England Under-19s v SA Under-19s, 5th Youth ODI, Derby

Taylor leads England to series sweep

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August 22, 2014

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England Under-19s 212 for 8 (Wood 45, Clarke 45, Zuma 3-38) beat South Africa Under-19s 125 (Roelofsen 40, Taylor 3-26) by 87 runs
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Joe Clarke attempts to play the scoop, England Under-19s v New Zealand Under-19s, Under-19 World Cup, Dubai, February 18, 2014
Joe Clarke's 45 helped England to 212, which they easily defended © ICC
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Brad Taylor enjoyed a fine evening in the field as England Under-19s completed a clean sweep of their Youth ODI series with South Africa. Taylor took three wickets and executed a superb run-out as England easily defended 212 at Derby.

England needed early wickets to try and hold their under-par total and after reducing South Africa to 34 for 4 were well on their way to victory.

Only opener Grant Roelofsen got into the chase, striking five boundaries in his 40, eventually falling to the offspin of Taylor, who claimed the next two wickets as South Africa slumped to 88 for 8 and staring at humiliation before a late order rally pushed them into three figures.

It was another confident display by England. Two run-outs helped their cause, the first a ridiculous mix up where Janneman Malan was half a pitch short of his ground; and then a superb piece of work from Taylor, sliding at mid-on to field and then throwing off his knees to break the non-striker's stumps and send back Marques Ackerman for a duck.

But they didn't have it all their own way to begin with and England were forced to rebuild their innings from a sloppy start. Three balls outside the Powerplay, they found themselves 28 for 3 with three of the top four sent back for single figures.

All three early strikes were from Lwandiswa Zuma, the right-arm quick from KwaZulu-Natal. He came into the game with only one wicket in the series but struck in his third over to have England captain Will Rhodes caught behind and removed Tom Alsop in the same manner two overs later. A third wicket - Jonathan Tattersall for a duck - left England reeling.

Joe Clarke managed to settle things as he and Haseeb Hameed, in imperious form in the series, added a stand of 74 at almost five-an-over to get the innings moving again.

Hameed could go no further than 38 this time, bowled by left-arm spinner Stefan Klopper, who also took Clarke caught and bowled before Clarke could assert himself on the innings.

England were six down with 14 overs to go and it took a dashing 45 in 41 balls from Luke Wood at No. 8 to push England beyond 200, which in the end proved more than enough

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Posted by landl47 on (August 23, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

The results don't matter that much (in this series England's squad was far more experienced than the South African boys), but it's interesting to note a few young players to watch. I'd already seen Brad Taylor bowling for Hampshire as a 16-year-old and he's progressing well. He spins the ball, has a nice drift away from the right-handers and keeps an excellent length and line. Matthew Fisher is a big lad with a good strong action and at 16 is already bowling in the low 80mph range. He could be a quick bowler of the future. Then there's Haseeb Hameed, 17, who looks a future test player. He plays very straight, works the ball well off his legs and knows exactly where his off-stump is so he can leave anything wide.

Will Rhodes the captain has great charm and charisma. Whether he's a strong enough batsman for international cricket I don't know, but he has got these lads playing very well.

It was great to see Andy Flower there, supporting the side and enjoying himself.

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