South Africa have lost their final round-robin match against New Zealand by 71 runs at the 2017 ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Despite the loss, South Africa have progressed to the quarter-finals, finishing second in Group A behind New Zealand on four points with two wins and a loss.
Ahead of the contest both teams had already secured a place in the last eight, thanks to their impressive wins over West Indies and Kenya.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, that decision was vindicated by a 108-run opening stand between Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra.
Despite the solid start New Zealand experienced a slight stumble in the middle overs of their innings, losing five wickets in a space of eight overs.
That left them in a compromised position on 174 for the loss of six wickets with sixteen overs still remaining.
The younger brother of Black Cap Glenn Phillips, Dale and Max Chu combined very well for a 77-run partnership that took New Zealand to 279 for eight at the end of their fifty overs.
In response, the South Africans never really got going and struggled throughout their innings.
They lost their first four wickets for just 76 runs, before Hermann Rolfes and Jean du Plessis steadied the ship by scoring 108 and 54 respectively.
The pair also shared a 106-run fifth-wicket partnership, however that was not enough as their team fell short of New Zealand’s total by 71 runs.
Raynard Van Tonder, South African Under-19 captain: “The key for us was to keep getting wickets, but I thought the two batters came in and put together a partnership put them back in the game and they really batted very well. We really looking forward, the boys are excited even though we didn’t get the results today that we wanted, I think there is a lot of positives we can take out of it.”
New Zealand will now go on to play Afghanistan in their quarter-final on Thursday, while South Africa will play Pakistan on Wednesday.