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.
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
Extras (b-5 lb-4 nb-5 w-1) 15
Fall of wickets: 1-25 2-33 3-86 4-94 5-127 6-259 7-271 8-290
Free State/Griqualand West Combined XI first innings
M. Gidley b Gough 37
Extras (lb-12 w-1 nb-3) 16
Fall of wickets: 1-81 2-90 3-101