Bad light stops play at Oval

2007-11-16 00:00

After bad light stopped play one over post-lunch with a massive 70 overs left in the day, favourites EP were teetering on 122 for five in this three-day SA Airways Challenge cricket match.

Seam bowler Ross McMillan, who enjoyed a stint at the National Academy in Pretoria this year, showed that batting prowess is not the only weapon in his arsenal when he came on third-change and snapped up three valuable top-order wickets in seven overs.

Both McMillan and opening bowler Garry Hampson, who captured the first EP wicket, said afterwards that head groundsman Michael Patricks had prepared a pitch that gave encouragement to both batsmen and bowlers who were prepared to apply themselves.

And although the Inland attack did just that, putting the ball in the right areas, skipper Mike Smith would be the first to admit that the EP batters did not help themselves by being a little expansive outside the off stump. All five batsmen fell to catches.

Play will start at 9 am on both the second and third days in a bid to catch up lost overs, but with the weather forecast not looking promising it may be difficult to hatch a result.

SCOREBOARD

EP first innings

W Fynn c Hampson b McMillan 29

G von Hoeslin c Moses b Hampson 12

W Bell c Gqadushe b McMillan 28

M Smith c Gqadushe b McMillan 0

S Adair c Makita b Khurshid 16

R Jeggels not out 25

I Theron not out 0

Extras 12

Total (for five in 34 overs) 122

Fall of wickets: 1/21, 2/70, 3/70, 4/87, 5/113.

Bowling: Khurshid 6-1-26-1, Hampson 9-1-24-1, Brown 4-0-16-0, Lwana 7-4-18-0, McMillan 7-2-26-3, Van Vuuren 1-0-4-0.

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