Shahzad and Jordan seal early win
The England Performance Programme wrapped up a 75-run victory over Nashua Titans inside three days thanks to an aggressive declaration and disciplined bowling display at the LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria.
The EPP bowlers, tasked with dismissing the hosts inside five sessions after captain Andrew Gale declared the tourists' second innings on 155 for four, bowled the hosts out for 270 as Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Jordan each captured three wickets.
James Tredwell also chipped in with two scalps as the Titans fell well short of the 345 they required for victory.
Beginning the day on 44 for one - 234 in front - the EPP’s ambitions to push on and declare early were hit when the dangerous Basheer Walters accounted for Joe Sayers and Gale.
Sayers fell for eight while Gale perished for a duck, but Michael Carberry - a centurion already for EPP in South Africa - then set about rebuilding and combined with Rory Hamilton-Brown, who made 38 not out, to take the score to 155.
Carberry’s dismissal for 76 just before lunch heralded the declaration, which was taken specifically to place the English bowlers under pressure on unresponsive tracks.
It paid immediate dividends as Sajid Mahmood and Shahzad quickly sent back the home openers with the new ball.
Sayers held a superb catch in the gully to give Steven Finn his first wicket and, despite three of the Titans' middle-order batsmen making it into the 40s, Jordan and company continued to take wickets at regular intervals.
Shahzad, who took 4-37 in the first innings, eventually captured the last wicket in returning figures of 3-47 after Gale had taken the extra half hour to make sure of victory.
Jordan ended with figures of 3-32 while Tredwell claimed 2-48.
The EPP will remain in South Africa in the run-up to the first Test in Johannesburg, in order to provide support for the England Test squad.