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England short again as SA seal series

South Africa Under-19s 270 for 8 (Oldfield 82, Smith 49*, Shaw 3-45) beat England Under-19s 260 for 9 (Tattersall 83, Shaw 52, Valli 3-33) by 10 runs
Scorecard

South Africa Under-19s held their nerve in another close finish to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. England again fell marginally short in their chase, despite a 48-run partnership in less than five overs for the ninth wicket that threatened to snatch them an unlikely victory.

Josh Shaw, England's No. 9, hit a 46-ball 52 but England needed 18 to win off the final over and Shaw was run out trying to get back on strike. The 17-year-old, who also took three wickets during the South Africa innings, helped Jonathan Tattersall lift England from 154 for 7 in the 37th over and continued to carry the fight when Tattersall fell for 83.

Early strikes had left England floundering at 51 for 4 in pursuit of 270 and South Africa captain Yaseen Valli took 3 for 33 with his offspin to make further dents in the chase.

South Africa had recovered from a tricky position themselves, adding 115 from the last 12 overs, a burst which was to prove crucial. Both scorecards had a very similar shape to them, as Greg Oldfield's 82 from No. 5 provided the base after they had been 48 for 3 and Jason Smith made a run-a-ball 49 to help trampoline the hosts to an imposing total.

England U19 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10CF JacksonTP Alsop
2nd15CF JacksonHZ Finch
3rd12CF JacksonEG Barnard
4th14CF JacksonBM Duckett
5th30CF JacksonJA Tattersall
6th49JA TattersallR Gibson
7th24MAH HammondJA Tattersall
8th56JA TattersallJ Shaw
9th48OP StoneJ Shaw
10th2OP StoneTE Barber