Young Proteas hit 244 in semi-final


The young Proteas may have hit a few speed bumps, but they still have 244/7 on the scoreboard in the semi-final of the under-19 World Cup in Benoni.

Lhuan-dré Pretorius’ batting star shone the brightest and the opening batsman scored 76 runs from 102 deliveries.

He was well assisted by Richard Seletswane (64 runs), but the home team particularly struggled to score runs from the bowling of Saumy Pandey and Musheer Khan.

Instead of keeping the foot on the accelerator, the South Africans seemed to have switched to a lower gear. Boundaries were almost as rare as hen’s teeth and the batsmen struggled to keep the scoreboard rolling.

Captain Juan James (24 runs from 19 balls) and Tristan Luus (23 runs from 12 balls) could at least provide a welcome injection of momentum and the South Africans scored 49 runs from the last five overs.

Whether it will be enough against the Indians, however, is a good question.

India posted the highest score in the tournament (326/5 against USA), while Khan and Uday Saharan are among the leading run-scorers.

But in Kwena Maphaka, the Proteas have a match winner and he can make things very difficult for any batting team.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 244/7 in 50 overs: Lhuan-dré Pretorius 76, Richard Seletswane 64 and Raj Limbani 3/60.

  • Teams:

South Africa: Lhuan-dré Pretorius, Steve Stolk, David Teeger, Richard Seletswane, Oliver Whitehead, Dewan Marais, Juan James (captain), Riley Norton, Tristan Luus, Nqobani Mokoena and Kwena Maphaka.

In the: Adarsh ​​Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan (captain), Priyanshu Moliya, Sachin Dhas, Aravelly Avanish, Murugan Abhishek, Naman Tiwari, Raj Limbani and Saumy Pandey.