Somerset v South Africans, Taunton, 2nd day July 10, 2012

Duminy finds valuable form ahead of Tests

Firdose Moonda at Taunton

Somerset 312 for 8 dec (Trego 104, Tsotsobe 3-46) and 50 for 1 drew with South Africans 282 for 9 dec (Amla 64, Duminy 53, C Overton 3-59)
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Mark Boucher's enforced retirement was the main talking point of South Africa's first outing in England but their two-day tour match against Somerset provided some valuable practice as well. Half-centuries from Hashim Amla and JP Duminy on the second day and another workout for the bowlers ensured all 13 players named for this match had time in the middle.

AB de Villiers replaced Kallis at the start of the day, which was delayed by an hour due to rain, and looked threatening. He took advantage of any wayward deliveries and hit five boundaries before getting an inside edge against Peter Trego.

Compared to the rate at which Trego and James Hildreth scored on Monday, Amla and Duminy batted at a fairly sedate pace, especially in the early stages of Duminy's innings. He was presented with many deliveries wide of off stump and duly left them. His first shot in anger was a cut off the back foot that was parried over the cover boundary by the fielder. His second, a flick over midwicket off left-arm spinner Jack Leach, went for six and seemed to settle him.

Amla showed his usual patience against good lines and lengths from an improved Gemaal Hussain and a disciplined Craig Meschede. He was also accomplished against spin and played an important guiding role with Duminy, who has had problems against slow bowling in the past. Together, they added 53 before Amla was bowled by Leach the ball before lunch.

Duminy blossomed after the interval. He took on Leach, in particular, but lost partners at the other end. Craig Overton gave the South African lower order problems when he bowled Vernon Philander and had Dale Steyn caught behind off the next ball. His hat-trick ball was to Robin Peterson, who survived and went on to score a flawless 33.

Morne Morkel chipped in with a well-played 38 before being caught in the deep, by Craig Overton off his brother Jamie's bowling, but Imran Tahir lasted only three balls before being out lbw to George Dockrell. With Kallis not returning South Africa declared and their bowlers had a chance of another run.

Philander and Steyn opened with the same discipline they had in the first innings and Philander had an early success when he removed Arul Suppiah, who completed a pair, on the stroke of tea. South Africa did not use Morkel again with the ball, after he conceded more than six runs an over in the first innings, and opted for spin instead. Tahir and Peterson took them to close and Tahir grew in confidence, offering more flight and guile than he has done in the recent past. The teams shook hands ten minutes before the scheduled close with Alex Barrow and Nick Compton at the crease.

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  • John on July 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @SICHO on (July 11 2012, 13:47 PM GMT) Indeed. Doing well in warm up matches does not mean that a team will do well in tests and vice versa. Should be a hard fought .close contest

  • Sello on July 11, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Subbass, to me warm up matches don't count. I remember England tour of SA in 2006, they lost the 1st warm up match but went on to win the 1st Test and the Series. So whatever you say Morné Morkel will come right(since he's the only worry). Besides the boys will be highly motivated after the Boucher incident, i'm pretty sure this series will be dedicated to him

  • Randolph on July 11, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Good warm up for the inevitable crushing of the United XI. You just have to congratulate CSA on fielding both teams.

  • Gordon on July 11, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Who kept wicket for South Africa?

  • Mark on July 10, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    @Trickstar Hey! Lay off the lads they've been playing first xi cricket all season and Somerset haven't been doing all that bad.

  • John on July 10, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    seems irrelevant after what happened to Boucher but I'm guessing the 2 Devon lads must be pleased with their work. We don't have much to shout about in this county so we have to claim whatever we can whenever we can

  • Mike on July 10, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I can see England bowling a lot better than the SA trio of quicks. And of course having the better spinner..

  • paul on July 10, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    LOL find form against a U21 bowling attack with next to no experience, it isn't even as good as a 2nd X! county side, Oh yes really doing well, come on they bowled poor and batted not much better.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Somehow it does not seem right for him to end his career like this. I know he has not died but it sure fells like someone has.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    south african batting looks weak !! apart from amla and some times kallis or de velliers rest all r soo inconsistent and cant be banked on !! compared to sa tge eng batting order looks sooo formidable at home like cook and bell in the form of tgeir life and a consistent batsman like trott at no.3 and strauss too followed by kp and morgan look soo tough to be beaten .but i still want to see the most consistent test bowler in the world vernon philander should be tested here in england against a quality opposition !! deadliest fast bowler dale steyn shd show why he is the best test bowler of this generation !!

    eng bowlers to look out for - broad and finn sa bowlers - steyn and morkel

    sa batsman - amla and de velliers eng batsmen - trott and bell

    tahir and swann both are over rated so are kp and graeme smith in tests both are useless

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