Johnnesburg - Centuries by South Africa under-19s captain,
Raynard van Tonder (117) and opening batsman, Matthew Breetzke (115) as well as
a maiden youth international five-wicket haul by Gerald Coetzee saw the
youngsters achieve a clinical, 73-run victory over New Zealand in their fifth
and sixth place play-off at the ICC U19 World Cup in Christchurch on Saturday.
It was a confidence-boosting performance for the visitors,
who were knocked out of the tournament in their quarter-final encounter against
Pakistan earlier in the week.
They posted daunting 284/6 at the end of their
innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Van Tonder and
Breetzke put on an exceptional 213-run, third-wicket partnership after the
opening stand with Jiveshen Pillay (24) ended with 42 runs on the board.
New Zealand’s Matthew Fisher (2/59) was the most impactful
bowler, while Ben Lockrose (1/57) and Rachin Ravindra (1/61) chipped in with
one wicket each.
New Zealand’s reply was plagued by regular strikes by the
South African attack, led by Coetzee, who returned with an excellent 5/32. His
9.5-over spell included two maidens, while support was provided by Akhona
Mnyaka (2/49), Kenan Smith (1/36), Jason Niemand (1/50) and another sensational
fielding display by Jade de Klerk that saw him run Callum McLachlan out with a
direct hit of the stumps for 23 in the 33rd over. Dane Phillips top
scored with a well-fought 74 off 82 balls.
The Baby Proteas won in 43.5 overs. They will play either
England or Bangladesh in the fifth place play-off on Wednesday, 31 January in