Reon Dane King

Notable Performances

King strangles South Africa

The South African captain Hansie Cronje won the toss and put West Indies in to bat. South Africa drew first blood. Philo Wallace was dismissed first ball and the West Indies looked like they would slump to another low total. Chanderpaul took the attack to the opposition and played the innings of his lifetime. He was well supported by Carl Hooper, who made a sparkling 108. Chanderpaul made his highest score, 150 and the West Indies finished at 292 for 9 off their 50 overs. This was a good score, but the South African team was stacked with batsmen, and had the fire power to overhaul the total.

It took a good bowling performance from the Windies to restrict the South Africans. South African openers Gary Kirsten and the hard hitting Mike Rindell found it hard to deal with the pace and aggression of the West Indian quicks. Kirsten had been the mainstay of the South African batting for a while and his performance was crucial to South African success. Reon King bowled an impeccable opening spell, maintaining a tigt line and length while bowling with good pace. A particuarly sharp delivery accounted for Kirsten, who had made just 3. Kirsten was well caught by Wallace. Having knocked Kirsten over early in the innings, King grew in confidence.

Daryll Cullinan came in at the fall of Kirsten's wicket and he too could not deal with the pace of Reon King. Cillinan made 6 before he hit a catch to Arthurton off the bowling of King. At this point South Africa were in serious trouble at 18 for 3 chasing 293. Jonty Rhodes came in next and threatened to revive the South African innings. In characteristic fashion, Rhodes ran quick singles and twos and snatched occasional boundary when it was on offer. Just when it looked like Rhodes was settling into a good rhythm Reon King stopped him in his tracks. Rhodes was on 21 when he attempted one shot too many off King and hit the ball straight to Neil McGarrel. The South African run chase was all but over at 78 for 4. Reon King had picked up three of South Africa's top wickets for just 40 runs off his 10 overs. South Africa were bolstered by a half-century from Jacques Kallis, but finally succumbed to a 43 run loss.

West Indies in South Africa, 1998-99, 2nd One-Day International : South Africa v West Indies, 24 Jan 1999

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Date-stamped : 30 Dec1999 - 13:43