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    South Africa win tour opener in New Zealand

    Christchurch: Left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe took a hat-trick as South Africa beat Canterbury Province by 20 runs in Wednesday's Twenty20 match on their New Zealand tour.

    Tsotsobe had opener George Worker caught by Morne Morkel for four with the fifth ball of his first over, bowled former New Zealand Test batsman Peter Fulton for a duck next ball and then trapped Shanan Stewart lbw with the first ball of his second over.

    That reduced Canterbury to 9 for 3 in the fourth over as they replied to South Africa's 20-over total of 150 for 6. Tsotsobe then went on to claim the wicket of current New Zealand batsman Tom Latham to finish with 4 for 9 from three overs.

    Canterbury were all out for 130 off the final ball of the 19th over.

    South Africa will take positives and negatives from Wednesday's match which is their only warm-up ahead of the first of the three Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.

    They made a strong start to their innings as openers Hashim Amla and Richard Levi put on 81 in only 8.2 overs. Levi made 63 from 32 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in a spectacular innings and Amla made 35 from 33 balls as the perfect foil.

    But the South African innings dwindled from that point and the next-best effort was JP Duminy's 24.

    Tsotsobe's outstanding bowling effort wrecked the top of the Canterbury order and left the home team with little hope of victory at 39 for 6 after nine overs. Matt McEwan and Michael Henry then combined to lift Canterbury to 122 for 8 with two overs remaining, raising hopes of victory.

    However, Morne Morke and Rusty Theron claimed the final two wickets to clinch a win for the tourists.

    The match was played in Christchurch, only a week ahead of the first anniversary of the February 23, 2011, earthquake that killed 185 people in the South Island city.

    Brief Scores:

    South Africa: 150 for 6 in 20 overs (Richard Levi 63, Hashim Amla 35; George Worker 3 for 23).
    Canterbury: 130 in 19 overs (Michael Henry 42, Matt McEwan 30; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 4 for 18, Rusty Theron 2 for 34).