South Western Districts Cricket is ready to host three limited over internationals between the South African and Sri Lankan u/19 teams this week.
The three one day internationals will be played at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn tomorrow (Wednesday, 1st February), Friday (3rd) and Sunday (5th).
Coca-Cola South Africa under-19’s coach, Lawrence Mahatlane, is keen on his young charges learning how to master the basics of the game as they prepare to begin a three-match Youth One-Day International (ODI) series starting at Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Wednesday.
The hosts suffered a 77-run loss to the visitors in the final of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Youth Triangular Series in Boland Park on Saturday. This after they dominated the competition, which also included Zimbabwe, who claimed the only win over the home side during the six-match round-robin stage.
South Africa beat the Sri Lankans comprehensively in all three meetings prior to the final and will be anxious to bounce back in Oudtshoorn.
Mahatlane wants to see improvement.“For me it’s about adaptability and making sure we adjust to the conditions and play accordingly,” he said. “I think sometimes what happens is we do get a bit over excited and try different things.
South Africa, who also take on the young Asian side on Friday and Sunday at the same venue, have bowled the same opponents out each time they faced them over the past two weeks. Mahatlane expects much of the same in the Western Cape town, saying he would be counting on their fast men to deliver.
“It looks like it will have a bit of pace,” he added. “The Academy week was here last week and there were good results for seamers, so it will be interesting to see how we unleash some of our young fast men on a wicket that suits them.”
The South African team is Wiaan Mulder (captain), Matthew Breetzke, Ruan de Swardt
Jesse Christensen, Jade de Klerk, Wandile Makwetu, AkhonaMnyaka, Muhammed Mayet, Jason Niemand, Michael Cohen, Kenan Smith, SiphamandlaKrweqe, Raynard van Tonder, LuthoSipamla and Mitchell van Buuren
Entrance will be free. Matches will start at 10:00 daily.