Third Test

South Africa v New Zealand

Reid won his first toss and joined McGregor in his now familiar role of near-opening batsman. Once again he tore into the South Africa attack and delighted a large Newlands crowd with a pulsating 92 that put his team well on top.

Harris and Chapple continued the onslaught and kept their wickets intact at the close of play on the first day, six hours' cricket having produced a total of 337 for four wickets.

Harris took another three-quarters of an hour over the 9 runs he required for his maiden Test century. He hit two 6's and eleven 4's and in partnership with Chapple added 148 runs for the fifth wicket.

Thereafter Burke, whose two wickets in 16 overs on the first day cost 110 runs, bowled with commendable steadiness while adding four for 18 to his overnight figures.

New Zealand caused a surprise by dropping Barton -- accepted as the team's strokemaker -- for Sparling. For South Africa, Farrer and Burke gained their first caps, bringing the number of new international to nine. They replaced pace bowlers Pollock and Walter, and O'Linn gave way to McKinnon, the left-arm spinner.

Alabaster and Cameron provided variety in attack and supported by top-class fielding dismissed South Africa in less than four hours. The one redeeming feature of the innings was Barlow's fighting half-century -- his first of the series. Waite reached another milestone when he became the sixth South African to exceed 2,000 runs in Test cricket.

Gambling on the absence of Lawrence (injured) and confident of Alabaster's ability to make the most of the pitch in a fourth innings, Reid declined to enforce the follow-on. The plan almost misfired when the accredited batsmen failed to master Burke's in-swinger.

The north-eastern Transvaal all-rounder bowled 81 overs in his first Test and joined the growing list of promising medium-pace bowlers by capturing eleven wickets for 196. In the absence of Lawrence he shouldered a tremendous burden and virtually bowled himself to a standstill.

A fine not-out 50 by Dick, augmented by Bartlett (29) and Cameron (10 not out) -- with whom he established a new tenth-wicket record for New Zealand in Tests against South Africa -- put the Springboks 407 in arrears.

To add to their troubles, McGlew was in hospital with severely damaged fingers and two wickets fell--both to Alabaster -- before the end of the third day.

The final stage was a thriller. McLean's century -- his fifth and possibly best in Tests -- occupied less than three hours. The courageous McGlew gave him wonderful support, battling for three hours and ten minutes in the face of speed and spin. Bartlett captured both these valuable wickets and virtually won the match to give his country her first Test victory abroad.

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