Boks beat Proteas in Mandela charity match

2014-12-06 10:16

The Springboks showed their all-round sporting ability with a stunning five-wicket win over the Proteas in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup at the Wanderers.

Admittedly taking it easy with their bowlers, the Proteas offered the Springboks a sniff at victory. And the Bokke showed their mettle, getting over the line with seven balls to spare in a code most of the men had not played since high school.

In the end, the Boks made 182 for five in 18.5 overs following the Proteas’ 181.

Springbok lock Victor Matfield starred with the bat, making his way to a half-century off just 28 balls with a number of lusty blows. He was eventually out for an impressive 62 from only 36, with eight fours and two sixes.

Bowling at about 50kph slower than usual, Dale Steyn opened the bowling to Matfield. The Bok looked seemingly untroubled against the feared fast bowler until Steyn struck him on the helmet.

Fortunately Matfield was not hurt and proceeded to find the boundary with ease in his knock.

Willie le Roux surprised as the star player in the field for the rugby side, donning the whites and taking three for four in just two overs. Le Roux was even on a hat-trick after dismissing Proteas batsmen Wayne Parnell (20) and Temba Bavuma off consecutive deliveries.

But it was his catch of young Proteas player Kagiso Rabada (22) that brought the crowd to their feet. Shortly after hitting a massive six into the upper stands on the golf-course end, Rabada lifted a Louis Koen delivery way up into the air.

Le Roux had ages to get in position. Even so he had to back-pedal at the last moment, but stuck out a hand to take a breathtaking one-handed catch, falling backwards inches from the boundary.

Hashim Amla retired after making 51 off 31 deliveries – one of the few Proteas’ batsmen not to struggle with a lack of pace during the burly Bok attack.

The Proteas, honouring the theme of the day, were charitable when setting the target – they lost wickets steadily and they made their 181 in their 20 overs.

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