Cape Town - The West Indies’ spin trio of Gidron Pope, Jyd Goolie and Michael Frew restricted the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s to a tied match when the sides met at Fatullah in their last warm-up match of the ICC U19 World Cup Bangladesh 2016 on Sunday.
The Windies were put into bat first and restricted to 153/9 in their allotted 35 overs after the start of play was delayed by bad weather. Conor McKerr was the pick of South Africa’s bowlers, taking three wickets for 30, with Dayyaan Galiem chipping in with 2/30, both in seven-over spells.
Openers, Kyle Verrynne (33) and Liam Smith, got their side off to a solid start with a 68-run stand in their reply before the former was trapped lbw by Shamar Springer in the middle of the 15th over. Smith went on to share a 48-run, second-wicket partnership with Wiaan Mulder, who was the day’s top performer with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 58 runs from 67 balls, including two fours and two sixes.
Trouble began when Frew struck in the 25th over, seeing off Smith for a well-played 39, followed by captain, Tony de Zorzi, who was removed for 5 in the 30th, leaving South Africa on 131/3 with 32 balls remaining of the innings. Mulder put on 19 runs for the fourth wicket with Rivaldo Moonsamy (11) before the latter was bowled with two balls remaining in the innings and his side needing four runs to win.
The nail-biting match simmered to a tie that would leave South Africa a little disappointed after the flying start that they made.
The team travels to Chittagong tomorrow, where they will face hosts, Bangladesh, in the opening match of the tournament this Wednesday, 27 January.