Kieswetter shows unqualified skill
Sunday 23 August 2009
After Jonathan Trott, stand by for another South African soon to appear on England's radar – the Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.
The 21-year-old from Johannesburg, like Trott a South Africa Under-19 international but in his case based in the United Kingdom since arriving at Millfield School in 2006, will qualify for England by residence in February. He is being monitored closely by the national selector, Geoff Miller.
A bold and adventurous shot-maker who has been likened to another South African, Kevin Pietersen, Kieswetter averaged 65.83 in this season's Friends Provident Trophy and scored 248 runs in the Twenty20 Cup, in which he also made four stumpings. Yesterday, as a high-scoring match with Sussex at Taunton ended in a draw, he took his first-class aggregate for the season to 834 runs at 55.60 with an unbeaten 135, his third century of the campaign.
Mal Loye hit an unbeaten 84 as Lancashire drew the Roses match at Headingley, where Yorkshire's leg-spinning all-rounder, Adil Rashid, scored a career-best, unbeaten 157.
Having bowled Yorkshire out for 429, conceding a lead of 153, Lancashire had a double escape just before lunch when Loye and Paul Horton were dropped in the same Tim Bresnan over. Horton went for 28 when he edged Rashid but Loye and VVS Laxman, with 65, put on 131 before the sides agreed to an early finish.
The Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took 6 for 50 to set up an Essex victory over Surrey in Division Two at Colchester. After Ravi Bopara's double century had enabled the home side to overhaul Surrey's 428 for a lead of 117, Kaneria combined with the left-arm spinner Tim Phillips, who took 3 for 61, to dismiss Surrey for 190. Essex reached their target, 74, for the loss of one wicket.
Gloucestershire made a brave effort to chase 364 before slipping to a 44-run defeat against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Having resumed at 133 for 5, 231 runs behind, their chance looked to have gone before the New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin and the off-spinner Richard Dawson staged a 98-run partnership for the seventh wicket. However, Gloucestershire lost Ian Saxelby and Jon Lewis in the space of nine balls and though Steve Kirby blocked 23 deliveries in an attempt to save the draw, he was bowled by the off-spinner Jigar Naik and Leicestershire secured a second win of the season.
One veteran former England off-spinner got the better of another as Glamorgan beat Middlesex by 23 runs at Swansea. The 40-year-old Shaun Udal took 6 for 36 to bowl out the home side for 135 in their second innings, only for the 39-year-old Robert Croft to take 5 for 65 as Middlesex, chasing 191, collapsed from 98 for 3 to 167 all out.
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