Fortuin key to South Africa victory
South Africa comfortably won the first of five under-19 one-day internationals with England, thanks principally to Clyde Fortuin’s 75.
The hosts overhauled a modest target of 222 with four overs to spare at Boland Park, Paarl, after the opening batsman had done much of the work with a steady, 117-ball innings.
Fortuin shared a first-wicket stand of 74 with Andries Gous, who was bowled for 43 by off-spinner Tom Shrewsbury. He then added 71 with captain Diego Rosier to all but secure victory.
Leg-spinner Jonathan Tattersall had Rosier and Fortuin caught, the former for 39, but David Bedingham and Murray Coetzee completed the job with 31 and 21 respectively.
Seamer Lizaad Williams earlier capitalised on Rosier winning the toss by reducing England to 22 for three. Dominic Sibley was caught behind for nought before Tom Alsop fell likewise and, two deliveries later, Kishen Velani was bowled without scoring.
Harry Finch and skipper Ben Duckett dug in for a 40-run alliance until Jason Smith had the former caught behind for 30. Duckett went on to 51 before departing to Bradley Dial.
Despite 41 from Tattersall and Jamie Overton’s unbeaten 38 from 31 balls, South Africa struck regularly in the last 10 overs to limit their opponents to 221 for nine.
The second game is on Friday at the PP Smit Stadium in Cape Town, the city of England’s Test win at the start of the drawn series.