Kayla Reyneke’s all-round show ensured 44 Run win for South Africa against Scotland

South Africa finally registered a win in this U19 World Cup with a 44-run win versus Scotland in the Group D encounter at Benoni. Scotland won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Kayla Reyneke's all-round show ensured 44 Run win for South Africa against Scotland. PC: Getty Images
Kayla Reyneke’s all-round show ensured 44 Run win for South Africa against Scotland. PC: Getty Images

Batting first, South Africa posted a decent 112/7. Not off to a great start, they lost their openers Elandri Janse van Rensburg cheaply for 4 and the previous match hero versus India, Simone Lourens was also dismissed early on. Another setback was losing skipper Oluhle Siyo in the same over for 1. Katherine Fraser was the chief in-charge in scalping those wickets and losing Madison Landsman in the very next over for a duck off 3 balls did not augur well for South Africa. Karabo Meso’s run-a-ball 14 provided some breathing space as partnering with Kayla Reyneke, the scoreboard pressure was still there. Meso and Anica Swart’s dismissal in the same over, a double strike by Niamh Robertson-Jack left Reyneke stranded. She was dismissed in the second last delivery of the over but the 22 off 29 by Jenna Evans would prove to be valuable as the Proteas ended up with 112 on the board. Scotland’s Fraser for her 3 scalps and Robertson-Jack’s 2 wickets were the picks of the bowlers.

Scotland had a tricky start early on losing Ailsa Lister for 10 and Darcey Carter for 9. Emma Walsingham and Nyma Sheikh building the partnership slowly and steadily, but concerning was the rate at which they were scoring it. Walsingham’s dismissal opened the floodgates as South Africa was able to exercise control now. Sehnie Naidu struck twice to get rid of Katherine Fraser and Olivia Bell. Further, the dismissals of Maryam Faisal and Niamh Muir signalled the demise of Scotland’s batting. With Madison Landsman and Jemma Botha cleaning up the fag end of the batting, South Africa triumphed with a massive 44-run victory skittling Scotland for 68 in 17 overs. Madison Landsman with her four-wicket haul was extraordinary and so were the duo of Jenna Botha and Seshnie Naidu.

Kayla Reyneke with her streak of good performances through the warm-ups and this match for her all-round effort of 53 and 1/11 was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’.

Brief Scores– SA 112/7 in 20 overs (K Reyneke 53; K Fraser 3/25, Robertson-Jack 2/12) defeated SCO 68 all out in 17 overs (E Walsingham 17; M Landsman 4/16, S Naidu 2/11, J Botha 2/13)

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