Kyle Simmonds and Kyle Verreynne both hit centuries as the Powerade South Africa Emerging team strengthened their grip over Zimbabwe A on day three of their first four-day match in Harare on Saturday.

Both batsmen made exactly 100 and shared in an excellent partnership of 148 for the seventh wicket as the tourists declared on 531/9 at the Queens Sports Club.

Verreynne’s innings came from 150 balls and included nine fours and a six, while Simmonds was more aggressive and needed just 103 balls to reach three figures. He managed 11 fours and one six. Tladi Bokako hit an unbeaten 33.

The South Africans then claimed four Zimbabwean wickets in the 66 overs they bowled as the hosts closed on 183/4 – still trailing by 61.

Simmonds was the pick of the bowlers with two for 39 in 17 overs.

Okuhle Cele (1/34) was the other wicket-taker with the bowling pair combining to run out first-innings centurion Regis Chakabva for 48.

The main contributor overall for the home side was their captain Chamu Chibhabha, who made 103 (199 balls, 9 fours, 1 six).

The match concludes on Sunday.