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South Africa takes Youth ODI Series lead

by Robertson Henry
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CUMBERLAND, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; SUNDAY DECEMBER 26, 2021 – The West Indies Under-19 team lost their last seven wicketas for just seven runs, as South Africa Under-19 wrapped up victory by 19 runs with 15.3 overs to spare, in game one of four-match Youth One-Day Internationals played at the Cumberland Playing Field today Sunday December 26, 2021.

When Giovonte Depeiza was run out by M. Boast for the inning top-score of 39 with the score on 4 for 121, no one expected the carnage which was to follow.

Rivaldo Clarke fell for 13 – 5 for 123, Jaden Carmichael was ran out 01 – 6 for 124, Anderson Mahase lbw 02 – 7 for 125, McKenny Clarke lbw 01 – 8 for 127, Teddy Bishop returning after retiring hurt was bowled for 24 – 9 for 127, and Johann Layne was the last man out for 00 – all out 128. Extras contributed 08 made of 6 byes, and 2 wides.

Earlier skipper Akeem Auguste had set about preparing the inning with Bishop from a precarious 20 for 2. Auguste was ran out for 27, colliding with Rivaldo Clarke as the pair went for for a quick single,

The opening pair of Shaqkere Parris 05, and Mathew Nandu 08 failed to put any pressure on the South African bowlers, when the regional side began their reply to the target of 148.

Clarke was later involved in another mix-u

p, this time with Depeiza when he Clarke drove the ball straight to Boast at midon and took off. Depeiza responded, but Boast accurate throw to the striker’s end was accurate, and the Windies Rising Stars slipped further into trouble as Depeiza departed via the run out route.

Dewald took 3 for 36, Simeline 2 for 05, Maphaka 1 for 13, and Alder 1 for 40 bowling for South Africa, with three runouts.

West Indies Under-19 had earlier won the toss and sent South Africa Under-19 to take first knock on a pitch being played on the first time since the April 09 – 22, 2021, 32 volcanic eruptions covered the ground and much of mainland St. Vincent with ash.

Following an opening stand of 56, South Africa lost wickets regularly as the Windies young stars took control. Wickets continue to fall at 2 for 78, 3 for 89, 4 for 98, 5 for 101, 6 for 127, 7 for 141, 8 for 144, 9 for 145, and all out for 146 in 34.2 overs. There were 14 extras made of 2 byes, 7 wides, and 5 no-balls.

Mahase finished with 4 for 33, Carmichael 3 for 19, and Onaje Amory 3 for 34, bowling for the West Indies Under-19.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday December 28, 2021 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, followed by the third Youth ODI on Thursday December 30, at the Cumberland Playing Field, and the fourth and final Youth ODI on January 3, 2022 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.

Both teams are using the series as preparation for the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup which CWI is hosting from January 14 to February 5, 2022 in Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, and Guyana.

Robertson Henry
Robertson Henry

Robertson S. Henry is a multi-time award winning sports journalist from Saint Lucia, currently residing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His coverage of sporting events both locally and regionally, not just landed him the Sports Journalist of the Year Award on numerous occasions, but recognition from the International Olympic Committee in 2005.

Henry began his fulltime career in journalism with the now defunct Crusader Newspaper in 1994, and worked with the Voice Newspaper until 2007. He established the sports website sportcaraibe, and believes “sports is the fourth pillar in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean.”

Henry has also produced work for a number of regional newspapers including the Trinidad Guardian, Stabroek Newspaper of Guyana, and in 2010 did a photo-shoot of Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke for the Australian Herald.


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