Tsotsobe hat-trick sets up South African win in tour opener

South African bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s hat-trick set up a win against Canterbury Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Christchurch: Feb 15, 2012

The South Africans have kicked off their campaign in New Zealand, as they beat the Canterbury Wizards in their opening game of the tour by 20 runs at Christchurch.

A half century by opener Richard Levi gave the Africans a powerful start, who later managed to post a total of 150 runs at the loss of six wickets in 20 overs.

George Worker was the pick of the bowlers for Canterbury, bagging 3 for 23.

In response, the Wizards put up a strong fight, only to be rounded up for 130 in 19 overs; thanks to a brilliant hat-trick by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who finished with figures of 4 for 18.