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South Africa U19 book place in Triangular Youth cricket final

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 27, 2017
South Africa U19 book place in Triangular Youth cricket final

With just eight balls to spare, the South African Under-19 side beat Sri Lanka U19 by five wickets at Boland Park in Paarl on Thursday 26th January in the last tri-round robin match for the 2016/17 Tri-Nations Under-19 Tournament. The third inclusion of the tournament was Zimbabwe U19.

Sri Lanka looked as though they were in rut-filled trouble in the opening stages of their innings when they lost their two openers, Reven Kelly and Patham Nissanka, and then fourth down the order, Kamindu Mendis, before the end of the sixth over as the score displayed 19/3.

The visitors then started getting some rolling momentum with two partnerships respectively namely, the 48-run fourth-wicket partnership between third in, Krishan Arachchige, and Shammu Ashan; and the better-enveloped 73-run sixth-wicket partnership between Arachchige and Mishen Silva.

Arachchige showed to anchor those two partnerships and ended up scoring 81 before getting bowled by Ruan de Swardt. Silva was the mainstay for the rest of the Sri Lankan innings – scoring 61 not out.

Sri Lanka projected a score of 223 all out in the 48th over, with South Africans, de Swardt and Akhona Mnyaka contributing the most with the ball – achieving bowling figures of 3/32 and 3/45 respectively. Fine fielding efforts from de Swardt, Muhammed Mayet and keeper, Wandile Makwetu, also saw Sri Lanka lose two wickets in run-outs.

South Africa then set up a stern batting display after the loss of their first wicket (Makwetu) in just the fourth over. The platform was set with three consecutive flinty partnerships that availed South Africa home, namely Matthew Breetzke/Jesse Christensen (49), Breetzke/Raynard von Tonder (57) and von Tonder/Mitchell van Buuren (81).

The three partnerships heeded 187 runs for the loss of just three wickets, which flaunted South Africa to their target, despite the loss of sixth-in, Mayet, for a duck. Individually, Breetzke scored 43; van Buuren 44 and von Tonder 87 not out, in his man-of-the-match winning performance. South Africa docked the scoreboard with 224/5 at the closing.

After playing a total of six games each in the U19 Tri-Nations Tournament, South Africa won five with their solitude loss coming against Zimbabwe in a shockingly below-par performance, losing by five wickets on January 19th.

South Africa top the log, with Sri Lanka placing second and Zimbabwe third – with the top two (South Africa and Sri Lanka) contending it out one last time in the final on Saturday, 28th January at the same ground.

Image: Raynard von Tonder (left) and Mitchell van Buuren (right) in the middle.