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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 15:10 GMT
South Africa race to victory
Fourth Test, Centurion, day five (rain):
South Africa 604-6 dec & 46-0 beat West Indies 301 & 348 by 10 wickets

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Sarwan's dismissal was a major blow for the West Indies
South Africa secured a 3-0 series win over West Indies with a convincing 10-wicket triumph in the fourth Test at Centurion Park.

Left to score only 46 for victory, they knocked off the runs in 3.4 overs with Graeme Smith 23 not out and Herschelle Gibbs on eight.

West Indies had earlier been bowled out for 348, losing their last seven wickets for 85 after resuming on 263-3.

Chris Gayle was first to go for 107 and Ramnaresh Sarwan followed for 119.

Play began late because of early morning rain and the weather offered West Indies their best chance of escaping with a draw once their overnight pair had succumbed to the second new ball.

We had to play catch-up from day one
Brian Lara

Gayle had little excuse as he flailed at a wide ball from Ntini he could barely reach and presented Neil McKenzie with an easy catch.

Sarwan was surprised by a lifter which he fended away from his throat and was lucky to see it fall to the ground out of the reach of the square leg fielder.

But the Guyanese batsman had no answer to the nagging accuracy of Pollock as a delivery which kept low rapped him on the pads and the umpire raised the finger.

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock returned to form with 4-69 for South Africa

Dwayne Smith's innings lasted only six balls as he was comprehensively bowled by an inswinger from Ntini for nought.

Vasbert Drakes cut Pollock to point and the former South African captain then pinned Railey Jacobs in front after he had resisted for 40 minutes for three.

Dillon met adversity with some bold shots before he was bowled by Pollock for 29.

But South Africa had to wait seven overs for the final wicket as Fidel Edwards hit Pollock for six over long-on in a stand of 26 with Corey Collymore.

Andre Nel finally ended their resistance with his 22nd wicket of the series as Edwards fell for 10, bowled by a perfect leg-cutter far too good for any number 11, which left Collymore 13 not out.

The South African openers came out determined to make short work of their task and Smith was soon peppering the boundary rope with meaty square cuts and pulls.

Gibbs lofted a ball from Dillon to long-on where Smith took a superb leaping catch, only to step on the rope as he landed, conceding six runs.

The ended in anti-climax as the wild and wayward Edwards gave away four byes and four wides off successive deliveries to bring the game to a close.

South Africa, who retained the Sir Vivian Richards trophy, have now won eight of their nine Tests in two home series against West Indies.

The only cloud on their horizon was news that all-rounder Andrew Hall, who broke down with a prolapsed disc in his back on the fourth day, will be unable to play again for up to six weeks.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Mark Boucher (wkt), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Rudolph, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten, Neil McKenzie, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel.

West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Ridley Jacobs (wkt), Vasbert Drakes, Mervyn Dillon, Fidel Edwards, Corey Collymore.

Umpires: David Shepherd (Eng), Srinivas Venkataraghavan (Ind). Television umpire: Brian Jerling (SA).

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL).

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