Jason Niemand’s Man of the Match all-round display helped South Africa U19 claim a three-wicket win against England in the Tri-Series final on Sunday.
It was a close encounter between the two sides, with SA U19 aiming to gain redemption against the side who convincingly beat them twice in the Tri-Series.
The England U19 side was dominant throughout the series, finishing unbeaten with four wins out of four, but they could not brush off a determined SA U19 in the final on Sunday.
The visitors were sent into bat at Senses Park and they started well with a 74-run opening partnership which left he hosts desperate for an opening, which Niemand provided by trapping Savin Perera (20) lbw.
Jade de Klerk then caused some havoc by sparking the run-out of the England captain, Harry Brook (13), and then followed it up by bowling Player of the Tournament Will Jacks for a duck.
Liam Banks managed to power through the pressure to take his side past the 100-run mark, but Niemand struck him out lbw after a 56-ball 51 (7 fours). Niemand struck again in his following over to remove Tom Lammonby (8) for his third wicket, ending with figures of 3-52.
De Klerk picked up his second with the dismissal of Jack Davies (10) before Finlay Trenouth was dismissed by Kenan Smith after a stubborn 46-ball 37.
A late surge from Tom Scriven and Luke Hollman produced a 74-run partnership, held together by a Scriven half-century, who was dismissed by Hermann Rolfes on 53 from 61 balls (5 fours).
Stuck on 259, Hollman (34) followed suit, dismissed by Rolfes three balls later before Gerald Coetzee wrapped things up with the wicket of Dillon Pennington (0).
South Africa’s chase was dominated by good starts, but their top five struggled to convert as they found themselves 193-5 after 39.3 overs. Matthew Breetzke (39) and Jiveshan Pillay (26) took their side to 65-0 before Pillay was bowled by Jacks followed by Breetzke four runs later who was caught and bowled by Brook.
Raynard van Tonder (34) and Rolfes sparked a recovery to take SA to 129-2 before Van Tonder was dismissed by Hollman. Rolfes was next to go after a well-played 42 and Wandile Makwetu continued his struggling form, caught and bowled for Jacks’ second on 27.
A heroic knock from Niemand followed. The 19-year-old smashed a 53-ball 60 (5 fours, 1 six) to see his side over the line, claiming a three-wicket victory with two balls to spare.
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