Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Fire alarm prompts evacuation in Dunedin Test

Fire alarm prompts evacuation in Dunedin Test

Play halted, teams and officials strode into the middle of the pitch, the fire crews arrived and supporters were asked to leave.

Stuff cricket writer Mark Geenty said the media were evacuated from the ground for about two minutes before being told they could go back in, after the fire department had checked out the grandstand and given it the all clear.

Authorities quickly determined that steam from an unknown origin had set off the alarm in the grandstand.

It happened in the 7th over in South Africa's second innings with Dean Elgar and Hashim Alma in the centre.

- Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) March 10, 2017Full ground evacuation at the University of Otago Oval.

In the last Down Under series, South Africa handed Australia a 2-1 Test series defeat, so for the second time in two years, the confident Proteas side will eye for their another series victory Down Under.

Jimmy Neesham snared the wicket of du Plessis, caught in the deep by Trent Boult, three overs before the break for 52.

Kane Williamson's 130 gave New Zealand the lead, but South African spinner Keshav Maharaj ensured the visitors restricted it to 33 runs with his five-for.

Skipper Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 21 and Jeet Raval 26. South Africa removed Tom Latham early, caught behind off Vern Philander for 10, and New Zealand were 15 for one.

Elgar went past his previous best of 129 with a lucky boundary - his 22nd of the innings - off Wagner that flew over the slip cordon. four overs later, the hundred of his partnership with Bavuma came off another tricky boundary, this time the ball whizz past the slips.

Williamson's ton brought him level with Ross Taylor and one behind the New Zealand record of 17 held by the Martin Crowe.

He was well supported by BJ Watling, who made an even 50.

When du Plessis won the toss he became the first captain in 23 Tests to bat first.

It was the Proteas opener's seventh Test century, and one of the most important, in a patient innings after South Africa were in early trouble at 22 for three in Dunedin.

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