Jennings’ cricket babies outdo themselves

2012-08-25 14:51

The Under-19 Cricket World Cup has unearthed many stars.

The 2008 edition in Malaysia gave the world Virat Kohli, who is now an integral part of India’s Test middle order.

South Africa’s player development is not as fast, owing to the longevity of senior players and the number of first-class sides, compared to the multitude of teams in India.

That, though, cannot detract from Ray Jennings’ charges as they marched creditably to the semifinals of the Under-19 ICC World Cup, where they lost to Australia on Tuesday. They pummelled New Zealand by eight wickets this morning to finish third.

In an interview before their departure, Jennings was not overly confident about his team’s chances, but they did better than the 2010 side, who faltered at the quarterfinal stage.

Revenge was exacted against Sri Lanka, the side who had extinguished their hopes despite Dominic Hendricks’ efforts.

It was a side Jennings’ had punted as favourites, along with India, whose final clash with Australia is scheduled for 1.20am South African time.

The Junior Proteas needed their provincial and franchise players to step up and Quinton de Kock and Chad Bowes responded to the call and, like thoroughbreds, warmed to the task.

Currently, they lie fourth and sixth in the leading run scorers chart.

It was not a two-man show, though, as various players like Murray Cloete and Theunis de Bruyn fronted up when the top order could not produce.
The bowlers also did their part at crucial stages. There wasn’t a standout performance but there was always one to take responsibility, as Dolphins’ off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen did with 4/24 in the quarterfinal win against England.

The semifinal loss against Australia might raise questions with regards to South Africa’s abilities to get past knockout rounds.

It would be scary if “choking” has already attached itself to them like a cancer that will continue to manifest into adulthood. Like their senior counterparts, the wait for ICC silverware continues.

The team arrives back in South Africa on Tuesday morning.

SA Under 19’s World Cup Results
vs Bangladesh: won by 133 runs

SA U19 294/8 (De Kock 95, De Bruyn 63)
Ban U19 161 (Vincent Moore 3/44, Shaylin Pillay 2/4)

vs Namibia: won by 209 runs
SA U19 359/6 (de Kock 126, Bowes 115)
Nam U19 150 all out 9 (De Bruyn 4/20)

vs Sri Lanka: won by four wickets
SL U19 150 (Corne Dry 4/16, Calvin Savage 2/30)
SA U19 153/6 (Bowes 46, De Bruyn 42)

Quarterfinal vs England: won by 103 runs
SA U19 244 (Murray Coetzee 67, De Bruyn 54)
Eng U19 141 (Prenelan Subrayen 4/24)

Semifinal vs Australia: lost by four wickets
SA U19 191/8 (Coetzee 50, Bowes 46)
Aus U19 193/6 (Lizaad Williams 3/40)

3rd/4th place play-off vs New Zealand: won by eight wickets
NZ U19 90 (David Rhoda 4/26, Savage 3/14)
SA U19 94/2 (De Kock 50, De Bruyn 19*)

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