All-round England U19s maintain unbeaten streak

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Adam Finch of England celebrates with teammates after dismissing Andile Mokgakana of South Africa during the U/19 Tri Series match between South Africa and England at Senwes Park on December 03, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Adam Finch of England celebrates with teammates after dismissing Andile Mokgakana of South Africa during the U/19 Tri Series match between South Africa and England at Senwes Park on December 03, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Half-centuries by England under-19s skipper Harry Brook (91), Savin Perera (84) and Tom Lammonby (62*), along with wickets from Luke Hollman (4/30) and Will Jacks (3/33) sealed a 112-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method for the visitors in their day/night encounter against the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s at Senwes Park on Sunday.

The tourists posted a substantial 289/5 in 49 overs after being asked to bat first, before rain disrupted play. When it resumed, the match was reduced to 44 overs a side with a revised target of 279 for the home side.

The visiting captain, Brook missed out on a century, falling for a well-batted 91 from 82 deliveries (12x4s, 2x6s). He and Perera, shared a solid 149-run, second-wicket partnership after Akhona Mnyaka (2/70) struck with the wicket of Tom Banton for two in the sixth over. He was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa.

Even though the visitors lost Jacks for two to Matthew Breetzke (1/9) in the following over, they bounced back well with a 59-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Lammonby and Finlay Trenouth (29 off 22), the former returning unbeaten for 62.

South Africa’s reply was missing that key partnership that would carry the side forward. They started well with an 81-run opening stand between Jiveshen Pillay (31 off 43) and Breetzke (52 off 46), who scored his second-consecutive half-century in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Youth One-Day International Triangular Series so far. After them, only Wandile Makwetu managed a notable 22 from 36 balls, as the rest of the batting line-up failed to either capitalize on starts or reach double figures.

England’s Hollman and Jacks were the chief destroyers, taking seven wickets between them, but the captain, also chipped in with two wickets for 20 runs in 5.2 overs, earning him a thoroughly deserved Man of the Match award. They won the match with 40 balls to spare and firmly occupy the pole position in the tournament log.

The young South Africans will have to bounce back quickly with a rapid turnaround time to their next fixture, which is against Namibia tomorrow at 10:00 at Puk Oval.

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