England overcame a spirited rearguard action by Andries Gous and Clyde Fortuin to beat South Africa by a comprehensive 107 runs in the first Coca-Cola under-19 Test match at Sahara Park Newlands on Wednesday.
England have thus taken an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the series and the best South Africa can hope for is to square the series in the second match at Boland Park from Sunday.
England were always the likely winners after they took a 119-run lead on the first innings on the back of a century by Coca-Cola Man-of-the-Match Ed Barnard but there was a brief period when they must have been a bit worried when Gous and Fortuin add 70 for the seventh wicket to bring the target almost within range.
But once Gavin Griffiths bowled Gous for 83 (162 balls, 11 fours and a six), the writing was on the wall as Fortuin was left with only tail-enders to support him.
The one positive South Africa could take from the match was that they had the better of the second half of the contest although leaving themselves with too much to do.
They will have to get the top-order batting into form before Sunday as the two sides appear to be well matched in the bowling department.
England will be particularly heartened by the grit and guts they showed on the first day in recovering from 14/3 in the fifth over to finish with a total in excess of 300.
South Africa have called up Tshepo Moreki as a replacement for Craig Kirsten who was ruled out of the first Test after bowling only four overs before breaking down with a stress fracture of the lower back.