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Eng v SA 1st Test: day three as it happened

FIRST TEST, Lord's (day three, close):
England 593-8 dec v South Africa 247 & 13-0

South Africa were 13-0 at the end of day three as they began their second innings after being bowled out for 247 by England in the first Test.

They were still 333 runs from making England bat again at Lord's.

Ashwell Prince made a determined eighth Test century, but it was in vain as South Africa looked in dire trouble.

England bowled well as a unit but spinner Monty Panesar was the pick taking 4-74 while Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom took two each.

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By Mark Mitchener

1904: Well, we've had an entertaining day and seen 10 wickets fall. South Africa still trail by 333 runs going into the fourth day's play on Sunday. Thanks for all your e-mails with your stories of cricketing injuries - and together with my bashed-up finger [see 1035 entry], I'll be back tomorrow to bring you day four. See you then.

CLOSE OF PLAY (DAY THREE)

1902 - SA 13-0 (4 overs)
Even a few umbrellas go up as some light rain arrives. Pietersen bowling to Smith - now there's really not much love lost between these two, this could be tasty. Smith knocks a single to fine leg, then McKenzie is off the mark with a single to Sidey who is the cover sweeper. Smith then tries to sweep a loose delivery, but misses it and it shoots past Tiny Tim for four byes. Smith tries to turn the last ball off his legs, but it comes off his pad and is taken by Bell at short leg. A huge appeal from KP, and a few smiles exchanged between the two foes, but Billy B merely signals the end of play for the day.

1857 - SA 7-0 (3 overs)
Monty has a huge lbw shout against Smith, but it's more through characteristic Monty enthusiasm when it hits Smith's pads than any genuine hope of trapping him leg before. Smith knocks a single to leg, and McKenzie sees off the rest of the over.

1854 - SA 6-0 (2 overs)
The former Natal off-spinner Kevin Pietersen takes the second over, with McKenzie looking to defend his stumps. KP then gets one to bounce past McKenzie's outside edge to "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd, and he has a maiden.

1852 - SA 6-0 (1 over)
A collector's item for the Lord's crowd as Monty Panesar takes the new ball, with four men around the bat for the left-handed Smith - who pushes the first ball through mid-wicket off the front foot for four. He then shoulders arms, before nudging one down to fine leg for two.

1847: A huge cheer as umpire Harper motions the players to come on - will it be spin or pace? Openers Smith and McKenzie emerge for the second time today.

Alison Mitchell
"The umpires are just going to have a look at the light, but it could be that England might have to wait until the morning"
TMS's pitchside reporter Alison Mitchell

1842: And as the TMS team are discussing, with the light still bad, we might see the new ball being taken by the dynamic pace duo of Panesar and Pietersen...

"A couple of years ago my husband went for the same catch as his captain, they collided, neither made the catch and my husband ended up with a big gash in his shin from his captain's spikes. He ignored my suggestion that we should head to casualty and insisted on finishing bowling his overs first, blood soaking his whites. About four hours later he was finally stitched up in hospital, whereupon I fainted and he was kicked off the bed so that I could lie down and recover! Within a couple of days his wound had split open but he went off on a business trip to the USA via China and by the time he got to the States his shin had turned black with infection. The American doctors thought he had MRSA and that his bone was infected but fortunately some pretty serious antibiotics eventually sorted him out"
Ceri, Wiltshire, in the TMS inbox

1839: Graeme Smith is stood on the balcony - will he have to put his pads back on? A gesture from Vaughan indicates that England have indeed enforced the follow-on, with South Africa still 346 runs behind.

SOUTH AFRICA FIRST INNINGS

Wicket falls
1838 - WICKET - Steyn c Sidebottom b Pietersen 19 - SA 247 all out (94 overs)
Despite Colly having warmed up, after some chat with the umpires, his military medium pace is surprisingly judged to be too fast - and it's Kevin Pietersen's off-spin which is summoned into the attack. Steyn knocks KP's second ball down to third man but refuses a single. But next ball, he swings down to mid-off where Sidey takes the catch, and KP has his fourth Test wicket.

1835 - SA 247-9 (93 overs)
The umpires speak to captain Vaughan, and the implication is clear that with two tail-end batsmen in, England must turn to spin if the innings is to continue. So, the ever-enthusiastic Montster is summoned to bowl, and Steyn nearly turns the ball onto his stumps. He exhibits a textbook forward defensive stroke, and Colly is warming up to bowl at the other end. Some over-casual fielding from Monty off his own bowling allows a single (and keeps Steyn on strike). Careless.

1832 - SA 246-9 (92 overs)
Steyn takes evasive action as Anderson digs in a bouncer. He then has to fend off another rising ball one-handed, and they run one as the ball scoots away past gully. That's the last ball of the over, and the umpires consult about the light.

"While playing under-15s cricket at school, the opposition had put on 70 odd for the first wicket on a blistering hot day when halfway through an over, a wasp was pestering their opener. He attempted to squat it away with his glove to no avail, so resorted to hitting it with his bat. Not only did he claim the life of the wasp, but he also managed to strike our wicket-keeper on his forehead. This incident led to a visit to hospital and 11 stitches in the keeper's head. The game was abandoned there and then, with the remaining 21 players retiring to the pavillion for tea. We felt no guilt as we tucked in to our hot dogs, cream teas, etc while our mate was at A&E. He returned to school the following week"
Sam in the TMS inbox

1828 - SA 245-9 (91 overs)
With last man Makhaya Ntini striding to the crease, Aggers on TMS describes him as "an entertaining number 11 - a bit of a swiper". But the vibe is that England may not enforce the follow-on, as Vaughan was practising some batting strokes while waiting for Ntini to arrive. Sidey's last ball is well wide of off stump and Ntini leaves well alone.

