Townsville: The South Africa under-19s pulled off a clinical victory over old foes, England, thrashing them with an emphatic 103-run win in the quarterfinal match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Townsville on Sunday. South Africa will now play against Australia in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
England won the toss and elected to field first on an overcast and windy day at the Tony Ireland Stadium.
South Africa lost star batsman Quinton De Kock (7) cheaply in the middle of the fifth over, giving England the start they needed. Captain Chad Bowes (46) and Gihahn Cloete shared a 65-run, second-wicket partnership to calm the nerves and rebuild the innings before the latter was bowled by Adam Ball for 22. Bowes was removed 10 balls later when he was caught and bowled by Craig Overton, just missing out on 50.
The day's top scorer, Murray Coetzee (67), shared a 96-run partnership with Theunis de Bruyn (54) and added another valuable 38 runs with Shaylen Pillay before South Africa suffered a major collapse.
Pillay chipped the ball over his shoulder and was caught by the keeper for 19. They lost two consecutive wickets at the end of the 45th over. Calvin Savage (3) was defeated by the slower ball and scooped the ball over cover to be dismissed while Prenelan Subrayen got himself run out off the first ball of his innings a ball later.
Under pressure, Coetzee could only manage a 19-run partnership with Corné Dry (12) before his dismissal in the final over. South Africa lost a total of three wickets in their last over, including Lizaad Williams (0), who tried to go big and got caught off the final ball of the innings. South Africa were dismissed for a competitive and hard won 244 runs, a par score for that field.
England's reply was a lesson in patience for the South African bowling attack. After losing the early wicket of Daniel Bell-Drummond (2) in the second over, England scored 100 more runs before the partnership between Alex Davies (54) and Ben Foakes (54) was broken.
South Africa did well to keep the run rate well below the asking rate so that by the time wickets started falling, it was England who were on the back foot. England went from 102/2 to a painful 114/5 in just three overs. The pick of the day's bowlers was Subrayen who made up for his run out by taking four vital wickets for 24 runs in his 10 overs. Williams chipped in with two wickets for 23 runs to help build the pressure.
England failed to hold their nerve and allowed their wickets to fall at crucial and regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 141 runs. De Kock also redeemed himself with the gloves, making five dismissals (three catches and two stumpings).
South Africa Under-19s 244 (Coetzee 67, de Bruyn 54, Topley 3-45)
England Under-19s 141 (Davies 54, Foakes 54, Subrayen 4-24)
Result South Africa Under-19s won by 103 runs