England level series with four-wicket win
England Under-19 220 for 6 (Bell-Drummond 68, Engelbrecht 3-50) beat South Africa Under-19 219 (de Kock 69, Kapil 4-36) by four wickets
England Under-19s scrapped hard to level the series against South Africa Under-19s with a four-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at Northampton.
England's bowlers fought back to restrict South Africa to 219 after the tourists had reached 121 for 1 and in pursuit the batsmen battled from 9 for 2 to reach the target with 23 balls to spare. Aneesh Kapil was the star with the ball, taking four for 36 on his debut, while Daniel Bell-Drummond led the way again with the bat, making 68 to set up the chase.
Bell-Drummond and Sam Wood steadied England after the two early wickets with a stand of 90 before Wood was caught behind off Prenelan Subrayen for 42. A short rain break interrupted Bell-Drummond's progress after he reached his half-century from 71 balls, and he was stumped shortly after the delay. His 68 included seven fours and a six and followed on from his classy 86 in a losing cause the game before.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and captain Adam Ball ensured Bell-Drummond would get the right result this time, adding 73 in 12.3 overs to all but take England over the finish line. Though they fell in quick succession, Kapil and Jamie Overton saw England home with plenty of time to spare.
It was a disappointment for the tourists after they had looked so well placed on the back of Quinton de Kock and Shaylin Pillay's 73-run second-wicket stand. de Kock advanced to a sprightly 69 from 83 balls before he was bowled by Wood.
Wickets tumbled thereafter and though Pillay tried to drop anchor he was finally removed by Reece Topley for 47 and the tail was wiped out by Kapil, who earned three of his four wickets by hitting the stumps.