Monday 9 July 2012 

South Africa Recover After Somerset Fightback

South Africa Recover After Somerset Fightback
South Africa Recover After Somerset Fightback
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Somerset 312-8 (Trego 104, Hildreth 100) v
South Africans 96-2 (Kallis 45no)
Tour game, Taunton, day one

The South Africans endured a difficult start to their tour of England, losing Mark Boucher to injury and seeing Somerset have the better of most of day one of their two-day match in Taunton.

The home side, boosted by centuries from James Hildreth and Peter Trego, declared on 312 for eight and then took two wickets although South Africa recovered to close in 96 for two.

They ended the day missing wicket-keeper Mark Boucher after the experienced gloveman was caught in the eye by a bail. He is now set for surgery and already appears unlikely to make a swift return to action.

South Africa left out opener Alviro Petersen and fast bowler Marchant de Lange and made a flying start to the game by running out Arul Suppiah and Nick Compton, both men falling before scoring.

Alex Barrow was caught behind by Boucher for 11 off Dale Steyn and after Jos Buttler (14) was bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Somerset launched their fightback.

Captain Hildreth struck 100 in 126 balls with 14 fours and a six while Trego hammered 104 in 63 balls, smashing 18 fours and a six in a 183-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Craig Meschede added an unbeaten 50 after Gemaal Hussain was bowled by Imran Tahir - the bail unfortunately injuring Boucher on its way through and soon after Somerset declared.

Despite a terrible run of injuries that has left their bowling stocks low this summer, Somerset had South Africa in trouble at 19 for two when Hussain had Graeme Smith (10) caught behind by Barrow and Jacques Rudolph fell the same way to Jamie Overton.

However, South Africa recovered thanks to Hashim Amla's unbeaten 34 and Jacques Kallis' fluent unbeaten 45.

The first of three Tests against England begins at The Oval on 19th July.

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