Cape Town - The West Indies’ spin trio of Gidron Pope, Jyd Goolie and
Michael Frew restricted the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s to a tied match
when the sides met at Fatullah in their last warm-up match of the ICC U19 World
Cup Bangladesh 2016 on Sunday.
The Windies were put into bat first and restricted to 153/9
in their allotted 35 overs after the start of play was delayed by bad weather.
Conor McKerr was the pick of South Africa’s bowlers, taking three wickets for
30, with Dayyaan Galiem chipping in with 2/30, both in seven-over spells.
Openers, Kyle Verrynne (33) and Liam Smith, got their side
off to a solid start with a 68-run stand in their reply before the former was
trapped lbw by Shamar Springer in the middle of the 15th over. Smith
went on to share a 48-run, second-wicket partnership with Wiaan Mulder, who was
the day’s top performer with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 58 runs from 67
balls, including two fours and two sixes.
Trouble began when Frew struck in the 25th over,
seeing off Smith for a well-played 39, followed by captain, Tony de Zorzi, who
was removed for 5 in the 30th, leaving South Africa on 131/3 with 32
balls remaining of the innings. Mulder put on 19 runs for the fourth wicket
with Rivaldo Moonsamy (11) before the latter was bowled with two balls
remaining in the innings and his side needing four runs to win.
The nail-biting match simmered to a tie that would leave
South Africa a little disappointed after the flying start that they made.
The team travels to Chittagong tomorrow, where they will
face hosts, Bangladesh, in the opening match of the tournament this Wednesday,