South Africa Skipper Secures Warm-Up Win Over West Indies U19s

In a low-scoring affair at Guyana National Stadium, it was South Africa captain and wicket-keeper George Van Heerden who set up a three-wicket win over the West Indies Rising Stars on the final day of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup warm-up matches. Matthew Boast (3-9) and Michael Copeland (2-14) had made early inroads for the South Africans after putting in the West Indies, reducing them to 61-6.

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West Indies skipper Ackeem Auguste then mounted some resistance, making 52 as he and wicket-keeper Carlon Bowen-Tuckett (45) added 63 for the seventh wicket. After the left-handed Auguste was caught off the bowling of Andile Simelane, Bowen-Tuckett marshalled the tail before going hit wicket with the Windies bowled out for 189.

Dewald Brevis hit 50 in reply for South Africa, including a 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket with his captain before falling to off-spinner Onaje Amory. Fast bowler McKenny Clarke (3-34) then took three quick wickets, but Van Heerden’s unbeaten 61 ensured there were no late nerves for South Africa.

West Indies will open the tournament on Friday when they face Australia at the Guyana National Stadium. The first ball is 9 am (8 am Jamaica) and LIVE ball-by-ball coverage will on ESPN Caribbean.

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