Cricket

SA U19s cement quarters spot

2014-02-18 18:20
Yaseen Valli (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The South African under-U19 team have cemented their place in the quarter-finals stage of the ICC U19 World Cup by beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Another impressive all-round effort from the side saw an unbeaten century scored by captain, Aiden Markram, while the in-form Yaseen Valli added an unbeaten half-century. Justin Dill was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 35 in 10 overs to bundle out the opposition for 198.

South Africa's reply had an early setback with the wicket of Clyde Fortuin (4) falling at the start of the fourth over.

He has struggled to get a start since his 112* in the second warm-up match against India.

Markram played a captain's innings, scoring his 120 not out off 119 balls, including 13 fours and a six.

Valli did not disappoint either.

He played a patient innings, coming to the crease after the side had lost Kirwin Christoffels (11) and Oldfield (0).

His unbeaten 53 off 83 balls sees him remain the leading run scorer of the tournament and the only to have made more than 200 runs.

He has only been dismissed once and thus has an average of 210.

South Africa will have to wait for the results of Wednesday's matches to find out whom they will be facing in the quarter-finals.

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