Cape Town - A century by Neil Brand trumped Janneman Malan’s three-figure effort as University Sports South Africa (USSA) claimed a thrilling two-run win over the South Africa Emerging team in match four of the One-Day Triangular Series in Pretoria on Thursday.
After winning the toss and bowling, the Emerging team conceded a mighty 297 for seven in the 50 overs in the field.
Brand led the way with a measured 100 off 124 balls, which included just six fours and two sixes.
Top-scorer Malan, meanwhile, was his dashing self as he thumped four sixes and eight fours in an 88-ball 108.
But with the finish line within sight, Gideon Peters (2/61) and Delano Potgieter (1/30) conceded just 12 from the final two overs to secure a much-needed win for USSA, their first of the campaign.
They are now up to four points on the log standings, one behind the SA Emerging side, who claimed a thumping bonus-point win in their first meeting, while Sri Lanka Emerging lead the way with two wins from two – a total of nine points.
The University side will be delighted with their effort on Thursday, though, with Brand leading the way alongside several other handy performances.
After Marco Jansen (3/54) and Dayyaan Galiem (2/52) removed Isma-eel Gafieldien (0) and Kabelo Sekhukhune (15), 39s by Hanno Kotze and Ruan de Swardt helped keep things together, either side of another fine half-century from Potgieter, who hit 70 (66 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes).
The two highest scorers also shared in a 116-run fourth-wicket stand to lift their side to a strong total.
Tony de Zorzi (5) fell early in the SA Emerging innings, but Malan and Raynard van Tonder (71 off 102 balls, 6 fours) put together 172 for the second wicket to leave their side in command.
The chasing side continued to dominate thanks to Jason Smith’s 56 off 59 balls (2 fours, 1 six) and 40 by Matthew Breetzke.
But from 289 for three in the penultimate over, they were strangled by Peters and Potgieter, ending short on 295 for six.
SA Emerging squad: Tony de Zorzi (Titans), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Dolphins), Marco Jansen (Knights), Tshepang Dithole (Highveld Lions), Tshepo Ndwandwa (SWD), Tladi Bokako (Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (Cape Cobras), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Titans), Thando Ntini (Cape Cobras).