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Saturday, October 30, 1999 Published at 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK

Sport: Cricket

Cronje is Bok record-breaker

Hansie Cronje: Inspirational captain and now record run scorer

Hansie Cronje became South Africa's all-time highest Test-run scorer with a half-century in the one-off clash with Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein.

Skipper Cronje and all-rounder Jacques Kallis both posted fifties to steer the home side to 253-4 at the close of the second day.

South Africa finished the day with a 61-run lead, with six first innings wickets remaining.

Cronje was unbeaten on 60 with Jonty Rhodes on 24 when fading light halted play 4.5 overs before schedule.

After South Africa resumed their innings at 29-0, Kallis and Cronje combined for a 90-run fourth-wicket stand that carried the score to 218 for four before Kallis was adjudged leg before to Guy Whittal for 64.

Cronje, playing in his 60th Test, but his first ever on his home ground, passed Gary Kirsten's all-time run record for South Africa when he reached 12, giving him 3,477 for his career.

The captain, in his 100th Test innings, finished the day with 3,525 runs.

But because of his late arrival at the crease, many in the crowd of about 2,600 missed Cronje's achievement. Instead they were watching TV sets, and seeing the Springboks crash to defeat to Australia in the Rugby World Cup semi-final.


Zimbabwe, first innings 192 (G Whittall 85, S. Pollock 5-39, J Kallis 3-44).

South Africa first innings:
H Dippenaar lbw b Olonga 20
A Bacher c Goodwin b Mbangwa 42
J Kallis lbw b Whittall 64
D Cullinan c G Flower b Whittall 27
W Cronje not out 60
J Rhodes not out 24
Extras (lb1, nb15) 16
Total (for 4 wickets, 98.1 overs) 253

Fall of wickets 1-43, 2-72, 3-128, 4-218

Bowling: Olonga 23-4-74-1 (3nb), Strang 23-6-74-0 (8nb), Johnson 2-0-8-0, G Flower 11-3-21-0, Mbangwa 22-8-37-1 (1nb), Whittall 17.1-8-38-2 (3nb).

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