Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 28th 2014 Contents PORT ELIZABETH---Persistent rain allowed
just six overs on the second day of the second
Test yesterday, frustrating South Africa s
bid to take a firm grip on the game but easing
the pressure building on embattled West
Indies at St George s Park.
When play was finally called off at 5:05
pm, South Africa had reached 289 for three,
with captain Hashim Amla unbeaten on 23
and AB de Villiers not out on nine.
The adverse weather delayed the start by
two hours and when players finally took to
the field, play lasted just half-hour before the
However, it was enough time for West
Indies to claim the wicket of Faf du Plessis
but not before the right-hander completed
his fourth Test century.
Starting the day on 99 with South Africa
on 270 for two, du Plessis clipped the first
ball of the day -- a wayward full-length deliv-
ery from pacer Jerome Taylor -- to the square
boundary to reach three figures.
The celebrations were short-lived, however.
He nicked the very next ball through to wick-
etkeeper Denesh Ramdin and though initially
given not out by umpire Paul Reiffel, was sent
on his way following a successful review.
He faced 230 balls in just over 5-1/2 hours
at the crease, and counted 13 fours and two
Taylor, and fellow seamer Jason Holder,
then troubled both Amla de Villiers in the
next few overs, generating movement to hit
both batsmen s edges on a couple of occa-
Despite this, de Villiers latched onto any-
thing remotely loose, delightfully stroking
Holder to the long off boundary and then
unfurling a majestic straight drive, when the
bowler missed his length in successive overs.
With the stage set for an intriguing contest,
the rains returned to have a decisive say in
the day s play. (CMC)
PORT ELIZABETH---Left-arm seamer
Kenroy Peters on Friday described his
Test debut as one of "joy and butterflies,"
and had dedicated his first Test wicket to
seven-week old son Ethan.
The 32-year-old, who arrived here earlier
this week as a late replacement for the
injured Kemar Roach, shared the new ball
with Jerome Taylor on the opening morning
of the Boxing Day second Test at St George s
Peters said he found out he had been
included the final XI on Christmas Day
but noted this did little to assuage the
"The nerves start from the time you hear
you are in the first XI. It was a mixture of
emotions, joy and butterflies" said Peters.
"I always tell myself once I bowl my first
spell and I can be within the areas I want
to bowl, the second spell is going to be
easier because I would have already assessed
the conditions and that s basically what
my first spell was all about.
"I was trying to assess the conditions,
looking at the strengths of the batsmen
and working towards the team plan. The
more I bowled during the day I became
He finished with one for 44 from 15
overs, claiming century-maker Dean Elgar
for 121, caught at the wicket off one that
seamed away gently in the final session.
Peters said his main focus from the start
of the day had been getting among the
"I remember when I played my first
first-class game, it was against South Africa
A. I was just finished playing Under-19
when I got the call," Peters reminisced.
"Now ten to 12 years later, I am making
my (Test) debut against South Africa. So
when I was bowling (today) my only ambi-
tion was to get a wicket ... because I wanted
to do it for my son. I have a seven-week
old son and I m dedicating this to my son."
South Africa finished the day in a strong
position on 270 for two, with Faf du Plessis
unbeaten on 99 and captain Hashim Amla,
who got a double hundred in the first Test
at Centurion last week, unbeaten on 17.
Both batsmen benefitted from missed
chances as West Indies put down three
With AB de Villiers and Stiaan van Zyl,
both of whom got hundreds in the first
Test, still to come, South Africa appear
headed for another large total but Peters
said it was important that West Indies
remained patient and took their chances.
"The South African batsmen are excellent
batsmen but they tend to sit on their back
foot a lot because they have grown up on
pitches that are pretty bouncy and which
come through. My strength was to try and
bowl a little fuller, just be patient and see
if I can try and get success from just being
patient," the Vincentian explained.
"When I was home I spoke to Nixon
McLean and Ian Allen (former West Indies
fast bowlers). When I came on tour I was
speaking to Sir Curtly (Ambrose) and also
the bowlers who played in the first game
to assess the pitch, [to] see what the con-
ditions are like and they kind of helped me
to plan my game plan and this in turn
helped me to bowl reasonably well today."
PERTH---Not even a dashing cameo from
West Indies allrounder Andre Russell could
prevent Melbourne Renegades from a 35-run
defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Big Bash
League on Boxing Day.
Chasing a challenging 193 for victory at the
WACA, Renegades finished on 157 for nine from
their 20 overs, with Russell top-scoring with
43 from just 21 deliveries.
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo, at the
centre of swirling debate in the Caribbean over
his axing from the one one-day squad, failed
Renegades slipped to 43 for three in the
eighth over before Bravo and Callum Ferguson,
who hit 39, added 38 for the fourth wicket to
steady the innings.
Bravo eventually holed out to long-off in the
13th over off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar,
paving the way for Russell s fireworks.
The right-hander struck two fours and four
sixes as he attempted to lift Renegades to an
Dropped on 12 off seamer Yasir Arafat, Russell
dominated the latter overs before being bowled
off the last ball of the game by the same bowler.
Earlier, Russell finished wicket-less from
three overs which cost 26 runs while Bravo s
four cost 48 runs and yielded one wicket, as
Perth raced to 192 for three off their 20 overs.
Opener Michael Klinger top scored with 105
while fellow opener Marcus Harris got 53, in
a 103-run stand for the first wicket. (CMC)
Russell cameo not enough to save Renegades
was joy and
Rain wrecks 2nd day to
ease Windies pressure
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings
DElgarcwkpRamdinbPeters . . . . . . . .121
APetersencJohnsonbGabriel . . . . . . . .17
F du Plessis c wkp Ramdin b Taylor . . .103
To bat: S van Zyl, T Bavuma, V Philander,
d Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-226, 3-274.
Bowling: Taylor 22-4-74-1 (w1, nb2),
Peters 15-6-44-1, Holder 16-5-34-0 (nb1),
Gabriel 15-0-52-1 (nb3), Benn 25-3-81-0
(nb1), Samuels 1-1-0-0.
WEST INDIES:*+D Ramdin, K Brathwaite, D
Smith, L Johnson, M Samuels, S
Chanderpaul, D Ramdin, J Holder, J Taylor, S
Benn, S Gabriel, K Peters.
To ss : West Indies.
Umpires: B Bowden, P Reiffel; TV -- Aleem
West Indies bowler Jerome Taylor took to only
wicket to fall on day 2 of the South Africa v West
Indies, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, yesterday © AFP
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