They have one group match left against Scotland on February 2nd before taking part in the Plate Championship of the tournament from the fourth to the 12th. The young Proteas, who won the toss and elected to bat first, were left reeling on 37/6 in the 17th over thanks to the bowling duo of Michael Van Lingen (4/24) and Fritz Coetzee (3/16) who took seven wickets between them in the end.
They lost openers, Liam Smith and Rivaldo Moonsamy for zero and one respectively to put the side on the back-foot in the third over of the innings. Kyle Verreynne and Dean Foxcroft put together a 33-run partnership for the third wicket to try and dig the side out of trouble, but Warren Van Wyk struck at the end of the 14th over, removing Foxcroft for 12. Verreynne followed three balls later, losing his wicket to van Lingen for 16.
South Africa captain, Tony De Zorzi (18) tried to plough his side out of trouble, but he lost debutant Wandile Makwetu and Dayyaan Galiem without scoring, making it difficult to keep the scoreboard ticking. He was eventually defeated by a good delivery by Van Lingen and was bowled out in the 21st over, leaving South Africa struggling on 57/7. Top scorer, Willie Ludick (42) and Lutho Sipamla, paved the way to a more respectable total with their 55-run partnership for the ninth wicket before the former fell victim to SJ Loftie-Eaton in the 47th.
Sipamla went on to lead the last stand with Ziyaad Abrahams, the pair managed an unbeaten partnership of 21 runs to get South Africa to 136/9 at the end of their innings. Namibia’s batting reply got off to a shaky start. They also lost their opening pair, Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin for zero and one respectively, but a half century by Lohan Louwrens was the difference between the sides.
He steered his team out of danger and, along with Charl Brits, shared a 52-run, sixth-wicket partnership that got them to the brink of victory. South Africa had a few breakthroughs at the tail-end of the innings, Chrischen Olivier (0) was bowled by Sipamla in the 39th over, followed by Francois Rautenbach’s (0) run out in the 40th. The latter’s wicket fell with Namibia needing just one run to win.
Fritz Coetzee hit the required run to cap off a successful day for him and his team. South Africa’s captain, Tony de Zorzi is bitterly disappointed with the side’s performance in the World Cup. He says: 'We’ve let the country down in a massive way in not making it out of even the group stage. The top order failed us completely, we were quite lucky to get to 130-odd and although we bowled quite well to try and restrict them, defending that kind of score on a flat deck was never going to be easy, we just couldn’t win. In hindsight, had we known that we would have been in that situation we would have done things differently with the toss, but I think if the boys are honest enough with themselves, a couple of loose shots and shots that weren’t needed at the time really let us down and I think if we took responsibility for the innings we would have probably put a better total up. The best thing we can do now is finish in the highest position we can and bring back a semblance of pride for our country, more than that, we can’t do.'
Team coach, Lawrence Mahatlane is saddened by the team’s performance. Mahatlane says: 'I thought Namibia got a well-deserved win. At 60/8 we were always in trouble and they showed good disciplines with the ball at the top of the innings. We just didn’t apply ourselves well enough with the bat. We did well to get to 136, but it proved not to be enough in the end. We’ve let ourselves down in simple batting disciplines. It’s important that we bounce back and the players need to show the class that they have. We just haven’t batted well enough and the results show that.' South Africa will remain in Cox’s Bazar for the Plate Championship portion of the tournament.
When asked where the team will go from here, Mahatlane said: 'Part of under-19 age group cricket is about learning and the key is taking the learnings forward and showing some improvement in the next few games. A couple of losses doesn’t make them bad cricketers. They have a lot of talent and they need to make sure that they show that talent in the next few days and really back themselves.'