SA in New Zealand

Kiwis curse at Proteas

2012-02-19 17:21
Tim Southee (AP)
Cape Town - The Proteas reportedly had an uncomfortable first outing in New Zealand on Friday when they were "incessantly cursed at and offended" by Kiwi fans.

The South Africans lost the first T20 match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington by six wickets.

The clash at the "Cake Tin" was characterised by several on and off-field incidents, with Kiwi fast bowler, Tim Southee constantly involved.

"The New Zealanders made it clear that this won't be an easy tour, because they clearly did not hold back with their insults," one of South Africa's players told the Rapport newspaper.

"Especially the guys that fielded on the boundary were very badly cursed."

Members of South Africa's team management were informed about the incidents but decided not to take the matter further.

"The best way to respond is to beat them in the next game (on Sunday), then we can dish out a word or two ourselves," Rapport was told.

And the Proteas duly responded on Sunday when Richard Levi blitzed 117 off 51 balls to demolish the Kiwis by eight wickets in Hamilton.

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