June 18, 2024

SA U19 suffer their first defeat at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup

CAPE TOWN: Steve Stolk struck a half-century but it was not enough to prevent South Africa Under-19 (SA U19) from suffering their first defeat at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 after they fell to a 36-run loss to England on the DLS Method at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Batting first after losing the toss, the hosts threw away a good start to fall away to 230 all out in 49.2 overs.

The visitors then reached 137 for two in the 29th over – thanks to Noah Thain (63* off 82 balls, 8 fours) – when rain arrived in the North West to cut the game short, leaving the English ahead of the chase and handing them a win that kept them top of the Group B table.

Malibongwe Maketa’s side, meanwhile, stayed second with the winner of the West Indies-Scotland clash having the opportunity to join them on two points when they meet on Wednesday.

The junior Proteas, however, will be disappointed with their performance after failing to build on a good start to the game which saw them reach 71 without loss in the 11th over.

This after Stolk plundered 64 off 55 balls (11 fours, 1 six) and Lhuan-dre Pretorius hit 25 to give them a flying start. But the latter and David Teeger (0) then fell in quick succession, before Richard Seletswane (33) picked up the baton to help SA across 100.

Then came the key point of the game when England removed top-scorer Stolk, Oliver Whitehead and Romashan Pillay (both nought) within the space of three runs to leave the scoreboard a mess on 114 for five.

Dewan Marais (42) and Seletswane consolidated momentarily with a 55-run sixth-wicket stand that ended emphatically when both fell with the score on 169.

It was left to the tail to then shepherd the South Africans from there to a more respectable 230.

Tazeem Chaudry Ali (3/26), Eddie Jack (3/28) and Jaydn Denly (3/37) all bagged three wickets apiece for England.

Tristan Luus (1/19) claimed the early scalp of Denly in the reply, before a 92-run stand between captain Ben McKinney (48) and Thain settled nerves and took the game away from the home side.

Even though Pillay (1/19) dismissed the away skipper, it came too late to alter the course of the game, with England holding on for a key win.

 

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