London - Senior batsmen Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis both
hit half-centuries as South Africa completed their preparations for a one-day
international series against England with a narrow 13-run win over
Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Sunday.
Amla made 59 and du Plessis 50, with David Miller's 51 the
other main contribution to a modest Proteas total of 275 for seven.
Northamptonshire then slumped to 215 for eight before Tim
Sole's 54 gave them a chance of victory.
The hosts were nine wickets down and needing 27 off 24 balls
when debutant Sole twice hoisted Andile Phehlukwayo over long-off for six.
Suddenly, Northamptonshire's target was 14 off three overs
but experienced Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel ended the match by having Sole
caught at third man off a short ball.
Earlier, South Africa slumped from 197 for three to 221 for
seven before JP Duminy and Chris Morris collected 31 from the last three overs
to give the tourists' attack a total they could defend.
Quinton de Kock fell for a seven-ball duck before the crowd
were treated to a stand of 93 between Amla and du Plessis.
Amla, often a thorn in England's side, completed a 63-ball
fifty before he holed out to long-on to give Sole his first wicket in senior
Du Plessis, who struggled for fluency, was eventually caught
at deep midwicket.
Miller struck Sole for two impressive sixes but lost his
middle stump to an Azharullah inswinger.
South Africa face England in the first of three ODIs at
Headingley on Wednesday, with both sides using the series as a warm-up for next
month's Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.