England A, captained by Michael Vaughan, had to be patient as the President's XI opener, Martin van Jaarsveld, led his side's defiance with 147, but the bowlers did what was asked of them with Steve Harmison taking 4 for 79 and Dean Cosker 3 for 87 to steer them to victory.
The floodlights had to be switched on to ensure a prompt start ona breezy, overcast fifth and final day. Thirteen overs passed before a batsman made the semblance of a mistake when Finley Brooker flicked Graeme Swann to Darren Maddy at midwicket for 56. Even that did not begin the wholesale collapse that might have been expected and it was another 32 overs before the next wicket fell.
The new ball had come and gone and, with van Jaarsveld and Derek Crookes compiling a substantial partnership, the score reached 262 for 4 just after the interval and there was a remote possibility of a South African win.
Van Jaarsveld had reached an eight-hour hundred with a straight driven six off Cosker, but then Crookes hooked Harmison to Matt Windows at long leg for 37. That brought in Justin Kemp, a well-organised all-rounder who was difficult to dislodge, but wickets fell at the other end. Van Jaarsveld driving Cosker to Andrew Flintoff at mid-off and Lulama Masikazana gave Windows another catch, this time at short leg off Swann for six.
Mark Abrahams stayed for 14 overs for his 20 before Vikram Solanki held on to a fast-travelling edge off Harmison. The coup de grace was delivered when Smith went back to a ball from Cosker that hit his pad right in front for 15 and Vauighan could fianlly lead the English celebrations.
ENGLAND A - First innings: 350 (D L Maddy 135, A Flintoff 70)
PRESIDENT'S XI 199 (C C Bradfield 61, D N Crookes 52).
ENGLAND A - Second innings: 288 (A Flintoff 80, M B Loye 60)
PRESIDENT'S XI - Second Innings
(Overnight: 142 for 3)
M van Jaarsveld c Flintoff b Cosker 147
F C Brooker c Maddy b Swann 56
D N Crookes c Windows b Harmison 37
J M Kemp not out 61
L Masikazana c Windows b Swann 6
S Abrahams c Solanki b Harmison 20
D H Townsend c Read b Thomas 0
G J Smith lbw b Cosker 15
Extras (b3 lb14 w1 nb1) 19
Total (138.4 overs) 393
Fall: 1-22 2-25 3-56 4-176 5-262 6-292 7-316 8-356 9-361
Bowling: Harmison 30-7-79-4; Thomas 22-4-74-1; Swann 30-7-78-2; Cosker 36.4-5-87-3; Flintoff 16-3-47-0; Solanki 4-0-11-0.
Umpires: D F Becker and R Brooks.
Result: England A beat President's XI by 46 runsReuse content