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Fire alarm drama as South Africa edge ahead New Zealand

Fire alarm drama as South Africa edge ahead New Zealand

Play quickly resumed, with South Africa 14 for one in their second innings after New Zealand were dismissed for 341, a lead of 33 runs.

South Africa shrugged off a ground evacuation because of a fire alarm to reach 38 for one in the first Test against New Zealand on Friday, a lead of five runs.

For South Africa, Keshav Maharaj scalped five wickets while pacer Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander took two wickets each. He went on to his third half century in seven test innings against South Africa.

Cuckfield recently announced the signing of Raval as their overseas for 2017 along with local stars Abi Sakande and Joe Ludlow.

Jimmy Neesham snared the wicket of du Plessis, caught in the deep by Trent Boult, three overs before the break for 52.

Yet, in an era where spectators (and even some players) look for instant satisfaction, this match is a throwback to a previous age.

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With the pitch more brown than green and offering variable bounce and turn, there was the rare sight in New Zealand of spin introduced early when Jeetan Patel came into the attack in the sixth over.

After a patient 380 minutes in the middle, in which he faced 241 deliveries, the captain was eventually undone by Kagiso Rabada who used the extra bounce and movement of the new ball to get an edge.

Left-armers Trent Boult and Wagner did the early damage for New Zealand with Boult's first nine overs claiming the wicket of Stephen Cook and yielding only eight runs.

It happened in the 7th over in South Africa's second innings with Dean Elgar and Hashim Alma in the centre.

His 16th Test century, off 195 balls, brought him level with Taylor and is now just one behind Martin Crowe for the most Test centuries by a New Zealander.

Patel was then caught at midwicket off the bowling of spinner Keeshav Maharaj (2-57) and the double blow of the Taylor injury and Henry Nicholls' (12) dismissal reduced the score to 165 for three with a batsman retired hurt.


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