The West Indies Under-19 team’s batting troubles continued yesterday as they lost their second and final warm-up before the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Despite half a century of captain Ackeem Auguste, the home side again failed to beat their 50 overs quota, and South Africa’s Under-19s took the opportunity to win by three wickets with 87 balls for sale at the national stadium in Providence, Guyana.
The two teams recently shared a low-scoring four-game streak 2-2 at St Vincent.
But the change of location did not improve the batting form of the World Cup hosts.
They only made 170 points, losing by 108 points to India on Sunday at the same location. And yesterday, beating first after South African captain George Van Heerden won the toss, Augustus’ men were only able to muster 189, being sent back with 28 balls to play.
The first order of the Windies struggled again. The first five wickets had fallen by only 61 points in 15th. It was then that opener Matthew Nandu, who scored 52 against India, was at the mercy of miser Michael Copeland (5-1-14-2) after racking up 19 out of 39 balls. bullets. Prior to that, point guard Matthew Boast knocked out Jordan Johnson (zero), Shaqkere Parris (three) and Teddy Bishop (nine), while Boast’s new ball partner Aphiwe Mnyanda knocked out Rivaldo Clarke (15).
Vice-captain Giovonte Depeiza then only lasted two balls before becoming Copeland’s second weight casualty, leaving the total at 61 for six in the 17th.
So Auguste went into the fold with crunchy innings, but the WI skipper found a strong ally in wicket keeper Carlon Bowen-Tuckett.
Together, the pair absorbed the next 12 overs putting 63 for the seventh wicket before Auguste fell to Andile Simelane via a capture from Dewald Brevis, after hitting a 52 from 47 balls, including two sixes and six fours.
Bowen-Tuckett ultimately lost 45 of 85 balls, hitting his stumps against left-arm spinner Asakhe Tsaka.
In their four previous meetings, the WI bowlers had held the South Africans in check. But yesterday, despite the reduction of the opposition to 75 for three by the 15th, they could not keep the pincers. This was largely because Augustus’ counterpart, wicket keeper / batsman Van Heerden took control, hitting 61 unbeaten on 59 balls with six fours and two max. His stand of 68 out of 86 balls with Brevis for the fourth wicket more or less settled the competition. By the time Brevis was knocked out by spinner Onaje Amory for a 50, South Africa needed just 47 more points for the win with 128 balls remaining.
They duly achieved their goal for the further loss of Simelane, Copeland and Boast who all fell to the crimper McKenny Clarke.
Clarke (5-0-34-3) was WI’s most successful bowler, but Anderson Mahase also made a good change to take two for 31 in his eight overs.
However, as they prepare for their Group D opener against Australia tomorrow, coach Floyd Reifer will be concerned about the kind of totals his bowlers will have to defend.
WI U-19 189, 43.2 overs (Ackeem Auguste 52, Carlon Bowen-Tuckett 45; Matthew Boast 3/9, Michael Copeland 2/14, Aphiwe Mnyanda 2/33)
v South Africa U-19 191-7, 35.3 (George Van Heerden 61 no, Dewald Brevis 50; McKenny Clarke 3/34, Anderson Mahase 2/31)
—South Africa U-19 won by three wickets