Tumi Sekhukhune starred with four wickets, but it was not enough to prevent Australia Under-19s from edging out the South Africa Emerging team by 21 runs in the final of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Emerging Woman’s Triangular Series in Pretoria on Saturday.
The young Easterns bowler claimed 4/44 in the decider as the tourists were bowled out for 192, before Tayla Vlaeminck was even more impressive with 6/27 to almost single-handedly dismiss the hosts for 171 in reply. It ended a dominant series for the tourists, who were unbeaten throughout, but were finally matched by a tenacious South African side in the final. This was by far the best performance by the home side at the Groenkloof Oval, where they were led excellently by Sekhukhune. She ended with nine wickets in four games thanks to her four-for in the final with Nadine de Klerk also superb with three for 33.
It meant Australia were all out in 49.3 overs – their highest scorer being Hannah Darlington (43). South Africa looked well on course for victory thanks to the all-rounder, Nadine de Klerk, who was the top scorer in the match with 48, and 25 by Sinalo Jafta.
They were cruising along to victory on 131 for four in the 28th over, but then lost their way horribly by losing their remaining six wickets for just 40 runs in 7.4 overs to concede the series.