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England 303 & 195-8 dec Northerns/Gauteng 201 & 195

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TWO DROUGHTS were broken in the high veldt this week as England's first tour victory over first-class opposition was followed yesterday by thunderstorms in Johannesburg. With only a week remaining before the first Test hopes are that rain stays away over the next four days as England take on a combined Northerns/ Gauteng side which, if not able to quite harness the awesome power of Mother Nature's thunderbolts, should at least provide Nasser Hussain's team with their sternest challenge to date.

Around the World's Market: Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICAN gold shares roared to their highest levels in two- and-a-half years as bullion shot through the crucial $300-an-ounce mark.

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Golden Lions 33 Scotland 31

Blair in South Africa: Township visit rouses emotions

AFTER A DAY of official meetings and photo opportunities in the plush surroundings of Pretoria, Tony Blair made a brief detour to the Johannesburg township of Alexandra yesterday afternoon for a flying visit to the Third World.

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