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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    A few things...

    James Kirtley
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    Robert James Kirtley
    Philip Anthony Cottey
    Jamie Oliver Troughton

    I think the ICC database uses the first name instead of the "common" name for most players.

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    Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

    Toss : Pakistan and decide to bat

    Pakistan 1st Innings-

    Saeed Anwar opened the innings with N Khan on a dead pitch which promised some turn in the last couple of days. The weather was projected to be very cloudy with chances of rain in those days to upset matters further. Zimbabwe had been beaten in the last test by innings and 27 runs with Saeed Anwar scoring 230.

    With P Strang injured, Goodwin left home due to selection discrepency and A Flower deciding to give up his captaincy - the Zimbabwean team seemed destined to come second best in this series. Stand in captain for the test, until a later captain would be assigned, was Heath Streak - one of the few performers so far in the Zimbabwean squad.

    Day 1

    Before lunch the Pakistani batsman took the Zim bowling side to the cleaners. Bryan Strang was hit for 24 runs in one over as Saeed Anwar carried his form from the last game into this one. The break through came 5 minutes before lunch when Naseem Khan was caught behind from a Streak delivery for 48. At lunch the score ended at 131 for 1 with Saeed Anwar cruising at 72*.

    The post lunch session though saw an unlikely comeback from the Zim bowlers, in particular its part timers such as Grant Flower and Viljoen. Both picked up early wickets and Pakistan stumbled from 142 for 1 to 155 for 3. The going got worse when Saeed Anwar played a rash stroke and was caught at first slip for 80 off Olonga. Soon after the loss, Zim captain Streak brought on the pace onslaught with himself, Olonga and Strang bowling tandem hoping to pick up another scalp. But Nawaz and Razzaq maintained their cool head and saw off the pressure until Tea. This session proved a huge moral booster for the Zimbabweans who had almost taken out the top and middle order and were only couple of wickets away before they could sieze the tail. The score was 204 for 4.

    If the post lunch session was dominated by Zim bowlers, the post Tea seemed destined for on, Afsar Nawaz. The young talented keeper drafted in place of M Khan wrecked havoc and he achieved his 2nd 50 of his test career. Taking a cue from Nawaz, Abdur too lashed out at the Zim bowlers and soon after reached his fifty in fine form. The pressure seemed to be coming back at Zim as Streak ran out of ideas to contain these two batsman. The day ended with no wickets taken and 140 runs coming from the session. End of day score was 344 for 4 and Zim looked to be staring down the barrel.

    Day 2

    This day belonged to Streak who showed his awesome prowess in bowling by first taking out Nawaz's middle stump and then running through the lower Pakistani order. Pakistan added 36 runs to their first day score before they were all out. Razzaq remained at 89*.

    Zim innings started with Masakadza going out first bowl, cleaned bowled to a Waqar Younis delivery. But the Flower brothers took over and presented a 100 run partnership before Saqlain Mushtaq had Grant Flower stumped to a flighter of a delivery. Mark Vermuleun came to give excellent support to Flower who eventually reached his century. It seemed the captaincy pressure of which Flower had been relieved of only a night before had worked wonders for his batting. The close of play saw the wicket of Vermuleun for 40 after Razzaq got him caught and bowled. Zim ended days play at 229 for 3. Good day indeed for the underdogs.

    Day 3

    Flower resumed his anchor innings role from Day 2, stroking his shots to perfection. Friend on the other hand decided to take some risks and get some pressure onto the Pakistani bowlers, while he got away with some streaky shots, an attempted six off Mushtaq fell into the lap of Youhana and Zim were down to 4 with 266 on the board. Arshad Khan then hit Zim with some loopy spins, his first target was the all important Andy flower who got deceived by the wrong 'un and was clean bowlder, followed by quick wickets of Brent and Streak. Saqlain mean while complemented Arshad really well by taking out Viljoen and in no time Zim had a collapse of their own and were eventually all out for 297.

    Pakistan back in control once again were given an awesome start as Anwar and Khan scored almost a run a ball and got themselves a third successive century opening partnership. To add to Zim woes, Brent over stretched himself in bowling and had to be carried off. Medical reports clarified that he would be out for 2 weeks and would definitely not play a part in this game. 189 runs - that was the worth of the opening partnership before Khan skied a Grant Flower bowl into the awaiting arms of Streak. But it seemed the men in Green were not about to ease up their run glut. Younis Khan tore the part timers apart and he scored his 50 in just 39 deliveries. Saeed Anwar achieved his 2nd century of the series. But there was some reprise for Zim bowlers as Olonga struck just before close of play by taking out Khan and then Youhana in the same over. Day 3 closed with Pakistan on 305 for 3 and a total lead of 388.

