Tea on second day of three: South Africa 515-3 dec; Somerset 195-6
Monday 30 June 2008
Even without the all-round skills of Jacques Kallis the South Africans are proving far too strong for a Somerset team without half a dozen first choice players.
Kallis was hit on his right elbow by acting Somerset captain Andy Caddick during his unbeaten 160 yesterday and has been given the day off to rest the badly bruised joint. A decision will be made tomorrow morning as to whether he will take any further part in this match.
The Tourists have another injury problem, although not as serious a one as Kallis. Hashin Amla, their other centurion on Sunday, also had today off to rest a mild groin strain. He scored 172, the highest individual innings by a South African against Somerset.
After the likes of Kallis and Amla had finished with the batting lesson today it was the turn of the fast bowlers.
Morné Morkel and André Nel unleashed some ferocious missiles at the Somerset batsmen after the South Africans had added a further 60 runs to their overnight 455.
Morkel looked especially quick on a pitch which traditionally favours the bat and negates the ball. Morkel struck after Nel had ended a savage cameo from Neil Edwards, who clobbered a 6 and five 4s in his 17-ball innings, by having the left-hander taken at third slip by Ashwell Prince.
He yorked Arul Suppiah, the other opener, and then James Hildreth played on. As if that were not bad enough Somerset contributed to their own downfall by twice getting into a dreadful muddle which resulted in two useful batsmen, Zander de Bruyn and Pete Trego being run-out.
In Trego’s case he and Wes Durston – who had been involved in de Bruyn’s dismissal on the stroke of lunch – had put together a face-saving stand of 54 for the fifth wicket. But, as in the first run-out, one of the pair (Trego) appeared to decide that there was a third run for the taking.
By the time he discovered that his partner felt differently Trego had reached the other end, where Durston remained unmoved and Trego departed.
At least Durston went on to pass fifty, before he tried to work a ball from Morkel to midwicket, missed it and fell lbw, by which time he had shared in a stand of 43 for the sixth wicket with Craig Kieswetter.
The South Africa-born Kieswetter continued to display absolute composure as he worked his way steadily to a half century which helped Somerset to move to within 320 runs of the Tourists’ imposing first innings total.
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party
Transfer news: Liverpool - January transfer targets
Missing out on Tottenham job was a 'close shave', says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
The most underrated players in the Premier League
Transfer news: Chelsea - January transfer targets
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend