12 February 2016
Foxcroft, Mulder shine as South Africa finishes 11th
No. 3 batsman hits 137-ball 117 before side bowls New Zealand out for 150 to win by 138 runs
South Africa first posted a mammoth 288 for 6, with Dean Foxcroft scoring a 137-ball 117, before Wiaan Mulder’s 4 for 14 helped bundled out New Zealand for 150 in 38.4 overs.
It was South Africa Under-19 who could go home with its head held slightly higher than in recent weeks, everything finally falling in place for the 2014 winners in a comprehensive, 138-run victory over New Zealand Under-19. It first posted a mammoth 288 for 6, with Dean Foxcroft scoring a 137-ball 117, before Wiaan Mulder’s 4 for 14 helped bundled out New Zealand for 150 in 38.4 overs.
The result meant South Africa finished 11th in the 16-team tournament, with New Zealand ending at 12th.
It seemed South Africa’s troublesome recent record was to continue when Kyle Verreynne fell for nought in the first over. But with Mulder pushed down to fourth, Foxcroft made his way out and New Zealand was rarely in front thereafter. Liam Smith (20) did fall after a 50-run stand, and Mulder didn’t last long either, scoring a 45-ball 18. Tony de Zorzi, the captain, managed just a 17-ball 7, but all the while, Foxcroft pillaged the bowlers at the other end, and South Africa was always in charge.
Rivaldo Moonsammy (51 off 43) finally offered Foxcroft steadiness, and the two put on a fine 96 for the fifth wicket that all but deflated New Zealand. Both batsmen were then dismissed within two overs of each other, but Wandile Makwetu hammered a 24-ball 50, comprising seven fours and two sixes, to take the target out of New Zealand’s reach.
That was indeed the case when New Zealand came out in its chase as Glenn Phillips was felled in the third ball of the innings. Rachin Ravindra and Daniel Stanley then added 53 for the second wicket. However, the stand was broken when Ravindra was run out, and that sent in motion a slide that New Zealand never recovered from.
From 54 for 2, it was reduced to 79 for 6 as all of Josh Clarkson (1), Daniel Stanley (19), Christian Leopard (6) and Dale Phillips (1) fell in quick succession with Mulder picking two of those wickets. Finn Allen (40) and Anikey Parikh (35) added 57 for the seventh wicket, but once the stand was broken, New Zealand’s end was swift.
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