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The Lord’s Day

Posted in Cricket with tags on July 8, 2017 by telescoper

I made it on time this morning to Lord’s to see the third day’s play of the First Test between England and South Africa from the brand new Warner Stand.

South Africa resumed on 214 for 5 chasing England’s first-innings total of 458. England’s bowlers bowled pretty well, but the batsmen, especially nightwatchman Philander, joined by wicketkeeper De Kock,  battled gamely and South Africa progressed to 361 all out, giving England a lead of 97.
England then resumed and batted slowly but safely to close on 119 for 1 off 51 overs, losing only Jennings for 33, ahead by 216. Cook was unbeaten on 59. They will be looking to push on tomorrow and try to build a lead of around 450 to try to force a result. There were definitely signs of turn and variable bounce  for the spinners so batting last may not be easy. 

Anyway, as always, it was a very enjoyable day, complete with Scottish entertainment in the luncheon interval:

Update: Checking the score at lunchtime on Sunday I discovered that England collapsed to 182 for 8, having been 139 for 1 at one stage. South Africa are now favourites to win this game, although England’s spinners will take heart from the fact that the ball is turning sharply.

Another update: the plot thickens. England managed to add another 50 runs courtesy of Bairstow and Wood, setting South Africa 331 to win. At tea they were 25 for 3. England definitely favourites again, but with South Africa’s two best batsmen Amla and De Kock at the crease..

Final update: 5.33pm. South Africa all out for  119. England win by 211 runs.