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SA u19 building momentum ahead of 2024 World Cup

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2023-12-11 Tags: ,


Lhuan-dre Pretorius, St Stithians | Photographer: Morgan Piek

Lhuan-dre Pretorius, the South African u19 opening batsman from St Stithians, steered his side to a comfortable victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday in preparation for the 2024 ICC u19 Cricket World Cup.

Pretorius’ unbeaten 85 enabled SA to reach the winning total within 22 overs, with nine wickets to spare.

The squad is in Durban where they will play another warmup match against Zimbabwe u19 on Monday before travelling to Pietermaritzburg to face the KZN u19 team on 13 December, ahead of the latter’s Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week campaign.

Martin Khumalo, who was instrumental for the Northern Champions in January when they won the CSA Cubs Week, captured five wickets on Saturday to help restrict Zimbabwe to a modest 140.

Kwena Maphaka, another exciting talent from St Stithians, made a decisive contribution, knocking over three wickets for only 21 runs. He brought the innings to a close by palming a catch off his own delivery in the 35th over.

The visitors struggled to build any momentum in the face of the relentless onslaught by Khumalo and Maphaka. Their captain, Ryan Kamwemba from Prince Edward School in Harare, played well to get to 45 before he was caught behind by Pretorius.

South Africa responded well, with Steve Stolk and Pretorius putting on 66 before Mashford Shungu claimed Zim’s solitary wicket. With Pretorius batting at a rate of more than a run per ball, and his captain, David Teeger, playing an anchor role at the other end, the home team sped to the victory target in less than half of the allotted overs.

Pretorius drove them over the line in style with a well-played boundary, giving South Africa u19 a positive start to their build-up, and some momentum to carry forward into their remaining warm-up matches and the World Cup, which starts on 13 January.

Summarised scorecard

Zimbabwe u19 140 (Ryan Kamwemba 42, Connor Lovatt 27, Extras 22; Martin Khumalo 5/51, Kwena Maphaka 3/21); South Africa u19 143/1 (Lhuan-dre Pretorius 85*, Extras 25; Mashford Shungu 1/27). South Africa u19 won by nine wickets.

Willem Louw
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