Kiwi hundreds knee-jerk Proteas

Henry

The first hour or two of the first test between South Africa and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui did not go too badly for the Proteas.

Captain Neil Brand won the toss, decided to field first and Tshepo Moreki caught Devon Conway leg before wicket with the first delivery of his international red ball cricket career.

A short while later, Clyde Fortuin caught Tom Latham behind the wickets off Dane Paterson’s bowling and the home team’s score was 39/2 against an inexperienced South African Test team.

But after that it was virtually one-way traffic as Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson turned on the run taps for the Black Caps.

The two Kiwi batsmen enjoyed an unbeaten partnership of 219 runs for the third wicket and both players celebrated their centuries.

Williamson, playing in his 96th Test, smashed his 30th century, while Ravindra scored the first century of his Test career.

South Africa also shot themselves in the foot with a few missed catches – largely from Ruan de Swardt’s bowling – and by time-out the New Zealanders had 258/2 on the scoreboard.

The SA20 tournament is currently preferred in Cricket South Africa’s eyes and a watered-down squad has been selected for the test series against the Kiwis.

However, Brand said in the run-up to the showdown that his team has the ability to surprise friend and foe.

“It is a huge opportunity for every dear player to stake his claim in the test group. But it will be a tough series and we will have to play very well to dish out competitive cricket.”

  • Summary of the scorecard:

New Zealand 258/2 in 86 overs: Rachin Ravindra 118*, Kane Williamson 112* and Dane Paterson 1/54.

  • Teams:

South Africa: Neil Brand (captain), Edward Moore, Raynard van Tonder, Zubayr Hamza, David Bedingham, Keegan Petersen, Ruan de Swardt, Clyde Fortuin, Duanne Olivier, Tshepo Moreki and Dane Paterson.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry and Tim Southee (captain).