Parore points way forward for Kiwis

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South Africa 294

New Zealand 328

Adam Parore missed a second Test century of the summer, but his 89 was enough to guide New Zealand past South Africa's total by the end of the third day's play in the Centenary Test at Eden Park, Auckland. Early today the home side were all out for 328, giving them a lead of 34.

It was Parore's third Test half-century and he looked likely to make his second Test hundred, following his maiden Test century against the West Indies in Christchurch last month. He scored 12 fours and one six - straight-driven off Clive Eksteen - in a stand of 82 with his captain, Ken Rutherford.

Bryan Young, who started the third day on 62, was out for 74 swinging wildly at a ball outside off stump from Allan Donald and edging it to David Richardson.

Martin Crowe - needing a century in this match to become the first player to score hundreds against all the current Test-playing nations - was dismissed for 16 when he pulled a short ball from De Villiers to Andrew Hudson at backward square leg.

(Fourth day; South Africa won toss)

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 294 (D J Cullinan 96).

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings

(Overnight Sunday: 94 for 1)

B A Young c Richardson b Donald 74

M D Crowe c Hudson b De Villiers 6

S P Fleming b Matthews 17

*K R Rutherford c Richardson b Cronje 8

A C Parore c Richardson b Donald 89

M N Hart lbw Matthews 28

G R Larsen not out 28

D N Patel c Richardson b Donald 15

D J Nash lbw b De Viliers 1

D K Morrison c Cullinan b Donald 0

Extras (nb3 w1 lb5) 9

Total 328

Fall: 1-86 2-108 3-137 4-144 5-226 6-268 7-303 8-321 9-322.

Bowling: Donald 32.4-11-88-4; De Villiers 36-13-78-2; Matthews 32-11- 66-2; Cronje 17-3-48-2; Eksteen 23-9-43-0.