South Africa Under-19s beat their New Zealand counterparts to record a respectable third place finish in this year’s Under-19 World Cup in Queensland. Ahead of tomorrow’s final, which sees host Australia take on India, the Proteas dismissed New Zealand for just 90 and eased home by eight wickets thanks to an innings of 50 off 43 balls from wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
South Africa’s opening bowler Jan Frylinck had accounted for two of New Zealand’s most prolific batsmen in his opening over. He trapped Ben Horne leg-before with his third delivery and followed that up with the prized scalp of captain Will Young first ball.
Joe Carter and Robert O’Donnell then affected a partial recovery with a third-wicket stand of 28, but O’Donnell became the first of three middle-order wickets for Calvin Savage, while leg-spinner David Rhoda chipped in with four late-order ones. Connor Neynens ended on 21 not out and was New Zealand’s highest scorer, but their total of 90 was never going to be anywhere near enough, especially when de Kock got going.
South Africa captain Chad Bowes was thrilled with the performance of his team. He said, “It was a clinical performance by the boys today. It is never easy coming back after a defeat, especially in a semi-final, but the boys showed good character and a fighting spirit to come back with a strong performance.
“It is never easy chasing a small total. It could have gone either way. We just went out there with a positive mindset. We put away any bad balls. Quinton de Kock got us off to a flyer and that helped our momentum. Once we felt that we were on top we kept pushing because we didn't want to give them a sniff at any stage during the innings. The run-rate did increase and we just finished it off.”
Bowes said his team-mates will go back home with their heads held high after an impressive tournament in which they only lost once.
“I am very proud of the boys. We did hurt a lot after the loss in the semi-final as we all had a very good belief that we could go all the way in the tournament. I'm proud of the boys and the way they fought back. We can now go back home with a lot of pride.”
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