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South Africa impressive in tour opener

South Africa sent a warning to New Zealand ahead of their one-day series when it beat Northern Districts by six wickets.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2004 17:58 IST

South Africa sent a warning to New Zealand ahead of its six-match one-day cricket series when it beat Northern Districts by six wickets in a day-night warmup match at Hamilton on Wednesday.

The tourists made a swift adjustment to New Zealand conditions, dismissing Northern for 114 and reaching 115-4 in 17.2 overs.

The strong home team included internationals Daniel Vettori, who scored 31 opening the batting, Daryl Tuffey, Ian Butler, Hamish Marshall and Scott Styris.

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson was the most successful of South Africa's bowlers, taking 3-17 while Lance Klusener, Nicky Boje and Albie Morkel took two wickets each.

Boeta Dippeanaar made an unbeaten 45 from 50 balls as the tourists easily reached its winning total.

The first one-day match between New Zealand and South Africa will be played at Auckland on Friday. The teams will also play three tests in March.

First Published: Feb 11, 2004 12:55 IST