Alex Hales and Eion Morgan batted England to a 44-run victory over South Africa A at Boland Park Stadium in Paarl on Wednesday. Hales’ 78 from 52 and Mogan’s 42 from 13 laid the foundation for England’s 202/6 at the end of their innings. A handful of 20s from Joss Buttler (29), Jason Roy (22) and James Vince (22) helped the visitors reach the competitive total, scoring at 10 runs per over.
Wayne Parnell and Andile Phehlukwayo were the most destructive with the ball, taking 3/26 and 2/32 respectively to try and quell the scoring rate while the other bowlers seemed to struggle. Their batting reply got off to a good start. After the initial hiccup of losing Hendricks for one in the opening over of the innings, Theunis De Bruyn and Morne Van Wyk shared a 88-run, second-wicket partnership to steer the side out of danger.
Jon-Jon Smuts also made a handy contribution on debut, he hit 30 runs from 25 balls to help inch his side closer after the loss of David Miller and Farhaan Behardien for 10 and four respectively. Reece Topley took three wickets for 29 runs, with Adil Rashid and David Willey adding two each to their tally. Parnell and Phehlukwayo could not return to strike with the bat, they departed for a respective six and one run.
South Africa A could only manage 158 before their innings came to an end, giving England a convincing win in the end.