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August 14, 2012
South Africa A 101 for 4 (Hendricks 41, Sorensen 2-30) trail Ireland XI 180 (Anderson 68, O'Brien 58) by 79 runs
Wayne Parnell continued his good form from the opening tour game with his second consecutive five-wicket haul to bundle out the Ireland XI for 180 at Lodge Road, after the opening day was washed out. Rory Kleinveldt set it up by denting the top order with three wickets, before Parnell ran through the lower order. The South Africa A batsmen also struggled, losing four wickets in their reply.
The hosts were made to regret their decision at the toss as Kleinveldt's early strikes had them reeling at 25 for 4. Kleinveldt dismissed Stuart Thompson and Alex Cusack off successive deliveries and was on a hat-trick when he began his next over. He missed the feat, but struck the next ball when he bowled Gary Wilson for a second-ball duck.
Having lost three wickets in four balls, Ireland needed a solid partnership and it came via a 109-run stand between John Anderson and Kevin O'Brien. The captain O'Brien was aggressive in his half-century, hitting nine fours and a six in his 73-ball knock.
However, a double-strike pegged back Ireland when O'Brien and James Shannon fell in quick succession. There was not much resistance from the lower order as Parnell struck regularly. Anderson, who batted patiently for his 68, was the last man out and Parnell's fifth victim.
South Africa lost Dean Elgar early, but the visitors were stabilized by a 48-run stand between Reeza Hendricks and Stiaan van Zyl. Twin strikes by Max Sorensen gave the hosts some cheer late in the day. He accounted for Justin Ontong and Simon Harmer off successive deliveries as the visitors ended on 101 for 4.
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