Kyle Simmonds claimed two wickets in an economic spell of bowling and followed that up with an unbeaten 44 as South Africa Emerging claimed a first win over their Sri Lanka counterparts in their One-Day Triangular Series encounter in Pretoria on Saturday.
The Northerns all-rounder first conceded just 35 in his 10 overs as the tourists were pegged back to 247 for seven. He then plundered three sixes and two fours in a 26-ball knock to help his side win by three wickets with a full eight overs to spare.
The result meant that coach Shukri Conrad’s side extended their advantage in second place, although the Sri Lankans, after their first defeat, still head the standings with one round of matches to play before next Sunday’s final.
The Asian side, who beat the University Sports South Africa (USSA) in their encounter the previous day, and had won the toss and opted to bat first, made a flying start by reaching 80 for one after 13 overs.
This was thanks to a 78-run second-wicket stand between Sandun Weerakkody (42) and Pathum Nissanka (37).
But they lost quick wicketss from there at the LC De Villiers Oval, slipping to 140 for six by the 33rd over after Simmonds and Dayyaan Galiem (2/25) both claimed double strikes.
It took an unbeaten 54 (55 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) from Ramesh Mendis to lift them towards a competitive total, with support also coming through Lahiru Madushanka (30).
South Africa too hit some early trouble as two wickets fell in the opening eight overs – Janneman Malan (18) and Raynard van Tonder (0) both taken out by Amila Aponso (2/46).
But Matthew Breetzke’s half-century lead the way from the other end, with the Warriors opener striking 53 (57 balls, 6 fours).
And, although they lost seven wickets, the target proved too low to challenge the run-rate. Breetzke, together with the likes of Tony de Zorzi (30), Sinethemba Qeshile (37), Galiem (28) and Simmonds, managed to secure a much-needed win.
SA Emerging squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (VKB Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tshepo Ndwandwa (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (Northerns), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans), Thando Ntini (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).
Tue 09: 7th One Day Match - Sri Lanka Emerging vs USSA (Groenkloof Oval)
Wed 10: 8th One Day Match - Sri Lanka Emerging vs South Africa Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Thu 11: 9th One Day Match - USSA vs South Africa Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Sun 14: Final - T. B. C. vs T. B. C. (Tuks Oval)
Thu 18-Sun 21 1st Four Day Match - South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Senwes Park)
Thu 25-Sun 28 2nd Four Day Match - South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)