Cape Town - England claimed a predictably large first innings advantage of 282 runs on the second
day of their warm-up match against the SA Invitation XI at Senwes Park on
Wednesday, but for the second time in a row some of their top batsmen failed to
take full advantage of the opportunity for valuable time in the middle.
batsman, Alex Hales, was bowled for the second time in the match by Junior Dala
without getting into double figures while Alastair Cook and Nick Compton were
also dismissed within the first 25 overs. It did, however, create the
opportunity for Gary Ballance, who did not bat in the first innings, to get a
run at No 5.
reached the close on 99/3 from 30 overs for an overall lead of 381 runs going
into the final day’s play.
African innings only had two decent partnerships with Qasim Adams and Heinrich
Klaasen putting on 62 for the sixth wicket in 13.3 overs and then Thandolwethu
Mnyaka and Johannes Diseko 51 for the 10th wicket.
played a typically aggressive knock for top score of 48 off 53 balls (8 fours
and a six).
that the South African innings only lasted 57.1 overs meant that some of the
England bowlers did not get as many overs as they would have liked with 6
different bowlers being employed. With a long Test match series ahead of him
Jimmy Anderson was the last of the England bowlers to be used and only sent
down 4 overs while the new ball was shared by Stuart Broad (3/18) and the
left-armer, Mark Footitt (2/51).
Ben Stokes will have been happy to follow his good batting form with a return of
2/25 from 8 overs.