SA U19s bounce back with bonus-point victory

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04: Thando Ntini of South Africa celebrates with teammates after dismissing Henry Brink of Namibia during the U/19 Tri Series match between South Africa and Namibia at PUK Oval on December 04, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04: Thando Ntini of South Africa celebrates with teammates after dismissing Henry Brink of Namibia during the U/19 Tri Series match between South Africa and Namibia at PUK Oval on December 04, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

The Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s recovered well from their 112-run defeat to England last night with a convincing victory by 62 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method over Namibia at Puk Oval in Potchefstroom on Monday. This win means that the hosts are confirmed to take on England in the final of the Cricket South Africa Youth One-Day International Triangular Series this Sunday, 10 December.

The Man of the Match award went to Namibia’s Gerard Lottering (83*) who top scored for the visitors, helping them reach 184/9 at the end of their allotted overs after being put in to bat first. His unbeaten 83-run knock came off 75 deliveries and included five 4s and six 6s, while the rest of the line-up was destroyed by Hermann Rolfes (4/16) and Thando Ntini (3/27), who were remarkable on the day. Jason Niemand also impressed, chipping in with 2/23 and was instrumental in ensuring that the rest of the batsmen did not pass Petrus Burger’s 22.

South Africa’s reply got off to a shaky start with the loss of debutant Jacob Miltz, who got caught behind for three runs in the third over. His opening partner, Jiveshen Pillay (32 off 30 balls, 4x4s, 1x6) did well to rebuild the innings with captain Raynard van Tonder, sharing a 65-run partnership for the third wicket before his departure at the hands of Mauritius Ngupita (1/33) at the end of the 14th.

Van Tonder played a captain’s knock, returning not-out for 59 runs off 69 deliveries, including a 58-run partnership with number five batsman, Wandile Makwetu (30* off 35, 3x4s). The pair looked in good nick and were looking set to go big when lightning triggered a halt to the match, followed by yet another shower which eventually put an end to the match.

The home side will have a two-day break between matches to recover from their back-to-back fixtures and will face England in their last round-robin match of the series before Sunday’s final. While both teams sit with 10 points on the tournament log, the latter once again take the number one spot by virtue of a superior net run rate.