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23rd November 2020 News

Ds Abroad: England step up preparations in South Africa; Harte and Steel return to action

England continued their white ball match practice ahead of their limited overs series against South Africa, which gets underway on Friday.

 All 23 players in the touring party were involved in a 40-over intra-squad game at Newlands with Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler leading the teams out.

Both Ben Stokes and Mark Wood featured on Team Morgan, who were on the losing side falling 50 runs short.

Joe Root top scored with 77 from 77 balls with seven fours and one six before he was dismissed by Mark Wood. Wood also picking up the wicket of Dawid Malan and Sam Curran, returning figures of 3/48 from seven overs

Sam Billings added a half-century as Team Butler were bowled out for 255 in 39.1 overs.

In reply, Team Morgan slipped to 102/6 before Chris Woakes and Tom Curran shared a stand of 79. Despite the partnership from Woakes and Curran, the rate was too much as Morgan’s side were bowled out for 205 in 35.5 overs.

Woakes top scored with 55, while Mark Wood added a 14 ball 18 with three fours batting at nine.

Claremont-Nedlands slipped to a 37-run defeat to Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Park. The game was reduced to a one-day fixture after rain washed out the chances of the game being played over two days.

Bayswater-Morley won the toss and elected to bat, losing both their openers cheaply, being reduced to 20/2 and then 98/5. Cameron Steel was the pick of the bowlers as he struck with 3/23 from 9.4 overs, dismissing Bayswater-Morley’s top scorer Mitchell Todd for 37.

The home side being bowled out for 158 in 47.4 overs.

In reply, Claremont-Nedlands lost both their openers, Whitaker and Hobson for less than 10, followed by Tim David for two. Wickets continued to fall throughout the innings and despite Cameron Steel top scoring with 40 from 79 balls with four fours, Claremont were bowled out for 121 in 43.4 overs.

Old Edwardians won a tight contest against Wanderers in the CGL Friendship Division 1 League. Having won the toss, the Old Edwardians elected to bat posting a huge 289/9 from their 50 overs.

Welsey Marshall continued his fine start to the season with 72 off 48 balls supported by 56 from Bryce Parsons.

On a flat wicket, Wanderers came close, but Gareth Harte was the pick of the bowlers with 4/42 from 10 overs while Scott Conway claimed 2/57.

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