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De Kock sets up series victory

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Quinton de Kock

Opener Quinton de Kock hits out on his way to 78 that set the platform for South Africa's series-clinching four-wicket win over England

Quinton de Kock struck a half-century as South Africa Under-19’s wrapped up a 4-2 series win over England with a four-wicket victory at Canterbury.

De Kock’s 78 was the mainstay of the visitors innings and, despite two wickets apiece from Aneesh Kapil and Sam Wood, James Price and Diego Rosier put on 47 to take South Africa to the brink of victory.

After Rosier departed for 22, the usually aggressive Price ended with 19 from 36 deliveries to seal the Proteas' comfortable win inside 39 overs.

Daniel Bell-Drummond once again set the tone for England with 54 and, despite Rammy Singh and 16-year-old Kishen Velani adding 33 and 34 respectively, England were eventually bowled out for a below-par 204 inside 49 overs, with Rabian Engelbrecht taking 3-40 off nine overs.

South Africa’s decision to field first was justified when Engelbrecht claimed his first victim in the fifth over, having Wood caught by Nofal for 11.

Sam Kelsall and Bell-Drummond added 47 for the second wicket before the former was stumped by de Kock advancing down the pitch off Malcolm Nofal for a patient 18.

Four balls later Nofal had a second as Brett Hutton provided him with a return catch as England slipped to 74 for three in the 22nd over.

Kapil was run out by Shaylin Pillay for 11 before Bell-Drummond continued his fine form by reaching his half-century off 89 balls, including three fours.

However, his stay at the crease ended when he edged Calvin Savage behind to a grateful de Kock as England limped to 121 for five.

South Africa sensed a middle-order collapse but England stood firm with Singh and Velani putting on a valuable 53 before the latter looped a catch back to Prenelan Subrayen.

Singh soon followed Velani back to the pavilion as he became Engelbrecht’s second scalp, edging behind to give de Kock his second catch of the game, and England were in trouble at 188 for seven.

The Proteas soon wrapped up the tail when captain Adam Ball gave Engelbrecht his third wicket to round off a brilliant spell of bowling, while Subrayen removed Peter Burgoyne to finish with figures of 2-29 off 10 overs.

Jamie Overton offered slight resistance, hitting 12 from 10 deliveries, before opening bowler Duanne Olivier returned to finish off the innings and ensure England failed to bat out a full 50 overs.

In reply, de Kock started explosively in an attempt to wrap up the game quickly before Kapil gave England hope with a double strike

He bowled both Keaton Jennings and Gihahn Cloete either side of de Kock’s 50, which came from just 39 deliveries, as South Africa slipped to 81 for two.

De Kock continued his onslaught until, in the 22nd over, his 68-ball stay at the crease came to an end when he went for one big shot too many and was caught by Burgoyne off the economical Wood, who later removed Pillay.

Nofal stabilised the innings before he was run out for 33 by the excellent Kapil but Price and Rosier came together in the middle and played cautiously.

Despite Overton returning to remove Rosier with only four needed, Price saw it through to get his side over the line with relative ease.

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