Centuries South Africa U19 captain Raynard van Tonder (117) and opening batsman Matthew Breetzke (115) as well as a maiden youth international five-wicket haul by Gerald Coetzee saw the youngsters achieve a clinical, 73-run victory over New Zealand in their fifth and sixth place play-off at the U19 World Cup in Christchurch on Saturday.
The preliminary stage of the U19 World Cup has seen teams try out different players and combinations and as the 16-team tournament reaches the business end, sides will be hoping their investments pay off in the big matches.
South Africa U19 coach Lawrence Mahatlane reflected on the 71-run loss against New Zealand at the U19 World Cup and looked ahead to Wednesday’s quarter-final clash against an unpredictable Pakistani team.
South Africa U19 allrounder Hermann Rolfes believes that the key to the team’s continued success at the U19 World Cup will be to win the small moments that could end up changing the direction of a match.
New Zealand openers Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra lit up the Hagley Oval at the U19 World Cup during the Group A match against Kenya which the hosts won by a margin of 243 runs in Christchurch. Bhula’s astounding innings of 180 was the highest individual innings in the history of U19 ODIs, while his…