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Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 17:47 GMT

Vaughan continues to impress

Vaughan: 'The ball moved around a lot and we had to dig in'

England's Michael Vaughan hopes to have sealed his place at No 4 for the opening Test against South Africa after top-scoring in England's first innings against a high-quality combined Northerns-Gauteng XI side.

Vaughan was unlucky to be given out lbw on 85 having shared in a 131-run partnership with Michael Atherton.

The pair helped England to 176-3 before England undid their work with a late loss of concentration which saw them slump to 238-6.

[ image: Atherton steadies the nerves of his younger partner]
Atherton steadies the nerves of his younger partner
Until the last ten overs of the day, coach Duncan Fletcher would have been impressed with the technique and composure of his leading batsman against a high-quality bowling attack.

Vaughan displayed similar characteristics to Atherton - solid defence, great concentration and superb temperament and patience - during his five-hour stay at the crease.

The pair were brought together after magnificent opening spells from left-arm seamer Greg Smith and swing bowler David Tebrugge saw Hussain and Butcher fall for 16 between them.

Vaughan entered the field with England on 44-2.

[ image: Hussain leaves the field after falling for just one run]
Hussain leaves the field after falling for just one run
The pair added 132 in 201 minutes although both batsmen enjoyed their share of luck, Atherton twice being beaten through the gate with the ball narrowly missing his stumps while Vaughan nearly played on to Steve Elworthy on 23.

Atherton's 261 minutes at the crease were ended by Smith who fired in a superb swinging delivery which beat the bat.

Vaughan was then joined by Alec Stewart and the pair weathered the next 19 overs before the Combined XI took the new ball with the score on 218-4.

Terbrugge immediately had Stewart caught behind and five overs later Vaughan was harshly given leg before to Elworthy having hit a superb 85.

Nightwatchman Andrew Caddick followed soon afterwards when Terbrugge won another leg before appeal to finish with impressive figures of three for 44.

The day closed with Chris Adams and hard-hitting Andrew Flintoff not out on 11 and 2 but hoping to take England at least past the 300 mark.

England 1st innings:
M. Butcher lbw Smith 15
M. Atherton b Smith 81
N. Hussain b Terbrugge 1
M. Vaughan lbw Elworthy 85
A. Stewart c Pothas b Terbrugge 20
A. Caddick lbw Terbrugge 0
C. Adams not out 11
A. Flintoff not out 2
Extras (4b, 5lb, 14nb) 23
Total (for 6 wickets) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-44, 3-176, 4-218, 5-234, 6-235
Elworthy 23-4-67-1 (3nb)
Smith 16-2-49-2 (7nb)
Terbrugge 19-4-44-3 (2nb)
Masimula 11-0-33-0 (2nb)
Eksteen 20-7-36-0
McKenzie 1-1-0-0

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