South Africa Emerging took an early lead in their two-match four-day series as Tladi Bokako and Nandre Burger shone on the final day to give their team a 28 run win.
Matthew Breetzke was the star of the first innings as he struck a fine century to put South Africa in a dominant position as they ended on 382 all out. Cape Cobra’s opener Janneman Malan and captain Raynard van Tonder each chipped in with half-centuries.
For the Sri Lankans, it was Lasith Embuldeniya who starred with the ball as he took 3-116 in 31 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka managed 241 all out as Kyle Simmonds ripped through the top order with Bokako before Burger cleaned up the tail. Simmonds ended with figures of 4-88 in 19 overs, bowling four maidens in the process. There were two half-centuries from Sri Lanka with Charith Asalanka looking set to play a good captains knock before Simmonds castled him and a late 52 from Nishan Peiris ensured Sri Lanka still had a fighting chance.
South Africa were then as bad with the bat in the second innings as they were good in the first and were quickly skittled for just 189 in 39.4 overs. Simmonds and Burger were again top performers, this time with the bat as they scored 50 and 49 respectively.
Sri Lanka got off to a solid start with their opening three batsmen scoring 33, 89 and 47 before a middle-order collapse was then revived by a fighting knock from Mohamed Shiraz before he was caught behind off the bowling of Marco Jansen.
It was the perfect response from the South Africans after they finished last in a recent one day triangular between them, Sri Lanka and a University Sports South Africa XI.
The second match will take place at the Tuks Oval starting on Thursday 25 July.
SA Emerging squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (VKB Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tshepo Ndwandwa (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (Northerns), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans), Thando Ntini (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).