Maphaka, Norton shines for young Proteas


One does not have to be a cricket seer to predict that Kwena Maphaka will win many more matches for his team.

The left-handed fast bowler has once again played a barrage for the young Proteas in their 119-run victory against Sri Lanka in the under-19 World Cup tournament.

Maphaka impressed with his speed and swing in Potchefstroom and he boasts a bowling analysis of 6/21.

Along with Riley Norton (4/28), he saw to it that the Asian team were bowled out for just 113 runs in reply to South Africa’s 232/8.

Maphaka has already sent 18 batsmen back to the dressing room in the tournament and he takes his wickets at a spectacular average of 9.55.

However, Norton also deserves a huge pat on the back for his play.

In addition to his four wickets, his 41 runs also knocked the chestnuts out of the fire for the South Africans.

The young Proteas were in trouble with the score at 133/6, but Norton together with Romashan Pillay (27 runs) was able to steer the Protea ship to safer waters again.

Earlier, Lhuan-dré Pretorius (71 runs) and Steve Stolk (22 runs) enjoyed an opening partnership of 63 runs and with the two of them in front of the wickets it looked like South Africa would score a big score.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 232/8 in 50 overs: Lhuan-dré Pretorius 71, Riley Norton 41* and Supun Waduge 2/28.

Sri Lanka 113/10 in 23.2 overs: Sharujan Shanmuganathan 29, Kwena Maphaka 6/21 and Riley Norton 4/28.