Youngsters stun Proteas

2014-02-13 00:00

THERE’S all to play for in the final match of the KFC Mini-Cricket against the Proteas tour, with the series level at 2-2.

This after the mini-cricket children of Malvern Primary School pulled of a last ball, one-run win over their senior counterparts in a match the Proteas were confident of winning.

Led by David Miller, the Proteas won the toss and asked the children to bat.

Playmaker Laveshan Govender cut loose, dispatching Miller and Kyle Abbott with ease, prompting Miller to introduce spin as Imran Tahir stepped up to the mark.

It was a wise move as the scoring rate slowed but once Tahir had bowled his quota, the batsmen made merry once more.

Protea women players Nadine Moodley and Lizelle Lee came in for more stick than they would have liked and the final over was entrusted to Shabnim Ismail, who did a fine job, stifling the scoring.

The runs were on the board and the Proteas needed 74 in their allotted eight overs.

Tahir opened the batting with Chloe Tyron, the pair restricted by tight and determined bowling and fielding.

Lee partnered with Moodley and kept the Proteas in the chase, scoring off every ball.

With Miller still to come, the game was in the balance. He started with some trademark hits well out the ground and when he was joined by Lee, batting for a second time in place of the injured AB de Villiers, 21 was needed from the last two overs.

Kai Landman proved the matchwinner, the Proteas battling to get him away and Uyapha Mathalane was entrusted with the final over, the Proteas needing five to win from the final two balls.

The deciding match has yet to be finalised.

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