Kallis leads the way as South Africa beat Sir Paul Getty's XI
South Africans 276 for 6 (Kallis 81, Smith 67, Gibbs 52) beat Sir Paul Getty's XI 226 for 9 (Rogers 67) by 50 runs
Playing his first match of the tour, Jacques Kallis stroked an assured 81 from 95 balls as the South Africans eased to a 50-run win against Sir Paul Getty's XI at Wormsley yesterday. Kallis, who joined the squad late owing to a family illness, received excellent support from Graeme Smith (67) and Herschelle Gibbs (52) as South Africa amassed 276 for 6 from 50 overs. Despite getting off to a fine start, the Getty XI could only manage 226 for 9 in reply.
Against an attack which included Henry Olonga, England's Paul Franks and Peter Such, and South Africans Kevin Pietersen and Martin van Jaarsveld, Kallis was polished in his shotmaking and sounded an early warning to England and Zimbabwe ahead of the triangular NatWest Series.
The Getty XI began their run-chase strongly, reaching 110 for 1 before Nicky Boje engineered a middle-order collapse. van Jaarsveld (40), Darren Maddy (0) and Chris Rogers (67) were all trapped lbw, and despite a fighting 50 by Pietersen, the Getty XI fell well short of the target.
The match, the first big one to be played at Wormsley since the death of Sir Paul Getty, was attended by many prominent personalities, including the former England players Raman Subba Row, Derek Underwood, Mike Gatting and Doug Insole, and the film director Sir Richard Attenborough.
South Africa play Worcestershire tomorrow in their last warm-up game before taking on England in Saturday's NatWest Series match at The Oval.