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Record-breaking Steve Stolk innings sees SA u19 to the top

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-27 Tags: ,

South Africa stormed to the top of Group B with a spectacular victory over Scotland on Saturday at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.

To finish the group stage on top of the table, and to secure a more comfortable path to the playoffs, the hosts needed a win and a positive run rate. England and the West Indies, who had met on Friday, were assured of their place in the next stage already, with the English leading the standings before the final match.

After missing the second game against England, Riley Norton returned to the SA lineup, alongside Sipho Potsane, who was also a new addition to the team.

The Scottish openers did well to weather the new ball, but Norton, the first change bowler, drew blood for the hosts by dismissing Adi Hedge.

By that time, however, Jamie Dunk had settled in and had started raising the tempo.

Potsane then made his mark, trapping Alec Price in front in the 22nd over, which brought the Scottish captain, Owen Gould, to the crease. Together, he and Dunk compiled a 115-run partnership for the visitors.

Dunk had scored 90 of Scotland’s 200 runs when Norton struck again to break the partnership.

Gould then raced to 97 off of 89 deliveries, but he was denied a century by the safe hands of Romashan Pillay after Gould misjudged a Kwena Maphaka bullet.

Chasing 270 and a positive run rate, which would get them to the top of the group standings, ahead of the Super Six stage, opening batsmen Steve Stolk produced a memorable knock to give the hosts a flying start.

In only the third over of the South African innings, he smashed 34 runs, clubbing five sixes over the fence.

His half-century came up after only 13 deliveries, which obliterated the previous u19 World Cup record, set by India’s Rishabh Pant in 2016 against Nepal, when he got to 50 after 18 deliveries.

With 86 runs off of only 37 deliveries, Stolk powered South Africa into the driver’s seat and, importantly, gave South Africa’s scoring rate a massive boost.

After allowing Scotland to post a solid total, SA needed to overhaul the Scots’ score in less than 30 overs to move above England in the standings.

Dewan Marais and David Teeger continued to build upon the foundation Stolk’s innings had provided by maintaining that energy and punishing the Scottish bowling attack.

Marais scored a brisk unbeaten 80 from only 50 deliveries, while Teeger weighed in with a fine supporting knock of 43 not out from 38 balls. Their partnership produced 122 runs from just 13.1 overs, and a boundary, South Africa’s 37th of the innings, secured a seven-wicket victory off the final ball of the 27th over.

The thrilling victory not only gives the young South Africans a much-needed lift, after the weather curtailed their hopes of a fightback against England in their second match, but it also means that they will face a struggling Zimbabwe in the first match of the Super Sixes on Wednesday, 31 January.

Zimbabwe book their spot in the Super Sixes after beating Namibia in their last game. St Charles College matriculant, Newman Nyamhuri took 4/21 as the Zimbabweans cut their neighbours’ campaign short. At the crease, it was also the Saints’ connection that shone, with Panashe Taruvinga top scoring with an unbeaten 59 and Brandon Sunguro contributing 29.

Shahzaib Khan (80*) and Shamyl Hussain (54*) drove Pakistan to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over New Zealand, which ensured they finished top of Group D.

Also in Group D, Nepal qualified ahead of Afghanistan after a thrilling run chase took them to a one-wicket victory on Friday.

The final rankings will be decided on Sunday after the last group-stage fixtures are completed.

It’s top versus bottom in Group A as India takes on the USA, while Australia and Sri Lanka will battle it out for the number one spot in Group C.

Summarised Scorecards

27 January

Scotland u19 269/9 (Owen Gould 97, Jamie Dunk 90, Extras 30, Uzair Ahmad 23; Riley Norton 3/48, Kwena Maphaka 2/53); South Africa u19 273/3 (Steve Stolk 86, Dewan Marais 80*, David Teeger 43*, Lhuan-dré Pretorius 22, Nikhil Koteeswaran 2/53) South Africa won by 7 wickets.

