England v South Africa, 1st youth Test, Cambridge August 1, 2014

Rickleton, Roelofsen fifties power South Africa

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South Africa Under-19s 268 for 4 (Roelofsen 96*, Rickleton 76) v England Under-19s

Ryan Rickleton and Grant Roelofsen struck fifties to power a solid batting effort from South Africa Under-19s and lift them to 268 for 4 on the first day of the first youth Test against England Under-19s in Cambridge.

After winning the toss, South Africa got off to a shaky start as their opener Mathew Christensen was caught behind by Joe Clarke off seamer Matthew Fisher for 7 in the ninth over. Marcus Ackerman did not last long either and was trapped lbw by Josh Shaw as the visitors fell to 36 for 2.

South Africa, however, recovered through three big partnerships. Rickleton first added 65 for the third wicket with Johannes Malan (31) to take the team past 100, after which he and Roelofsen had an 87-run stand.

Rickleton was the first to pass fifty, bringing up the landmark with a four off Will Rhodes, and eventually scored 76. He was caught behind in the 76th over, but Roelofsen carried on and made 96 not out, with 15 fours and a six. South Africa's captain Bongumusa Makhanya was unbeaten on 37 at the other end at stumps.

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  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    That's profoundly negative Balladeer after 1 day! I'm sure you stir, but I'm sure there is a great deal of optimism for the next generation in England. I'm curious though to see how well the class of 2014 does for SA. Not a single player from there winning team in the U19 WC in March. 2013-14 was certainly a golden year and the likes of Markram, Bosch, Valli, Radaba, Fortuin etc. leave some big boots to follow.

  • Jonathan on August 1, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    I'm glad that the current England team is full of young players, because these are not optimistic signs for the generation behind them...

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