ENGLAND EXTENDS LEAD AT THE OVAL
London, UK - Keaton Jennings survived a couple of scares against his native South Africa as England maintained its grip on the third Test at The Oval on Saturday.
England was 74 for one in their second innings, a lead of 252 runs at stumps on a gloomy third day where rain meant only 32 overs out of scheduled 98 were bowled.
Jennings was 34 not out and Tom Westley, one of three debutants in England's XI, unbeaten on 28 in what is the 100th Test at The Oval.
Johannesburg born and raised Jennings, the 11th man tried as an England Test opener alongside Alastair Cook since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012, was under pressure for his place after a run of low scores - including a duck in the first innings of this match.
The 25 year old Durham left-hander, England-qualified through his mother and by residence, nearly fell cheaply again to another slip catch by Dean Elgar off Vernon Philander only for an edge on six to be dropped on this occasion.
Earlier, Temba Bavuma's gutsy 52 helped South Africa avoid the follow-on. His innings was the cornerstone of the Proteas' 175 all out. That left South Africa 178 runs behind England's first innings 353, which featured Ben Stokes's 112 and former captain Cook's 88.
Toby Roland-Jones, who had removed all of South Africa's top four in a sensational debut display on Friday, had Bavuma caught behind to end the innings. Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones finished with figures of five for 57 in 16.4 overs.
In the process he became just the sixth England cricketer, and first since Graham Onions in 2009, to take five or more wickets in a debut Test bowling innings.
South Africa resumed on 126 for eight, still 28 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on. Bavuma was 34 not out and Morne Morkel unbeaten on two, with this four-match series in the balance at 1-1 and the continued overcast conditions again favouring the faster bowlers.
Bavuma shared a valuable ninth-wicket partnership of 47 with Morkel (17) but was out soon after his half-century.
South Africa was bolstered as Philander had been passed fit after a night on a hospital drip that followed a second day's play from which the all-rounder was largely absent.
England in its second innings lost Cook shortly after lunch when he was bowled by an excellent delivery from fast bowler Morkel for just seven.
England's Toby Roland-Jones celebrates after picking his fifth wicket against South Africa at The Oval in London, UK, on Saturday.