    Day 4

    As was expected day 4 before with the ball moving like a top. Streak immediately employed his part timers in the hope for a wicket or two. And his decision paid off, Viljoen in particular enjoyed his left arm over gentle spin and took 4 wickets in quick succession as Pakistan began to crumble from 305 for 3 to 316 for 7. With Anwar still there and Saqlain Mushtaq giving him support the Pakistani's continued their romp. Until Streak much like the first innings struck, taking out the lower order and leaving Anwar stranded on 157*. After Pakistani 2nd innings Zimbabwe required 438 runs to win in just over 140 overs and under 5 sessions.

    As expected Zim batsman came out defending and scored only 16 runs till Tea. The ploy did not budge an inch post tea and the two played very conservatively scoring 81 after Day 4 ended.

    Discouraged by the negative tactics, captain of the Pakistani team asked Zim to play for a win instead, his comments were rebuffed by Streak who stated the team was playing with logic and would apply itself accordingly in day 5.

    Day 5

    Day 5 began as day 4 ended. With Zim chasing 357 for a win the two openers downplayed any possible hint of a run chase and scored 68 runs in the lunch session. Disheartened and bored fans booed the two batsman as they made their way to the pavilion for lunch. But in all this negative play, zim did achieve their highest opening partnership.

    Those fans who had gone back home siting a boring finish though were left shell shocked amongst others as Zimbabwe came roaring back from oblivion. Masakadsa went full throttle as he took the visibly fatigued **** bowlers to the cleaners. Joined in the fun, temporaily was G Flower, who in one over hit the out of form Sami for 22 runs. Flower though fell for 78 as Saqlain came in for his 2nd spell. But with the pacemen out of energy, the Pakistani captain decided to give Youhana the ball. Andy Flower and Masakadsa welcomed the decision by smacking him for 55 runs in 4 overs. Meanwhile Flower seemed more content in giving the strike to man possessed - Hamilton Masakadsa. The post lunch session ended with Zimbabwe scoring 168 runs off of it. Shockingly the Zim now needed 120 odd runs to win the game.

    Shocked and stunned the Pakistani captain brought in his strike bowlers in an attempt to get wickets. And wickets he did get. Wasim Akram took out the centurion and masterblaster Masakadsa, Younis took out Andy Flower, and Saqlain Mushtaq took out Vermuleun - all in a space of 8 overs, during which the Zim mustered up 40 runs. Requiring 80 odd runs from 20 odd overs was not a hard task for a team with a more batting credibility, but Zim didn't have their main stays and Streak had to make a decision, to go for the win or stay for the draw. To which he ultimately chose - win.

    Friend, whose ODI form had been stunning over the year, got into his ODI mode and blasted the pace men. Realizing Friends affinity to pace, the spinners were called in. And like it was expected, Friend got out to a turner off Mushtaq. With Brent out and a batsman short, Streak sent Bryan Strang for some clean hittings, but instead Strang was out first ball LBW'ed to Mushtaq. Viljoen too was given out from a very dubious decision of LBW off Arshad Khan. Zim needed 38 off 60 balls with Streak, Olonga and Nkala as the only batsman left.

    Streak decided to cover Olonga from the strike and kept taking singles to keep himself on strike. Couple of very close LBW decisions went against him, of which atleast one seemed very legal. Ultimately after some blocking and runnings, Zim came down to needed 16 runs off the last 12 deliveries.

    Akram was brought on to bowl the penultimate over. His first delivery to Olonga, induced an edge to the square region but there was no one their to lap up the simple catch. A single was taken. Streak defended the next two deliveries aimed at his leg stump. Streak did play the fourth ball, and he whacked it over cover, high in the air, it seemed uncertain whether it would fall short or go all the way. Fortunately for Streak the latter happened. 9 needed off 8. Streak hit the 5th ball toward long on and ran a quick single. The final bowl was left alone by Olongo as Zim required 8 off the last 6 with one wicket in hand.

