JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s under 19 Cricket team played an impressive game despite the day being shortened by the rain as they managed to get a score of 118/5 in 40.2 overs in Durham on Monday.
Sinethemba Qeshile stood out for the under- 19’s as his batting skills were unmatchable, Captain Wandile Makwetu won the toss and chose to bat first, even though the start was not what the young South African would have hoped for as they lost Joshua Richards (7) in the second over.
An over later second wicket fell and this time it was the debutant Louis Van Schalkwyk(4) wgo edged the ball straight to the keeper, leaving south Africans on 20/2.
The near five-hour rain delay proved to be pivotal in turning the visitors fortunes around.
Jacob Miltz (2) did not last long after the resumption of play when he lost his wicket to Adam Finch (2/23), Makwetu and wicket-keeper/batsman Qeshile forged on.
The duo shared a 63-run, fourth-wicket stand before it was severed by Luke Hollman (1/11) in the 25th over. He removed the young South African skipper for a promising 36 runs which included four boundaries.
Jack Plom’s good form with the ball continued when he denied Qeshile what would have been a well-deserved half-century. The batsman edged the ball to the keeper, falling on 47 off 88 deliveries (8x4s) just six overs shy of stumps being called. The bowler returned with figures of 2/30.
All-rounders Jason Niemand (8*) and Jade de Klerk (1*) will resume batting on Day Two as they look to help South Africa to a competitive first innings total.