SA U19 crush NZ to secure third place

2012-08-27 00:00

THE South African U19 cricket side ended the 2012 World Cup being held in Queensland, Australia, in an emphatic way on Saturday.

After the disappointment of losing against the host nation in the semi-final, they demolished New Zealand for third position. New Zealand had lost to India by nine runs in the other semi-final.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat, but Jan Fr ylinck, in his second over, put them on the back foot, taking two wickets with successive balls. They never recovered and when man of the match Calvin Savage ran through the rest of the top order, taking three wickets in four overs, New Zealand looked well out of the running, bar for a dramatic partnership late in the innings.

This was not to be as David Rhoda used his leg spinners to good effect, polishing off the tail, taking four wickets in 9.5 overs. New Zealand were dismissed in the 37th over for just 90 runs.

With Quinton de Kock leading the way, South Africa reached the target in the 15th over. He reached 50 in 43 balls, to be the second wicket that fell after Chad Bowes was out for 12 with the score on 48. Twenty runs were added by De Kock and Diego Rosier before De Kock was out for his half century. Theunis de Bruyn then took SA to victory with 19 in just nine balls.

New Zealand, who had made 200 in pursuit of the 209 made by India, collapsed against a disciplined SA bowling attack. Savage’s three wickets came with two caught behind by De Kock and one LBW. There were five ducks in the New Zealand innings, with the top score being 21.

Yesterday, Australia, who were defending the title, lost in an exciting finish against India. This is the first time that Australia have lost when they have played in the final of this competition. India lifted the trophy for the third time.

Batting first, Australia compiled a useful 225 for 8 after being sent in. They recovered well from 38 for 4. Captain William Bosisto, who was unbeaten on 87, was voted Player of the Series.

India can thank their captain Unmakt Chand, who scored a ton, together with Smit Patel for the win. They put on over 100 runs for the fifth wicket with Patel being unbeaten on 62. Two dropped catches, that both should have been taken, when Patel was on 2 and again when Chand was on 84, probably cost Australia the championship.

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