DANIEL Smith from SA College High School as been named the captain of the 15-man South Africa U19 squad after the conclusion of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) U19 Franchise Cubs Week.
Smith enjoyed a productive campaign amassing 301 runs in his four matches with Jordan Hermann ending up as the leading run scorer with 364 runs at an average of 91.00.
Caleb Seleka from Potch Gym spun his way to 9 wickets at just shy of 3 runs per over and the paceman from Parkland College, Darian Naidoo also snatched 9 wickets.
The SA U19 squad will now feature at the 16th team in the CSA 3 Day Provincial Cup and One Day Challenge scheduled to start in March, 2021.
Western Province’s Smith, who less than 24-hours earlier led the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras to the Cubs Week title, has been named the captain of the junior Proteas.
The left-hander enjoyed a prolific campaign with the bat as he recorded 301 runs across four appearances for the Cobras and finished second on the run charts behind Jordan Hermann from Northerns (Titans).
Opening batsman Hermann amassed 364 runs at the tournament for the Titans at a staggering average of 91.00, including the highest individual score of the week of 139 against the Knights in the opening round of matches.
He is one of the three Titans players who were included in the national u.19 squad. The other two are Dewald Brevis and Jan Hendrik Coetzer.
In addition to the 15-man squad, five players have been included as part of an extended training squad. Among those five is Selo (Valentine) Kitime, who also represented the Titans at the tournament.
Shukri Conrad will again be the coach of the team and the SA u.19 squad will feature as the 16th team in the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and Provincial One-Day Challenge, scheduled to start next month.
The 15 players in the main squad were capped during a closing ceremony on Sunday night. The five additional players will travel with the core squad and will receive their caps if they are selected to compete in the Senior Provincial tournaments.
“This is the first of many steps as we build towards next year’s ICC Under 19 World Cup, in the West Indies. It is a long way to go and other players will have the opportunity to make their way into the squad,” said Conrad after the capping ceremony for his new team.
(SOURCE: SA SCHOOL SPORTS)