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oram bowls black caps into strong position

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All-rounder Jacob Oram bowled the touring New Zealanders into a strong position on the second day of a four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Goodyear Park Friday.

The tall medium-pacer took four for 17 in 14 overs as the Invitation XI were bowled out for 156 in reply to the tourists' first innings total of 318. Bad light ended play at the end of the Invitation team's innings.

Ahmed Amla, elder brother of Test batsman Hashim, was the only Invitation XI batsman to shine, making 67 before he was eighth man out.

Shane Bond and Chris Martin bowled impressively with the new ball as the first three wickets fell for 33 runs.

Oram then wrecked the middle order, taking the next four wickets on a cool, overcast day. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori wrapped up the innings by taking the last three wickets, including that of Amla, who made his runs off 133 balls with nine fours.

The only significant support for Amla came from former Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, who made 25 in a sixth wicket partnership of 75.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum took four catches before finishing the innings by stumping Ethy Mbhlati.
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