Gritty U19s fall to series loss
Jonathan Tattersall and Josh Shaw’s heroics could not stop South Africa Under-19s moving into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the youth one-day international series with England.
The hosts appeared set for a comprehensive victory after reducing their English counterparts, who were set 271, to 154 for seven.
Tattersall and Shaw briefly threatened to pull off an incredible turnaround, only for the Proteas to hold their nerve and restrict England to 260 for nine, thereby earning a 10-run triumph.
Yaseen Valli was the outstanding bowler, claiming 3-33 to follow up the efforts of Greg Oldfield, who had earlier led the way for South Africa with 82.
Having opted to bowl, England made a fine start; Tom Barber had Andries Gous caught and bowled, while Valli and Clyde Fortuin fell in the same over from Shaw, the former to a run out.
Yet the hosts recovered impressively from 48 for three, Oldfield playing with great fluency and being well supported by David Bedingham’s 28 and Jason Smith’s 49 not out.
Shaw ousted Oldfield and Sine Ntshona to finish with 3-45, but could not stop the home side posting a commanding total.
Despite opener Callum Jackson appearing comfortable, he could only watch on as Tom Alsop, Harry Finch, Ed Barnard and Ben Duckett fell for single-figure scores.
Nqazibini Sigwili got rid of Alsop and Finch leg before, Corbin Bosch bowled Barnard and Ntshona had Duckett caught.
Tattersall responded impressively, scoring at better than a run a ball in an effort that belied his colleagues’ struggles.
Despite Valli pinning Jackson in front, Tattersall continued to profit with some glorious strokes alongside Ryan Gibson and Shaw.
However, despite an equally impressive attacking innings from Shaw, England were unable to make it over the line.