Gerald Coetzee took 4-18 in a Man of the Match performance against Namibia at Senwes Park, to knock over Namibia U19 for 90 to set up a 10-wicket win.
The St Andrews grade 11 pupil was incredible, his four wickets helping reduce the visitors to 57-8 in 20.5 overs.
Coetzee was instrumental in knocking over Namibia’s top five for 36 runs, taking three scalps which included a double in the sixth over to remove Erich van Mollendorf (0) and Eben van Wyk (0). His fourth wicket came in the 21st over, when he removed Dewald Nel (1).
The 17-year-old finished with figures of 4-18 in 10 overs at an economy of 1.80, which helped him claim the Player of the Match award.
Coetzee was delighted with his performance and hopes that his confidence will carry over into SA’s clash against England on Sunday.
‘It was very nice bowling today,’ said Coetzee. ‘When I started bowling I realized that the wicket was flat and there wasn’t a lot of swing on it so I had to stay patient. It’s really great to start with a win, especially with the bonus point, it puts us in the right direction, so I’m really happy.’
Despite England beating Namibia by 129 runs on Thursday, Coetzee is confident in his side’s ability to produce a top-quality performance.
‘We’re very keen for Sunday’s day-night game against England on Sunday. Cricket is a game of very small margins so if we keep doing the small things right, we should be able to come out the happier side.’
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