Wood four puts Lions in control
England Lions 443 (Lees 85, Bairstow 62*) and 43 for 3 lead Gauteng Invitation XI 179 (Wood 4-29) by 307 runs
Mark Wood took four wickets as England Lions took complete control of their opening tour match on the second day in Soweto. They slipped slightly at the start of their second innings but still take a big lead into the third day of the match.
Wood's Lions tour last winter ended as soon as it began with injury in a warm-up match but here was back with 4 for 29 as the Gauteng Invitation XI were fired out for just 179 replying to the Lions' 443.
The first four wickets to fall in the host's innings went to each of the Lions' four seamers before Wood returned to rifle out the tail. Only a seventh wicket stand of 65 prevented embarrassment - a partnership the Lions were perhaps grateful for to ensure the bowlers gained a decent workout ahead of the unofficial Test series with South Africa A.
Of the Lions attack only Adil Rashid, the Yorkshire legspinner, struggled. He sent down nine over for 61 before getting Brian Barnard - Gauteng's topscorer - to chop on for 39.
Rashid and the start of their second innings were the day's concerns for the Lions. Batting again with a lead of 264 they lost three cheap wickets - all lbw - including James Vince for his second single-figure score of the match.
It followed a morning session where wickets also fell quickly. Alex Lees only added three runs to his overnight score and the last five wickets went down for 50 - albeit Jonny Bairstow retired having made his way to 62 from 95 balls.