The Junior Proteas went 2-0 up in the three-match series yesterday when they beat England by a comprehensive 6 wickets with 8 overs to spare on the back of an unbeaten century by Jono Bird and a five-wicket haul by spinner Louis van Schalkwyk. They now have a chance to complete a clean sweep in the final match on Sunday.
“Congratulations to head coach Lawrence Mahatlane, team captain Wandile Makwetu and all the players and support staff on a magnificent achievement,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “England are never easy to beat under their own conditions and this is indeed a performance to savour.
“What was particularly impressive was the margin of the two victories with our players successfully defending a moderate total in the first game and then chasing down a substantial target in the second and hardly using the final power play in the process.
“A target in excess of 250 is always challenging and our boys showed great maturity in handling the pressure of the occasion. If one considers that England had an opening stand in excess of 120, it says a great deal for the typical fighting South African spirit our boys displayed.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the many people who take our youngsters through our talent development pipeline and make a very bright future a reality for our cricket,” concluded Mr. Moroe.