Wicket falls
1825 - WICKET - Prince c Ambrose b Sidebottom 101 - SA 245-9 (90.5 overs)
Sidey keeps it tight against Prince, and his defiant knock is finally ended when he swats at one outside off stump and feathers an edge through to keeper Ambrose.

"At a club match some years ago, the opposition fast bowler banged one in short, catching our young opening batsman just above the eye and instantly felling him. As he lay there, just outside his crease, semi-conscious and with blood streaming from his forehead, the wicketkeeper recovered the ball and whipped off the bails with a jubilant, Collingwood-esque, HOWZZAAAAT! Reacting in a manner that our international arbiters would perhaps do well to replicate, the umpire told him in no uncertain terms not to be 'such a bloody idiot'. The batsman, having recovered what senses he had, was allowed to continue. While I would love to report that in a triumph of sportmanship over wanton aggression, he went on to make a match-winning century and we ended up crushed by a vastly superior and professional outfit"
Pete C, Herts, in the TMS inbox

1820 - SA 245-8 (90 overs)
Broad takes a rest after an 11-over spell with both new and old balls, and Anderson returns at the Pavilion End. Just a single from Prince, who takes the strike for most of the over. We have 12 overs still to bowl, but can't go beyond 1900 BST.

"I see Steve Harmison is ripping through Somerset, Justin Langer and all. Surely a Test recall for GBH can't be that far away"
Gary P in the TMS inbox

He's reached 100
1815 - SA 244-8 (89 overs)
Sidey has two slips, a gully and a short leg for the increasingly accomplished Steyn who works a single off his legs to bring Prince back on strike. He tries to guide one past gully but Cook dives to prevent the precious 100th run. But Prince finally knocks one off his legs, leaps up to punch the air, rips off his helmet and raises his bat to salute the Lord's crowd as he books his place on the honours board. It's his eighth Test ton.

"The goat-killing incident from Paul in Letchworth [1614 entry] reminds me of an incident years ago playing golf with a chum from university. He duck-hooked a drive into a field next to the course and pole-axed a poor cow. It collapsed and needless to say we didn't hang around to find out if he'd killed it or just stunned it"
Jock, Jakarta, in the TMS inbox

1810 - SA 242-8 (88 overs)
Broad switches to bowling back over the wicket and fires one in at Prince which rears up and hits him in the unmentionables. Then, with two balls left in the over, the off-side boundary fielders come in to save the single as Prince looks to farm the strike. Broad bangs in another bouncer which Prince sways away from - and he ends the over with an aggressive lofted square cut for four - taking his score to 99.

"I once tried to take a catch on the boundary at school but didn't quite get my hands to it so it hit me on the head above the eye resulting in plenty of blood and one team-mate being sick in the outfield. I had it patched up and went out to bat to score 40-odd to great disgust from the opposing side!"
Tom, Northampton, trying to write an essay on property finance, in the TMS inbox

1805 - SA 238-8 (87 overs)
Steyn to face Sidey, and the South African paceman flashes at one outside off stump which brings him another four. He's now got 16, close to doubling his Test average - and this stand is now worth 35.

1801 - SA 234-8 (86 overs)
Rather than recall Anderson, Vaughan decides to keep Broad on with the new ball. Steyn takes a blow on the armguard, but eventually gets the single he wants to get off strike. Prince has to do well to dig out a fine yorker from the Notts man, which is right up in the blockhole. The last ball hits him on the shoulder as he tries to hook - this is a good, aggressive spell from Broad.

Text in your views on 81111
"Whilst serving in the Royal Navy, my ship visited Bermuda. Fielding at midwicket for the Wardroom against the Senior Ratings' Mess (a very unfriendly friendly), in backtracking to catch a huge heave over my shoulder, I ran straight into the rugby posts that were still erected in the outfield. I held the catch, but had white paint ingrained into my forehead and cheek. I was known as Adam Ant for a while after"
Andrew Mills, Gosport, Hampshire (Lancastrian abroad), via text on 81111

Shaun Pollock
"It's a rule in the South African side that the bowlers - Steyn, Ntini and Morkel - all have to wear armguards, as we don't want them getting injured and not able to bowl"
Shaun Pollock on TMS

1756 - SA 233-8 (85 overs)
The new ball is belatedly taken, with Sidebottom replacing Monty, and there's a slight change in Prince's approach as he declines a single to deep extra cover. But an immaculate on-drive off his legs brings him four, taking his score to 95. Can he hanG on for a ton?

"Here's an injury I caused! I managed to pull - middle - a full toss straight back out of the nets and into my captain's face. As my Mum took her off to hospital, I took over as captain and led the team to victory. Ever since, I've been accused of aiming for her. I counter that with the argument that the ball rarely hits the middle of my bat, let alone goes where I aim"
Kathryn, now captain for more legitimate reasons, Portsmouth, in the TMS inbox

1751 - SA 229-8 (84 overs)
Another Prince single takes his score to 91 and brings in a predatory ring of close fielders for Steyn, but he again survives the last two balls of Broad's over.

1747 - SA 228-8 (83 overs)
It's still Monty having a twirl with the old ball, and sub fielder Garry Park is on the field again - this time for Colly. Prince lifts Monty down towards Park on the cow corner boundary, but it bounces well short of him and they just take one.

"Some time around 1948 I broke a collarbone running for a catch and falling awkwardly. Next season I broke the other collarbone in two places, so 'knew a bit' about the treatment. When I pointed out to the doc that it was mending in a Z shape, he replied, 'Oh yes. So it is! But it's not as if you're going to have to wear a low-cut ball gown, is it?'"
David Wallace (Toledo, Spain), in the TMS inbox

1743 - SA 227-8 (82 overs)
Prince, on 88, faces Broad - who advances the score when he strays with a wide. Broad digs one in which Prince pulls to the mid-wicket boundary and they run one. Steyn gets another fortunate edge to the last ball, and it shoots between slip and gully for four.

