South Africa survive fiery Roach burst to clinch series

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 30, 2010 06:37 hrs

Bridgetown: South Africa survived a fiery spell of fast bowling to complete a seven-wicket victory over West Indies before lunch on day four of the third Test on Tuesday and clinch the series 2-0.

Needing 47 to win, the Proteas limped to 49 for three after fast bowler Kemar Roach struck Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis on the helmet and the umpires had to intervene to keep the peace as tempers flared between the players.


West Indies resumed overnight on 134 for seven with Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 57. The Guyanese left hander ran out of partners and finished on 71 not out from 179 deliveries with seven fours and a six after Morne Morkel took three wickets to run through the tail.

Morkel sent Sulieman Benn's off stump cartwheeling and Roach edged a wide delivery to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. The innings ended on 161 when last man Brandon Bess steered a short lifting delivery to Kallis at second slip.

Roach delivered a series of brutish short balls, one of which rocked the grill of Smith's helmet and shook up the Proteas captain.

In Roach's next over Smith (10) pulled another short delivery straight to Chanderpaul at mid-wicket.

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Alviro Petersen, on six, attempted to drive through the covers and edged the ball on to his stumps and Hashim Amla's poor series continued when he was caught at gully for 25.

AB de Villiers clinched victory with a four through third man off his first delivery.

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