Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 20:59 GMT
England flop in SA
Monday's defeat is a major setback for England
England made the worst possible start to their tour of South Africa, becoming the first international team to lose in the traditional opening match against Nicky Oppenheimer's XI.
England were hampered by the loss of Dean Headley with a back spasm after just 1.4 overs while Alex Tudor was restricted to only 6.2 overs after his lengthy absence with injury, but Monday's defeat is still a major setback in their preparations.
Michael Atherton had propped up England's innings with a typically resolute 72 while Yorkshire's Michael Vaughan, making his first appearance for the senior side, hit an unbeaten 59.
"It was a bit of a hammering, but the conditions got better as the day wore on," Tudor said.
"We hadn't played on a wicket like that so far because we've had very good batting conditions at Centurion Park and it takes a bit of time for the guys to adapt.
"It's the kind of day we could have done without, but there were some positives about it. Michael Vaughan batted very well and it was good to see Athers getting some runs and some of the bowlers bowled quite well at times."
Three of England's top-order batsman failed to reach double figures and captain Nasser Hussain suffered the first duck of the tour, leaving England relying on Atherton's expertise to prevent the type of collapse that has characterised their performances all too often in recent years.
M A Butcher c McKenzie b Hayward 1
Extras b3 lb1 w5 nb1 10
Fall: 1-8 2-13 3-27 4-61 5-82 6-142 7-148
Hayward 12 3 29 1, Mpitsang 3 1 6 0, Kemp 15 4 33 4, Benkenstein 11.3 4 41 0, Abrahams 14 2 57 1, Symcox 11 1 33 0
NFO XI Innings
M van Jaarsveld c Vaughan b Hamilton 40
Extras b2 w1 nb8 11
Fall: 1-27 2-85 3-90 4-152
Gough 10 1 46 2, Headley 1.4 0 10 0, Tudor 6.2 1 28 0, Tufnell 10.2 1 61 0, Hamilton 8 1 51 2, Adams 1 0 9 0.
Umpires: K Lavery and S Wadualla