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Cloete ton inspires South Africa

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Quinton de Kock

South Africa Under-19 opener Quinton de Kock hits out en route to a rapid 66 off 72 balls to set up a convincing 150-run victory over England

Gihahn Cloete struck a century as South Africa Under-19s thrashed England's by 150 runs in the fourth one-day international at Arundel to move 2-1 ahead in the seven-match series.

Cloete joined opener Quinton de Kock, who struck a rapid 66, at the crease and anchored the innings with an impressive 124 off 142 balls, including seven fours and five sixes, before he was run out in the final over.

The South Africa innings was given impetus by cameos from Shaylin Pillay and James Price as the tourists posted a mammoth score of 298 for five off 50 overs.

In reply, England were always up against it and, after losing wickets at regular intervals, were eventually bowled out for just 148 in 38 overs, with Corné Dry claiming 3-17 off five overs.

England's decision to field first was initially justified as Essex seamer Reece Topley had visiting captain Keaton Jennings caught behind by Sam Kelsall to reduce South Africa to eight for one.

Despite early progress, the move looked to have backfired as de Kock ran riot, striking six fours in his 72-ball stay at the crease.

He put on 101 for the second wicket with Cloete, before falling to the economical Sam Wood, who returned 1-28 off 10 overs.

Cloete looked at ease and brought up his patient fifty off 98 balls.

Pillay added 103 with Cloete, before he was caught by Topley off Aneesh Kapil for a quickfire 42.

Cloete continued to milk the wayward England bowling, in particularly Kapil who conceded 71 off 10 overs, and brought up his hundred from 128 balls.

Price added an exciting 18-ball 31 as South Africa searched for precious runs late on before he became Peter Burgoyne’s only victim with the score on 272.

Cloete influential innings ended but Diego Rosier added an unbeaten 12 to give South Africa momentum.

England’s run-chase never really got going and, with the score on 20 in the fifth over, Sam Wood became Prenelan Subrayen’s first victim before dangerous opener Daniel Bell-Drummond was trapped lbw by Dry for 15.

England were soon in trouble at 33 for three when Adam Rossington departed for 10 and things got worse as wicketkeeper Kelsall gave Subrayen his second wicket.

Rammy Singh and Kapil fell in quick succession to leave England struggling on 89 for six in the 24th over.

Captain Adam Ball and Burgoyne provided slight resistance, posting scores of 21 and 28 respectively, but both departed either side of Tom Knight.

South Africa’s comprehensive victory was sealed when Gavin Griffths was trapped in front to give Dry his third scalp.

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