South Africa A batsman, Rilee Rossouw scored 115 not out to keep his side in the running in the second and final four-day match against Australia A at Olympia Park Cricket Oval in Rustenburg.
Australia A were a lot more disciplined in their bowling and took three wickets in the first session. South Africa A, who were 3-165 at stumps on day one, lost Temba Bavuma (1), Thami Tsolekile (0) and Justin Ontong (36) to reach 6-257 at lunch.
Rossouw dug deep and worked hard on a pitch that required a lot of concentration and patience, he reached his century in 174 balls after a well played 59-run partnership with Ontong before the latter was dismissed.
“I feel very chuffed (happy). It’s been a while since I scored a hundred and this is my first for South Africa A so I’m really happy. It’s definitely not the easiest wicket around, but if you knuckle down and graft hard, you will reap the rewards,” Rossouw said.
Australia A gained some momentum towards the end of the second session and the beginning of the third with Fawad Ahmed taking three wickets at that time to round off a noteworthy performance that reaped 4-80 in just under 18 overs.
Ahmed was pleased with his side’s performance today after a bad start on day one. He said; “We did not have a good start yesterday, but I was happy in the end. The ball was turning and I didn’t bowl any bad balls. I felt really good and the team really backed me up and I was glad to have their support.
“I think this wicket is really good for both batting and bowling, if you maintain your line and length you can get wickets but at the same time good batsmen can make good runs here,” he concluded.
South Africa A were eventually bowled out for 356 with a lead of 210 runs.
The visitors once again had a shaky start when they lost skipper, Aaron Finch in the third over of their second innings for five thanks to some clever bowling by Kyle Abbott. Shaun Marsh (24) managed to get a start, but saw his innings brought to an end by Simon Harmer.
Australia A are 2-112 at stumps trailing by 98 runs with Alex Doolan (43*) and Nic Maddinson (35*) at the crease.
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First Posted 02 August, 2013 9:40AM AEDT