Okuhle Cele and Jordan Hermann starred in SA Emerging’s 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe Emerging in match three of their one-day series in Pretoria on Friday.
KZN Dolphins fast bowler Cele took 5-23 in seven overs as the visitors were rolled over for 129 in 31 overs.
EP Warriors batsman Hermann then plundered five sixes and nine fours in his 82* off 62 balls as the hosts cruised to victory in 15.2 overs.
The result put the South Africans 2-1 up, with match four in the five-game series scheduled for Monday.
It was a fine result for coach Malibongwe Maketa’s charges, who continued their upward trajectory after losing match one last week.
SA Emerging won the toss and opted to bowl in the latest outing with Cele running riot from the outset.
The 26-year-old removed the Zimbabwean top three – top-scorer Tadiwanashe Marumani (31), Tanunurwa Makoni (one) and Wesley Madhevere (five) – while Siya Plaatjie (1-48) accounted for captain Roy Kaia (one) leaving the total on 41-4 in the eighth over.
Milton Shumba (30) and Clive Madande (22) then put together the most substantial partnership of the innings worth 54 for the fifth wicket, which ended when captain Mitchell van Buuren ran out the former.
The latter soon became one of two wickets for Andile Mogakane (2-29) as the tail was blown away. Liam Alder (1-4) took the only other available wicket and the visitors were bowled out with 19 overs to spare.
The South Africans needed less than that to complete a comprehensive win as Hermann, supported by Joshua Richards (41* off 35 balls, 3 fours, one six), put on an unbroken 130-run partnership to finish the game in just over an hour.