Central Districts v South Africans, Napier, 3rd day March 7, 2004

Central Districts hold on for a draw

Wisden Cricinfo staff

South Africans 286 for 5 dec and 224 for 7 dec (McKenzie 49*, Hamilton 4-67) drew with Central Districts 239 for 6 dec and 195 for 8 (Englefield 53*)

A stubborn 50-run stand for the eighth wicket allowed Central Districts to draw their three-day match against the South Africans. Requiring 272 for a victory, Central Districts slumped to 129 for 7 before Jarrod Englefield, who finished with an unbeaten 53, and Andrew Schwass (37), came together to deny the South Africans.

Earlier, Neil McKenzie made a strong case for selection for the first Test with his second unbeaten innings of the match. McKenzie, who had notched up 100 not out in the first innings, remained undefeated on 49 as the South Africans declared their second innings on 224 for 7. The other encouraging performances for them came from Nicky Boje, who made 46, and David Terbrugge, who took 3 for 29 in Central Districts' second innings to finish with match figures of 5 for 60.

The first Test starts at Hamilton on March 10.