Cricket: Powell fails to find support from batsmen

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England Under-19 were let down by their batting again yesterday as they were bowled out for 192 - 123 behind the South African Student XI on the second day of their three-day match in Port Elizabeth.

The tourists, who have yet to post a score of 300, contrived to lose wickets in clusters to make life extremely difficult for themselves. Three wickets went on 38, two on 94 and three on 175 following a partnership of 79 between Graeme Swann (44) and Chris Schofield (34).

At 96 for 6, the prospect of having to follow on loomed large, but Swann and Schofield stayed together for 25 overs until the latter was given out leg before to the off-spinner Morgan Mfobo, despite playing a long way forward. The acting captain, Stephen Peters, and Graham Napier had earlier looked in good form but had not been able to build on good starts.

The students were 14 for 0 at the close in their second innings. Earlier, resuming on 255 for 4, they had declared their first innings on 315 for 9, with the Essex off-spinner Jonathan Powell picking up four wickets in his first match of the tour.

TOUR MATCH (Second day of three) Port Elizabeth: South Africa Students XI 315 for 9 dec (D Moffat 130, G King 78; J C Powell 4-42) and 14 for 0; England Under-19 XI 192.

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