South Africa U-19s v England U-19s, 3rd ODI, Paarl

Taylor fifty breaks England's duck

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January 14, 2009

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England U19s 273 for 9 (Taylor 85, Riazuddin, 53) beat South Africa U19s 218 (Agathagelou 68, Mosehle 58, Wood 3-46) by 55 runs

England Under-19s finally broke their duck against South Africa Under-19s, against whom they recorded their highest score of the tour - 273 for 9 - to beat the hosts by the convincing margin of 55 runs in the third ODI in Paarl. Christopher Wood, though expensive, starred with 3 for 46 following fifties from James Taylor and Hamza Riazuddin.

England won the toss and almost immediately lost Sam Northeast, caught behind off Reece Williams, but Riazuddin and Taylor quickly asserted their authority in a second-wicket stand worth 84. The runs came quickly, too, as South Africa's seamers struggled to tie down the England batsmen.

Riazuddin fell shortly after notching his fifty, but there was another strong partnership between Taylor and Josh Cobb worth 108. When Cobb was dismissed for 49 off Stephan Smith, England were well-placed at 199 for 3, but Obus Pienaar continued his good form to cut through England's middle and lower-orders, ending with 4 for 61.

South Africa, comfortable winners in the first two ODIs, began their chase poorly when they lost Jonathan Vandiar and Graham van Buuren early on. Andrea Agathagelou did his best to stablise a wobbling ship but he was the fifth man to fall for 68 as Liam Dawson and Scott Borthwick struck with spin.

Smith and Mangaliso Mosehle, the wicketkeeper, put on South Africa's biggest partnership of 60 in 10 overs, but England's fielders were on their toes; their bowlers disciplined and accurate, as South Africa were dismissed for 218.

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