SA Under-19s v England Under-19s, 1st Youth Test, Cape Town, 2nd day January 28, 2013

England U-19 bowlers earn big lead

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England U-19s 313 (Barnard 114, Williams 4-71) and 24 for 0 lead South Africa U-19s 194 (Coetzee 50, Stone 4-40) by 143 runs

Oli Stone, the England Under-19 captain, took four wickets to earn his team a 119-run lead on the second day in Cape Town.

Stone was not the original captain for the trip but replaced the injured Shiv Thakor last week. He did not bring himself into the attack until six other bowlers had been used, after suffering a dislocated finger in the warm-up match, but soon made an impact with two wickets in two balls removing South Africa's top-scorer, Murray Coetzee (50), and Vassilli Orros as the home side slipped to 120 for 5.

He claimed two further wickets to complete an efficient display by England who had earlier extended their first innings to 313. Ed Barnard, who scored a century on the opening day, was only able to add seven to his overnight score before being bowled sweeping.

South Africa made a solid start in reply before Harry Finch, a 17-year-old from Sussex, had Andries Gous and Shaylin Pillay caught behind in quick succession. A partnership of 60 between Coetzee and Diego Rosier, the captain, followed to leave the game evenly balance but Miles Hammond had Rosier lbw to start the collapse.

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  • Mark on January 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Pathetic? Bit harsh and all these lads are making their under 19 debuts in internationals here with some only 17. Plus the scoreboard suggests they are a better team than the South Africans.

    How long then before the talented Thakor is making his way up to Trent Bridge?

  • Shoaib on January 28, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    England have a pathetic under-19 team the future of Cricket.

  • Samuel on January 28, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Such a shame Thakor had to come home injured - wouldn't be surprised to see him thrown into the Lions squads sometime soon, he's that talented. Great to see the young lads going abroad and taking it to the home side even without their star batsman though!

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