Dane Paterson’s outstanding 7-27 and a ton from captain Aiden Markram put South Africa in a commanding position over Hampshire on Saturday.
The visitors had amassed 370 in their first innings, thanks to Heino Kuhn (200*) and Heinrich Klaasen (103).
Hampshire’s reply failed to challenge the visitors, as a rampant display by Paterson, combined with a wicket apiece from Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala and Theunis de Bruyn, saw the hosts blown away for 185.
Paterson was on fire throughout the innings, dismissing four of Hampshire’s first five batsmen before returning to clean up the tail. It was a dominant display from an under-cooked bowling attack that did not bowl in South Africa’s two rain-affected one-day warm-up matches. This lack of match practice told in the two heavy defeats the side suffered against the England Lions earlier in the tour.
Captain Markram (102*) and De Bruyn (72*) saw to it that the visitors drove their advantage home. After Heino Kuhn was dismissed for just ten, the pair came together to further compound Hampshire’s woeful day two. Together they added 153 for the second wicket, before stumps were called on day three.
South Africa A will begin the fourth and final day on 185-1 and with a healthy lead of 370 runs.