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Jennings delighted with his side

South Africa coach Ray Jennings was delighted with his side after they qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC U19 World Cup.

Jennings delighted with his side - Cricket News
 
South Africa coach Ray Jennings was delighted with his side after they qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC U19 World Cup.

The Proteas claimed a 103-run win against England in Townsville on Sunday, with off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen (4-24 off 10 overs) triggering a collapse that saw their opponents lose their last nine wickets for just 39 runs.

That saw England skittled for just 141, well short of South Africa's score of 244, as Jennings' side set up a semi-final with Australia on Tuesday.

"It is pleasing," said Jennings, when asked to reflect on the victory.

"We've worked hard on certain consistent skills and the guys did deliver on the skills we worked on so it is pleasing.

"As a package, the bowling department, the batting department and the fielding, the tactics - it was there (or) thereabouts and everything worked out according to plan."

At 102-1 in the 28th over, England were well set up for a grandstand finish to their run chase.

Alex Davies and Ben Foakes (both 54) were at the crease and although the run-rate had increased to more than a run a ball, with nine wickets in hand it looked achievable.

Jennings was pleased with the way his side handled the situation though, as they kept their cool, continued bowling in good areas and eventually got the rewards.

"We (have) worked quite a lot on handling pressure and not panicking," he said.
"The guys showed their maturity. We came through the tough period. And with England having a good start, I think they lost about 7 wickets for 25-26 runs. That shows we did have the patience and we stuck to our game plans."

The wicket of Foakes brought about England's downfall, with the man responsible, Subrayen, acknowledging it as a turning point of the match.
"I went in with a plan to just bowl dots and then if a wicket came, it was a bonus for me," Subrayen said.
"I think that (wicket of Foakes) created momentum for us and the team used that to kill them off."
 

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