ENG­LAND EX­TENDS LEAD AT THE OVAL

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

(AFP)

Eng­land's Toby Roland-Jones cel­e­brates af­ter pick­ing his fifth wicket against South Africa at The Oval in Lon­don, UK, on Satur­day.

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