SOUTH AFRICA A's hopes of reaching the Quadrangular One-Day Series final suffered a fatal blow after they fell to an eight-wicket loss to Australia A in their latest outing at Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, in Mackay on Sunday.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the visitors were blown away for just 134 in 42.1 overs with Cameron Boyce picking up 4/21.
Khaya Zondo top-scored with 40 for the South Africans, but there was little support from the rest of the batsmen. David Miller (25), Qaasim Adams (27) and Andile Phehlukwayo (22) all got starts, but failed to kick on.
Chris Tremain (2/26) and Kane Richardson (2/11) were also amongst the wicket to leave the home side needing just 135 for victory.
Phehlukwayo (1/36) and Dwaine Pretorius (2/18) did manage early wickets, but captain Chris Lynn struck an unbeaten 56 (51 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes) and Glenn Maxwell hit 46 to guide their side to victory in just 18.5 overs.
The result means South Africa are bottom of the table with seven points. India A are leading the way on 16 points, four clear of the Australia A side (16), with the National Performance Squad on 10.
The South Africans can still mathematically qualify for the final, but must beat the NPS with a bonus point on Wednesday. They will also need India A to heavily beat Australia A in their final match on Tuesday.