Centuries by Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s captain, Raynard van Tonder (117) and opening batsman, Matthew Breetzke (115) as well as a maiden youth international five-wicket haul by Gerald Coetzee saw the youngsters achieve a clinical, 73-run victory over New Zealand in their fifth and sixth place play-off at the ICC U19 World Cup in Christchurch on Saturday.
It was a confidence-boosting performance for the visitors, who were knocked out of the tournament in their quarter-final encounter against Pakistan earlier in the week. They posted daunting 284/6 at the end of their innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Van Tonder and Breetzke put on an exceptional 213-run, third-wicket partnership after the opening stand with Jiveshen Pillay (24) ended with 42 runs on the board.
New Zealand’s Matthew Fisher (2/59) was the most impactful bowler, while Ben Lockrose (1/57) and Rachin Ravindra (1/61) chipped in with one wicket each.
New Zealand’s reply was plagued by regular strikes by the South African attack, led by Coetzee, who returned with an excellent 5/32. His 9.5-over spell included two maidens, while support was provided by Akhona Mnyaka (2/49), Kenan Smith (1/36), Jason Niemand (1/50) and another sensational fielding display by Jade de Klerk that saw him run Callum McLachlan out with a direct hit of the stumps for 23 in the 33rd over. Dane Phillips top scored with a well-fought 74 off 82 balls.
The Baby Proteas won in 43.5 overs. They will play either England or Bangladesh in the fifth place play-off on Wednesday, 31 January in Queenstown.
Audio featuring Man of the Match, Raynard van Tonder can be located on the ftp site below accompanied by audio of Gerald Coetzee in English and Afrikaans which is embargoed for tomorrow.
Coca-Cola South Africa Under-19s ICC World Cup squad:
Raynard van Tonder (capt, Free State), Matthew Breetzke (Eastern Province), Jean du Plessis (South Western Districts), Jason Niemand (Border), 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), Jiveshen Pillay (Northerns), Hermann Rolfes (Northerns), Kenan Smith (Eastern Province), Akhona Mnyaka (Border).
Lawrence Mahatlane (Head Coach), Wandile Gwavu (Assistant Coach), Chris van Noordwyk (Assistant Coach), Riaan Osman (Manager), Kyle Southgate (Performance Analyst), Lizahn Naude (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison), Runeshan Moodley (Fitness Trainer), Robin Peterson (Technical Consultant), Maurice Aronstam (Mental Conditioning Coach).