After the dramatic victory of 18 races against the West Indies in their first Youth One-Day International, South Africa’s U19s went down by eight wickets in their second affair in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday.
The showdown was a low-scoring competition in which the young South Africans made five changes to their series opener. Once again, the SA team lost the roll and was forced to bat.
The touring South Africans were ruled out for just 103.
The rejuvenated West Indies team chased their opponents overall with ease, winning by eight wickets to spare and leveling the series with four matches 1-1.
The West Indies comeback gives it all to play for in the Caribbean as both sides continue their preparations for the 2022 ICC Men’s U-19 Cricket World Cup, which is also to be played in the West Indies.
When they opened batting again, the SA U19s suffered early setbacks and stood back at 12/3 in the seventh over.
The young touring side took a breather for a moment with South African all-rounders Andile Simelane (14) and Michael Copeland (24) briefly stabilizing the early barrage.
Unfortunately, the two could not save the inning as the team was rejected shortly after reaching a century.
The West Indian bowlers shared the prey with Jayden Carmichael (3/25) and took three, while McKenny Clarke (2/12), Johann Layne (2/14) and Anderson Mahase (2/34) got two pieces.
Despite making an ideal early defense when Aphiwe Mnyanda (1/24) sent the hosts’ opener, Shaqkere Parris, packed for a duck, the West Indies kids found their feet on the groove and did an easy job with the SA total below par and concluded. played within 23.2 overs.
Asakhe Tsaka (1/11) added his own personal statistics sheet as he was the only other SA wicketer.
“The game did not go our way. Again, we failed to adapt to the conditions in the first hour, which has proved to be critical. The start at nine o’clock has proved to be really tough for the batteries,” said the SA boss. coach, Shukri Conrad.
“We made five changes to our starting lineup from the first youth ODI to give everyone a chance, which is really the goal of this tour; to make sure everyone gets a chance before the World Cup.”
“We needed to hit much better, it’s a tough wicket, but not 100 all out-hard, so we’ll have to get stronger back in Cumberland in two days.”
“Full character to the Caribbean. This sets the series up nicely now,” Conrad added.
The third match of the series will take place on Thursday 30 December at Arnos Vale Sports Complex from 09.00 local time (15.00 SA time).