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Jan 4, 2015

De Villiers ton hands South Africa 92-run lead over West Indies

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – AB de Villiers scored a flamboyant 148 to guide South Africa to 421 all out and a 92-run first innings lead over West Indies at tea on the third day of the third and final test on Sunday.

De Villiers reached his 21st test century in 144 balls and accelerated the scoring through the second session as South Africa sought to build an advantage on a batting track that showed signs of playing up with two days left.

Jan 4, 2015

De Villiers leads South Africa’s bid to haul in West Indies

CAPE TOWN, Jan 4 (Reuters) – AB de Villiers was 84 not out as South Africa reached 313 for five wickets at lunch after losing captain Hashim Amla and some of their momentum early on the third day of the third and final test against West Indies on Sunday.

Amla and De Villiers had resumed on 227 for three at Newlands and showed early intent in their bid to accelerate the chase of West Indies’ first innings tally of 329.

Jan 4, 2015

Cricket-De Villiers leads South Africa’s bid to haul in West Indies

CAPE TOWN, Jan 4 (Reuters) – AB de Villiers was 84 not out as South Africa reached 313 for five wickets at lunch after losing captain Hashim Amla and some of their momentum early on the third day of the third and final test against West Indies on Sunday.

Amla and De Villiers had resumed on 227 for three at Newlands and showed early intent in their bid to accelerate the chase of West Indies’ first innings tally of 329.

Jan 3, 2015

South Africa look for run feast to set up win

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa are hoping to amass a significant first-innings lead and only bat once as they look to wrap up the series against the West Indies, batsman Faf du Plessis said on Saturday.

South Africa are 102 runs behind in their first innings in the third and final test but will have two of the world’s top three batsmen, captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, at the crease when they resume on 227 for three after rain brought a premature halt to the second day’s play.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-South Africa look for run feast to set up win

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – South Africa are hoping to amass a significant first-innings lead and only bat once as they look to wrap up the series against the West Indies, batsman Faf du Plessis said on Saturday.

South Africa are 102 runs behind in their first innings in the third and final test but will have two of the world’s top three batsmen, captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, at the crease when they resume on 227 for three after rain brought a premature halt to the second day’s play.

Jan 3, 2015

Trott bids to revive test career on South Africa tour

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.

The 33-year-old is captain of a 15-man England Lions squad, which begins a month-long tour of South Africa on Monday.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-Trott bids to revive test career on South Africa tour

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.

The 33-year-old is captain of a 15-man England Lions squad, which begins a month-long tour of South Africa on Monday.

Jan 3, 2015

Steyn among wickets again as West Indies dismissed for 329

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar at the stroke of lunch to reach 48 for one at the break on the second day of the third and final test in reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 329.

Alviro Petersen scored a brisk unbeaten 26 before the visitors broke through with paceman Jason Holder trapping Elgar leg before wicket for eight runs.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-Steyn among wickets again as West Indies dismissed for 329

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar at the stroke of lunch to reach 48 for one at the break on the second day of the third and final test in reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 329.

Alviro Petersen scored a brisk unbeaten 26 before the visitors broke through with paceman Jason Holder trapping Elgar leg before wicket for eight runs.

Jan 2, 2015

Windies batsmen dig in for ‘best day’ of series

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The West Indies enjoyed their “best day” of the series against South Africa on Friday as they scored 276 for six on the opening day of the final test, according to top scorer Leon Johnson.

“We showed the kind of fight that we have been talking about for some time now and are very happy with our position,” the 27-year-old told reporters after making 54.