South Africa A 325 for 4 (Dippenaar 103, Puttick 70, Franklin 3-38) trail New Zealand A 502 for 8 dec (Sinclair 268, Vincent 63, Franklin 63, Thomas 3-82) by 177 runs

A pitch that was batsman-friendly for the first two days became even more placid as South Africa A made steady inroads into New Zealand A's 502 for 8 declared on day three at Sedgars Park.

Boeta Dippenaar and Andrew Puttick, who both have international experience, matched each other ball for ball, stroke for stroke and boundary for boundary as they put together an opening stand of 148. Puttick, after being dropped on 57 by Gareth Hopkins, was dismissed for 70 to the fourth lbw decision of the match, as a ball from James Franklin kept uncharacteristically low and beat the bat.

Dippenaar went to his hundred, but was then caught and bowled by Jamie How for 103. His five-hour stay included 18 boundaries with an equal spread of runs on both sides of the wicket.

Justin Ontong's confidence grew steadily as he struggled through the early part of his innings. Given a life by Matthew Sinclair in the slips when on 13, Ontong went on to make 48 before also being trapped in front by Franklin.

Ashwell Prince became Franklin's third leg-before victim as he pushed forward, played down the wrong line, and headed back to the change-rooms for 16. South Africa, at 246 for 4, were still 106 runs short of saving follow-on.

Neil McKenzie and Hashim Amla were determined to preserve their wickets, and the scoring of runs dried up considerably. At the close of play they had taken the total to 325 for 4, with McKenzie on 36 and Amla on 42.