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Taylor century sets comfortable victory for England in tour match

Taylor century sets comfortable victory for England in tour match
James Taylor's knock included eight boundaries and a six.
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England XI 368-7 (Taylor 116) beat
South Africa A 205 (de Bruyn 73) by 163 runs
Tour match in Kimberley

James Taylor notched a run-a-ball 116 after which the England XI bowlers dismissed South Africa A for 205 runs to secure a massive 163-run victory in the tour game in Kimberley.

England raced to 49 for naught after winning the toss and batting first with Jason Roy (21) and Alex Hales (23) capitalising on wayward bowling from Hardus Viljoen (0-69) and Marchant de Lange (2-69).

However, David Wiese (2-73) and de Lange struck in successive overs to dismiss both the batsmen with the score reading 55 for two. 

Eoin Morgan (41) wasted no time in adapting to the South African conditions as he and Taylor (116) added run-a-ball 80.

Taylor went severe on Aaron Phangiso (0-57) when he plundered him for three boundaries in the 22nd over but Morgan fell in the next over handing a return catch to Wiese.

Moeen Ali (28) announced his arrival with a couple of sixes off Phangiso. Meanwhile, Taylor reached his fifty off 57 deliveries at the other end.

England launched an onslaught in the final 10 overs as they scored 127 runs in it with Taylor sharing a 51-run stand with Jos Buttler (20) and followed it with another 78-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow (58) to take England to 368 for seven in the 50 overs. 

Chasing an improbable target, South Africa A were restricted to 52 for four in 11 overs with Dean Elgar (9), Reeze Hendricks (22), Qaasim Adams (0) and Khaya Zondo (1) returning to the pavilion. 

Theunis de Bruyn (73) and Dane Vilas (40) offered the only resistance in the innings with their 73-run partnership as South Africa A succumbed to a 163-run defeat after they were dismissed for 205.

Reece Topley (3-38), Adil Rashid (3-55) and Chris Jordan (3-48) were the major contributors for England with the ball.

England will now move to Bloemfontein for the first One-Day International against South Africa. 

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