Proteas end England's World Cup dream
England were made to pay for a batting collapse as they exited the Under-19 World Cup courtesy of a 103-run defeat to South Africa in Townsville.
Adam Ball’s Young Lions appeared well placed to seal a semi-final berth when, chasing 245, they reached 102 for one after 27 overs on the back of healthy contributions from Ben Foakes and Alex Davies.
However, Foakes was then dismissed for 54 and England’s last nine wickets fell for the addition of 39 runs, with off-spinner Prenelan Subreyan returning 4-24.
Davies also struck 54, but no other batsman was able to reach double figures in an innings spanning 40.3 overs.
South Africa had earlier been dismissed for 244 from the final ball of the 50th over. Essex left-armer Reece Topley, so impressive throughout this tournament, claimed 3-45 and also effected a run-out.
A fourth-wicket stand of 96 between half-centurions Murray Coetzee and Theunis de Bruyn proved significant for a Proteas team that claimed a 4-2 series victory in England last summer.
After winning the toss, England struck in the sixth over when the in-form Quinton de Kock chased a wide delivery from Jamie Overton and edged through to wicketkeeper Foakes.
However, skipper Chad Bowes made 46 before being caught and bowled off a Craig Overton slower ball and the middle-order contributions of de Bruyn and Coetzee kept South Africa on course for a healthy total.
De Bruyn was eventually bowled by Brett Hutton for 54, attempting an overly ambitious stroke, while Coetzee reached 67 before becoming the first of three batsmen to fall in the final over.
He and Vincent Moore were ousted by Topley, either side of Foakes running out Corne Dry.
Daniel Bell-Drummond played on to Lizaad Williams early in England’s reply, but Foakes and Davies shared a patient partnership of exactly 100 to put the Proteas under pressure.
Foakes started to accelerate by taking 13 from Shaylin Pillay’s first over, only to then be caught behind looking to cut Subrayen.
Wickets tumbled thereafter and South Africa were in full control by the time Davies became the seventh to depart, stumped off Subrayen.
Dry had Hutton caught behind to wrap up proceedings and send his side through to the last four.