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Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes impressed with the bat at Arundel, but England Under-19s appeared to be heading for defeat before the weather came to their aid

England Under-19s were grateful for rain at Arundel as the third match of their one-day international series against South Africa was abandoned as a no result.

The tourists appeared well placed to overhaul England’s below-par score of 198 all out when they reached 86 for one after 13 overs.

However, they were prevented from continuing their run-chase as the heavens opened to ensure the series remains level at 1-1 heading into Saturday’s fourth match at the same venue.

Essex wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes top-scored for England with 48 after they had been put into bat by opposition captain Keaton Jennings.

Openers Daniel Bell-Drummond got the innings off to a solid start with an opening stand of 48, but wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter, with four South Africa bowlers claiming two wickets apiece.

From 79 for five, Foakes and England were grateful for lower-order resistance from Aneesh Kapil, Peter Burgoyne and Brett Hutton, who contributed 34, 23 and 18 respectively, as they scraped their way towards 200.

A 39-ball 48 from wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock put South Africa in command when they began their reply, but the teams were forced to leave the field shortly after his dismissal.

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