#SAvEng: Kleinveldt and Piedt give South Africa A the advantage

Rory Kleinveldt and Dane Piedt shared six wickets between them to enable South Africa A to bowl the England Lions out for 260 on the opening day of the second unofficial four-day Test match at Chevrolet Park on Sunday.

In reply they had reached 29 for the loss of Stiaan van Zyl’s wicket to have the better of the first day on which they won the first and third sessions convincingly and had a fairly even share of the middle one.

The visitors had won the toss and must have been looking for a substantial first innings total in the region of 350 or even 400, but, having lost 3 wickets for 16 runs in the first six overs, including the key one of Jonathan Trott without scoring, they were always struggling to regain their momentum.

Trott’s dismissal demonstrated just how much Justin Ontong has grown into one of the country’s best current captains. As soon as Trott came to the crease he moved his helmet fielder to silly point for the bowling of Kleinveldt to get in the batsman’s line of sight and then instructed Chris Morris to bowl inswingers to him and posted a leg slip.

No sooner than had Reeza Hendricks moved there than he picked up the catch from Trott’s leg glance.

England’s best session was the middle one when they added 103 runs for the loss of two wickets in 30 overs thanks in the main to the fifth wicket partnership of 78 between Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow but both were then dismissed within the space of 6 deliveries.

Adil Rashid managed to rally the tail sufficiently to enable him to make top score of 68 (103 balls, 9 fours) before he was the last man out.

In truth, James Vince looked the stand-out young England batsman. His cutting and driving was superb and it came as quite a surprise when he became Piedt’s first victim, again with some clever plotting by Ontong who took the catch himself. Kleinveldt finished with 3/53 and Piedt with 3/100.

In retrospect it was probably quite a good toss for the home side to lose as there was a fair amount of assistance for both the seamers and the spinner in the morning session although in the case of the latter it was more the slope and bounce that provided the assistance than genuine turn. There is clearly going to be an advantage for the side that does not have to bat last and that will make any first innings advantage either way important.

It will come as a surprise if the match does not produce a positive result.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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