Fraser Jones’ five-wicket haul set up the SA U19s for an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh and fifth place at the U19 World Cup.
The bowling was complemented by a measured, unbeaten 82 from captain Raynard van Tonder, with support from Matthew Breetzke (36) and Hermann Rolfes (44 not out).
Jones, a Michaelhouse pupil who had played just one match in this series, ripped through the top order by taking 5-33 off eight overs, was backed by 3-27 from Akhonya Mnyaka.
Between the two of them, they picked up five wickets for 33 runs after the Bangladeshis had won the toss and elected to bat.
It was not until Afif Hossain (63) and Shakil Hossain (61) came together that the slide was halted, as they put on 96 for the sixth wicket.
But Mnyaka returned to dismiss Afif, and set back any hopes of recovery. Under Shakil’s guidance though, the last four wickets put on 40.
Faced with such a target, the South Africans were not pressed, although Bangladesh may have been heartened when Jiveshan Pillay went for 12. However Van Tonder strolled through 99 deliveries, hitting seven fours and two sixes, to beat the Bangladeshis with 69 balls remaining and end the series on a high.
Bangladesh had beaten England by five wickets to reach the 5/6th playoff match.
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