Trio impress in England U19 defeat
Fine performances from Callum Jackson, Kishen Velani and Gavin Griffiths went unrewarded as England Under-19s slipped 4-0 down in their youth one-day international series with South Africa.
The Proteas prevailed by six wickets in a rain-affected encounter at the Stellenbosch University Ground, yet three members of the touring side could take heart from their individual efforts.
Jackson and Velani were the only batsmen to prosper for England, striking 62 and 78 respectively in a total of 205 for eight from 49 overs. At one stage, England were 143 for one.
Griffiths then shone with the ball, returning 1-8 in his opening five-over spell en route to eventual figures of 2-28, but South Africa were still able to hunt down a revised target of 157 in 39 overs.
The hosts made it home with eight balls unused, thanks largely to 63 from opener Clyde Fortuin.
England lost Harry Finch early after winning the toss, but soon moved into a promising position courtesy of Jackson and Velani’s 133-run partnership for the second wicket.
Jackson’s patient knock spanned 119 deliveries, while Velani faced 93 balls and recorded four boundaries to his partner’s two.
The innings subsided once the pair departed, however, and Griffiths was the only other man to make double figures as Nqazibini Sigwili ran riot for figures of 4-34.
There was a further blow for England when Jamie Overton, having injured his leg while batting, was forced out of the attack after bowling just one over in the reply.
Griffiths had Diego Rosier caught behind for eight and David Bedingham fell cheaply to Ryan Gibson, but Fortuin kept South Africa on course for victory.
Rain forced a delay after 34 overs of the chase, with South Africa having also lost Jason Smith to Tom Barber for 25.
When play resumed, the home team were left needing 33 more from 30 balls and made it home comfortably despite Griffiths’ dismissal of Fortuin.
The fifth and final ODI takes place in Cape Town on Thursday.