De Kock ton puts Proteas in control

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Quinton de Kock.
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Quinton de Kock smashed his sixth Test century to put South Africa in complete control of the first Test against the West Indies at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia as they were bowled out for 322 at tea on the second day on Friday, an overall lead of 225 runs.

De Kock switched through the gears as he feared running out of partners and launched a ferocious assault on the withering West Indies attack cracking 12 fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten 141 not out during a glorious return to form after 22 months since his last century. He faced just 170 balls and struck a dozen fours and seven sixes.

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De Kock added an improbable but highly entertaining 79 for the ninth wicket with Anrich Nortje who contributed just seven.

Wiaan Mulder was the first of three wickets to fall in the afternoon session when he edged Jason Holder to ‘keeper Joshua da Silva for 25 (57balls, 4x4) and was quickly followed by Keshav Maharaj (0) who was brilliantly caught off an inside edge by substitute fielder Kieron at short leg off the bowling of offspinner Rakheem Cornwall.

Holder was the best of the home side’s bowlers with 4-75 from his 20.5 overs while 19-year-old fast bowler Jayden Seales, having suffered some brutal treatment from de Kock, had figures of 3-75 from 2.

Veteran Kemar Roach had 2-64 from 20 overs.

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