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Bess claims 5-51 as South Africa hang on with de Kock’s unbeaten 63

first_imgBy Mark GleesonPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock led a fightback after rain halted England’s destruction of South Africa’s top order on the third day of the third Test at St George’s Park, but the tourists remain in command after Dom Bess’s maiden Test five-wicket haul.de Kock, who was dropped three times, scored an unbeaten 63 to see South Africa to 208-6 at stumps after rain reduced the day’s play to 64 overs. Vernon Philander was not out on 27.The home side are still 291 runs behind after off-spinner Bess claimed the first five South African wickets to fall.He bagged two on Friday to leave SA teetering at 60-2 overnight, in replay to England’s mammoth 499 for nine declared, and picked up where he left off yesterday with three more. Bess removed Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen before rain stopped proceedings at 11:45hrs, some 15 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.Play did not resume until 15:30hrs, frustrating England’s march through the batting order. de Kock was dropped twice by Ben Stokes off the bowling of captain Joe Root, first on 30 and then 56, and then again in the penultimate over, by Stokes off Joe Denly.But he played some characteristically entertaining strokes to provide some respite for the home fans after a relentless pounding from England over the first two days. Bess had not been selected for the tour at first, flown out to South Africa just before Christmas as cover when a virus struck the England camp. But he has made a strong bid for a place on their next tour to Sri Lanka with figures of 5-51 in 31 overs.“I’ll cherish today, I’ve worked hard for days like this,” Bess said afterwards.Yesterday he first dismissed Elgar, who edged the ball off his pad to Ollie Pope at silly point for 35, then he removed du Plessis in exactly the same way. Bess then saw captain Joe Root drop nightwatchman Anrich Nortje at first slip and Pope failed to hold a half-chance off van der Dussen.But his fifth wicket came two balls later, to joyous celebration, as van der Dussen played on and was bowled for 24.Nortje proved stubborn, soaking up 136 balls before Stokes had him caught by Root for 18.South Africa still face following on, with England chasing 14 wickets to win the Test and go 2-1 ahead in the series before the last Test in Johannesburg next week. “We are going to come out and focus on fighting for the next two days,” said Nortje.ENGLAND 1st inningsZak Crawley c Rassie `van der Dussen b Anrich Nortje 44Dominic Sibley c Dean Elgar b Kagiso Rabada 36Joe Denly lbw Keshav Maharaj 25Joe Root b Kagiso Rabada 27Ben Stokes c Dean Elgar b Dane Paterson 120Ollie Pope not out 135Jos Buttler c & b Keshav Maharaj 1Sam Curran c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj 44Dom Bess c Pieter Malan b Keshav Maharaj 1Mark Wood c Anrich Nortje b Keshav Maharaj 42Extras: (b-21, lb-4, nb-4, w-4) 24Total: (nine wkts decl., 152.0 overs) 499Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-103, 3-134, 4-148, 5-351, 6-354, 7-413, 8-426, 9-499.Bowling: Vernon Philander 16-5-41-0, Dane Paterson 24-3-62-1 (w-1), Kagiso Rabada 28-6-97-2 (w-2, nb-4),, Anrich Nortje 25-4-97-1 (w-1), Keshav Maharaj 58-15- 180-5.SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsDean Elgar c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 35Pieter Malan c & b Dom Bess 18Zubayr Hamza c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 10Anrich Nortje c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 18Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 8Rassie van der Dussen b Dom Bess 24Quinton de Kock not out 63Vernon Philander not out 27Extras: (b-4, w-1) 5Total: (six wkts, 82.0 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-60, 3-63, 4-71, 5-10, 6-154.Bowling: Stuart Broad 11-4-30-0, Sam Curran 9-1-31-0, Dom Bess 31-12-51-5, Mark Wood 11-4-31-0 (w-1), Joe Denly 4-1-10-0, Joe Root 11-4-25-0, Ben Stokes 5-1-26-1.last_img
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Syracuse’s bowl chances, offensive line down in this week’s stock watch

first_imgSyracuse’s conference winless drought continued on Friday after the Orange (3-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) fell to Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 ACC), 27-20, in the Carrier Dome.SU started slow on offense again, falling behind 24-6 by halftime. Starting quarterback Tommy DeVito entered the game banged up and his health only further deteriorated, as the redshirt sophomore was taken out of the game for good in the second quarter in favor of Clayton Welch. Welch played well in his stead, sparking the Syracuse offense and bringing the Orange within a touchdown late in the fourth, but the comeback attempt came too late and SU dropped below .500.Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s loss to the Panthers.STOCK UPAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter attempting just eight passes since transferring to SU from Butte College in 2017, Welch set career-highs across the board Saturday. He took over at quarterback for the final two-plus quarters and served as the offense’s lifeblood, connecting on a 94-yard touchdown pass to Taj Harris and leading the team in rushing. During a game in which their starting quarterback went down with an injury and they fell behind by three possessions in the first half, the Orange very well could’ve written the game off and looked forward to their matchup with Florida State. But Welch gave Syracuse and its fans the energy they needed, despite the comeback falling short. SU head coach Dino Babers indicated that DeVito will be the starter against the Seminoles if he’s ready to go, but Welch’s performance on Friday must give Babers some confidence should DeVito be forced to leave again.Syracuse’s versatile defensive tackle had one of the best games of his career against the Panthers, totaling five tackles, two for loss. Black also had two of SU’s three sacks in the game, tying his career-high that he set in against Liberty. The second of his quarterback takedowns came on a key third down in the third quarter, when he chased down Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett and forced the Panthers to punt. The sack gave the Orange possession and ultimately a field goal attempt in a two-possession game, though Andre Szmyt hooked the kick. Black has played well this season as part of SU’s group of defensive tackles that’s had to make up for the loss of Chris Slayton, who was drafted to the NFL earlier this year.STOCK DOWNWhile DeVito is listed as the starter on Syracuse’s depth chart leading into Florida State, he was forced out of Friday’s game partially due to injury and game plan. He was sacked six times in the first half alone by the Panthers, who significantly diminished both DeVito’s health and confidence. Babers said after the game that he knows who the better quarterback is, but Friday’s game marked the third straight that DeVito looked less than 100 percent. With Clayton Welch’s competent performance against Pittsburgh and the Seminoles looming on the horizon, Babers might have to think about allowing DeVito to recover as opposed to risking another setback.The loss to Pittsburgh drops Syracuse below .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2017, when the Orange finished 4-8 following a 4-3 start. In order to make a bowl game, SU will have to win three of its final five games, starting with a road contest on Saturday against Florida State in which Syracuse is currently a 10.5-point underdog. Should the Orange fall to the Seminoles as expected, they’ll be forced to finish their season 3-1 or 4-0 after a slate that includes back-to-back road games and finishes against No. 25 Wake Forest. While SU certainly has the talent to reach a bowl game, its offensive issues have prevented it from proving thatwith any consistency through seven games this season.In what has become somewhat of a weekly tradition at this point, SU’s offensive line struggled and allowed its quarterback to be sacked a number of times. This time it was Pittsburgh that infiltrated the Orange backfield on seemingly every other snap, and this time Welch faced the heat in addition to DeVito. In total, Syracuse’s quarterbacks were sacked nine times, boosting the season total to an FBS-worst 35 — more than 0-7 Akron and 1-6 Old Dominion, who have both allowed 32. The Orange’s offensive line problems can be blamed on a number of different factors, such as Sam Heckel’s opening-game injury and general inexperience. But at the end of the day, there has been little to no improvement as the season has progressed and SU’s offense — from its running game to DeVito’s health — has struggled because of it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2019 at 11:54 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

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