Kiwis clinch historic series win

Henry

The Blackcaps achieved a historic Test series victory over the Proteas when they won the second Test by seven wickets in Hamilton.

The New Zealanders bowled out South Africa by 281 runs in the first test at the Bay Oval.

Admittedly, there were a few bright spots in the inexperienced Protea team’s performance: Just look at David Bedingham’s spectacular hundred and Dane Piedt’s five wickets earlier in the showdown.

But the South African bowling attack just couldn’t plant the knockout blow in the Kiwis’ run chase and Kane Williamson hit his third century of the series.

The former Swartcap captain ended the showdown and series with a boundary from Tshepo Moreki’s bowling and he ended proceedings with an unbeaten 133 runs.

He played judicious cricket, kept the good deliveries away from his wickets and sent the poor balls to the boundary.

Williamson found a good ally in Will Young and together they scored 152 runs for the fourth wicket to knock the ball out of the Protea sails.

Piedt once again performed the best among the visitors’ bowlers and he took eight wickets in the test.

Then Bedingham undoubtedly deserves his place in the eleven – even when the A team is available again. The 29-year-old batsman may become the Mike Hussey of South African cricket.

Hussey was 30 years old when he made his Test debut for Australia and he ended up hitting more than 6,000 Test runs at an average of 51.52.

But in the meantime it is not nice to lose a series against New Zealand. Even if one knew in advance that this would be the likely end.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 242/10 in 97.2 overs: Ruan de Swardt 64, David Bedingham 39 and William O’Rourke 4/59.

New Zealand 211/10 in 77.3 overs: Kane Williamson 43, Dane Piedt 5/89 and Dane Paterson 3/39.

South Africa 235/10 in 69.5 overs: David Bedingham 110, Keegan Petersen 43 and William O’Rourke 5/34.

New Zealand 269/3 in 94.2 overs: Kane Williamson 133*, Will Young 60* and Dane Piedt 3/93.

Outcome: New Zealand wins by seven wickets and wraps up the series 2-0.