South Africa U19’s openers chased down a 91-run target in 16.2 overs to seal a 10-wicket win against Namibia U19 in game one of their Tri-Series at Senwes Park.
It was a dominant performance from SA U19 in their first clash of the series, knocking over Namibia for 90 in 31.2 overs.
The wickets were shared between 17-year-old quick-seamer all-rounder, Gerald Coetzee, 17-year-old off-breaker Kgaudisa Molefe and 18-year-old medium-pace all-rounder Herman Rolfes.
Coetzee was the destroyer-in-chief, as he finished with 4-18, while Molefe (3-19) and Rolfes (2-14) climbed in with clinical contributions, to stun a young Namibian side fielding four 16-year-olds and three 17-year-olds.
The demolition job began when the home side ripped through Namibia’s top seven – Coetzee (3), Rolfe (1) and a double from Molefe in the 16th over, rattling the hosts with 38 on the board.
Namibia managed to climb past the 50-run mark but Coetzee grabbed his fourth as they slipped to 57-8 in 20.5 overs.
Petrus Burger sparked some life into the visitors’ innings with a plucky 34, but he was knocked over by Rolfes before Molefe took his third to wrap up the opposition’s innings for 90.
A Matthew Breetzke half-century (51 off 58 balls) and a 31 from Jiveshan Pillay, saw South Africa claim a 10-wicket victory with 202 balls to spare.
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