Potchefstroom: New Zealand's top order batting failed again as the tourists struggled on the second day of a four-day match against South Africa A at Sedgars Park Thursday.
Replying to the home side's imposing 443, the Black Caps crashed to 192 all out. Despite having a lead of 251, South Africa A did not enforce the follow on. They were 20 for two at the close.
For the second successive match captain Daniel Vettori, batting at number eight, was his side's top scorer. He made 83 off 74 balls before he was the last man out.
Fast bowler Friedel de Wet and left-arm swing bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe were mainly responsible for the New Zealanders' collapse. De Wet took six for 50 and Tsotsobe three for 67.
The Black Caps face South Africa in the first of two Tests in Johannesburg Thursday.
In three completed innings on tour, only one top order batsman - opener Craig Cumming in the second innings against an Invitation XI in Bloemfontein - has made a half-century. Vettori hit 99 in the first innings in his team's 216-run win in the opening match.
Vettori came in when the New Zealanders were floundering at 62 for six. He and Ross Taylor (36) put on 59 for the seventh wicket. When Taylor was caught and bowled by De Wet, Vettori went on the attack to score 46 of the next 60 runs before he slashed a catch off De Wet to third man.
Earlier Vettori took three for 80 as he and medium-pacer Jacob Oram (three for 39) claimed five of the six wickets that fell as South Africa A, who resumed on 350 for four, were bowled out.
Former Test batsman Neil McKenzie took his overnight score of 156 to a career-best 182 before he was caught behind off Oram.
Brief Scores (D-2):
South Africa-A Ist innings 443 all out (McKenzie 182, Dippenaar 99, van Wyk 34; Oram 3 for 39, Vettori 3 for 80, Bond 2 for 112) and 20 for 2 (McKenzie 9 n o; Chris Martin 2 for 4) Vs New Zealand Ist innings 192 all out ( Vettori 83, Ross Taylor 36, Lou Vincent 21; de Wet 6 for 50, Tsotsobe 3 for 67).