South Africa v England, 1st Youth Test, 3rd day January 29, 2013

Finch strikes put England on victory path

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa Under-19s 194 and 66 for 4 (Finch 3-7) need another 205 to beat England Under-19s 313 and 151 (Sibley 62, Pillay 3-23)

England ended day three on course for victory in the opening Test after Harry Finch took three of four South African wickets early in their chase of 271. England had faltered with the bat to set a target less challenging then they would have wished but left South Africa with a daunting task on the final day.

After taking a 119 first-innings lead, England were looking to bat South Africa out of sight and make smooth progress in the morning session through Dominic Sibley, the right-handed opener from Surrey. But the opening stand of 35 between Sibley and Jonathan Tattersall proved the best of the innings as Sibley was the only batsman to make more than 17.

They were sitting healthily at lunch on 79 for 2 but then crumbled to Shaylin Pillay's right-arm medium pace. He removed Kishen Velani and Callum Jackson in the same over on the way to 3 for 23. Vincent Moore then dismissed Sibley as England lost 5 for 23. A brief 17 from first-innings centurion Ed Barnard extended England's lead but momentum had swung.

Andries Gous led South Africa's chase well with 30 not out by the close but four wickets at the other end saw England regain the initiative. Finch, 17-years-old from Sussex, removed Pillay and Diego Rosier in consecutive overs, both lbw, to leave England in a good position to take the lead in the series.

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  • Vipul on January 31, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    This lad Velani seems to always rescue England against S Africa.. coming in at 14 for 3., he must have some sound technique.. well done lads

  • John on January 30, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    It sounds like a good game. It's a great pity that Shiv Thakor, who would have been England's captain, was ruled out by injury. He looks very promising. Still, the lads have done very well so far.

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