Cape Town - With two matches left for them in the ICC U19 World Cup, the SA U19s are well-prepared for their big, semi-final Plate
Championship match against Zimbabwe at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh tomorrow.
were paired with their neighbouring nation after Zimbabwe beat Canada by six
wickets on Friday.
Assistant Coach, Victor Mpitsang is satisfied with the
team’s preparation for the game.
“I thought practice today was good,” he said.
the guys some time off after back-to-back matches for their bodies to recover,
it (the practice) was more to fine-tune things ahead of tomorrow’s game.
“Zimbabwe are a good team, this will be a massive game for
this section of the tournament. Hopefully the guys will be able to take the
learnings from every game they have played so far and put them into this coming
“I think the guys are ready,” he continued.
more games to go in this tournament and we’ve already had our upset against
Namibia. Losing to them was very painful. The guys are more patient in what
they are doing batting-wise, they have played really well in the last two
matches. They have showed really good character, tomorrow is a fresh day and
like I said, Zimbabwe are a really good side, we are going to have to be at our
best and play the brand of cricket that we know we are capable of.”
Spin bowler, Sean Whitehead is happy that the team is back
to its winning ways and is looking forward to tomorrow’s match.
“From the CSA Cubs Week tournament, leading up to this
tournament we set standards for ourselves and how we will perform in this
tournament. We didn’t get off to the start that we wanted and we were knocked
out of the main tournament, but we’ve had to move on and keep going forward and
not dwell on the past and do our best with what we have now.
“We strive every day to meet the standards that we set while
we were back home and to keep doing the right things and just worrying about
our own game. Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to another really good all-round
performance from the team.”