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18th January 2021 News

Ds Abroad: Harte and Steel in the runs; England go 1-0 up against Sri Lanka

Gareth Harte returned to action in South Africa with 91 from 68 balls as his side Ndindwa slipped to a 57-run defeat to Macfarlane XI in the Old Edwardians 30 over competition.

Dean Bacher led the way with 85 with 10 fours and one six as Macfarlane posted 230 from 30 overs, backed by 26 from Cameron Brunner. Andile Gladie struck with 3/42 his six overs.

In reply to the 231 set by Macfarlane, Gareth Harte was the only batsman to offer any hope, with a strike-rate of 133.82 as he amassed 91 with 11 fours and three sixes, falling nine runs short of a century.

Neil Timmers was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 28, as Ndindwa were bowled out for 173 in 25 overs.

Cameron Steel was in fine form for Inswing Ignition as they were crowned Albany & Districts Cricket Association Southern Smash T20 winners with a 27-run win over Camtrans Bulldogs in the final at Hard North.

Steel who had a superb tournament with both bat and ball helped his side reach 156/4 in their first innings, top scoring with 71 from 55 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes supported by 27 from Daniel Reece.

In reply, the Bulldogs opening batters got their side off to a positive side, Bennell (33) and Tassone (22) but once both departed the Inswingers were in control, being bowled out for 129 in 18.3 overs. Steel picking up the final wicket to return figures of 1/17.

Steel who scored 199 runs and claimed eight wickets in the four matches of the tournament scored 54 in the semi-final, helping his side chase 146 down which went down the final ball of the innings.

Mark Wood was in action for England this week as they wrapped up a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first of two Test matches.

Batting first on day 1, the hosts were bowled out for 135 in just 46.1 overs despite winning the toss. Although not being in the wickets, Mark Wood was back at his usual best bowling speeds over 90pmh.

His first over went, 86, 88, 91, 93, 91 and 91 mph which included snapping Angelo Mathews bat in two.

In reply, Joe Root scored a magnificent fourth Test double century leading the way with 228, as England were all out for 421.

Sri Lanka put up much more of a fight in their second innings to score 359, but on the back of their disappointing first innings score, England only required 74 for victory.

Despite losing three early wickets, England went into the final day on 38/3 and needing another 36 to win.

Jonny Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence carried England to their target inside 35 minutes on the final morning of an enthralling encounter, to go 1-0 up in this two-match series.

England are back in action on Friday at 4:30am, (local time) for their second and final test against Sri Lanka.












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