NORTHAMPTON – Senior batsmen Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis both hit half-centuries as South Africa completed their preparations for a one-day international series against England with a narrow 13-run win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Sunday.
Amla made 59 and Du Plessis 50, with David Miller’s 51 the other main contributor to a modest Proteas total of 275/7.
Northamptonshire then slumped to 215/8 before Tim Sole’s 54 gave them a chance of victory.
The hosts were nine wickets down and needing 27 off 24 balls when debutant Sole twice hoisted Andile Phehlukwayo over long-off for six.
Suddenly, Northamptonshire’s target was 14 off three overs, but experienced Proteas fast bowler Morné Morkel (2/32) ended the match by having Sole caught at third man off a short ball.
Quinton de Kock fell for a seven-ball duck before the crowd were treated to a stand of 93 between Amla and Du Plessis.
Amla, often a thorn in
Du Plessis, who struggled for fluency, was eventually caught at deep mid-wicket.
Miller struck Sole for two impressive sixes, but lost his middle stump to an Azharullah in-swinger.