Cape Town - Captain Matthew Montgomery and
Kgaudise Molefe shone with the bat and ball respectively to help the
South Africa under-19s to a convincing 55-run win over Afghanistan in
Trivandrum on Monday.
They finish the Youth One-Day International Quadrangular
series in third-place.
Montgomery produced a controlled
innings, scoring 73 off 107 deliveries (5 fours, 1 six) to guide his side to
231/8 before figures of 4/31 in ten overs from Molefe helped bowl out their
opponents for 176 with five overs remaining. Ijaz Mehran’s unbeaten 70 proved
to be a consolation for Afghanistan after the top-order batsman ran out of
After losing the toss and being
asked to bat first, South Africa had a solid start in setting the score. Despite losing Bonga Makaka (0) and Luke Beaufort (16) early on, Montgomery
played a pivotal role in three crucial partnerships that contributed heavily to
Along with a 43-run stand with Thamsanqa Kumalo (30), the captain
also featured in two fifty partnerships with Bryce Parsons (44) and Andile
Mogakane (33) while reaching his own milestone.
Montgomery, who was
given the Player of the Match award, was eventually dismissed by Afghanistan’s
top match wicket-taker, Abdul Khail (3/25). The fast bowler claimed both the
scalps of Montgomery and Mogakane in the space three balls to leave South
Africa 213/6 after 47 overs.
Two further wickets fell in the innings, but the
youngsters still managed to post their highest total of the series.
In their chase, Afghanistan's
scoring rate was hindered through the regular loss of wickets. Left-arm
spinner, Molefe starred with a four-wicket haul, including three crucial
wickets in the middle period to make serious inroads into their batting order.
Bryce Parsons (2/30) then nabbed two quick wickets to leave their opponents
reeling on 110/8 after 28 overs.
Mehran, who came in at number
four, was still at the crease despite the number of wickets falling around him.
The left-hander showed great determination in the middle, putting on 62 runs with
tail-ender, Fazal Farooqi (11) on the way to his half-ton. All-rounder,
Mogakane (3/24) came back into the attack to wrap up the win with two wickets
in the 44th over.
In the Youth ODI Quadrangular
final, India U19s 'B' defeated the India U19s 'A' by 72 runs to be crowned
(captain, Dolphins), Luke Beaufort (Warriors), Jonathan Bird
(Cape Cobras), Achille Cloete (Cape
Cobras), Jarred Jardine (Highveld Lions), Marco Jansen (Highveld
Lions), Thamsanqa Kumalo (Dolphins), Bonga Makaka (Cape Cobras), Andile Mogakane (Dolphins), Kgaudise Molefe
(Highveld Lions), Lifa Ntanzi (Dolphins), Bryce Parsons
(Highveld Lions), Siya Plaatjie (Cape Cobras), Ruan
Terblanche (Cape Cobras), Nonelela Yikha (Warriors)