August 2, 2012

South Africa in England 2012

England v South Africa, Headingley, 1907

Devashish Fuloria

England recorded their first home win against South Africa in damp conditions at Headingley, 105 years ago. Scyld Berry in the Telegraph looks back at England's 53-run win and the star performer, Colin Blythe, who was the only bowler to thrive in the conditions with 15 wickets.

Blythe took eight for 59 in South Africa’s first innings, but couldn’t stop South Africa taking a lead of 34. Then Fry drove powerfully to make 54, easily the highest score of the match. Still, South Africa wanted only 129 to win, and even though they did not have a batsman to equal England’s finest, they batted all the way down.

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