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Windies Take Historic Win v SAF in 1st Test


The West Indies' cricket team has scored its first significant road victory in seven years by beating South Africa by 128 runs in the first match of their three-test series.

Resuming play at 146-8 overnight, the Caribbean squad added another 29 runs to reach 175 all out in its second innings at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa looked on the verge of a massive collapse before Jacques Kallis and A.B. de Villiers took the crease in the fifth wicket. Kallis scored 85 runs and de Villiers added 60, but even their efforts were not enough to reach the victory target of 389. South Africa ended the day at 260 all out.

West Indian bowlers Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor took three wickets each, with Edwards managing 3-37 and Taylor 3-66.

The final score: The West Indies 408 and 175; South Africa 195 and 260. The win was the West Indies' first away test victory - other than against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - since they beat England by an innings and 93 runs in June of 2000.

The second test of the three-match series starts Wednesday in Cape Town. The third test begins January 10th in Durban. The two sides will also play five one-day international matches beginning January 20th in Centurion.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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