Cricket: Cronje crushes Windies

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South Africa 273 West Indies 159 South Africa won by 114 runs

ANOTHER POOR peformance by West Indies at Bloemfontein yesterday left them trailing South Africa 5-1 in their seven-match series of one- day games.

It was a familiar story as the tourists, chasing 274 for victory, collapsed from 40 for 0 to 82 for 8 in the space of nine overs.

In what appeared an effort to prolong the match for a big crowd on his home ground, South Africa's captain, Hansie Cronje, used an assortment of occasional bowlers at the death, allowing the last two wickets to add 77.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Junior Murray had given their side their best start of the series, reaching 40 in the ninth over, but once Shaun Pollock had Chanderpaul caught by Mark Boucher for 19, the innings collapsed tamely.

Victor Mpitsang became, at 18 years and 314 days, the youngest player to represent South Africa in an international match.

Earlier Cronje scored his 33rd half-century in his 151st one-day international, hitting 82 from 79 balls, including three sixes and six foursto revive his side's innings.

South Africa won toss

SOUTH AFRICA

G Kirsten b King 2

M J R Rindel b Hooper 27

D J Cullinan c Chanderpaul b Hooper 15

L Klusener c Murray b Hooper 17

JH Kallis c Jacobs b King 30

*W J Cronje c Ganga b Arthurton 82

D M Benkenstein c King b McLean 33

S Pollock b Arthurton 17

M V Boucher c Jacobs b Arhturton 11

P L Symcox c Jacobs b Arhturton 1

P V Mpitsang not out 1

Extras (b2 lb10 w17 nb8) 37

Total (49.5 overs) 273

Fall: 1-29 2-59 43-77 4-91 5-138 6-232 7-243 8-265 9-272.

Bowling: McLean 8-0-41-1 (nb1, w9); King 10-1-34-2 (nb2 w2); Hooper 10- 0-34-3 (nb1, w1); Ambrose 8-0-60-0 (nb1, w4); Arthurton 6.5-0-44-4; Semple 3-0-22-0 (w1); Lewis 4-0-26-0 (nb3).

WEST INDIES

S Chanderpaul c Boucher b Pollock 19

J R Murray lbw b Pollock 18

N A M McLean b Mpitsang 8

D Ganga b Mpitsang 0

K L T Arthurton lbw b Pollock 0

R D Jacobs c Kirsten b Kallis 7

*C L Hooper c Symcox b Klusener 15

K F Semple b Klusener 3

R N Lewis b Kallis 49

C E L Ambrose c Kallis b Symcox 18

R D King not out 7

Extras (w12 nb3) 15

Total (40.3 overs) 159

Fall: 1-40 2-50 3-54 4-54 5-54 6-78 7-80 8-82 9-112.

Bowling: Pollock 8-1-23-3 (nb2); Mpitsang 7-0-49-2 (8w, nb1); Kallis 5.3-1-16-2 (w3); Klusener 6-0-18-2; Symcox 7-2-20-1 (w1); Rindel 3-0-19- 0; Cullinan 4-0-14-0.

Umpires: W A Diedricks and D L Orchard.

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