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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 18:23 GMT

Pollock remains hopeful
Pollock can only look on as NZ win

Captain Shaun Pollock refuses to let South Africa's latest defeat derail his team's plans to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup.

The tournament hosts were distraught on Sunday after snatching a nine-wicket defeat out of the jaws of victory against New Zealand.

The rain-affected loss leaves South Africa with just one win from three games, but Pollock remains positive.

On qualifying, the South African skipper said: "It's very difficult now but we still have hope. We still believe we can get through."

A couple things didn't go our way but we still believe we can get through
South Africa captain Shaun Pollock
It was a desperately disappointing day for the home side, who had surged to commanding position in the morning.

Opener Herschelle Gibbs smashed a run-a-ball 143 to a massive 306 for six in their 50 overs, reaching his 12th century in one-day internationals.

But the celebrations proved to be short-lived as rain and an inspired batting display from Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming turned the tables in dramatic style.

Chasing a revised target of 226 after a rain delay at The Wanderers, the Black Caps raced home with 13 balls to spare.

"The conditions didn't help much but, in the end, they outplayed us," Pollock said.

"A couple things didn't go our way but we still believe we can get through."

South Africa lost their opening match against the West Indies by just three runs before going on to crush Kenya by 10 wickets in their following game.

But Pollock is confident South Africa can get maximum points from the remaining Group B matches.

The Proteas must face perennial losers Bangladesh at Bloemfontein on 27 February, followed by Canada and Sri Lanka.

"It's very difficult for us now but we are full of hope and we just need to go away and reassess and come back fighting fit."





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