Shillingford Stars On Shortened Opening Day

Shillingford Stars On Shortened Opening Day
Shillingford Stars On Shortened Opening Day
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South Africa 70-3 (Petersen 31, Shillingford 2-5) v West Indies
First Test, Trinidad, day one

Debutant off-spinner Shane Shillingford took two wickets as the West Indies reduced South Africa to 70 for three at stumps on a severely-shortened first day of the opening Test in Trinidad.

After rain washed away the opening session, just 34 overs were possible and Shillingford bowled just six of them on his way to figures of two for five.

His victims were Graeme Smith, caught by Dwayne Bravo at slip for 23, and then his opening partner Alviro Petersen, who was trapped in front for 31.

It was Shillingford who got the initial breakthrough to end a partnership worth 55 although the West Indies had been disappointed not to celebrate the dismissal of Petersen shortly after tea when he was dropped by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.

The miss did not cost them too much and after the players left the field for bad light in the final session, they returned and South Africa lost two wickets in as many overs, the wicket of Petersen being preceded by Benn having Hashim Amla (2) caught by Bravo to ensure that the day would belong to the West Indies.

Unbeaten at stumps for South Africa were Jacques Kallis (6) and nightwatchman Paul Harris (0).

Also making their Test debuts alongside Shillingford were quick bowlers Nelon Pascal for the West Indies and Lonwabo Tsotsobe for South Africa.

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