Kapil, Peterson And Russell Star In Hard-Fought Draw

Kapil, Peterson And Russell Star In Hard-Fought Draw
Kapil, Peterson And Russell Star In Hard-Fought Draw
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South Africans 237-9d & 67-4 drew with
Worcestershire 245 (Kapil 67, Peterson 4-65)
Tour Match, New Road, Day Two
Day One Report

Worcestershire ended their match against the South Africans by having had the better of the draw as they went past the tourists’ first innings and then reduced them to 67 for four in their second before the teams shook hands.

The tourists had had the better of the day’s opening exchanges, however, as Worcestershire resuming on 70 for three, lost Neil Pinner for the addition of only ten runs to a short ball from Vernon Philander. Matthew Pardoe then brought up his fifty before becoming the next man to fall for 53, off the bowling of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, while Joe Leach could make only 16 before giving Morne Morkel his second wicket of the innings. 

At 116 for six, Worcestershire were in danger of capitulating, but England Under-19 all-rounder Aneesh Kapil counter-attacked with a fine half-century. The 18 year-old brought up his fifty off only 44 balls and dominated a seventh-wicket stand of 81 with wicket-keeper Ben Scott (33), before falling for 67 as the first of four wickets for Robin Peterson.

Richard Jones (21) and Chris Russell (13) then chipped in with useful cameos to take the home side past the South Africans’ total, before the former was last man out to Peterson with the score on 245.

Alviro Petersen and Jacques Rudolph strode out to open the South Africans’ second innings, both hoping to spend valuable time in the middle ahead of Thursday’s second Test. However, Petersen’s hopes were shattered in the second over as he was bowled by veteran left-arm seamer David Lucas for 11. Chris Russell then picked up from where he had left off in the first innings and took three wickets – those of JP Duminy for two, Albie Morkel for 18, and Dale Steyn for nought – as the tourists closed on 67 for four with Rudolph unbeaten on 28.

South Africa’s stand-in captain AB de Villiers said after the game: “We achieved what we wanted to in this game.” Nonetheless, they won’t be entirely satisfied as JP Duminy and Alviro Petersen, in particular, didn’t get as much time at the crease as they would have liked. Another thing to note from the match was that Thami Tsolekile batted below Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in both innings – something which indicates that de Villiers may well don the gloves once again in the second Test at Headingley.

© Cricket World 2012




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