Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Bloemfontein: Cricket South Africa yesterday named the South Africa Under-19 squad to play in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup early next year.

The Free State Trio of Gerald Coetzee, Pheko Moletsane, and Andrew Louw, have been included in the National Under-19 squad that will represent the country in the 2020 edition of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup hosted in South Africa.

The trio have all made their respective First-Class debuts for Free State and Northern Cape. Coetzee will make his second appearance, having played in the previous ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and being named in the ICC Under-19 Select Tournament XI in 2018. He has also made his Franchise debut for VKB Knights and for Jozi Stars in the Mzansi Super League 2.0.

Moletsane, who has been named in the Free State Provincial Under-19 side for the 4th time this year, has been impressive with both bat and ball in the past years.

Former Northern Cape Under-19 player and current Free State Academy batsman, Andrew Louw, has also been named in the SA side.

“I would like to congratulate the 3 Free State boys for making the World Cup squad. Their professionalism and skill will be a plus for the team.” commented Free State Under-19 and Academy Head Coach, Dillon du Preez.

“I know they will fly the flag of Free State high and I wish them all the best and trust that they will have a great World Cup. We are proud to have our boys included in the national squad. With South Africa playing one of their matches here at Mangaung Oval, hopefully our boys will have a run and kickstart their international careers here at home.” commented Free State Cricket Chief Executive, Johan van Heerden.