WHILE all the fuss revolved around whether England and Hong Kong would qualify for the main competition, South Africa strode into the second phase with the air of potential champions. Hansie Cronje's side pipped the West Indies for top place in the Blue Group, but the ominous sign that emerged from both teams' analyses was that they have yet to lose a wicket. South Africa defeated the West Indies by six wickets after handing out a similar defeat to tournament minnows Holland. The second-seeded South Africans had only three batsmen in action yesterday for a total of 145 runs off the bat in two matches. Jonty Rhodes, whose fielding expertise has been restricted to wicketkeeping because 'I can't bowl', hit 34 against the West Indies and 31 against Holland. Fellow opener Richard Snell hit 32 and 32, while Adrian Kuiper contributed 16 against the West Indies. 'It's been an enjoyable first day,' said Rhodes. 'We've got a few good all-rounders in our team and it has been a good day for us. 'It's the second time I've played in this tournament and it's good to play in a different format. It generally tends to be series after series and this offers a good change.' Rhodes faced 10 balls against the West Indies hitting three boundaries and three sixes, including the winning runs, as South Africa overhauled their opponents' total of 83 in five overs. In their first match, South Africa restricted Holland to 67 for no wicket before easily reaching their target in the third over. The South Africans are determined to win this year's tournament after losing to England by eight runs in last year's semi-finals. The West Indies, meanwhile, also looked menacing despite their defeat to the South Africans. The Dutch could only manage 51 for the loss of three wickets after the West Indies put them into bat in the opening match of the tournament. Klaas Jan van Noortwijk was the only batsman who was able to offer any sort of resistance, knocking up 28 before being bowled by Hamish Anthony. West Indian skipper Richie Richardson, with 35 and Franklyn Stephenson (16) saw their side to victory within four overs. Openers Richardson and Stephenson were also the prime run-makers in their innings against South Africa. Richardson hit 35 for a two-match total of 70 - the highest aggregate of the day - while Stephenson retired on 31. According to tournament rules, batsmen must retire on reaching 31 although they are permitted to return to the crease should the rest of their team's wickets fall. The West Indies move on to the second phase of competition against Australia and England in the Sobers Group. South Africa compete in the other semi-final round-robin - the Bradman Group - against India and Sri Lanka.