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Thursday, June 10, 1999 Published at 20:10 GMT 21:10 UK


SA book semi-final slot

Herschelle Gibbs: His best performance during the World Cup

SA 287 for 5 (50 overs) NZ 213 for 8 (50 overs)

South Africa became the first side to reach the World Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive 74 run victory over New Zealand.


Pat Murphy: "South Africa cruise into the semis"
The Kiwis never threatened to overhaul South Africa's 278-5 as they stuttered to a total of 213-8 off their 50 overs.

A first wicket partnership of 176 between Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs helped South Africa reach a total of 287 for five against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

Gibbs managed 91 while Kirsten scored 82 to show that the South Africans could cope without the batting prowess of Lance Klusener, who made just four before being dismissed for the first time during this World Cup.

The only high spot for the Kiwis was the bowling of Geoff Allott, who dismissed Gibbs to collect his 19th wicket of the tournament, a World Cup record.


Pat Murphy: "New Zealand have lost an early wicket in reply to SA's total"
Although Daryl Cullinan failed to make a score, the pair of Jacques Kallis and skipper Hanse Cronje took advantage of some loose New Zealand bowling to add 54 for the fifth wicket.

The duo were particularly severe on Chris Cairns, who went for 24 runs off his final over.

The run chase saw Cronje run out during the final over after a super throw by Dion Nash, but the damage had been done, with Kallis having reached his half century and the Kiwis will need to use all their batting skill to chase a large total.

The Kiwis made a tentative start to their run chase, perhaps wary of the fierce bowling attack that South Africa possessed in the likes of Shaun Pollock, Alan Donald and Jacques Kallis.

The score had reached just 20 when Matthew Horne was caught by Shaun Pollock off Kallis for 12.

Fellow opener Nathan Astle fell shortly after, caught by Daryl Cullinan, again off Kallis.

Steady partnership

A steadying partnership of 59 between captain Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan put the Kiwis in position to attack the South African target, but when the latter gave Hanse Cronje a rare wicket, victory for New Zealand began to look unlikely.

When Fleming was dismissed by his oppossing captain, the batting side had slumped to 107 for four.

Roger Twose and Chris Cairns produced some lusty hitting during their short partnership of 37, but when Lance Klusener removed the latter and Adam Parore was the victim of a run out, New Zealand's fate was all but sealed.

With the score at 171, Twose attempted to hit Klusener over the long off boundary and was caught by Cronje.

New Zealand battled through the final few overs losing only Nash for nine runs but could not prevent South Africa marching to a 74 run victory.

And while the victory guaranteed South Africa a place in the semi-final it put the pressure on New Zealand to beat India to ensure they qualify.

Super Six: South Africa v New Zealand
10 Jun 99 at Edgbaston

South Africa beat New Zealand by 74 runs Scorecard correct at 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK

New Zealand 213 for 8 (50overs)
South Africa 287 for 5 (50overs) , overs completed


New Zealand innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MJ Horne c Pollock b Kallis 12 20 3 -
NJ Astle c Cullinan b Kallis 9 31 1 -
CD McMillan c Gibbs b Cronje 23 54 1 -
SP Fleming c Pollock b Cronje 42 64 6 -
RG Twose c Cronje b Klusener 35 40 3 1
CL Cairns b Klusener 17 16 1 1
AC Parore run out 3 5 - -
CZ Harris not out 27 38 1 -
DJ Nash b Pollock 9 22 1 -
GR Larsen not out 13 13 1 -
Extras 0b 9lb 11w 3nb 23
TOTAL: 8 wkts, 50 overs 213

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (20 Horne, 25 mins), 2-34 (14 Astle, 25 mins), 3-93 (59 McMillan, 65 mins), 4-107 (14 Fleming, 14 mins), 5-144 (37 Cairns, 21 mins), 6-148 (4 Parore, 4 mins), 7-171 (23 Twose, 28 mins), 8-194 (23 Nash, 20 mins)
Still to bat: G I Allott

Bowler O M R W
S M Pollock 10 1 29 1
J H Kallis 6 2 15 2
S Elworthy 8 0 35 0
A A Donald 10 0 42 0
L Klusener 9 0 46 2
W J Cronje 7 0 37 2
South Africa innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
G Kirsten c Nash b Astle 82 121 6 1
HH Gibbs b Allott 91 118 6 1
L Klusener b Larsen 4 5 1 -
JH Kallis not out 53 36 1 3
DJ Cullinan c & b Cairns 0 2 - -
WJ Cronje run out 39 22 2 2
JN Rhodes not out 0 - - -
Extras 0b 11lb 3w 4nb 18
TOTAL: 5 wkts, 50 overs 287

Fall of wickets: 1-176 (176 Kirsten, 140 mins), 2-187 (11 Klusener, 4 mins), 3-228 (41 Gibbs, 25 mins), 4-229 (1 Cullinan, 1 mins), 5-283 (54 Cronje, 20 mins) Did not bat: S M Pollock, M V Boucher, S Elworthy, A A Donald

Bowler O M R W
G I Allott 10 0 42 1
D J Nash 8 0 44 0
C L Cairns 7 0 55 1
G R Larsen 9 0 47 1
C Z Harris 10 0 59 0
N J Astle 6 0 29 1

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: S Venkataraghavan, I D Robinson

South Africa
G Kirsten , H H Gibbs , J H Kallis , D J Cullinan , W J Cronje (capt) , J N Rhodes , S M Pollock , M V Boucher (wkt) , L Klusener , S Elworthy , A A Donald ,

New Zealand
M J Horne , N J Astle , C D McMillan , S P Fleming (capt) , R G Twose , C L Cairns , A C Parore (wkt) , C Z Harris , D J Nash , G R Larsen , G I Allott ,







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