Namibia u19 146/8 (Hanro Badenhorst 39*, Gerhard Janse van Rensburg 23, Alexander Busing-Volschenk 22, Extras 20; Newman Nyamhuri 4/21, Ryan Simbi 3/20; Zimbabwe u19 147/2 (Panashe Taruvinga 59*, Brandon Sunguro 29, Jack Brassell 1/24) Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets.

New Zealand 140/10 (Lachlan Stackpole 42, Oliver Tewatiya 29; Arafat Minhas 3/6, Ubaid Shah 3/30, Naveed Ahmed Khan 2/26); Pakistan u19 144/0 (Shahzaib Khan 80*, Shamyl Hussain 54*). Pakistan won by 10 wickets.

26 January

Afghanistan 145/10 (Allah Mohammad Ghanzanfar 37, Nazeer Khan Maroofkhil 31, Faridoon Dawoodzai 29, Extras 21, Hassan Eisakhil 20; Aakash Chand 5/34, Dipesh Kandel 2/17); Nepal u19 149/9 (Dev Khanal 58, Dipak Bohara 27; Faridoon Dawoodzai 3/21, Naseer Khan Maroofkhil 2/28). Nepal u19 won by one wicket.

England u19 192 (Hamza Shaikh 54, Noah Thain 40, Ben McKinney 26; Nathan Edward 3/28, Raneico Smith 2/28, Tarrique Edward 2/40, Isai Thorne 2/40); West Indies 196/8 (Stephan Pascal 58, Nathan Edward 49, Jordan Johnson 31, Extras 28; Tazeem Chaudry Ali 3/34, Fahran Ahmed 2/33). West Indies u19 won by two wickets.

Bangladesh u19 291/7 (Ariful Islam 103, Ahrar Amin 44, Mohammad Shihab James 31, Ashiqur Rahman Shibli 27; Arya Garg 3/68, Aarin Nadkarni 2/61); United States of America u19 170/10 (Prannav Chettipalayam 57, Utkarsh Srivastava 37; Mahfuzur Rahman Rabby 4/31). Bangladesh u19 won by 121 runs.

25 January

Australia u19 296/7 (Harry Dixon 89, Hugh Weibgen 68, Tom Campbell 47; Brandon Sunguro 2/48, Ryan Simbi 2/53, Matthew Schonken 2/65); Zimbabwe u19 71 (Ronak Patel 36; Harkirat Bajwa 4/15, Mahli Beardman 2/7, Aidan O’Connor 2/17). Australian u19 won by 255 runs.

India u19 301/7 (Musheer Khan 118, Uday Saharan 75, Arshin Kulkarni 32, Aravelly Avanish 22, Sachin Dhas 21*; Oliver Riley 3/55, John McNally 2/45); Ireland u19 100/10 (Daniel Forkin 27*; Naman Tiwari 4/53, Saumy Pandey 3/21). India u19 won by 201 runs.

24 January

Nepal u19 197/10 (Bipin Rawal 39, Deepak Dumre 26, Exras 26, Dev Khanal 23, Subash Bhandari 20; Arafat Minhas 3/23, Ahmad Hassan 2/12, Ubaid Shah 2/48); Pakistan u19 201/5 (Azan Awais 63, Shamyl Hussain 37, Shahzaib Khan 37, Ahmad Hassan 29; Aakash Chand 3/34). Pakistan u19 won by five wickets.

Scotland u19 205/9 (Jamie Dunk 57, Adi Hegde 32, Alec Price 31, Extras 26; Isai Thorne 4/46, Nathan Sealy 2/38); West Indies 206/5 (Jewel Andrew 64*, Mavendra Dindyal 29, Nathan Edward 27*, Stephan Pascal 26, Jordan Johnson 24; Adi Hegde 1/21, Ruaridh McIntyre 1/21). West Indies u19 won by five wickets.

Sri Lanka u19 133 (Supun Waduge 56, Extras 25; Zacheo van Vuuren 4/23, Johannes de Villiers 3/19); Namibia u19 56/10 (Pieter-Daniel Blignaut 18*; Ruvishan Perera 3/3, Vishwa Lahiru 3/19, Dinura Kalupahana 2/8). Sri Lanka u19 won by 77 runs.

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