Standard Bank Academy trumps visiting Australians
1st one-dayer Standard Bank National Academy 277 for 8 (Behardien 62, Sniman 60, Linde 54) beat Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence 274 for 8 (Voges 66, Bailey 63) by 2 wickets
A Standard Bank National Academy side completed a 2-0 limited-overs series win over Australia's Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence at the University of Pretoria's High Performance Centre. In the first match, the South Africans chased down 275 with two wickets to spare while in the second they trumped the tourists by 111 runs.
On Sunday, the Australians won the toss and thanks to impressive fifties from Adam Voges (66) and Cullen Bailey (63), finished on 274 for 8 in 50 overs. Voges and Bailey put on 121 for the fourth wicket but following their dismissals the lower order failed to build on the momentum. For the home side, Pepler Sandri was the most successful bowler with 3 for 61. Robert Frylinck and Keegan Africa, both KwaZulu Natal bowlers, finished with two wickets each.
In response, the South Africans lost Riel de Kock (7) and Heino Kuhn (4) before Gauteng's Blake Sniman smashed 60 from 65 balls to wrest the initiative. Farhann Behardien (62) and Corne Linde (54) chipped in to help the hosts over the finish line. For Australia, George Bailey and Ben Edmondson took three wickets a piece.
2nd one-dayer Standard Bank National Academy 268 for 8 (Behardien 112, Elgar 77, Edmondson 6-32) beat Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence 157 for 8 (Voges 57, Paulse 5-28) by 111 runs
The South Africans chose to bat this time but lost the openers cheaply again to Brett Dorey and Edmondson. Dean Elgar, the East State left-handed batsman, came to the rescue with 77 from 100 balls while Behardien continued his good form with a powerful 112, comprising ten fours and three sixes. South Africa finished on 268 for 8 with Edmondson returning a fine 6 for 32 from his ten overs.
In response, Australia could only limp to 157 after Hillroy Paulse's superb 5 for 28 kept the batsmen in check. Voges (57) was Australia's top scorer but not even his batting could prevent South Africa from winning the match.
The Australians' next fixture is a four-day match starting on Thursday.