South Africa U-19s v England U-19s, 2nd Youth Test, Paarl

Spin helps South Africa square series

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 6, 2013

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South Africa Under-19s 228 (Orros 69, Stone 5-31) and 320 for 8 dec (Bedingham 131, Pillay 63, Stone 6-48) beat England Under-19s 231 (Sibley 112*) and 250 (Tattersall 63) by 67 runs

South Africa squared their Test series against England with a 67-run victory in Paarl on another hard-fought day. The home side's spinners played a key role on a wearing surface after England had set a platform for at least a draw on 143 for 1.

Victory came deep into the final session after the last four wickets fell for 10 runs. Kagiso Rababa, the quick bowler, wrapped up the innings with two wickets.

England had started the day on 31 without loss needing another 287 to take the series and made strong early progress as Jonathan Tattersall and Dominic Sibley took their opening stand to 63. After Sibley fell to Vincent Moore another productive stand of 90 followed between Tattersall and Harry Finch (46).

However, when Finch fell to the legspinner Diego Rosier, who bowled 25 overs in the day, the innings began to subside as England slipped to 191 for 6 before tea. Ed Barnard and Miles Hammond slowed South Africa's momentum by adding 49, but when Michael Fasson had Barnard lbw the final collapse decided the match.

David Bedingham, whose hundred set up South Africa's matchwinning lead, was named Man of the Match and Oli Stone, the England captain, took the Man of the Series award for taking 17 wickets at 9.88.

Stone's match figures of 11 for 79 were the best by an England bowler in a Youth Test surpassing the record of 11 for 213 held Richard Pearson, the former Northamptonshire, Surrey and Essex spinner, set against Australia's Young Cricketers in 1991.

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