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Friday, November 17, 2006

At last a proper cricket match (and England do well).

In the first (and only non-test first class fixture) of their tour, the England attack regrouped and pinned a strong South Australian XI back. Only contributions from veteran Darren Lehmann (run out for 99 going for his hundredth run) and the less experienced but improving Cameron Borgas(73) kept SA in the game after they lost 4/25, three of them to a rampaging Matthew Hoggard.

SA declared at 7/247, while England were 1/24 at stumps. Strauss was dismissed by Tait for a duck.

The scorecard is here and a match bulletin here.

Of the other media, the UKTelegraphhas a curate's egg report: the comment
"The two of them [Lehmann and Borgas] forged on for over two hours in the heat." is wrong as the weather was mild and intermittently sunny.In no way was it hot. The forecast for the next two days predicts hotter weather in the vicinity of 30 deg but today the maximum was in the mid 20s.

This comment is more perceptive: '
Panesar had won an important battle when he was selected ahead of Ashley Giles – a surprise to everyone, given Duncan Fletcher’s normal preference for spinners who can bat. But he was not at his magisterial best, bowling too fast and too short to be a consistent threat."
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