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Saturday, November 13, 1999 Published at 17:24 GMT

Hamilton makes his mark

Gavin Hamilton hits out against a combined XI in Bloemfontein

Gavin Hamilton improved his chances of making the England Test squad on Saturday, with an unbeaten 64 against the Free State/Griqualand West Combination XI.

The BBC's Pat Murphy: "Darren Gough made an encouraging return"
At the close of the second day, the home side had reached 156-3 in reply to England's 358 for nine declared, thanks to an unbeaten knock of 80 from former South Africa opener, Gerhardus Liebenberg.

Liebenberg hit 11 fours in a stay of 244 minutes off 194 balls.

Earlier, the 25-year-old Hamilton had hit 64 not out off 99 balls with eight fours after England had resumed on 271 for seven overnight. Together with Allan Mullally (20), Hamilton put on 54 for the ninth wicket before captain Nassar Hussain declared at lunch.

Hamilton continued the good work with the ball after the break and, along with Darren Gough, was the pick of the England bowlers to finish with one for 40 in 10 overs.

Gough ended with one for 37 in 13 overs in only his second day of competitive bowling since a calf muscle injury ruined his season in mid-July.

The first Test against South Africa starts in Johannesburg on 23 November.


England first innings (overnight 271-7)

M. Butcher c Liebenberg b Bakkes 3
M. Atherton b Vorster 26
N. Hussain c Bossenger b Bakkes 41
M. Vaughan c Gidley b Van der Wath 14
A. Stewart b Roe 19
C. Adams c Brooker b Van der Wath 84
A. Flintoff lbw b Bakkes 65
G. Hamilton not out 64
D. Gough c Gidley b Roe 0
A. Mullally c Van der Wath b Vorster 20
P. Tufnell not out 7

Extras (b-5 lb-4 nb-5 w-1) 15
Total (for nine wickets declared) 358

Fall of wickets: 1-25 2-33 3-86 4-94 5-127 6-259 7-271 8-290
Bowling: Van der Wath 25-1-84-2 (3nb, 1w), Bakkes 25-8-53-3, Vorster 17-7-88-2, Roe 28-7-80-2 (1nb), Gidley 23-5-44-0.

Free State/Griqualand West Combined XI first innings

M. Gidley b Gough 37
G. Liebenberg not out 80
F. Brooker c Butcher b Vaughan 0
P. Barnard c Atherton b Hamilton 3
M. Van Wyk not out 20

Extras (lb-12 w-1 nb-3) 16
Total (for three wickets) 156

Fall of wickets: 1-81 2-90 3-101
Bowling (to date): Gough 13-4-37-1 (1nb), Mullally 14-6-24-0 (1w), Hamilton 10-1-40-1 (2nb), Tufnell 12-4-19-0, Vaughan 12-2-23-1, Butcher 1-0-1-0.

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