Graeme Smith lived the dream with a century in his 100th Test as he and Hashim Amla took control of the first Investec Test against England at the Kia Oval.
Smith (131) and his second-wicket partner Amla batted supremely in a record stand of 259 to underpin 403 for two at stumps. Amla (183no) and Jacques Kallis (82no) will begin again already 18 runs in front, with massive power to add before South Africa bid to bowl England out a second time to go 1-0 up with two Tests to play.
Smith, after his 25th Test century, and seventh against England, said: "It was a dream to come here and have the chance to do that. At one stage when (Graeme) Swann was spinning it past my bat it looked a long way away, but once you fight through those tough times it became a reality."
He added: "It's so difficult to put into words; when I got to a hundred there were so many emotions that were flowing through me - from that to knowing my wife is giving birth in three days' time.
"All of those things were coming through - it's sort of a blank moment in my mind. I don't think it's sunk in yet.
"It was quite surreal at the time, and a lot of thoughts and emotions ran through my head when I reached the hundred."
While Smith had so much to smile about, England's brows were furrowed.
But bowling coach David Saker absolved his charges of any blame, against world-class batsmen who refused to make any mistakes.
"I wouldn't have said it was bad bowling," he said.
"It was extremely good batting from Smith and Amla in particular, and then Kallis put the icing on the cake at the end. We just couldn't get the ball to move laterally, which is one of our big strengths."