Pollock barrage crushes Kiwis

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A century by Jonty Rhodes and some explosive hitting from Shaun Pollock propelled South Africa into the Triangular Series final and left New Zealand playing a waiting game after their 67-run defeat in Perth yesterday.

The New Zealanders rocked the Proteas early in their innings, but Rhodes and Mark Boucher compiled a 138-run partnership before captain Pollock blasted 69 runs off 34 balls. They reached 270 for 5 from 50 overs before containing the Kiwis, who managed 203 for 8.

New Zealand will still reach the final providing South Africa do not lose and allow Australia to claim a bonus point when they meet here tomorrow. The Kiwis would have clinched their place in the final with victory or a draw yesterday, but the South African total ­ the highest of the tournament so far ­ always looked out of their reach.

"At last we are running into some form," said Pollock. "Four wickets down so early wasn't a great start and it was going to take some recovering, but we dug in and produced the goods."

* England's Under-19 side were sent out of the World Cup by South Africa in Lincoln, New Zealand, yesterday. The South Africans claimed a 15-run win in their final match of the Super League. England had to reach their target of 213 in 40 of their allotted 50 overs, but South Africa dismissed them for 197 to book a semi-final place.

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