"In high school I was making a valiant run from deep cover towards the boundary with my eyes fixed on a high looper. Next thing I remember is sitting in the stands with a couple of parents around me asking me if I was ok. Apparently I'd run into a recently fenced-off area where they were building a new pavilion, caught the top strand of the fence on my neck, performed a somersault, and had been sitting in the stands for 30 minutes before 'waking up'. Had a beautiful red, black and blue 'necklace' for a few weeks too"
Ericl in Atlanta in the TMS inbox

1738 - SA 221-8 (81 overs)
The new ball is available, but not taken as Panesar continues to wheel away to Prince. A single brings Steyn on strike, but the big paceman tickles one down to third man and they run three. Prince, showing increasing confidence in his partner, off-drives the next one for a single. Steyn clubs the final ball to deep mid-off and wants a run, but is sent back by Prince.

1734 - SA 216-8 (80 overs)
Last (compulsory) over with the old ball, and yet again Prince is offered a single and takes it. Steyn defends a lifting ball immaculately, but the next ball is shorter and quicker, hitting his thumb as he tries to take his hand off the bat. The sightscreen is moved as Broad switches to bowling round the wicket and this one hits Steyn on the elbow, but a run is declined as it's the last ball of the over.

"About 30 years ago, I went out to umpire at the start of an innings. The fielding side were enthusastically throwing the ball into the keeper, and whilst putting on the bails a wild throw hit me square on the top of my head. Spent the next four hours in casualty, my fellow team members only came to collect me after they had been to the pub at the end of the game"
Steve, Guardamar del Segura, Spain, in the TMS inbox

1729 - SA 215-8 (79 overs)
With Vaughan temporarily off the field, Colly is directing operations, and Steyn forces a single through midwicket to rotate the strike and drastically change the field. Prince takes a single, so the field comes in again. Steyn sees off Monty, but the tourists still need 179 more to avoid the follow-on.

"While fielding for my local club I did a rather spectacular slide inside the boundary rope to save four runs and promptly received a cheer from the watching families. It wasn't until four balls later that I realised they were cheering as I had torn my trousers from the crotch right up to the waistband... quite a sight when you are wearing a jockstrap!"
Paul Stapley in the TMS inbox

1726 - SA 213-8 (78 overs)
Prince steps across his stumps, Broad fires it in full and straight and Prince diverts it virtually one-handed to fine leg for two. He's then deceived by a slower ball and they run a single to Sidey at deep mid-off. Steyn slices one past gully, and they manage to run three, so he's off the mark. Prince is looking to fill his boots here with anything short, and guides a loose one past backward point for four. But when he tries to force another one through the covers, a sprawling stop from Bell keeps Steyn on strike for Monty's next over.

1719 - SA 203-8 (77 overs)
New batsman Dale Steyn is another one with a single-figure Test batting average (9.81), but the play is held up while Prince disappears off the field, presumably for one of those comfort breaks the ICC are looking to stamp out. Steyn sees off his first ball.
Report: 'Comfort breaks' banned in Tests (3 July)

Wicket falls
1716 - WICKET - Harris c Anderson b Panesar 6 - SA 203-8 (76.5 overs)
Harris pushes Monty away for a single, then Prince (as before) takes a proffered single with the field back. Harris sweeps, it hits his pad, Monty appeals but to no avail. Next ball, Harris goes down the wicket and has a bit of a slog but it pops up invitingly, and Anderson dives at mid-wicket to take his second impressive catch of the innings.

1713 - SA 201-7 (76 overs)
Broad goes round the wicket to Prince - again, the field is back offering him a single, and again he takes it. The South Africans' 200 is brought up - then, Broad digs one in at Harris, he jabs it towards Bell at short leg and Bell catches it, but isn't sure if it carried. The umpires confer, and refer it to third umpire Nigel Llong. The verdict is "not out". Harris then manages to flick one off his hip for a single. The close fielders scatter with Prince on strike, and with keeper Tim Ambrose carrying both helmets, Mark Pougatch on TMS says "it looks as though he's carrying twins". Broad fires one in outside off stump, Prince gets down on one knee West Indian-style, takes a massive swing but misses.

Jane Couch
Ryan Sidebottom
"Did anyone see the new version of Superstars yesterday? The resemblence between the British boxer Jane Couch (who's on the show) and Ryan Sidebottom is uncanny!"
Dav, London, in the TMS inbox

1707 - SA 199-7 (75 overs)
Panesar has the field back, offering Prince a single (which he takes) to get Harris on strike. Four close catchers in, Harris sweeps and misses. Monty then strays with one which Harris doesn't quite get hold of, and they run two leg-byes.

1703 - SA 196-7 (74 overs)
The new batsman is Paul Harris (who the TMS team are tending to call a "slow bowler" rather than a "spinner" - ie he doesn't turn it much). Prince takes a single to bring Harris (who has a Test average of just over seven) on strike, but Harris belies those statistics by turning Broad off his legs to the midwicket boundary for four. He also sees off the rest of the over fairly respectably.

"Listening to TMS in Northeastern Brazil. Been trying to get some turn with the coconuts but I don't have the dinner plate hands like Monty"
Adam in Alagoas in the TMS inbox

Wicket falls
1656 - WICKET - Morkel b Panesar 6 - SA 191-7 (73 overs)
The light may be a factor as play continues here - there's certainly one large dark cloud in the vicinity of Lord's, but fingers crossed we haven't been off for rain yet. Prince is showing confidence in Morkel, continuing to take any singles which may be on offer, but then the Montster gets one to turn in wickedly out of the footmarks outside off stump and he's clean bowled. He didn't have a clue where that was turning.

