Monday, July 31, 2017

Third Test Match - The Oval. Final Day Beckons.

Skipper Root did well to opt to bat after winning the toss on Thursday. Temptations to field first were many. The England batsmen - led by a century from Ben Stokes - did a phenomenal job under difficult conditions. Their 353 was as good as a hundred more runs under less cloudy weather. The ball swung and caused problems.
England skittle the Proteas to earn a 179 lead on first innings - a triumph for Toby Roland-Jones on debut. The Middlesex paceman took a superb fivefer.
England then batted South Africa completely out of the game in the second innings - and when the declaration inevitably came - England quickly took four early wickets.
To win today, England have three sessions to take the final six - WEATHER PERMITTING!