Vol. 5 Num 514 Mon. November 07, 2005  

Proteas' winning streak snapped

South Africa's 12-match winning streak ended Friday when the fourth one-day international against New Zealand at Kingsmead was abandoned because of rain.

South Africa, batting first after winning the toss, were 79 for two after 20 overs when rain stopped play. The rain did not let up before umpires Steve Bucknor and Brian Jerling called off the game almost four hours later.

South Africa, holding an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, had won 12 matches since a wash-out in the sixth international against England, also in Durban, in February.

South Africa's winning sequence was the second-longest in one-day internationals behind Australia's 21 successive wins in 2003. South Africa have been unbeaten in 18 matches, including two no-results and a tie.