1653 - SA 190-6 (72 overs)
Broad fires in a bouncer at Morkel, who uppercuts it over the keeper for four. He then appears to be caught by Ambrose diving to his left, but it bounces just in front of Ambrose's gloves and doesn't carry. Morkel then steers one off his legs to Monty at fine leg, and they run two - could be some important runs here for the Proteas.

"Re the 1353 comment, my wife and son both call Tim Ambrose 'Big Bum' because of his slightly exaggerated posture whilst batting"
Andy in the TMS inbox

1649 - SA 184-6 (71 overs)
Prince takes the unorthodox route against Panesar, with a reverse-sweep between slip and silly point which sails away for four. Prince then takes when CMJ on TMS describes as "a huge legside mow" and lifts the Montster over cow corner and into the advertising boards in front of the Mound Stand for six!

"Back in the 80s, I was watching the touring Aussies at Fenners when a uni batsman smacked the ball towards the boundary rope where i was sitting. I was just put my hands out to stop the ball flicking off the rope and hitting bystanders when the mighty moustachioed Merv Hughes did a full body slide across my hands. Mental scars and knuckle scars still in evidence nearly 30 years on!"
Alex Sharplin in the TMS inbox

1645 - SA 174-6 (70 overs)
Broad charges in to Prince, but a perfectly-timed square drive brings four and takes his score to 59. He clips one off his legs and they come back for two, then a single brings Morkel on strike for the final two balls of the over - but the tall Morkel gets behind a bouncer and plays it defensively. SA still trail by 419.

"Thanks for the online updates. I am stuck on a Greyhound bus in America and the cricket is a burst of good news in a sea of depravity"
Ben in the TMS inbox
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1640 - SA 167-6 (69 overs)
Prince takes a single (surely he can't think about farming the strike with a number eight batsman) then Monty has a big lbw shout against Morkel with one that spins in to the left-hander, but Billy B is unmoved.

Jonathan Agnew
"I've just tried to do a radio interview with Stephen Fry and Ronnie Corbett, and my arm's exhausted from holding the microphone as there's about a two-foot height difference between them"
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on TMS

1637 - SA 166-6 (68 overs)
The tall Morne Morkel is next in, so we have two lefties in. He's not as accomplished a batsman as his six-hitting brother Albie (whose destructive hitting you may remember from last year's World Twenty20), so Prince has an even bigger task on his hands. Morkel takes no chances, and Broad has a wicket maiden.

"I was 12th man for our School 3rd XI. We turned up to one match without a ball for catching practice, so resorted to throwing a stump at each other instead. Our number six got it stuck in his thigh so I had to go on. We lost"
Matty in Wroughton in the TMS inbox

Wicket falls
1632 - WICKET - Boucher b Broad 4 - SA 166-6 (67.1 overs)
Broad replaces Anderson at the Pavilion End, Boucher shoulders arms to his first ball, and plays on to his stumps as the famous Lord's slope does its work!

1630 - SA 166-5 (67 overs)
As the TMS team have a cake brought to them, Panesar sends down a rapid maiden over to Prince. There have been 125 balls since the last boundary. Come on, guys!

1628 - SA 166-5 (66 overs)
The TMS team seem convinced that one more wicket could see the floodgates open, with Messrs Harris, Morkel, Steyn and Ntini not the greatest combination of tail-end batsmen. A single from Prince sees Boucher face Anderson for the first time, but he can't get the "Burnley Express" away.

"I've played competitive cricket just twice since school, each time suffering exactly the same injury. Both times I was padded up and facing young spin bowlers. Both times I was out clean bowled first ball. My ego has never recovered and I have never played cricket again. It hurts just to type that Mark"
Rob Turpin in the TMS inbox
[We're feeling your pain, Rob - MM]

1624 - SA 165-5 (65 overs)
Boucher works his first ball through the leg side for a couple, and doubles his score with another legside nudge - but he's deceived by a couple of deliveries from the fired-up Panesar.

1620 - SA 163-5 (64 overs)
That Anderson catch is one of those catches which gets better and better, the more time you see it on replays. The new batsman is wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, and he's at the non-striker's end as Anderson runs in to Prince, who's not happy with the sightscreens at the Pavilion End. Geoff Boycott isn't a fan of the Tour de France, but the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish has just won the stage to great excitement here in the office. If cycling's your thing, you may want to look at our live coverage with Andy Nicolson.
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Monty Panesar
"Worst injury playing cricket - opening the batting for my High School, received a beamer to the face which I bravely blocked with my left hand causing a fair bit of bruising. Profound apology from their fearsome pace bowler, none other than Monty Panesar"
Keith in the TMS inbox

Wicket falls
1614 - WICKET - de Villiers c Anderson b Panesar 42 - SA 161-5 (63 overs)
ABDV gets forward well to Monty defensively - but when he tries to force the pace and hit Monty over the top, his defiant innings is ended when Anderson leaps into the air like Superman and takes a marvellous two-handed catch to his left at mid-on. And Monty has a wicket maiden.

"A friend of mine has the distinction of having represented Germany at cricket. However, he stopped playing when, during a knockabout in a field, he hit a flier which struck an unfortunate goat. The poor animal did not survive its injuries, and he has not wielded a bat in anger since"
Paul, Letchworth, in the TMS inbox

1611 - SA 161-4 (62 overs)
Anderson's still bowling to this strange defensive field but bowls a half-tracker outside off stump which ABDV steers through the covers for three. But to the left-handed Prince, suddenly we have a second slip and a gully brought in. Anderson's line is a little better to Prince, and there's no more runs from the rest of the over.

