England’s Under-19s enjoyed an unforgettable day at a South African township this week, as they continue the countdown to next month’s World Cup in New Zealand.
The squad travelled to the outskirts of Potchefstroom, their base for a Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia, and organised an afternoon of games for local children.
“It was a really enjoyable day,” said Savin Perera, the Middlesex opener who has been one of the stars of England’s first two victories with scores of 74 against Namibia and 84 against South Africa.
“It was a tough test for us against the South Africa bowlers, and a good win. James Taylor, who is part of our coaching staff out here, talked to me about trying to bat through the innings, which suits my game and hopefully also the team”
“The children seemed pleased to see us – there were a lot of smiles – and we played some games, and gave them some gifts at the end.” Savin Perera
Somerset pair Tom Banton and Fin Trenouth even made their shirts available as prizes for a catching competition, and all the children were provided with tickets for a T20 match between Highveld Lions and Warriors on Friday night
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