Paceman Gerald Coetzee (4/18) and spinner Kgaudise Molefe (3/19) took seven wickets between them to set up a 10-wicket, bonus-point victory for the Coca-Cola South Africa Under-19s in their first match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Youth Triangular Series against Namibia at Senwes Park on Friday.
The bowlers were in fine form on their first outing, restricting the visitors to a modest 90 in 31.2 overs. Hermann Rolfes also chipped in with a valuable two wickets, maintaining the momentum.
Petrus Botha (34 off 48) and Shaun Fouche (13 off 29 balls) were the only batsmen who managed double figures as the rest of the batting line-up fell for less than Jan Loftie-Easton’s eight.
A clinical batting reply followed, curtesy of openers Matthew Breetzke and Jiveshen Pillay who returned unbeaten on 51 (58 balls, 8x4s) and 31 (40 balls, 4x4s) respectively.
“It was very nice bowling today,” Coetzee commented. “When I started bowling I realised that the wicket was flat and there wasn’t a lot of swing on it so I had to stay patient. It’s really great to start with a win, especially with the bonus point, it puts us in the right direction, so I’m really happy.”
The team’s next assignment is a day match on Sunday against an equally confident Namibia side. Coetzee is certain that the team will get their desired outcome if they continue to do the small things right.
Coca-Cola South Africa Under-19s Youth ODI squad
Raynard van Tonder (capt, Free State), Matthew Breetzke (Eastern Province), Jean du Plessis (South Western Districts), Jason Niemand (Border), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Jade de Klerk (Eastern Province), Fraser Jones (KZN Inland), Wandile Makwetu (Gauteng), Andile Mogakane (KZN Coastal), Kgaudise Molefe (Gauteng), Jacob Miltz (Gauteng), Thando Ntini (Western Province), Jiveshen Pillay (Northerns), Hermann Rolfes (Northerns), Kenan Smith (Eastern Province), Mondli Khumalo (KZN Coastal), Akhona Mnyaka (Border).
Lawrence Mahatlane (Head Coach), Wandile Gwavu (Assistant Coach), Chris van Noordwyk (Assistant Coach), Riaan Osman (Manager), Kyle Southgate (Performance Analyst), Lizahn Naude (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison), Runeshan Moodley (Fitness Trainer), Robin Peterson (Technical Consultant), Maurice Aronstam (Mental Conditioning Coach).