    Mohammed Sami was given the responsibility of the final over and the young lad opened the over with a wide. Drowned in boos, Sami second ball rapped Streak in his pads, loud appeal, Not Out. 7 off 5. Streak smashed the next delivery towards the square leg boundary for a 4. The pressue was now all on Pakistan and Sami. 3 off 4. And Sami responded fabulously, taking out Streaks leg stump with a cracker of a 4th delivery. As Nkala came out to the middle, the crowd anticipated in breathless silence. 3 off 3 , 1 wicket in hand. Sami's 3rd was another thunderous one, rapping Nkala on the pads, the appeal was turned down. Sami's 2nd was hit by Nkala on the up, who skied a huge shot, again towards the boundary, but this time it fell short, of both the ropes and a fielder and Nkala came back for 2. Now with the game tied, the Pakistani captain brought his fielders into the circle, hoping to stop that one single which would give Zimbabwe their first win in 9 tests. Sami Runs. Nkala skies it again. Dropped. Anwar the culprit, 3 runs taken. Zimbabwe Win!! Zimbabwe WIN!! ZIMBABWE WIN!!

    Post Match :
    Losing Captain - "we played well, but ultimately determination won them the game, we need to come back stronger in the next game, possibly pick an extra batsman"

    Streak - "Feels great. We kept our spirits high ever after the first day. I thought that last over summed it all up. Both sides had chances, and in the end we siezed ours one better. Looking for next test, and hopefully we can come good again. Hope Brent gets well soon. Am proud to lead my country to a win in my first game in charge. Great moment".

    MoM - Saeed Anwar - "I feel like a wreck. I don't know whether I'll remember this game as a MoM moment or a dropped catch moment. Its terrible we ended up losing that way. Neither deserved to lose. Excellent showcase by youngster Masakadsa. Hopefully we can come good in the final Test".

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    For those who care. The final test match was a draw after rain affected gameplay in the first two days.

    In brief, Streak won the toss, decided to bowl. Pakistan were all out for 203 in a rain affected innings, new bowler Englebrecht took 6 of those wickets on his debut. Zim responded with a 240 all out, Saqlain getting 5 wickets. Masakadsa, a young player, looking to become the future of Zim cricket scored another 100 in the innings. Pakistan came back with 340 declared for 5, with Saeed Anwar hitting yet another century. Zim closed play with 85 for 5 with Masakadsa sitting on 50 not out.

    Man of Series - Saeed Anwar
    Man of Match - Hamilton Masakadsa

    Top Wicket taker - Saqlain Mustaq.


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    Brilliant! Has to be one of teh best match reports, and matches I'v read! Of all the things to happen on the last ball, that has to make your day!

    Very well done mate, and a top notch performance to beat Pakistan in Pakistan, let alone with Zimbabwe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloete
    Brilliant! Has to be one of teh best match reports, and matches I'v read! Of all the things to happen on the last ball, that has to make your day!

    Very well done mate, and a top notch performance to beat Pakistan in Pakistan, let alone with Zimbabwe!
    Thank you very much. :-). Its nice to spread my experience.

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    exellent....i see ur a big fan of saqlain...(same here)
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    Again, not a Test match, but an incredible game nonetheless.

    2003: Somerset (me) are running away with the Championship after 9 matches, but then they suffer injuries to Keith Dutch and Richard Johnson and their bowling attack becomes slightly toothless with only Peter Trego and Steffan Jones to replace them. They then lose a couple of matches and Lancashire begin to catch up with them, and with the last match approaching, Somerset need to win, with at least one bonus point, to make sure they clinch the title. If they lose, and Lancashire win heavily, they will lose it.

    The final match of the season is played at Taunton, Somerset versus Leicestershire. Somerset are far from at full strength, but luckily they still have Tendulkar the run machine (2321@107.74 going into the final match - those runs included two 300s), backed up by Trescothick and Ian Ward at the top of the order, plus Jimmy Kirtley taking the wickets, to aid their cause. Leicestershire have built up a strong side, with Lucas in good form, Nasser Hussain strengthening their batting and some good youngsters making progress.

    Leicestershire win the toss and bat first on a flat Taunton track, great for batting. They rack up 429 all out, Hussain making 112 and Phil Weston 79. The surprise pick of the Somerset bowlers is Trescothick, taking 3-19 in a 7-over burst of trundlers at the end. Kirtley has an ineffective day-and-a-bit, taking 1-105 from 28.

