Proteas chase stuns England U19s
South Africa Under-19s cannot lose the one-day series against their England counterparts thanks to a stunning final-ball victory at Taunton.
Chasing an imposing 301 to take an unassailable 3-1 lead with two games to play, number 10 Duanne Olivier hit a four to seal a remarkable one-wicket win.
Half-centuries from England’s top four had seemingly put the hosts on course for a series-levelling victory ahead of the final two matches at Canterbury on Thursday and Saturday.
Openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Wood, who made 72 and 57 respectively, put on 133 before Sam Kelsall and Aneesh Kapil added 118 for the third wicket en route to 64 and 54 respectively.
However, Shaylin Pillay and James Price struck fifties, the former’s steady and the latter’s rapid, before Calvin Savage and Prenelan Subrayen smashed 46 and 48 respectively to leave Olivier to clinch the triumph.
Bell-Drummond and Wood punished South Africa’s decision to insert England, striking nine and 10 fours respectively. Their alliance, which ended when Keaton Jennings had Wood caught behind, occupied half the hosts’ overs.
Bell-Drummond departed in Jennings’ next over, but Kelsall and Kapil upped the ante with their partnership coming off fewer than 20 overs.They fell in consecutive overs to Subrayen and Rabian Engelbrecht respectively.
Adam Ball smashed 24 quick runs before becoming Subrayen’s second victim, but Peter Burgoyne’s fast 18 not out took the hosts to 300.
South Africa made the worst start with Quinton de Kock going first ball to Jamie Overton, who snared Gihahn Cloete three overs later.
Opener Jennings and Pillay rallied until Kishen Velani ran the former out for 33. Pillay and Diego Rosier combined for a stand worth 65 before Kapil removed the latter for 22.
Burgoyne ended Pillay’s stay on 52 and Malcolm Nofal soon followed to Brett Hutton to leave the tourists teetering at 148 for six in the 32nd over.
However, Price and Savage put their side back on course, initially with a 48-run partnership until Hutton snared the former for 58 from 37 balls. Savage then put on 66 with Subrayen, whose innings lasted just 33 deliveries.
Gavin Griffiths removed Savage and Ball snared Subrayen in the closing overs, but Olivier’s unbeaten 22 off 12 balls proved decisive.