Thatscricket - News - South Africa beaten by Western Australia
Published: Saturday, March 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Perth: A gallant unbeaten 70 by number 10 batsman Andrew Tweedie failed to save South Africa's KwaZulu Natal from defeat by Western Australia in a Champions Cup One-day cricket clash at the WACA Ground here on Saturday.Tweedie was left stranded without a partner after thumping 10 boundaries in his 67-ball knock when the South African team was all out for 189 in 47 overs as they replied to Western Australia's 270 for four in 50 overs.Western Australia's 81-run victory was its second in the new tournament, making them a strong bet for Wednesday's final. Sent in by visiting captain Dale Benkenstein when he won the toss, the State side scored freely after the shock early loss of skipper Justin Langer, Australia's number three Test batsman, for a duck. Former Zimbabwe star Murray Goodwin led the way, striking 69 from 89 balls, thumping five fours on the way. Simon Katich stroked 68 from 110 deliveries, Michael Hussey 62 from 44 and Ryan Campbell 42 from 47.Wade Wingfield earned two for 42 from a steady stint at the bowling crease.In the South African Standard Bank Cup winner's innings, only opener Ashraf Mall (44 from 45 balls) showed any form as the team skidded to 93 for eight in the 29th over.Tweedie then stepped in with his 62-minute knock as he shared a spirited 71-run stand with Kyle Bender (19) and another liaison of 25 with last man Gary Gilder (1).Medium-pacer Darren Wates (three for 27 from 8.3 overs) captured major bowling honors for Western Australia, for whom Michael Hussey (two for 19) and Bradley Hogg (two for 35) also made important contributions.The South Africans has a chance to atone for its poor effort when they clash with Indian side Mumbai on Sunday on the fourth day of the competition.