SA U19 set themselves up for Sri Lanka quarter-final

2010-01-22 00:00

THE South African Under-19 cricket side has performed very well in the group stages of the U19 World Cup currently held in New Zealand.

They won all three games to head their group and will play Sri Lanka, who were runners-up in their group behind hosts New Zealand, in the quarter-finals.

With Australia, Ireland and the U.S. as the other sides in their group, it was expected that South Africa would play in the quarters with Australia.

On Wednesday, the hosts played Australia to see who would head the group, and SA secured a win in Queenstown on the penultimate ball of the match.

Australia elected to bat and posted a competitive 276 for seven in the 50 overs, where, after a relatively slow start, Jason Floros lifted the rate, making 96 off 97 balls, and Tim Armstrong a late flurry as he bludgeoned 48 off 43 balls.

Best of the SA bowlers was opener Graham Hume, with figures of three for 35 in his 10 overs.

Dale Deeb, who faced the last over, needed to score six runs for a win. He scored a four off the first ball of the over and then, on the fifth ball, managed to glance the ball down to fine leg for a second four, which secured the win by two wickets. He ended on 27.

Man-of-the-match Dominique Hendricks and captain Josh Richards got South Africa off to a solid start, adding 58 in the first eight overs. Hendricks ended on 94 off 98.

Afterwards, Richards said that a few soft dismissals in the middle order had made the win more difficult and, even when Hendricks was dismissed, continued to push steadily towards the target, maintaining the required run rate.

The other quarter-finals will be Pakistan against India, New Zealand against Australia and England against the West Indies.

SCORE IN BRIEF:

Australia 267-7 (Floros 96, Armstrong 48, Hume 3/35)

South Africa 268-8 (Hendricks 94, Chetty 32, Smith 30, Keath 3/34, Richardson 3/58)

South Africa won by 2 wkts

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