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Rain restricts action on day one after England Lions opt to field first

Hashim Amla (left) and Heino Kuhn walking off due to bad light
Hashim Amla (left) and Heino Kuhn walking off due to bad light
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South Africa 58-1 (Kuhn 30no) v England Lions
Tour game, Worcester, day one

The first day of the tour game between England Lions and South Africa in Worcester was hampered by rain with only 20 overs of play possible in which the visitors managed 58 for one.

England Lions won the toss and decided to field first after a delayed start. George Garton (1-13) was impressive for the Lions as he troubled the Proteas batsmen early in the game.

Garton was rewarded with the wicket of skipper Dean Elgar (5) when he edged one to the keeper Sam Billings in the fourth over.

Heino Kuhn (30 not out) carried on his rich vein of form from the domestic cricket during his fluent 69 ball knock while Hashim Amla (16 not out) remained unbeaten at the other end as the Proteas went on to post 58 for one in the 20 overs when play was stopped for bad light and eventually did not allow any further play possible.

Earlier, Vernon Philander opted out to sit out of the game to give him more recovery time from an ankle injury but the mood in the Proteas camp was boosted by the news of the return of their skipper Faf du Plessis ahead of the first Test at Lord's after going home for the birth of his first child.

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