    Somerset then go in having gained their bonus point and more by bowling Leics out, knowing they only need to win. The opening partnership of Trescothick and Ward falters, they score 4 and 16 respectively, but Tendulkar, at 3, rescues them with a rapid 76 before being bowled by, of all people, Darren Maddy. Somerset reach 312 all out, thanks to 56 at no7 from Matt Bulbeck, who although an England international, is coming out of a horrible run of form, averaging only 19 with the bat all season in fc cricket, and 36 with the ball. The first innings ends, with 4 overs left in day two, with Leicestershire having a lead of 117.

    Leicestershire go in to bat again, this time looking to score quickly to set Somerset a big target. However, Kirtley strikes in the third over, meaning day three starts with Leics 11-1.

    Weston is again in the runs for Leics, with a patient 84, allowing Maddy to hit a quickfire 69 at the other end. At tea on day three, Leics are 248-6, leading by 365. They decide to bat on into the final session, and youth player David Clews hits 46 at no8 to take them to 341-9 dec with 5 overs to bat out in the evening. Somerset are chasing an improbable 458 in about a day to win. Lancashire are progressing well against Warwickshire, so a draw may not be enough for Somerset. Openers Ward and Trescothick negotiate those 5 overs, leaving Somerset 16-0 going into the final day of the season, needing 442 more to win, and clinch the Championship.

    On the morning of day four, disaster strikes for Somerset. Trescothick is forced to retire hurt after a vicious delivery from newly-capped England paceman Stephen Cleef, having faced only 17 balls and made 10. That brings Tendulkar to the crease, with Somerset effectively 22-1. The Taunton crowd rises to its feet to acclaim Tendulkar, the man who has drowned all his opponents in a sea of runs that year.

    Tendulkar is bowled third ball, by Cleef, for 0.

    This brings veteran Mark Lathwell to the crease, who is having a bad summer, only averaging 24 and only playing because of injuries. True to form, he departs for 17, Somerset left on 59-3 with Trescothick's retirement, as it becomes clear he will not be able to return to bat again. Still 399 to win 7 wickets left. That wicket brings young starlet Matthew Baker to the wicket the 18-year-old all-rounder who has been a real star for Somerset in his first year, taking 54 wickets at 27.45 and scoring 944 runs at 44.23. He sticks around a bit but with little impact. He makes a slow 22 and departs, his partnership with Ward being worth 51. Ward is now on 52*, Somerset 113-4 at lunch on day four. 345 to get in two sessions.

    This is when things start to get harder. Leicestershire turn back to Stephen Cleef, who roughed up Somerset earlier with a quick spell to Lathwell and Ward. He has 2-45 so far.

    He rips through the middle order, dismissing no6 Ali Brown for 4, Bulbeck for 11, and then wicketkeeper Rob Turner for 1. This leaves Somerset reeling at 136-7, with no way back, it would seem. No9 Peter Trego comes in, and with an fc average of 19.12, it seems that he will need to work hard if he is to avoid becoming Cleef's next victim.

    And that he does, helping Ward to his hundred, and scoring 57 as Somerset work their way up to 270-7 at tea, Ward having upped his scoring rate to reach 137*.

    However, Trego falls soon after tea, to Cleef. Cleef now has 6-67, Somerset 284-8. 174 to win in one session, two wickets left. Somerset try desperately to get news of Lancashire's game - turns out it has finished, Lancashire won by 8 wickets - Somerset must win to clinch the title for sure, if they don't, they lose it. Ward begins to hog the strike, with no10 Steffan Jones nudging singles to allow Ward to progress. However, with Ward on 174*, Jones on 17*, Somerset 351-8 with an hour's play left - Cleef is back. He has Jones dropped in the slips, but then bowls him next ball to complete a 10-wicket haul for the match, and bring last man, James Kirtley, average 7.82, in, with an hour's play left. Ward decides it is up to him to win the Championship for Somerset.

    He tells Kirtley to block out everything, he will go on the attack. And go on the attack he does. He hits 17 off an over from Cleef straightaway, with a single off the last ball to keep the strike. The ball is old, so Leics are hoping Cleef's pace will be enough to knock over Kirtley. But Kirtley stands firm, allowing Ward to reach his double century, with Somerset proceeding to 384-9 with about ten overs to play. Kirtley has 3*, Ward 204*. 78 to get in 10. Ward continues hogging the strike, until Kirtley faces a ball from Cleef, into his 32nd over with figures of 7-101, and edges to slip - but Hussain drops his second catch of the innings, and Somerset survive. 6 overs to go, Somerset 415-9, 43 to win.

