Victor leads Bok win against not-so-impressive Proteas

2014-12-06 00:00

THE Springboks, spearheaded by a masterful 62 from Victor Matfield, recorded a five-wicket victory over the Proteas in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup, played at the Wanderers yesterday.

The Boks, chasing 182 for victory, achieved the target with seven balls to spare.

The men to bring the Boks home were Jan Serfontein and captain Willem Alberts on 20 and 24 respectively.

It was a third-wicket partnership of 68 between Hashim Amla and Wayne Parnell that enabled the Proteas to reach 181 for nine.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Proteas got off to an unfavourable start losing two wickets within the first four overs of the innings.

Quinton de Kock failed to read a slower delivery from Damian de Allende and only succeeded in lifting the ball into the hands of Serfontein lurking at mid-off. De Allende also claimed the wicket of the ever-dangerous David Miller, inducing the batsman to nick one into the hands of the Springbok wicketkeeper Butch James.

Amla and Parnell set about resurrecting the innings bringing up the 50 up in the seventh over.

Just as Amla was looking to tear into the Bok attack he retired on 51, which ushered in Ryan McLaren.

From that moment the impression was that it would resemble a farce, especially when the Proteas brought on well-know DJ Darren “Whackhead” Simpson to face the final over of the innings.

Amla’s retirement produced a collapse of epic proportions in the Protea ranks, losing seven wickets for 67 runs.

Willie le Roux, brought into the attack, claimed the wickets of Parnell and Temba Bavuma with successive deliveries.

Parnell was caught by Handre Pollard and Bavuma played a ball into the hands of Francois Hougaard at mid-wicket.

Dale Steyn failed make an impression, but Aaron Phangiso took on the attack, smashing Matfield for 16 off four deliveries. However, the lock-forward got his revenge, inducing the spinner to play across the line and be castled. Farhaan Behardien was caught on the long-on boundary and Kagiso Rabada was caught at long-off, with Le Roux bringing off a great one-handed catch and De Allende claimed the wicket of Robin Peterson, his third scalp of the innings.

The start of the Springbok innings was a tad humorous with Steyn running down the track after his opening delivery to Matfield to take a “selfie” and even with the quickie ­bowling off a shortened run-up and at half-speed he still sconned Matfield in the same over.

But Matfield and Tiaan Liebenberg brought up the 50 off 34-balls, a number that brought about Liebenberg’s doom, trapped in front by Farhaan ­Behardien.

Matfield needed just 28-balls to score his half-century, which included six fours and two sixes.

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