Cricket: England suffer in a repeat performance

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South Africa Under-19 506-9 dec

England Under-19 77-5

England face a struggle just to avoid the follow-on in the second Under- 19 Test after South Africa took firm control on the second day in Fochville yesterday.

This match is following an almost identical pattern to the first Test, with the South Africans pushing on past 500 before declaring and the making early inroads into the England top order.

South Africa resumed on 311 for 6 and the overnight batsmen Morne van Wyk and Murray Creed spent a watchful first 40 minutes before punishing some wayward English bowling.

Van Wyk brought up his 150 with his 26th boundary and he was eventually well caught by Robert Key, diving to his left at backward point, for 188.

The left-arm wrist-spinner Gulam Bodi then blasted 69 off 94 balls, with 10 fours and a six. He was particularly severe on the off-spinner Jonathan Powell, whose last eight overs went for 49 runs, before Graeme Swann caught him off his own bowling to finish with respectable figures of 4 for 90 from 42 overs.

England needed a strong start but they lost Key for four in the second over when he mistimed a pull to mid-on. His opening partner, Stephen Peters, misjudged an away-swinger from Creed and was well caught behind by Van Wyk for 16.

The biggest blow to England came when their captain Owais Shah played on to Wasfie Samsodien for only 13.

Michael Gough was leg-before to Jacques Rudolph for 19 off the last ball of the day to leave England 429 runs behind with just five first- innings wickets remaining.

South Africa Under-19 won toss

SOUTH AFRICA UNDER-19 - First Innings

J Myburgh c Wilton b Swann 64

A Gait b Grove 6

J Kent c Wilton b Napier 17

*M Street c Wilton b Franks 24

M van Wyk c Key b Gough 188

G Elliott c Key b Powell 39

J Rudolph c Shah b Swann 20

M Creed lbw b Swann 24

G Bodi c and b Swann 69

W Samsodeen not out 29

V Mpitsang not out 4

Extras (b7, lb7, w3, nb5) 22

Total (for 9, 149 overs) 506

Fall: 1-9, 2-36, 3-99, 4-140, 5-238, 6-291, 7-358, 8-420, 9-496.

Bowling: Grove 13-1-63-1; Franks 23-5-66-1; Schofield 20-5-83-0; Napier 7-1-34-0; Powell 33-6-118-1; Swann 42-15-90-4; Gough 10-2-38-1; Shah 1- 1-0-0.

ENGLAND UNDER-19 - First Innings

S D Peters c van Wyk b Creed 16

R W T Key c Bodi b Creed 4

M A Gough lbw b Rudolph 19

*O A Shah b Samsodeen 13

G P Swann b Bodi 5

G R Napier not out 11

Extras (lb2, nb7) 9

Total (for 5, 39.1 overs) 77

Fall: 1-5, 2-25, 3-48, 4-63, 5-77.

To bat: J C Powell, C P Schofield, P J Franks, J O Grove, N J Wilton.

Bowling: Mpitsang 7-2-14-0; Creed 7-2-18-2; Samsodeen 6-0-20-1; Rudolph 12.1-6-13-1; Bodi 7-2-10-1.

Umpires: K Hurter and A O'Conner.

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