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Joe Denly

Joe Denly celebrates reaching his double hundred that helped the EPP into a strong position today at the LC de Villiers Oval

Joe Denly’s majestic double hundred set up a day of dominance for the England Performance Programme as they turned the screw against Nashua Titans at the LC de Villiers Oval.

Beginning day two on 188 not out in Pretoria, and following a superb knock that had yesterday rescued the visitors from 133 for six, Denly hauled the EPP up to 425 for nine declared as he creamed 217.

Ajmal Shahzad - whose 33 had earlier helped added 71 for the eighth wicket with Denly - and Sajid Mahmood then shared seven wickets as the Titans were bustled out for 235 in spite of 124 not out from skipper Francois du Plessis.

The EPP ended the day 234 runs in front and with nine second innings wickets remaining after Stephen Moore fell for 22 in the last hour to leave the tourists 44 for one in their second innings, with two days left to play.

Denly’s knock provided the cornerstone for the visitors’ intentions as he moved his overnight score on by 29 before falling to leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

The Kent right-hander eventually fell chipping Tahir to midwicket to bring an end to his 295-ball knock that included 26 fours and five sixes.

Shahzad and Mahmood then reduced the home side to 25 for three at lunch with some hostile quick bowling.

Wickets continued to fall regularly in the afternoon session and although Lancashire all-rounder du Plessis launched a stirring rearguard to almost single-handedly put on 88 for the last wicket, Michael Carberry’s run out closed the home side’s innings still 190 runs in arrears.

Mahmood ended with 3-51 as Chris Jordan and James Tredwell finished with one wicket apiece, however Shahzad was the pick of the bowlers as he returned figures of 11-2-4-37.

With a tricky period left in the final stages of the day, Moore fell when he was snapped up sharply at gully. His dismissal left Carberry and Joe Sayers to see out the final few overs.