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February 13, 2013
South Africa Under-19s 223 for 3 (Fortuin 75) beat England Under-19s 221 for 9 (Duckett 51, Williams 3-38) by seven wickets
Clyde Fortuin hit a composed 75 as South Africa Under-19s chased down their target with four overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series against England. Lizaad Williams had earlier claimed three top-order wickets to put England under pressure and a half-century from their captain and wicketkeeper, Ben Duckett, was in ultimately vain.
Fortuin, who fell with 41 required for victory, might have gone on to record a century had it not been for a superb catch in the covers by Harry Finch. That gave Jonathan Tattersall (2-36) his second wicket but England's bowlers otherwise failed to make much of an impact, despite a tight spell from Jamie Overton. Fortuin was involved in an opening partnership of 74 with Andries Gous and put on a further 71 with Diego Rosier as South Africa cruised to victory.
After being put in to bat on a green pitch, England were soon in trouble, as Williams claimed both openers and No. 4 Kishen Velani to leave them on 22 for 3. Finch added 60 with Duckett, who went on to reach his own half-century before holing out against Bradley Dial's offspin. Tattersall (41) fell to another spectacular catch, from Gous, and Overton smashed 38 off 31 balls but England's total wasn't quite testing enough.
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