well.”