"I was once playing in a game when one of our bowlers fielded a fierce straight drive with his forehead. Though obviously not himself after this, he insisted on carrying on - so we put him as far away from the action as possible - on the long-on boundary. Sure enough, as I bowled the next over the ball went in the air in that direction, where he ran around the boundary and took a stunning one handed catch whilst still on the move. We all went over to congratulate him, and he had no idea what had happened! It was about this time that one of the team insisted on taking him to hospital!"
Ian Parker in the TMS inbox

1607 - SA 158-4 (61 overs)
Monty P bowls over the wicket to the left-handed Prince with a slip, short leg, silly point and leg gully (for the paddle sweep). Prince guides the ball away with the spin to square leg for a single, and ABDV works away a single of his own.

"I am currently residing in Addis Ababa and as yet am currently unable to find anywhere a television showing the cricket. Clearly this is a most an undesirable situation, the withdrawal symptoms are terrible. Do you know of any one who could assist me in my plight?"
Alex Boyd in the TMS inbox

1604 - SA 156-4 (60 overs)
Anderson continues from the Pavilion End - and again, there's just one slip in, with no gully - while the short leg is quite a way back. De Villiers gets an edge, it bounces just in front of Ambrose's glove but the Warwickshire stumper makes a smart diving stop. A maiden over to begin the evening session, but Boycs thinks the field is too defensive.

1600: Geoff Boycott has had a fruit salad, and we're back for the last session...

TEA INTERVAL

1541 - SA 156-4 (59 overs)
Time for one last over from the Montster before tea. More field changes from the Tinkerman sees Vaughan bring himself to second slip and Cook thrust under a helmet at silly point. ABDV expertly judges one, which he leaves and just whistles past off stump. An on-drive scatters the close fielders, they run a single and then Prince guides the last ball through point for two. And that, as they say, is tea. Time for a short break, we'll be back with you soon.

"Watching updates from Okinawa, Japan. Played in an under-15 side once against an under-18 team. Fielding in the covers and went up for a catch. The ball ripped the ring finger on my left hand back and shattered the knuckle into three pieces. Had it pinned but over 10 years later I only have 50% movement in it. And there's no way I'm getting a wedding ring over that finger! Keep up the great work"
Dave in the TMS inbox

1538 - SA 153-4 (58 overs)
Anderson's last chance before tea, and a single from ABDV takes his score to 37. A bouncer to Prince is signalled as an aerial wide, but Prince is playing for tea and sees off the rest of the over.

"While batting for the school, I top-edged a delivery which flew up to the middle of my forehead, knocking me out. After a couple of minutes I groggily got to my feet to be found I'd been given out. Some caring so-and-so had ignored my plight and caught the ball off my head"
Sean, Leeds, in the TMS inbox

That's 50
1534 - SA 152-4 (57 overs)
Monty returns - his figures so far being 11-2-39-1. He's bowling to Prince, who's been stuck on the verge of a half century for ages now, and chops one into the ground when it spits out of the rough at him. Finally, Prince beats the infield with a square cut and reaches his eighth Test fifty from 82 balls. It just seemed much, much longer than that - the last 10 runs must have taken the majority of that time. A single from ABDV rounds off the over.

1530 - SA 149-4 (56 overs)
Anderson now has just a solitary slip in for ABDV, who tries a pull shot but it goes straight to KP at midwicket. ABDV leaves the final delivery - with the scoring rate slowed to a crawl and with just over 10 minutes to tea, we might get another Monty spell in.

"I once managed to trip in a hole that a rabbit had considerately placed halfway into my run-up (probably fully in the knowledge I'd be up to full pelt by then). By the time I came to rest (face down) I'd pretty much completed the rest of my run/trip/stumble/roll-up. How everyone laughed. How I cried"
Andy, Melbourne, Derbyshire, in the TMS inbox

1525 - SA 149-4 (55 overs)
Colly continues for his fourth over, and a single from ABDV brings Prince back on strike. Can he reach his fifty? He's faced with a slightly unusual phalanx of cover fielders - with four men stationed between point and mid-off. He can't penetrate the phalanx - and it's just that one single from the over.

"Not an injury as such - but playing for a pub side, I caught out our opponents' captain and best player second ball. I was on the boundary and celebrated by throwing the ball into the air and running towards our bowler, only to hear a crash and angry shout as the ball went through my mum's car windscreen in the car park"
Keith Colburn in the TMS inbox

1520 - SA 148-4 (54 overs)
A slightly loose one from Anderson is steered through the covers by Prince. A dive from Sidey half-stops it, and he recovers well to chase the ball, but they run three to take Prince to 49. ABDV turns one off his legs and they take a single to mid-wicket.

"I once top-edged a full length ball into my face. Despite having a black eye from my left eye round my head to my right temple and having lost a contact lens in the process, I carried on playing, and scored 45. Whether this was due to them putting a nine-year-old on to bowl because they felt sorry for me is unclear"
Tom Adams in the TMS inbox

1516 - SA 144-4 (53 overs)
Ambrose is standing back to Colly's bowling with ABDV facing - having stood up with Prince facing in the last over. A tidy maiden from Colly, and the TMS team ponder whether after Mark Boucher at seven, South Africa have quite a lengthy tail.

"Here's a lovely cricketing injury for you: as a youngster, I attempted to pull a gentle long hop, only to top-edge it into my own skull. The ball hit me square on the eyebrow, and the vicious spin I'd put on it took the whole eyebrow off - it was all in the seam. Distraught, I holed out to mid-off two balls later"
Nick, in the Docklands, in the TMS inbox

1512 - SA 144-4 (52 overs)
England have a substitute fielder on - and it's Durham's Garry Park, who was actually born in South Africa himself. He's on for Broad After another single from ABDV, Prince plays and misses to Anderson - he's clearly in the "forties" equivalent of the "nervous nineties". The "fearsome forties"? Anyway, Prince plays the rest of the over defensively.

