Eastbourne youngster Callum Jackson helped England’s under-19 cricket team to a 107 run victory over South Africa in their first youth Test match in Cape Town.
18-year-old Jackson, of St Bede’s School, hit 43 runs in the first innings to steady the England ship after they had slipped to 14 for three.
In South Africa’s first innings, wicketkeeper Jackson took three catches to put England in firm control of the match. These included the first two wickets of the innings, both from the bowling of fellow Sussex lad Harry Finch.
Jackson, who made regular appearances domestically for the Sussex second eleven last season, was caught out for a duck in England’s second innings.
But he returned behind the stumps and took an important catch late on to help squash the South African resistance as England cruised to victory.
The win came after the team had lost their first game of the tour to the Western Cape Invitation XI by seven wickets. Jackson impressed in that game, taking three catches and making an unbeaten 28 in the second innings.
The second, and final, test in the short series starts on Sunday in Paarl, before a five-match one-day international series beginning on February 13.