19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | CANT: 130/10 (21 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 21.00)

  • RJ McCone3 (4b)
  • J Theron4-0-34-2
  • M Morkel4-0-21-1

I will be with you for that first international match of South Africa's tour of New Zealand, but do join me beforehand for the curtain-raiser, the 1st Twenty20 International between the New Zealand Women and England Women. Until Friday, this is Avi Singh signing off thanking you for the mails tonight. Cheerio!

The Canterbury lower order did well to get their side back into the match after the top order had crumbled against some accurate bowling from Tsotsobe. South Africa will be pleased that their attempt to shake off the rust has not ended in defeat, and they will hope to build on this performance with a more complete effort against New Zealand in the 1st Twenty20 International on Friday in Wellington.

Theron to McEwan, OUT, the action is all over at Hagley Oval as McEwan tried to hook a short ball on leg into the crowd at square leg but could only get it three-quarters of the required distance and Tsotsobe clutched it awkwardly to end an entertaining fightback

MB McEwan c Tsotsobe b Theron 30 (47m 33b 3x4 1x6) SR: 90.90

Theron to McCone, 1 run, smears a full length ball on leg to wide mid-on
Theron to McCone, no run, fired into the blockhole outside off and McCone can't get bat to ball
Theron to McEwan, 1 run, full outside off and on-drives nicely out to long-on, they thought of two but couldn't get back
Theron to McEwan, FOUR runs, fired into leg, charges down and tries to swing to leg, gets a leading edge through backward point
Theron to McCone, 1 run, outside off and steered through third man

18 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | CANT: 123/9 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 14.00)

  • RJ McCone1 (1b)
  • MB McEwan25 (30b)
  • M Morkel4-0-21-1
  • J Theron3-0-27-1

Kalai: "This is the difference between a regular keeper and a part time keeper. SA really need a regular keeper. A keeper could be a skipper, but he needs to be a keeper first !!" I think AB has done a good job tonight, and he has been a keeper for a long time

M Morkel to McCone, 1 run, full outside off and eased to cover on the edge of the circle
M Morkel to Johnston, OUT, gets forward to defend and sets off but there is hesitation and he goes back but can't beat the throw as South Africa have nearly ended the Cantabrian resistance

TG Johnston run out (M Morkel/†de Villiers) 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of a superb innings from the No 9 who smacked five monstrous sixes to give the South Africans some real jitters

M Morkel to Henry, OUT, very full on middle in the blockhole and he tries to smash it down the ground, bat hits ground and ball goes through to AB who dives to take a one-hander, Henry waits and the third umpire concludes that Henry got bat to ball first

MJ Henry c †de Villiers b M Morkel 42 (24m 17b 1x4 5x6) SR: 247.05

M Morkel to McEwan, 1 run, gets forward and blocks with soft hands into the off side with the fielders deep
M Morkel to McEwan, no run, full outside off and he misses the attempted slice to third man
M Morkel to McEwan, 4 byes, South Africa are losing their composure here, it was fired in well down leg and he missed the heave but AB couldn't stop it with a dive either and it heads down to the boundary

17 | 15 Runs | CANT: 117/7 (34 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 11.33)

  • MJ Henry42 (16b)
  • MB McEwan24 (27b)
  • J Theron3-0-27-1
  • M Morkel3-0-19-0

Trevor: "Nice wag of the tail here by these two youngsters. Their highest Twenty20 scores and the highest in this innings." Indeed, can Canterbury pull off a remarkable comeback to stun the visitors? Fifty partnership up for these two

Theron to Henry, SIX runs, bangs in the bouncer on middle and Henry goes after it and connects so cleanly with the pull that he sends it over the heads of the fielders in the deep at midwicket
Theron to Henry, SIX runs, another superb stroke from Matt Henry, full outside off and he gets under it and sends the ball packing over the third umpire's area at long-on
Theron to McEwan, 1 run, bangs in a short ball down leg as he came down the track, top edges the hook into open pastures at fine leg
Theron to Henry, 1 run, full toss outside off which is slugged straight down the ground towards long-off
Theron to McEwan, 1 leg bye, fired in full outside off, moves across and misses the flick, hits the pad and rolls away
Theron to McEwan, no run, comes down and mistimes the slog back to Theron

16 | 11 Runs | CANT: 102/7 (49 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 12.25)

  • MJ Henry29 (13b)
  • MB McEwan23 (24b)
  • M Morkel3-0-19-0
  • J Botha4-0-34-1
M Morkel to Henry, 2 runs, oh no, South Africa must have caught the catching virus from the Zimbabweans, he top-edged the hook high between square leg and deep midwicket who converge before both pulling out and letting it plop between them and roll away
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Canterbury 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6PG FultonGH Worker
2nd0SL StewartPG Fulton
3rd3SL StewartTWM Latham
4th15RA YoungTWM Latham
5th4RA YoungHM Nicholls
6th11LV van BeekHM Nicholls
7th24HM NichollsMB McEwan
8th59MJ HenryMB McEwan
9th0TG JohnstonMB McEwan
10th8RJ McConeMB McEwan