South Africa A v New Zealand A, Benoni, 2nd day

Prince takes South Africa A into the lead

Keith Lane

September 15, 2004

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South Africa A 292 for 6 (Puttick 66, Prince 103, McKenzie 65) lead New Zealand A 226 by 66 runs
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Neil McKenzie: 65 for South Africa A © AFP
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On a pitch that stayed as lively as on day one South Africa A managed to take a one-run lead at tea, and extended it to 66 when stumps were drawn 4.2 overs early due to bad light on the second day of this four-day match at Willowmoore Park. South Africa A ended up with 292 for 6.

The day belonged to Ashwell Prince, the South Africa A captain, who recorded his 10th first-class hundred and also passed 4500 runs during his knock. The innings grew in stature after a shaky start, when he edged a few boundaries over the slips. Prince batted for most of the day but was out shortly before the end for 103, which included 18 fours. It was an innings of contrasts - he worked hard for his first fifty, then accelerated to the nineties before slowing down again as he approached three figures.

Andrew Puttick was the silent partner in a stand of 152 after New Zealand A had early success with the wickets of AB de Villiers (14) and Justin Ontong (8). A push forward at James Franklin on 66 without playing a shot cost Puttick dearly, but he was replaced by Neil McKenzie who was in no mood for a go-slow, racing away to 22 off 14 balls.

After tea the New Zealanders bowled a far better length, with Paul Wiseman keeping one end going while the pacemen bowled from the other. His 2 for 70 took him to 350 first-class wickets in his career. The tall Kerry Walmsley, extracting a lot of lift out of the pitch, and James Franklin both took two wickets.

Prince admitted that the pitch after tea seemed to be a little more difficult, and this was echoed by McKenzie who was trapped lbw by Wiseman for a solid 65. Things continued to go pear-shaped for South Africa A after that, with Zander de Bruyn failing and Albie Morkel and Hashim Amla both struggling in the fading light.

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