An excellent all-round effort by the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s saw them beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the last round-robin match of the Cricket South Africa Youth Triangular Series at Boland Park on Thursday. This is South Africa’s third, consecutive victory in the tournament, giving them confidence going into Saturday’s final.

Bowlers, Ruan de Swardt and Akhona Mnyaka returned respective figures of 3/32 and 3/45 to restrict the visitors to 223 in 47.5 overs after putting them in to bat first. Krishan Arachchige top scored with 81 runs from 96 deliveries with Mishen Silva adding an unbeaten 63 to help their side to the competitive score.

South Africa’s response saw a solid performance by the batsmen. Raynard van Tonder led the charge with an unbeaten 87 runs to earn him the Man of the Match award. He headed up two vital 50 partnerships, the first, a 57-run, third-wicket stand with Matthew Breetzke (43), followed by the match-winning 81-run, fourth-wicket partnership with stand-in captain, Mitchell van Buuren (44).

Breetzke and Jesse Christensen deserve a special mention for giving the home side a solid foundation with their 49-run, second-wicket partnership after the team lost Wandile Makwetu for seven at the end of the fourth over.

Van Tonder and Ruan de Swardt went on to add an unbeaten 23-run, sixth-wicket stand to get their side over the line.

The two teams have a break tomorrow, but meet for the tournament final at the same venue on Saturday, 28 January 2017. Play starts at 10:00.

CSA U19 Triangular 2016 /2017
DATE HOME TEAM vs AWAY TEAM STADIUM VENUE
January 2017    
Sat 28   Day   10th Youth ODI South Africa    Sri Lanka Boland Park Paarl
February 2017    
Wed 01   Day   1st Youth ODI South Africa U19   Sri Lanka U19 Recreation Ground Oudtshoorn
Fri 03   Day   2nd Youth ODI South Africa U19   Sri Lanka U19 Recreation Ground Oudtshoorn
Sun 05   Day   3rd Youth ODI South Africa U19   Sri Lanka U19 Recreation Ground Oudtshoorn