SA win two, lose one in U/19 series

2012-01-17 00:00

THE triangular U/19 series between South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe started last week. South Africa played their first three games, winning twice against Zimbabwe and losing against Pakistan.

They have another three matches to play, two against Pakistan and one against Zimbabwe, before the final on January 22.

On a very hot day in Cape Town, Zimbabwe opted to bat first, but good bowling by Rabian Engelbrecht and Travis Muller restricted them to 197 for eight in their 50 overs. Ryan Burl was the only Zimbabwean to spend some time at the crease, making 59 off 97 balls.

Chad Bowes (ex-Kearsney) and captain Quinton de Kock then put on 53 for the opening stand. When Bowes was out for 12 in the eighth over, De Kock and Gihahn Cloete took South Africa to a nine-wicket win.

Cloete made 59 in 77 balls, but it was De Kock who stole the show. He scored 123 in 106 balls and added 135 for the unbroken second wicket stand with Cloete.

It was not so good against Pakistan on Friday as Pakistan reached 260 for nine after winning the toss. The first wicket fell in the 28th over after Sami Aslam and Babar Azam had compiled 143 for the first wicket.

It was then that Engelbrecht and Lesibe Ngoepe got among the wickets, taking three apiece.

South Africa didn’t have the start they would have hoped for, losing two early wickets including De Kock.

Diego Rosier (52) and Bowes (62) added 110 runs for the third wicket, but when they were removed, wickets started to fall at regular intervals with Mohammad Nawaz unsettling the batsmen and ending with five wickets in his 10 overs. South Africa were all out, 54 runs short of the required total.

In their second game against Zimbabwe, South Africa were back in it for the win.

This time De Kock asked Zimbabwe to bat first. They were bowled out for 176 in the 39th over.

Solomzi Nqweni, in his first game for his country, took three wickets, while Shayleen Pillay took two.

Kyle Bowie nipped out two early wickets to have South Africa at 10 for two.

They lost a further two with Bowie getting his third before Pillay and Murray Coetzee took South Africa home, adding an unbroken 138 for the fifth wicket.

Man of the match Pillay ended on 91 and Coetzee on 51, to give South Africa a six-wicket win. South Africa play Pakistan in their fourth match today.


Scores in brief:

Zimbabwe: 197-8 (R Burl 59, R Engelbrecht 3/33, T Muller 3/37)

South Africa: 202-1 (Q de Kock 123*, G Cloete 59*)

South Africa won by nine wickets

Pakistan: 260-9 (S Aslam 112, B Azan 52, R Engelbrecht 3/38, L Ngoepe 3/47)

South Africa: 206 (D Rosier 52, C Bowes 63, M Nawaz 5/33, U Qadir 3/53)

Pakistan won by 54 runs

Zimbabwe: 176 (J Bruce 45, L Masasire 30, S Nqweni 3/40)

South Africa: 177-4 (S Pillay 91*, M Cioetzee 51*, K Bowie 3/25)

South Africa won by six wickets.

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