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#SAU19 target Plate Quarter-final win vs Ireland

@TheSportsEagle - 03-02-2016 - View: 261

The ICC Under-19 World Cup tournament proper may be out of reach for the South Africa under-19s, but the team aim to do their best in the matches that are left for them to play.

#SAU19 target Plate Quarter-final win vs Ireland

They enter the Plate Championship tomorrow with a quarter-final match against Ireland.  The team secured their first victory of the tournament yesterday when they beat Scotland by 10 wickets.

All-rounder Willie Ludick believes that the win is just what the side needs to turn things around for them in the tournament.  Ludick says:  'It was nice to get the first win under the belt.  Yesterday’s performance is exactly what we know our side is capable of and what we expect from one another.  It bodes well for games to follow.  We are obviously still disappointed that we could not reach the quarter-finals of the main competition, if we had known what we do now two weeks ago, we obviously would have done things differently but things happen for a reason and we can go forward in this tournament and do our best and finish well.'

Ludick believes that the lessons learned from this World Cup will be taken forward years into the players’ careers and will help them make better decisions in similar situations.  He says: 'We know that this is not the end for us in terms of our careers and we have all learned lessons here that we will take forward in our careers for years to come.'  Looking ahead to the match against Ireland, he says:  'Tomorrow’s match against Ireland is one step towards finishing this tournament in the highest position we can now.  The mood in the change-room is good, we know we need to win this game and after having played them (Ireland) during our warm ups in Dubai, we know what to expect from them and vice versa. It’s going to be a good game.  We want to make our country proud again and we will definitely give our best.'

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