1509 - SA 143-4 (51 overs)
ABDV turns Colly to leg for a single. Prince is still seemingly becalmed, and still stuck on 46.

"I went to pull a short ball only to find it wasn't there - milliseconds later my mouth was aware of its arrival! I was taken to hospital, had eight stitches in my top lip and six in my bottom lip - effectively freezing my mouth and shutting me up. I'd also lost my bottom front tooth. When I got back to the game we were struggling so the skipper asked me to bowl and I took 7-53 without shouting 'owzat' once! Pretty miserable way to get your career best bowling figures!"
Dave, Chesterfield, in the TMS inbox

1506 - SA 142-4 (50 overs)
It's a double change in the bowling as Anderson returns for his third spell, replacing Sidey, and he immediately beats ABDV's outside edge. A single brings Prince back on strike, and he's just four short of his half century but has been stuck on 46 for three or four overs.

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"I have just driven an hour and a half to a game and am sitting in the changing rooms whilst the rest of my team fields. This being due to me chasing a ball to the boundary and just before diving hearing a lovely pop from my hamstring, now I can't walk, brilliant! Stopped the four though"
Chris, via text on 81111

Shaun Pollock
"I thought we would have had a shower by now - there have been a lot of black clouds around. Perhaps we've been lucky"
Shaun Pollock on TMS

1501 - SA 141-4 (49 overs)
Shaun Pollock's "ginger radar" is clearly well-attuned as his fellow redhead Colly is brought on as the fifth bowler. He's bowling from the Nursery End, and there's some good line and length early doors from the Durham man. ABDV, who's quick between the wickets, eventually pushes a quick single to Cap'n Vaughan at mid-off.

BBC Sport
"The media centre is being invaded by Old Etonian Tories. After David Cameron yesterday, Boris Johnson has just arrived up here, and as he took in the surroundings gasped 'Wow!'. Meanwhile, his daughter replied nonchalantly to a text message"
BBC Sport's Oliver Brett at Lord's

1456 - SA 140-4 (48 overs)
As London mayor Boris Johnson enters the TMS box, Prince tries to flick Sidey away and they run a leg-bye. ABDV then works away a single of his own, and Shaun Pollock on TMS has spotted Colly warming up at second slip - might he get a bowl?

"Hi Mark¿ ruptured my right Achilles after taking a fairly regulation catch at first slip. Annoyingly it was on landing from the celebration jump. 10 weeks in plaster, and possibly no more cricket. Any other readers recovered from this injury?"
Nick in the TMS inbox

1451 - SA 138-4 (47 overs)
Prince uses his feet to the Montster, dancing down the track and lofting him over his head for a first-bounce four to bring up the half century partnership. A nudged single to leg rotates the strike, then ABDV turns one off his legs and they scamper through for a couple.

"We were having a knock about on the beach in Newquay a few years ago. I decided (for some bizarre reason) that a short leg was called for so with nothing but a pair of shorts and flip flops for protection, I took up position a few yards from the batsman. First ball and he went to slog it through mid-wicket. Unfortunately for me he must have just applied a fresh layer of suntan cream, cos the bat flew out of his hand and crashed plum into my left knee. It swelled up so much that I spent four days on crutches with a knee the resembled something like a mouldy potato. Not the sort of surfing accident that chicks dig really"
Dave from Eltham in the TMS inbox

1449 - SA 131-4 (46 overs)
Prince takes his score to 41 with a single to leg, then ABDV is beaten by the slope as Sidey slants one in past his outside edge. SA skipper Graeme Smith, sat on the balcony, looks like he hasn't cracked a smile all day. ABDV reaches for one outside off stump but steers it through the covers for four - he now has 26.

"On the subject of cricket injuries, I once got hit 'full frontal' by a ball from former England bowler Ricardo Ellcock, and I wasn't wearing a box... need I say more?"
Simon in Harrow in the TMS inbox
[I believe Ellcock was once named in an England squad, but was injured and never played an international - MM]

1442 - SA 126-4 (45 overs)
After a single from Prince, ABDV takes a stride down the crease to Monty and steers it just wide of Pietersen (who hasn't been in the game much today) at mid-wicket and they run two. But after building up a lot of pressure, Monty tosses up a low full toss and ABDV despatches it for four off his legs.

"With regard to the knowledgeable comments of Neil Manthorp [1152 entry], I can only wish that he had been the umpire when Adam Parore was given out to a Brett Lee bouncer that knocked his helmet onto the stumps in Hamilton, NZ back in the late 90s - provoking a mini riot!"
Simon, London, in the TMS inbox

1438 - SA 119-4 (44 overs)
A burst of choral music floats through the window next to me from the lower reaches of BBC TV Centre - I think they're warming up for Last Choir Standing tonight. The strike is rotated for the first time in a while as Prince off-drives Sidey for a single. ABDV sees off the rest of the over, while Aggers and Boycs discuss impromptu cricket games involving dustbins and manhole covers.
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"While umpiring a few years ago I was discussing an agricultural heave to the boundary with the non-striker and failed to watch the throw with enough attention as it caught the edge of the artificial wicket, reared up and hit me clean in the temple. I went down like the proverbial sack of spuds, out cold. Two weeks later, whilst running in to open the bowling my spikes got caught in my delivery stride and I tore all the ligaments in my knee. Been known as A&E ever since."
GB in the TMS inbox

1433 - SA 118-4 (43 overs)
ABDV gets forward well against Monty, who sends down another rapid maiden. England still lead by 475 runs.

