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12:00 AM, January 19, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 19, 2020

Bess takes fifer as England tighten grip

Off-spinner Dom Bess claimed his first Test five-wicket haul as England continued their domination on the rain-interrupted third day of the third Test against South Africa at St George’s Park yesterday.

South Africa slumped to 208 for six at stumps in reply to England’s 499 for nine declared.

With England seeking a win which would put them 2-1 ahead in the four-match series, rain started falling 15 minutes before the scheduled lunch break and continued through most of the afternoon, preventing any play between lunch and tea.

Bess bowled unchanged from the northern, Duck Pond end, and finished the morning with five for 41 in 18.2 overs. He had taken a total of five wickets in his previous three Tests at a cost of 48 runs each.

He was the first England spin bowler to take the first five wickets in an innings since Derek Underwood claimed the first seven against Australia in Adelaide in 1974/75.

SCORES IN BRIEF

England: First innings 499-9 declared

South Africa: First innings 208-6 (Elgar 35, Philander 27 not out, de Kock 63 not out; Bess 5-51)

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