SA U19 beat Zim by seven wickets

2013-09-28 00:00

A REVITALISED bowling performance by South Africa U19 saw them bounce back well to beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets at the quadrangular youth tournament at the Port Diamond Jubilee Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India, yesterday.

South Africa have now won two out of their three fixtures after the completion of the first of two rounds.

Zimbabwe were dismissed for 135 runs thanks to superb bowling up front by the openers, Ngazibini Sigwili (3/10 in five overs) and Kagiso Rabada (1/22 in 4.2 overs), after South Africa won the toss and chose to field first. Sigwili removed Joylord Gumbie (2), Ryan Burl (10) and Jack Myers (0) in quick succession. Further wickets were taken by Hayes van der Berg (2/19 in six overs), keeping the pressure up and insuring the opposition were restricted to 95/8 by the 26th over.

Zimbabwe did not go down without a fight, however. Brandon Diplock and Mkhululi Nyati shared a 31-run partnership for the last wicket to help their side to a slightly more respectable total.

South Africa got off to a good start in their reply, despite losing their captain for the day, Aiden Markam, for 23 at the end of the fifth over. Clyde Fortuin (62*) was again the leading runs scorer. He scored his second successive half-century while sharing a 74-run partnership with Corbin Bosch (27), leading their side to 122/1 before Bosch was dismissed in the 11th over.

Andile Phehlukwayo entered the fray, only to lose his wicket for five runs with just four more needed. Van der Berg hit a massive six down the ground off his first ball to score the winning runs. They completed the win in just under 13 overs.

Coach Ray Jennings expressed his satisfaction both with the win and the manner in which the side conducted themselves after the loss to India.

He still believes there is plenty of room for improvement, but is happy that his team are on the right track to reach the final next week.

“I think it’s important for the team in a tournament like this to get a good performance under their belt especially after their loss to India,” he said. “It settles the side down and helps the guys realise their skills are still intact. I thought the three aspects of the game were good today, but from a fielding point of view, there’s always room for improvement at under-19 level.”

South Africa will play Australia tomorrow.

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