Thatscricket - News - South African side overpowers New Zealanders

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Perth: An unbeaten 76 by opener Doug Watson carried South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand's Central Districts here on Thursday in the opening clash of a new four-nation Champions Cup contest. Watson hit four fours and two sixes in his 117-ball knock to guide the South African team to 225 for three off only 43 overs after Central Districts made 222 for nine from its 50 overs in the day-night Limited-Overs tussle at the WACA Ground. He was well supported by Wade Wingfield (61 from 83 balls, with five fours) in a 120-run stand for the second wicket. Skipper Dale Benkenstein (36 not out from 18 balls, with eight thundering fours) and Mark Bruyns (29 from 30 balls, three boundaries) also made valuable contributions. In Central Districts' innings, number three batsman Ben Smith top-scored with an excellent 75 from 122 balls, with six fours, and Jamie How battered 50 (five fours) from 62 deliveries. The South African side's key bowlers were Gary Gilder (2-51 from 10 overs) and Wingfield (2-29 from eight overs). On Friday, India's Ranji Tournament champion, Mumbai, takes on a Western Australian side led by Test batsman Justin Langer. Samir Dighe will skipper Mumbai, one of India's heroes in last week's series clinching win over Australia in the third Test in Chennai.

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