Tim Southee

New Zealand beat South Africa by an innings and 276 runs in the first cricket test at Hagley Oval on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-test series. The visitors were bowled out for 111 in their second innings. Tim Southee took five wickets.

Earlier, Henry Nicholls’ eighth test century helped New Zealand to a 387-run, first-innings lead over South Africa.

With additional contributions of 96 from wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, 45 from Colin de Grandhomme and 49 from South Africa-born Neil Wagner, who taunted his former countrymen as nightwatchman, New Zealand amassed 482 in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 95.

Matt Henry, who took 7-23 on the first day, added to South Africa’s discomfort with an innings of 58 at No. 11, joining a small company of players who have scored a half century and taken seven wickets in the same match. Henry and Blundell put on 96 for the last wicket to make New Zealand’s advantage in the match comprehensive.

South Africa, 1st Innings 95 (Zubayr Hamza 25; Matt Henry 7-25); New Zealand, 1st Innings 482 (Henry Nicholls 105, Tom Blundell 96, Matt Henry 58; Duanne Olivier 3-100); South Africa, 2nd Innings 111 (Temba Bavuma 41, Kyle Verreyne 30; Tim Southee 5-35).

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