“It’s all part of the build-up so it was good for the batters to be in the middle and get used to the conditions. David and 'Klaasy' [Klaasen] batted very well. They finished the innings nicely and look in good form.
“We saw today how time in the middle is important for the boys. They were obviously prepared well and they played well, but we saw this as a proper warm-up game and it will be more competitive in two days’ time.”
The hosts comfortably chased down the target as they reached 321/4 inside 38 overs thanks to half-centuries by Will Smeed (90), Tom Banton (57), Ben Duckett (85) and Stephen Eskinazi (52 not out).
The Proteas used eight bowlers in the game, which was not classified as an official List A match, meaning they were allowed to give their entire squad a chance to participate.
All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was the most successful of the bowlers as he claimed 2/45 in his five overs. He said SA will reflect on their performances before moving forward.
“We’ll have a look once it’s competitive and everyone’s fresh and ready. They [the bowlers] obviously have their learnings from today, but we’ll reflect and be better prepared for the next one,” Phehlukwayo said.
SA play their second warm-up match at New Road in Worcester on Thursday.