Harmer helps SA ‘A’ to victory

2013-08-03 00:00

SIMON Harmer took eight wickets for 87 runs to lead South Africa “A” to a seven-wicket victory in the second and final four-day Test match against Australia “A” in Rustenburg yesterday. South Africa won the series 1-0.

Harmer picked up from his good work on Thursday, taking six wickets on day three to bundle the visitors out for 277 with a 67-run lead.

“The wicket was really turning and that’s always nice for a spinner, it was good that I could take advantage of the conditions,” he said.

Marchant de Lange bowled just one over in the morning before he was pulled off the field with some discomfort to his side. He was pulled out just as a precautionary measure and will have a scan this morning to assess his condition.

In their batting reply South Africa lost their openers Reeza Hendricks and Dean Elgar in the 10th and 11th overs, for 12 and 19 respectively. Stiaan van Zyl scored 23 off 19 balls to get his side within winning distance before he was removed by Nic Maddinson. Rilee Rossouw smashed the ball away for six to get the winning runs just one ball later.

Team captain Justin Ontong is thrilled with his side’s efforts.

“I’m very proud of the boys, we had to come back hard from the first game. We didn’t win the toss on the first day, but it wasn’t a bad toss to lose,” he said. “I think my bowlers were exceptional, Beuran Hendricks in the first innings did fantastically well and Simon Harmer’s performance in the second innings was unbelievable.

“Rilee Rossouw’s hundred really set us up nicely, it was a fantastic hundred on a wicket like that. As a batsman you never felt you could settle in, I’m really proud of the collective team effort that was put in and I’m very proud of the boys.”

The sides will have a few days to recover before the start of their triangular series against India starting on the August 6. Finch is looking forward to the change in formats.

South Africa will be joined by Roelof van der Walt, Richard Levi, Yaseen Valli and Dane Vilas for the triangular series, Ontong is excited to have a few new faces to add to the side.

Ontong said: “Coming off the four-day games we don’t have a lot of turnaround time, but the one-day guys have arrived and started practising with the white ball.

“Our guys will have a rest today and tomorrow, but Sunday [tomorrow] we hit the ground running. India are bringing a really good team and Australia are always a tough one-day side.

“It’s going to be a good Test for our boys especially seeing as our seniors have been struggling, it’s going to be a good opportunity for these young guys to put their hands up and be counted.”


Australia A 146 (Maddinson 88, Hendricks 5/52) and 277 (Maddinson 90, Harmer 8/87)

SA A 356 (Rossouw 115*, Elgar 83, Ahmed 4/80) and 71/3

SA A won by 7 wickets.

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