Cricket: Cosker king of spin

England A 447-9 dec & 27-0 Gauteng 262 & 211 England A win by 10 wickets
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ENGLAND A remain unbeaten on their tour after Dean Cosker took 5 for 47 to send Gauteng to a 10-wicket defeat at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday. Thanks to the Glamorgan left-arm spinner, Gauteng were out for 211 after resuming on 103 for one. That left England A openers Darren Maddy and Graeme Swann with the simple task of knocking off the 27 runs needed for victory.

Guateng's Adam Bacher and Andre Seymore batted steadily in the opening 17 overs of the day, after England A skipper Michael Vaughan had tried himself, Andrew Flintoff, Darren Thomas and Swann before turning to Cosker.

In his third over Cosker saw Bacher, on 64, give a catch to Maddy at midwicket. He also accounted for Derek Crookes, who had made 12 when he top-edged a sweep and Robert Key ran round behind from short leg to dive for a stunning catch.

Zander de Bruyn had been top-scorer in the first innings but lasted nine balls and made three runs before Swann trapped him leg-before as the two spinners began to weave their magic in tandem.

In the second over after lunch, Cosker ended Seymore's four and a half hour innings with a shooter.

With his departure for 74 Gauteng were sliding towards an inevitable defeat.

Final day of four; England A won toss

ENGLAND A - First Innings 447 for 9 dec (A Flintoff 145, M P Vaughan 76, D L Maddy 73).

GAUTENG - First Innings 262 (Z de Bruyn 62, G P Swann 5-77).

GAUTENG - Second Innings

(Overnight: 103 for 1)

*A M Bacher c Maddy b Cosker 64

A J Seymore b Cosker 74

D N Crookes c Key b Cosker 12

Z de Bruyn lbw b Swann 3

G Toyana c Read b Thomas 6

N Pothas lbw b Thomas 1

R E Veenstra c Maddy b Cosker 0

E W Kidwell c Read b Swann 17

G Bodi c Read b Cosker 19

W B Masimula not out 0

Extras (b3, lb9, w2, nb1) 15

Total (88.3 overs) 211

Fall: 1-0, 2-140, 3-156, 4-165, 5-169, 6-170, 7-171, 8-177, 9-199.

Bowling: Thomas 18-9-48-3; Flintoff 15-6-24-0; Maddy 3-0-8-0; Franks 4-0-11-0; Swann 16-3-33-2; Cosker 25.3-8-57-5; Vaughan 7-0-18-0.

ENGLAND A - Second Innings

D L Maddy not out 1

G P Swann not out 16

Extras (b5, lb4, w1) 10

Total (for 0, 2.3 overs) 27

Did not bat: *M P Vaughan, R W T Key, M G N Windows, A Flintoff, V S Solanki, C M W Read, P J Franks, S D Thomas, D A Cosker.

Bowling: Bacher 1.3-0-6-0; Kidwell 1-0-12-0.

Umpires: B Lambson and C Schoof.

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