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U19s slip to second defeat

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England Under-19s face an uphill battle in the five-match one-day international series versus their South African counterparts after falling 2-0 behind today.

Murray Coetzee’s 58 was the key innings on a day dominated by ball, with the hosts’ total of 241 for nine proving substantial enough as England fell to a 12-run loss.

Murray Coetzee

Murray Coetzee's half-century helped South Africa Under-19s move 2-0 ahead against their England counterparts in the ongoing ODI series

Coetzee put South Africa in a good position from the off, sharing in solid stands with Clyde Fortuin and Diego Rosier, who struck 27 and 16 respectively.

He eventually departed, caught off Tom Shrewsbury by Jonathan Tattersall – who previously had Rosier stumped.

Amid wickets falling at the other end, David Bedingham hit 39 at better than a run a ball before Greg Oldfield and Jason Smith chipped in with 32 and an unbeaten 22 respectively.

In reply, England lost wickets at regular intervals and were never able to mount a serious challenge.

Callum Jackson struck 42 from number four and Jamie Overton, coming in down the order, fell two short of a half-century.

But the efforts of South Africa’s bowlers proved the more decisive, with paceman Daryn Dupavillon leading the way by claiming 3-47.

Corbin Bosch and Smith took two wickets - the key scalp of Overton was one of the former's - as England were restricted to 229 for nine, which leaves a mountain to climb in the rest of the rubber.

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