Eng U-19s v South Africa U-19s, 5th Youth ODI, Taunton July 26, 2011

South Africa scramble home in last-ball finish

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa Under-19s 304 for 9 (Price 58, Pillay 52) beat England Under-19s 300 for 5 (Bell-Drummond 72, Kelsall 64) by one wicket

South Africa Under-19s came from behind to steal victory over England Under-19s by the narrowest of margins, winning off the last ball with one wicket remaining. South Africa were almost out of the huge chase at 148 for 6 in the 32nd over but doughty knocks from the lower order ensured they scrambled home to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the seven-match series with two games to go. James Price and Calvin Savage added 48 off 35 deliveries for the seventh wicket while Prenelan Subrayen and Savage put on 66 off 50 for the eighth. England continued to chip away though and when Subrayen fell for 48 off 33, South Africa needed 16 from nine balls. Duanne Olivier applied the finishing touch, slamming two sixes in his unbeaten 22 off 12 balls to take South Africa home with almost nothing left in the tank.

England had reason to celebrate when Jamie Overton reduced South Africa to 18 for 2 but the visitors recovered through fifties from Shaylin Pillay and Price after which the lower order took over.

England's best batting performance of the series so far had earlier been built on the back of a 133-run opening stand between the impressive Daniel Bell-Drummond (72) and Sam Wood (57). Sam Kelsall and Aneesh Kapil consolidated with half-centuries before some late hitting carried England to 300, a total that almost proved to be enough.