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St Kitts, 20 March 2007

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World Cup Group A, St Kitts: South Africa 188-3 (23.2 overs) beat Scotland 186-8 (50 overs) by seven wickets

By James Standley

South Africa captain Graeme Smith scored 91 off 65 deliveries
South Africa captain Graeme Smith scored 91 off 65 deliveries

South Africa ended Scotland's hopes of progress in the World Cup with an emphatic seven-wicket win in St Kitts.

Some bold hitting at the end of Scotland's innings from Dougie Brown (45 not out), John Blain and Paul Hoffmann helped them reach 186-8.

But when South Africa replied, captain Graeme Smith (91) and AB de Villiers (62) put on 134 in just 16 overs.

Smith fell 10 runs short of victory but they still won with more than 26 overs left to qualify for the Super 8 phase.

The start of the match followed a minute's silence for former South Africa coach Bob Woolmer, who died on Sunday.

Woolmer, who was Pakistan's coach at the World Cup, stepped down from his job with South Africa after their extraordinary defeat by Australia in the 1999 World Cup semi-finals.

Seamer Shaun Pollock was one of four South Africans in action against the Scots who played in that match, and the 33-year-old was typically miserly with the new ball.

With Makhaya Ntini, who was playing his first match of the tournament after delaying his arrival to attend the birth of his child, also right on the money, Scotland failed to generate any momentum at the start of their innings.

After eight overs they had managed only 16 runs and both openers had survived run out attempts.

The breakthrough came when South Africa captain Smith introduced Andrew Hall, who immediately had Majid Haq caught behind for 13.

Smith promptly went two for two on bowling changes when he brought Charl Langeveldt into the attack and Fraser Watts edged to the captain in the slips for 24.

Hall and Langeveldt soon removed Gavin Hamilton and Neil McCallum, who managed just a single off 21 deliveries.

Ryan Watson
Skipper Ryan Watson played positively for Scotland

And any hopes the Scots had of posting a big total perished when Warwickshire veteran Brown ran out acting captain Ryan Watson for 31 to leave them 84-5 with just under 20 overs left.

It looked as though they would struggle to make it past 150 but Brown consolidated before opening up in the last five overs.

Blain hit 23 off 35 balls and Hoffmann weighed in with 18 from 11 before being run out off the final delivery of the innings.

The total surpassed Scotland's previous best in the World Cup of 181-7, made in a six-wicket defeat by Australia during the 1999 tournament.

Despite that, it never looked like being enough, and so it proved as Smith and De Villiers started out by picking off a succession of loose deliveries.

They brought the 50 up in the seventh over with a series of boundaries and Smith passed his own half century in the 11th over as the Scotland attack was put to the sword.

De Villiers caught the mood but, after hitting consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Glenn Rogers, he holed out in the deep.

That brought Ashwell Prince to the crease but it had little effect on the scoring rate.

The left-hander fell for 21 to off-spinner Haq and Smith, whose 91 came off just 65 balls, also went to the same bowler following a brief rain interruption.

However, Justin Kemp finished things off with a towering six as South Africa won at a canter.

The Scots will now seek a consolation win in their final group match against the Netherlands on Thursday.

Skipper Craig Wright is expected to return to action after a brief trip home following a family bereavement.

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