Win for SA ‘A’

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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.”

– ANA

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