25 Jan PROCESS-ORIENTATED JUNIOR PROTEAS TAKING IT ONE GAME AT A TIME AHEAD OF WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL
NORTH SOUND: According to South Africa under-19 head coach, Shukri Conrad, his side is fully focused on the task at hand as they prepare to take on their England counterparts in the first ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.
The Super League contest will get underway from 15h00 South African Time (09h00 local time) at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, with the match shown live on SuperSport Grandstand and Cricket.
Ahead of the crucial clash against the English, where South Africa have an opportunity to make the last four in the competition for the first time since 2014, when the Aiden Markram-led side lifted the trophy in the United Arab Emirates, head coach Conrad said:
“Making the semi-finals, I don’t think we ever set our goals as making semi-finals. We want to go out and win every game we play in and if it gets us to a semi-final, final or winning the competition then so be it,” he commented.
“We are very process-orientated as a group and obviously it would be great to put one over England but then the next game then becomes the biggest.
“We just looking forward to the game and if we play similarly to what we did against Ireland then we with a good shout and like I’ve always said, we are quietly confident that when this group does play to its potential then there’s a few teams that could stop us,” he added.
In the last game, the SA U19s overcame Ireland in the third and final Group B clash on Friday, with skipper George van Heerden top-scoring with an impressive 111 off 93 deliveries, smashing eight sixes and three fours to lead his side to 315 / 7 before Ireland were removed for 158 to seal 153-run win.
In-form Dewald Brevis also contributed with a handy 96 off 122 balls, while Matthew Boast (3 / 25) and Liam Alder (3 / 20) starred with the ball.
“Really good result against Ireland,” Conrad continued.
“It was more important in the way in which we played. Some might say it’s only Ireland but very often the games that you are expected to win are the toughest ones, so we certainly respect every team we play against and that’s a massive thing for us, showing the necessary respect to our opposition.
“We will prepare no differently for England in the quarterfinal as we would for Ireland, Uganda or India for that matter. Lots of learnings. It entrenched our belief that when we get ourselves into a good position, we possess hitting power towards the back second to none,” he added.
“Great to see George get a hundred and also the cameos that Andile (Simelane) and Mickey (Copeland) played. Brevis, obviously, is in a good vein of form and hopefully that continues, so really happy for that,” Conrad concluded.
Heading into the last eight, Brevis sits atop the runs-scorers list with 265 runs after three matches, with an average of 88.33, while Boast features in the top 10 of the leading wicket-takers, with seven scalps.
Audio from Junior Proteas head coach, Shukri Conrad is available to download here.
South Africa’s 2022 ICC Men’s Super League Fixtures:
**Matches will get underway at 09H00 local time – 15H00 (SAST)
Tuesday, 25 January 2022 – Super League Quarter-final 1: England U19s vs South Africa U19s (Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound)
2022 ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup – South Africa Under-19 Squad:
George van Heerden (Captain) (Warriors), Liam Alder (Lions), Matthew Boast (KZN Inland), Dewald Brevis (Titans), Michael Copeland (Boland), Ethan Cunningham (Western Province), Valentine Kitime (Titans), Kwena Maphaka (Lions), Gerhard Maree (Free State), Aphiwe Mnyanda (Warriors), Andile Simelane (KwaZulu-Natal Inland), Jade Smith (Warriors), Kaden Solomons (Western Province), Joshua Stephenson (Warriors), Asakhe Tshaka (Western Province)
Hardus Coetzer (Titans), Ronan Hermann (Lions), Caleb Seleka (North West)
Shukri Conrad (Head coach); Thabang Khumalo (Assistant coach); Blanche Conradie (Manager); Phumzile Ngobese (Physiotherapist); Curtley Diesel (Fitness Trainer); Kyle Southgate – (Video Analyst); Rory Kleinveldt (Bowling consultant); Neil McKenzie (Batting consultant); Salih Solomons –(Doctor)
Audio from SA u19s captain, George van Heerden is available to download here.
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