SA U19s finish strong at World Cup

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31:  South Africa players celebrate the dismissal of Mohammed Naim Sheikh of Bangladesh during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 5th Playoff match between South Africa and Bangladesh at John Davies Oval on January 31, 2018 in Queenstown, New Zealand.  (Photo by Dianne Manson-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31: South Africa players celebrate the dismissal of Mohammed Naim Sheikh of Bangladesh during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 5th Playoff match between South Africa and Bangladesh at John Davies Oval on January 31, 2018 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Fraser Jones and Akhona Mnyaka took eight wickets between them, setting up the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s’ eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their last ICC U19 World Cup appearance in Queenstown, New Zealand on Wednesday. They end the tournament in fifth place overall.

A thrilling spell by Jones with the ball upfront saw him claim his first Youth One-Day International five-wicket haul (5/33) off just eight overs, including a maiden, while Mnyaka also take an impressive 3/27 as the opposition was bowled out for 178 in 41.4 overs after electing to bat first. Bangladesh had slipped to 33/5 thanks to the opening bowlers, but Afif Hossain (63 off 59 balls) and Shakil Hossain (61 off 89) brought life back to their innings, helping their side to a more respectable total in the end.

South Africa lost only the wickets of openers, Jiveshen Pillay (12) and Matthew Breetzke (36) in their maturely executed hunt for victory. Raynard van Tonder played another captain’s knock, returning unbeaten for 82 runs off 99 balls (7x4s, 2x6s) and shared a 117-run, third-wicket stand with Hermann Rolfes, who was also not out for 44 off 51 balls (7x4s).

The Baby Proteas cruised to victory with 69 balls to spare.