Chantham ton helps Thailand take 2-1 lead against South Africa Emerging

Nattakan Chantham drives one through the off side. © Cricket Thailand/Twitter

A century by Natakkan Chantham and half century by Nannapat Koncharoenkai following Nattaya Boochatham’s three-fer helped Thailand down South Africa Emerging in the third one-dayer at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday (September 9). With that Thailand took a 2-1 lead in the five-game series.

Chasing 241 for a win, Thailand lost Boochatham in the third over. But Chantham and Koncharoenkai then steadied the ship. The pair added 181 runs for the second wicket and kept Thailand on course. Wicketkeeper-batter Koncharoenkai made a steady half century, before being one of Nobulumko Baneti’s three victims.

Chantham, on the other hand, continued her rich vein of form with the bat. She had hit 113 off 141 in the second match and followed it with 120 off 126 in the third. She hit 14 fours and a six in her stay. Chantham fell with Thailand 30 runs away from the win, but Naruemol Chaiwai (30) and Suleeporn Laomi (13 not out) helped them get home.

For the South Africa Emerging team, Baneti returned three for 59 while Leah Jones and Jane Winster picked a wicket each.

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Earlier, opting to bat first, South Africa lost Andie Steyn (nine) with just 30 runs on the board. Nicole de Klerk then fell, becoming Boochatham’s first scalp. Saarah Smith and Faye Tunnicliffe then added 64 for the third wicket. Smith then fell for 26 off 43 balls.

Tunnicliffe then strung another 60 runs with Annerie Dercksen (28) before falling for 70. She hit seven fours in her 87-ball stay in the middle. Jones then provided some impetus down the order, finishing with 26 off just 23 balls. But the home team eventually was bowled out for 240.

Onnicha Kamchomphu picked two for 53 while Boochatham returned three for 45.

Brief Scores: South Africa Emerging 240 all out in 49.2 overs (Faye Tunnicliffe 70, Nicole de Klerk 30; Nattaya Boochatham 3/45) lost to Thailand 243/5 in 48.4 overs (Nattakan Chantham 120, Nannapat Koncharoenkai 64; Nobulumko Baneti 3/59) by five wickets