Win for SA ‘A’
REEZA HENDRICKS smashed an unbeaten 145-ball 173 runs and Tabraiz Shamsi took four wickets for just 19, giving the Powerade South Africa ‘A’ team their second consecutive, bonuspoint victory in the One-Day Triangular Series, this time against Afghanistan ‘A’ at Tuks Oval in Pretoria yesterday.
Hendricks was in excellent touch, hitting 14 fours and five sixes as he led the home side to a daunting 336/5 after they were put in to bat. It was the Lions’ batsman’s ninth List A century. Captain Khaya Zondo was the other main contributor with a notable 62 from 55 deliveries, including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Heinrich Klaasen and Henry Davids chipped in with 30 (40 balls) and 22 (34 balls) runs respectively.
The bowlers did not seem to have an answer for the South Africans, but Rahmat Shah (2/58) did manage to break two big partnerships, starting with the opening, 79-run stand with Davids, followed by the 60-run, third-wicket partnership with Klaasen. The most damage was caused by the 135-run, fourth-wicket stand with Zondo however, which was eventually ended by Fareed Ahmad.
The visitors did not go down quietly. Their batting reply was lit up by a collective 15 fours and eight sixes, as they valiantly went about their chase. Shah did even better with the bat, top scoring with 55 from 54 deliveries (5x4s, 1×6), with Nasir Jamal, Najibullah Zadran and Afsar Zazai adding respective scores of 33, 26 and 24 but the South Africans, led by Shamsi were too good on the day. The Proteas left-arm spinner’s remarkable eight-over spell included two maidens, while Dane Paterson and Dwaine Pretorius added 3/29 and 2/36 respectively to the tally.
Afghanistan were bowled out for 172 in 32.2 overs. They play India next at the same venue on 1 August, while South Africa’s next match, against India, will be on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Franchise owners of Cricket SA’s new T20 Global League began a two-day workshop in Dubai on Saturday with a strong message from guest speaker and ICC’s AntiCorruption Unit head, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, over the dangers of corruption the game faces.
The new competition, which is scheduled to be played in November and December, has eight teams and all the owners were in attendance as preparation for the T20 Global League began in earnest.
Flanagan’s focus was on prevention by educating owners and players.
He left the audience with a clear realisation of the responsibility they carry individually and collectively to keep the game clean and corruption free.
“I was delighted to be here with the owners and the others involved in the creation of this new T20 Global League,” ICC Anti-Corruption chief Flanagan said. “I want it to be a wonderful success and I’m certain it will be a wonderful success.
“But one of the biggest dangers that could prevent it from being a success would be corruption creeping in and therefore I think it’s very important that we take steps at this stage.
“So I would like to commend Cricket South Africa for taking these steps and for inviting me here so we can set the tone and work together to keep this tournament away from corruption.”