    Ward takes strike to Lucas, and smashes him over the long-off boundary for six, taking him on to 244*, with his second six. Lucas then gets angry, and bowls a bouncer to Ward, which Ward proceeds to top-edge just out of fine leg's reach for another six, to bring up his 250*. Lucas follows this up with two fine yorkers, and another dot, but allowing Ward a single off the last ball with a leg-stump half-volley.

    Somerset 428-9, 30 to win from 5 overs. First ball of the over from Cleef, Ward hits it deep to the cover boundary, looking for two, but they can't make it so he stops - Kirtley will have to survive of get a single. Cleef roars in, bowls a very quick bouncer - and Kirtley pulls him for four, taking himself into double figures. He then blocks out the rest of the over.

    Somerset 432-9, 26 to win off 4 overs. Ward to take strike from Lucas. Ward is forced to block the first two balls of the over. He then hits Lucas for four through long-on. He then takes a single off the fourth ball, leaving Kirtley to face two balls, which he does successfully. Ward 257*, Kirtley 10*.

    Somerset 439-9, 19 to win off 3 overs. Cleef to Ward, Ward pulls him for four through mid-wicket. Then again. Cleef is fired up, and bowls two very quick and accurate yorkers. Eleven to win off fourteen balls. Ward decides to take a gamble. He wants to back Kirtley to get a single off Lucas and try and hit Cleef to avoid the game gonig to another over from Cleef. He swings at the fifth ball from Cleef and smashes it to the boundary, but then gets overconfident and misses the sixth, which only misses the stumps by a whisker.

    Somerset 451-9, 7 to win off 2 overs. Suddenly Somerset are marginal favourites, but Kirtley must get off strike first. Lucas bowls tight and straight, with the field brought in, and following a conversation with Ward, Kirtley plays out a maiden.

    Somerset 451-9, 7 to win off 1 over. Cleef to Ward. Ward 269*. Cleef bowls a fast, straight one, which Ward attempts to work off his legs, but it goes straight to square leg. No run. 7 off 5 balls needed. Ward drives the next ball to long-on, and they push hard for two, and get there - just. 5 off 4 balls. Next ball Ward plays a drive to a full ball outside off stump, and misses by a hair. 5 off 3 balls. Fourth ball of the over, Ward pushes for two to the mid-wicket boundary, but they can't make it - Kirtley to face, 4 to win off two balls. Cleef steams in, bowls, Kirtley edges one down to third man and they pick up a single. 3 to win off the last ball, to win the Championship for Somerset. Stephen Cleef to Ian Ward. Ward 272*, batting for his place in history.

    Cleef runs in, bowls.........and Ward smacks him through the covers to win the Championship for Somerset and finish on a career-best 276*!! What a game, what a season for Somerset. Tendulkar picks up the most runs award, and the highest score for his 381. But it is Ward who will live forever in the annals of cricket history as the man who won the Championship on his own.

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    Geez that sounds like a match! I always have trouble batting with the last few, unless they can bat a bit I get erally impatient and try to make them hit out

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    Wow! That's one hell of a run chase - they beat my stories into the ground, I think
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    If that wasn't made up, that was extremely well played!
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    It wasn't made up, believe me - I was at my wits' end watching the last few overs ball-by-ball! It was tempting just to make Kirtley slog too, but that never works for me - I find sometimes tailenders playing defensively actually gets a few runs, I once had a partnership of 184 between Matthew Hoggard and Darren Gough with both on two red bars of "attackingness" for want of a better word.

    Also, from now on, Ian Ward has a guaranteed place in any team of mine - he still features in my Surrey team which also includes Ramprakash, Hussain, Atherton, Butcher, Trescothick, Tendulkar (for 1 year), and Ali Brown. Brown plays Tests for England but can't get in my team!

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    what a match that was i was thirlled it was my 1st match with zimbabwe and i won it that way with a excellent debut of Vermeulen and great bowling by Strang

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    One I just had then.

    The New Zealanders had just toured and lost in straight sets against England. The 2041 NatWest Series had England lose in the final to South Africa. Now it was time for retribution.

    It was top ranked England hosting second ranked South Africa, the last time these two met in England, 2039, The Poms took it out 2-1.

    It was the first test. England naming a pretty experience lineup, the average test matches played for the team was fifty.

    South Africa won the toss, electing to bat first on this wonderful pitch. Out to the crease came Graham Koster and William Venter, with six thousand runs between them. The opening bowlers, 23 year old Geoffrey Street and veteran John Hockney. Could these two fill the gap of 1200 test wicket star Daniel Charles?

