Openers blitz SA to series whitewash
South Africa Under-19s 211 for 1 (Coetzee 103*, Fortuin 99) beat England Under-19s 210 for 8 (Sibley 84) by nine wickets
Murray Coetzee and Clyde Fortuin blazed South Africa to a series whitewash-clinching nine-wicket victory in the final match of the England tour. Their stand of 199 - the third highest for South Africa in Youth ODIs - made a mockery of the target and the pace at which the chase was completed, 6.29 an over, saw a one-sided series finished with a rout.
Coetzee completed his hundred, his second of the season, with a swept four and then scored the winning runs with a loft over mid-off two balls later. He took the applause but was overshadowed by 17-year-old Clyde Fortuin who struck 16 fours in reaching 99 from 79 balls before pulling to midwicket in search of a century. The pair deserved to complete the win together but Fortuin's dismissal afforded Coetzee enough remaining runs to reach his landmark.
The solitary success was no more than a delay in leaving the field for England who competed well in the Youth Test series but have been exposed in the one-day leg. Again they scored too slowly despite a solid base. Opener Dominic Sibley compiled 84 in 142 balls and shared 136 with Ed Barnard who made 53. But England's middle order failed to find any other contributions and the final 10 overs of the innings saw little acceleration and wickets fallings too regularly.