Gauteng v England Performance Programme, Pretoria, 4th day December 3, 2009

Wainwright seals comfortable victory

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England Performance Programme 483 (Carberry 100, Cook 76) and 58 for 1 beat Gauteng 328 (Mokoena 121, Burger 105, Plunkett 5-47) and 211 (Gale 96, Wainwright 5-28) by 9 wickets

Yorkshire's Andrew Gale starred against his own countrymen with a hard-earned 96, but ultimately he was powerless to prevent the England Performance Squad from sweeping to a comprehensive nine-wicket win on the final day of their four-day fixture against Gauteng in Pretoria.

Gale batted at No. 3 for Gauteng after being loaned to the team from the Performance Squad, and faced 242 deliveries after coming to the crease after nine balls of the second innings. He was eventually the ninth wicket to fall, unluckily run out as he sought to keep the strike with only the tail for company and his century within sight.

Instead, it was another Yorkshireman, David Wainwright, who stole the limelight with his left-arm spin, returning outstanding figures of 5 for 28 in 15 overs. His first act was to break a burgeoning third-wicket stand of 82 between Gale and Dane Vilas, whom he trapped lbw for 52, and at 155 for 3, the spine of the innings had been broken.

Wainwright followed up with the first-ball wicket of the captain, Shane Burger, and added four more in a seven-over spell, before his fellow Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid swept up the tail. Left with a meagre target of 58, the EPP raced to victory in 10.2 overs, with Alastair Cook adding 46 for the first wicket with Stephen Moore, before Ian Bell claimed the winning runs.