Cricket 5.12.2014 08:18 pm

Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup – first innings

Flip van der Merwe and Hashim Amla  during the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup press conference at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 02, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Boks and Proteas will face off at The Wanderers on Friday,  5 December. (Photo by Gallo Images)

Flip van der Merwe and Hashim Amla during the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup press conference at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 02, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Boks and Proteas will face off at The Wanderers on Friday, 5 December. (Photo by Gallo Images)

The Springboks will have their work cut out for them in order to chase the 182 needed to secure bragging rights in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup at the Wanderers on Friday evening.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Protea skipper Hashim Amla led from the front as he batted his way to an unbeaten 51 off 31 balls before he retired in order to give the Bok bowlers a reprieve.

The rugby players had reasons to smile early on though as danger man Quinton de Kock fell victim tot he bowling of Bok centre Damian De Allende for six to leave the cricketers on 11/1. The Springbok struck again to remove David Miller to make it 30/2.

But Amla and Parnell coasted until the skipper voluntarily walked off the park in order to give someone else a chance.

Willie le Roux, a man renowned for his agility on the rugby field, took a liking to featuring in a T20 match as he bagged three wickets while also hanging on to a fantastic one-handed diving catch to get rid of Kagiso Rabada for 22.

There was even a slot in the Protea batting lineup for radio personality Darren “Wackhead” Simpson as he came in for the last over but he could only manage a solitary run to see the Proteas to 181/9.

 

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