SA A stumble against Aussies

2011-06-30 19:54

Cape Town - South Africa A lost their opening match of the Coca-Cola Triangular "A" Series by 60-runs against Australia A at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Australia now top the group with two consecutive wins, with South Africa and Zimbabwe with one loss each.

South Africa were bowled out for 154 in reply to Australia's 214 for 9 in 50 overs. The loss of regular wickets hampered South Africa's chase of the modest total with a gritty 48-run 10th wicket partnership between top-scorer Rory Kleinveldt (39) and Ethy Mbhalati (20) the only show for a star-studded batting line-up.

Roelof van der Merwe entered the crease at number three in his usual aggressive style, and fell for a fiery 20 off 11 balls. John Hasting was the best of the Australian bowlers, picking up 4/28 in 9 overs.

Earlier, South Africa's bowlers toiled hard to restrict Australia to a challenging but gettable total.

Van der Merwe (0/27) and Kleinveldt (2/32) kept the opposition's run-rate steady, after a whirlwind start from openers Aaron Finch (59) and David Warner (27). 

Vernon Philander (2/47), Craig Alexander (2/42) and Justin Ontong (1/4) were the other wicket-takers for South Africa.

Both teams sported a line-up of International stars, and this will keep the tournament interesting towards the business end.

South Africa play their next match against Zimbabwe on Saturday 2 June.


  • loverugby - 2011-06-30 21:24

    Who is the coach of this star stutted team? Ontong and Kleinveldt stars? pleeeeez whake up

      Aitsa - 2011-07-01 03:47

      So 1/4 are k*k figures? And it's star stuDDed and wake (no h); I assume the pleeeez was on purpose. I can't imagine that you know much about rugby either. Why not stick to lovedarts, there's a good lad!

      RL - 2011-07-01 09:19

      i will keep the race card tucked in my pocket and will put your comment down to simple stupidity ... heres a crayon gimp.

      Broombastic - 2011-07-01 10:36

      Aitsa, Ontong only bowled one or two overs. And the fact is, he's gotten more than enough chances to play for SA, and has shown he's not up to standard each time. The point in an SA A team is to give up and coming players with potential a chance to show what they've got. The likes of Bosman/Ontong shouldn't be there...

  • Candice Tshiunza - 2011-06-30 23:53

    You mean 2 July! -.-

  • Utopian - 2011-07-01 07:01

    Statistically England and SA's top limited over batsman, Jacques Rudolph, is a 'star'.

      Happybloke - 2011-07-04 04:31

      If Rudolf wants a recall to teh proteas side he has to concentrate on his batting, I am still not sure if he is still the batsmen teh Proteas had when he scored a double century against Oz,he played domestic and Kolpak and really that Cricket would not class as International status, so he needs to show his class now... only chnage.

  • ICA - 2011-07-01 08:22

    Barnes and his all black what now?

  • Nicklaas - 2011-07-01 09:58

    Ek love Krieket! Ma asb manne maak ons biekie trots man!!! Flip dit al klaar weer... Kom kom asb tog.

  • Sipho - 2011-07-01 13:37

    This is a joke team. Vernon Philander... aagg please. Get rid of him and please Barnes - chose on merit only.

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