Barnard thrilled with first contribution
Ed Barnard could barely contain his delight as his century on Under-19 international debut proved a game-winning one and earned him the match award.
The Worcestershire all-rounder, who turned 17 in November, rescued England from the depths of 89 for five at Newlands with a gutsy 114.
Barnard added 90 for the eighth wicket with Miles Hammond as the tourists mustered 313 all out. The value of Barnard’s knock and that stand was proven as it led to a first-innings lead of 119.
Set a daunting 271 for victory, the hosts yesterday succumbed to a 107-run loss in the first of two youth Tests.
Asked about his hundred at the senior Test venue, Barnard replied: “It’s incredible, especially as it’s on debut as well for the Under-19s. To be in a winning team as well just makes it even more special.
“It was a tough situation to come into but just sticking to routines and just playing it as any other game helped me to get through and put us in a winning position.
“I think lower-order contributions are vital in this game, especially in Test matches when you’ve got to eke out every last run that you can.”
England’s first-innings advantage also owed much to four wickets from captain Olly Stone, who overcame a dislocated finger to undermine South Africa’s first knock.
After Harry Finch’s three-wicket burst kept the tourists on top on Tuesday, two scalps each for Stone and Gavin Griffiths completed victory midway through the last afternoon.
“The way the guys bowled, Olly Stone especially with a dislocated finger, is amazing,” Barnard added.
“All the guys worked so hard. The energy out there was brilliant, so I think it was never in doubt we would get those last wickets. We just had to be patient.”