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South Africa's Prince reaches fourth century

Written by: Staff

CAPE TOWN, May 1 (Reuters) South Africa's Ashwell Prince scored his fourth century as the second test against New Zealand headed towards a predictable draw today.

New Zealand were 76 for two in their second innings at tea on the final day, a lead of 157 runs. South Africa were dismissed for 512 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 593 for eight declared.

Prince, who scored an undefeated 108, batted for six-and-a-half hours in which he faced 285 balls and hit nine fours.

The left-hander reached his century in the ninth over before the lunch break with a straight drive for four off the bowling of left-arm paceman James Franklin.

South Africa resumed on 427-5, with Prince and Mark Boucher taking their partnership to 74 before they were separated in the fourth over of the day.

Boucher, who scored 33, attempted to pull a delivery from Franklin and top-edged a catch to Stephen Fleming at first slip.

Franklin soon found himself on a hat-trick when he trapped Nicky Boje leg-before with the next ball, but Andre Nel defended successfully.

Nel scored 12 before Franklin removed him with another lbw decision, and in the third over before lunch, left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori had Dale Steyn stumped by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum for 13.

Makhaya Ntini was last man out, run out for 11 two overs after lunch. Franklin took three for 95, while Vettori and debutant off-spinner Jeetan Patel bowled 108 overs between them and took three for 117 and two for 147 respectively.

New Zealand lost Michael Papps for 20, caught at fifth slip off Steyn, and Ntini snapped up Peter Fulton for 11.

At tea Scott Styris was 22 not out with Nathan Astle on 12.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after a 128-run victory in Centurion. The third and final test starts next Friday in Johannesburg.


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