Peterson happy with SA U19 preparations

Robin Peterson.

Robin Peterson.

The Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s have arrived in Pietermaritzburg to continue their five-match Youth One-Day International series against the West Indies.

The hosts comfortably won the opening match by five wickets in Chatsworth on Sunday and former Proteas all-rounder, Robin Peterson, a technical consultant with the team, believes they are in excellent shape heading into the second match.

“I think the boys have put in a magnificent effort in terms of their preparation,” he said. “The guys are hungry to succeed and do well. The energy at training and the willingness to learn as well as the keenness to improve on the first ODI victory, is very impressive.”

Captain Raynard van Tonder, led from the front in the opening encounter with his unbeaten 131, paving the way for the South Africans to chase down 223 with almost 10 overs to spare.

Thando Ntini starred with the ball by taking four for 56.

Peterson is expecting defending U19 World Cup champions, West Indies to be stronger at the Pietermaritzburg Oval, but is confident in their own chances.

“All bodes well going forward,” he added. “I'm expecting a tight encounter in this game. But the guys have prepared well and they're ticking all the boxes, so preparations have been perfect. Hopefully they'll be able to keep calm heads under pressure and get one over the Windies again.”

Coca-Cola South Africa U19 team:

Raynard van Tonder (Free State), Matthew Breetzke (Eastern Province), Curtis Campher (Gauteng), Jesse Christensen (Western Province), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Jade de Klerk (Eastern Province), Fraser Jones (KZN Inland), Wandile Makwetu (Gauteng), Andile Mogakane (KZN Coastal), Kgaudise Molefe (Gauteng), Thando Ntini (Western Province), Jiveshan Pillay (Northerns), Herman Rolfes (Northerns), Kenan Smith (Eastern Province), Jason Niemand (Border).

Injury report

Jacob Miltz has returned home due to a grade one hamstring strain. He will be replaced by Jason Niemand for the remainder of the tour.