1431 - SA 118-4 (42 overs)
Prince pushes Sidey away for a couple, while Aggers on TMS reminisces about his three-Test career, which saw him summoned to Buckingham Palace as part of the winning Ashes squad in 1985, despite having just taken 0-99 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

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"Herschelle Gibbs broke the little finger on my bowling arm as I went for a caught and bowled, playing against Lashings. The ball then went on to bounce once before going for four"
Dom in Portugal, via text on 81111

1426 - SA 116-4 (41 overs)
Boycs on TMS praises the train service between King's Cross and Leeds as Panesar begins a new over to ABDV. A sprawling stop by Strauss at the position I like to call Reasonably Short Extra Cover denies a certain four - and it's Monty's first maiden.

"Last year I was collared into playing a pre-season friendly in a local park. Sprinting towards the rope Linford Christie style, focused on saving valuable runs, I never caught sight of the pursuing Doberman Pinscher. 'Rocky, stay' was the call. I thought the batsmen were impressed with my speed and feared a run out. God it hurt"
Ben O'Sullivan in the TMS inbox

1424 - SA 116-4 (40 overs)
Broad is replaced by Sidebottom, who has two slips and a gully in for Prince. A mix-up nearly causes chaos when Prince calls for a run, then sends ABDV back and they both have to retreat quickly into their creases. A better shot sees Prince guide one off his legs towards square leg. Monty, who "runs like a trotting horse" according to Boycs on TMS, is just a yard too slow to prevent the four.

"I was wicketkeeping one day and was trying to intimidate the batsman by getting up very close looking for a stumping off our spin bowler. Sadly the bowler didn't inform me he was going to pitch one up 'as a surprise'. The batsman flailed at the bouncer and the end of his bat caught me in the eye. Blood was everywhere and I apparently looked comical doing a war dance on the spot in pain! I required several stitches on my eyebrow and still bear the scars some 20 years later! I converted to an appalling batsman after that!"
Matt Thorpe in the TMS inbox

1418 - SA 112-4 (39 overs)
Panesar has three close catchers for ABDV, who is happy to pad away anything that pitches outside leg stump, without any fear of being lbw. ABDV cover-drives the last ball of a rapid over for four.

1416 - SA 108-4 (38 overs)
Broad moves to bowl round the wicket and drops one short against Prince, who dismissively cuts it through point for four. Meanwhile, a tumbling Ambrose take prevents some byes. Meanwhile, Mark Ramprakash is out for 42 - the hunt for his 100th hundred goes on.
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Geoffrey Boycott
"I've just had a great lobster lunch, where my friend from Marks & Spencer was telling me about DD bras which cost a couple of quid extra, and all the girls in the box agreed with him"
Geoff Boycott on TMS

1411 - SA 104-4 (37 overs)
Panesar gets one to turn a long way against ABDV, but the batsman gets a leading edge and it flies past square leg for four. ABDV, lest we forget, has at different times been an opening batsman and a wicket-keeper for South Africa, but he seems fairly comfortable here at number six.

BBC Sport
"I am ashamed to say I missed the Panesar wicket, which no doubt had Mr Mitchener in ecstasy. My excuse was that I bumped into a cousin of mine behind the Warner Stand, who introduced me to legendary Arsenal defender Tony Adams"
BBC Sport's Oliver Brett at Lord's

1409 - SA 100-4 (36 overs)
Broad keeps it tight against Prince, and a sharp drive is fielded well by Sidey at mid-off. England think the ball may be out of shape, and throw it to umpire Daryl Harper, who measures it with one of his gadgets and throws it dismissively back to Broad. The next delivery is a little shorter and Prince clips it through mid-wicket for four to bring up three figures for the tourists.

"Oh come on people, there must be at least one amusing story involving the omission of a box! The best I can offer is that once, fielding as 12th man replacing an injured team-mate, I was knocked unconscious at silly point, calling upon the talents of the 13th man (aka my religious education teacher, Rev Bennett) to take the field"
Phil Smith in the TMS inbox

1403 - SA 96-4 (35 overs)
Monty is quickly through his over as ABDV is content to defend his stumps against the turning ball. But he eventually finds the gap at extra cover with a fluent drive which evades cover sweeper Anderson. England's lead is now a mere 497.

1401 - SA 92-4 (34 overs)
ABDV needs some running repairs on his pads, but shoulders arms to Broad's first ball. Broad has three slips and a gully, but ABDV pulls a loose delivery for a single to Monty at fine leg.

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"I once dived for a ball and managed to crack two ribs. Not realising how bad it was I then went on to take five wickets and score 100. Best game I ever had"
Simon, Cornwall, via text on 81111

1356 - SA 91-4 (33 overs)
Prince cover-drives Panesar and Broad gives chase, but mistimes his dive and the ball trickles onto the boundary. Prince pads away the last ball, but England must be sensing another wicket.

And well done to England's women - they may have only needed 42 to win, but they've won by 10 wickets. Poor old Windies.
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1353 - SA 87-4 (32 overs)
ABDV has 72 Test innings without making a duck - a clear record as the next best total is 45. He holds his bat rather high, in the manner of Graham Gooch, but is quickly down to defend a couple of yorkers from Broad. The Notts man then strays with an aerial wide, which is the only score from the over.

"Watching the highlights last night, I noticed that Mark Boucher and Jaques Kallis are carrying a lot more weight than they used to. Those two must have the two biggest backsides in cricket"
Jeff Prince, Leamington Spa, in the TMS inbox

1348 - SA 86-4 (31 overs)
New batsman is the right-handed AB de Villiers (hereafter mostly referred to as ABDV). A second slip is brought in, and ABDV is off the mark with a prodded two to leg. A single rotates the strike, and there's a spring in Monty's step as he takes his sweater.

