Stone has England rolling again
Captain Olly Stone once again led the way with the ball for England Under-19s as they looked to tie up a series whitewash in the second and final youth Test against South Africa.
Stone’s charges emerged victorious in the first meeting between the two in Newlands on Wednesday, with the skipper claiming six scalps in a convincing 107-run triumph.
His five-wicket haul today put the tourists in a strong position as they skittled out the Proteas for 228. South Africa subsequently rallied back to restrict England to 52 for three at stumps.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat but they were soon left wondering if that decision was a wise one when England’s opening attack of Stone and Gavin Griffiths obliterated the top order.
The captain bowled Murray Coetzee with the innings’ second delivery before Griffiths lured Andries Gous into edging behind in the next set of six.
Shaylin Pillay looked uncomfortable en route to two from 22 balls, and it was no surprise when Stone sent him back before the same bowler trapped David Bedingham in front for a five-ball duck to leave South Africa on eight for four.
Captain Diego Rosier and Clyde Fortuin looked to be steadying the ship somewhat, yet both departed for 22.
Vassili Orros and Vincent Moore produced a restorative seventh-wicket stand of 91 before the former’s boundary-laden innings of 69 was ended by Jonathan Tattersall.
Moore and Michael Faasen soon followed him back; the former gave Stone a quintet of victims and he was to finish with stunning figures of 5-31 from 21 overs.
However, a 10th-wicket partnership of 79 between Jan Frylinck and Kagiso Rabada, which came at almost five an over, frustrated England until Ed Barnard ended the latter’s fun four shy of a half-century.
Early wickets fell in the England innings too. Tattersall was dismissed by Rabada before Harry Finch departed in the very next over to leave the tourists on seven for two.
Dominic Sibley displayed plenty of patience to finish on 14 not out while the scoreless Ben Duckett will rejoin him at the crease tomorrow after Kishen Velani was removed for 25.
Speaking after the contest, Stone conceded his surprise at England’s blistering start with the ball and backed his batsmen to chase down the hosts’ total on day two.
"It was an unexpected start after looking at the wicket and hearing what it does," he admitted.
On England’s chase, he added: "It’s definitely a competitive one and I think we’ve just got to keep batting and doing what we did tonight. We were unfortunate to lose three wickets tonight but if we go out like we ended this session tomorrow it’ll be a good day."
Griffiths said: "The first session tomorrow morning will be significant. We did not capitalise on our position in the field when the South Africa Under-19s were 66 for six at lunch and then 150 for nine.
"However, bowling them out for 228 would have been a reasonable goal after they won the toss and elected to bat."