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1st December 2009

Davies shines for EPP on Day One

Asked to bowl first, the EPP spent 88 overs in the field at the LC de Villiers Oval as the home franchise racked up 311 for six.

Durham seamer Mark Davies was the tourists’ most successful bowler with 4-56, including the wicket of opener Grant Mokoena, who top-scored with 121.

Liam Plunkett claimed the noteworthy scalp of EPP squad member Joe Sayers, who was permitted to bat at number three for the home side as agreed before the match. He managed just four.

Davies struck again to leave the Lions 96 for three, but Mokoena and Shane Burger countered with a fourth-wicket stand of 97.

When Mokoena went, lbw to Davies, Burger pressed on to an unbeaten 105, in a partnership of 98 with Richard Cameron, who made 40.

The EPP were captained by Alastair Cook, and featured five other players involved in the Test squad against South Africa from December – Plunkett, Ian Bell, Ryan Sidebottom, Adil Rashid and Steven Davies.

The EPP, who are based in Pretoria until December 15, fielded 12 players in this match, which does not carry first-class status. Mark Davies will not bat for the EPP.