    Things were going well for the Proteas, at 0/70, but star off spinner Andy Boxall would make the first breakthrough as a sharp turning delivery bowled Venter for 25. In came William Arthur, with a test average of 46, he would be handful to get out. A fourteen run partnership between Koster and Arthur, saw Arthur edge one straight to first slip where all-rounder Peter Emerson took a simple catch.

    As Arthur began to score more freely, the captain Malcolm Hudson departing from a bouncing Malcolm Crashaw delivery which was caught behind by captain Joel McDonald for 33, the score was 3/165. A huge partnership between Robin Bruyns and Arthur of 130 began to worry the English, the change to bring on Boxall worked, Bruyns departing for a nice 66. As debuton Phil Forde made his way to the crease, it would not be long until Arthur hit a four to make his 11th test century. But at 4/340, Arthur's brilliant innings came to an end at 105.

    Then came the collapse, the next five wickets fell for just 28, Boxall taking all five, including two bowled, two LBWs and an easy catch in the deep to John Hockney. The visitors all out for 368, Boxall taking 7/102, the 22 year old's 8th five wicket haul.

    With the English set to bat next, out came opening pair Julian Darkes and Chris Shelley. 30 year old Shelley, unlucky to only have played 33 test matches in his injury plagued career up to date, had thirteen centuries and six half centuries in his career. Two early wickets fell for just 48, Darkes and Michael Dyson going for 14 and 12 respectively. Youngster Dennis Marlowe came to the crease, departing for 73, 154 balls later. England looked comfortable at 3/192. Stuart Welsh came and went for three, bringing captai Joel McDonald, fresh off a 243* for Northhamptonshire in a one day game, came to the crease. Shelley brought up his 14th test century, and after a 142 run stand with McDonald, departed for 154 from 291. Nobody else did damage for the English, unfortunately McDonald fell two short of his 23 test century. England, all out for 395, 27 ahead.

    Boxall again did most of the damage for the English in the second innings, he took six more wickets giving him thirteen for the match. A 153 opening stand between Koster and Venter put the South Africans in control, but a wonderful turning delivery took out Venter. The next over the other opening would be bamboozeled for 70 by John Hockney. The the next over saw danger man Arthur clean bowled for four again by Boxall. 3/158 soon became 6/248 as Boxall claimed Forde, Bruyns and Commins. 65 between Hudson and Swanepoel was broken up by all rounder Emerson as he took a spectacular return catch. South Africa soon where 351 all out, captain Hudson not out for 81. Boxall taking 6/89, giving him match figures of 13/191.

    With a target of 325 to win, Darkes and Dyson again fell early at 2/68. But Shelley again looked in good form. Marlowe and Shelley put on 83 before Marlowe was caught behind. Welsh went for 24, bringing McDonald to the crease. The two put on 52, as Shelley made his 15th test century before departing for 105. At 5/249, there were five wickets left to make 76. A fifty seven run partnership between McDonald and Emerson got them in position before Emerson fell for 31. 19 to win with four wickets became 19 to win with three wickets as McDonald fell for 51 the next ball, the first ball of Wessels' over. Hockney made it tough for the English, going for 0, leaving them with two wickets in hand and 14 to win.

    11 between Crayshaw and Geoffrey Street, before Street fell for a helpful 16. 3 runs to win, a wicket in hand.

    Most probably this was to be the last over, two to win. 22 year old Scott Swanepoel was given the ball, a kid averaging seventy with the ball. Up the other end, tail ender Andy Boxall, 1*, who averaged just 6.

    First Ball: Boxall just defended it to Forde at second slip. 2 to win.
    Second Ball: A full delivery from Swanepoel, catching an outside edge which travels to second slip. Forde, in his first match goes for the catch, but unlike other ones, this slips straight through allowing Boxall to run for a single. 1 to win with a wicket in hand.
    Third Ball: LBW appeal on Crawshaw but it was clearly missing off.
    Forth Ball: Defended back to the bowler.
    Fifth Ball: Left through to the keeper. 1 to win.
    Sixth ball: Swanepoel bowls it in the right area, forcing Crawshaw on the back foot. Crawshaw goes for a defencive shot, but a hard hit goes into the hands of the bowler, forcing a tie.

    MATCH TIED.
    Chris Shelley's outstanding match gave him the honours to be man of it, and the exciting start to the series would be hopefully a sign of things to come.
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