Wicket falls
1344 - WICKET - McKenzie b Panesar 40 - SA 83-4 (30.1 overs)
McKenzie tries to turn the first ball of Monty's over off his legs, and is bowled round his legs as it hits his leg stump. When Monty eventually realises what's happened, he's delighted - and so will his captain be.

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"We've just won the toss against Kings Langley. Can someone get a word to Graeme Smith and ask him what he thinks?"
Sam, Broxbourne, via text on 81111

1343 - SA 83-3 (30 overs)
Broad bowls the first over after lunch and McKenzie, as he has done all morning, leaves the first couple outside off stump. He then plays a back-foot defensive stroke, gets an edge and it runs just inches away from the hands of Colly at second slip and through for four. A single brings the southpaw Prince on strike, and he defends the last ball.

"Can I just say a huge thank you to all the lovely people in the lower Compton Stand yesterday... during the afternoon rain break my boyfriend produced a home-made fairy cake with two candles and led everyone in a chorus of Happy Birthday. He'd even written a large sign with my name on so as to successfully negotiate the tricky 'Happy Birthday dear erm... blah blah' bit. Thanks lovely Steve too!"
Anna, (now at home in Farnborough having to decorate - bah), in the TMS inbox

1339: Aggers on TMS has spotted some threatening clouds, while the Montster has shed his sunhat, but we're going to get under way on time.

1330: While the players finish their lunch, here are a few more of your "cricketing injuries" tales from the TMS inbox and your texts on 81111:

"I played in the annual teachers v pupils match at the end of term, and with victory four runs away I pulled a short delivery straight to square leg where it smashed our PE teacher Kevin Chidley's arm - he was standing as SL umpire" (Kipper Gray, Gateshead, via text)
"I once got 'one in the eye' when diving for a catch, the ball dropped short, bounced up and hit me smack in the eye, making an almighty 'crack' sound as it did. Cue one shiner, and lots of unsympathetic team mates" (Howard)
"A batsman hit a ball I bowled back to me about six inches off the deck. I stuck my foot out and flicked it up for a catch. Downside, I broke my foot" (Keith McMonies)
"I once dropped an absolute dolly at short leg and, to add insult to injury, lost the nail on my thumb!" (Pete, Saudi Arabia)

LUNCH INTERVAL

1301 - SA 78-3 (29 overs)
A McKenzie single brings Prince on strike - there's a slip, a helmeted short leg, a helmeted silly point and a leg gully for the paddle sweep. Monty gets some more turn past the edge of Prince's pad, a quicker ball is played defensively off the back foot, and with the last ball of the over, Monty appeals for lbw, but the grinning Billy Bowden signals lunch. South Africa are still 515 runs behind. Aggers is ready to talk to Lord Joffe, I'm more than ready for a sandwich - we'll be back in a little while.

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Paul Downton
"Two interesting cricket injuries in one week - one quick delivery which thumped into my 'reproductive area'; that followed, when fielding, by an injured finger whilst holding onto a low catch at short-extra. The interesting bit? The bowler was Paul Downton (later to keep wicket for England) and the batsman was one Daniel Day-Lewis (long before he'd heard of the Mohicans). So, send your sons to boarding school - their injuries will all be caused by 'the right sort of chap'!"
Simon Hooker in the TMS inbox

1258 - SA 77-3 (28 overs)
Prince cuts Broad powerfully for four, then has to sway out of the way of a bouncer. A superbly-timed cover drive brings Prince another four - he already has 20, while McKenzie has carefully worked his way to 34. This should be the penultimate over before lunch - they'll get another in if the fielders get to their positions quickly.

"There was a kid called Andy in my class at school who tried to catch a skier. Sadly his catching technique involved raising his hands to the sky about a foot apart. And yes, the ball went straight through the middle and knocked him out. Beautiful"
Joe Miles, Oxfordshire, in the TMS inbox

Monty Panesar
1253 - SA 69-3 (27 overs)
Monty P is indeed brought into the attack - he bowls over the wicket to the left-handed Prince, aiming at a patch of rough outside Prince's off stump, and he gets his first ball to turn prodigiously, before Prince sweeps for a single. Monty is back round the wicket to McKenzie, with two close catchers still in. McKenzie's response is to advance down the track and punch a four back past the bowler, but with plenty of runs to play with, England won't mind too much.
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1250 - SA 64-3 (26 overs)
The England pace trio are shuffled again, with Broad replacing Sidey. Will the Montster get a twirl before lunch, as reward for all that fielding he's done? Also sharp in the field is Bell, who pounces at cover point to deny McKenzie one of his favoured quick singles.

"Hello Mark, my worst cricket injury is when I got hit just above my eyebrow and got away with just a couple of ounces of blood and four stitches!"
Saqib Abbas, Coventry, in the TMS inbox

1245 - SA 64-3 (25 overs)
A single from Prince off Anderson brings another shuffle of the field as a result of South Africa's left-hand/right-hand combo. McKenzie guides a single to leg, and then a straight-drive from Prince brings the first boundary for ages. England's women are running riot at Loughborough, the Windies are 31-8 (Isha Guha taking 5-14) and Mark Pougatch on TMS wonders that if they finish early, will they play a "beer match" (or white wine equivalent)?
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"I'm not quite sure if this counts as a cricket injury, but I was on holiday, and just finished a game of Kwik Cricket on the beach, and I was really hot, so I went back to the hotel, jumped in the pool, didn't realise it was the shallow end, and subsequently smashed my ankle to bits! So even though I didn't get injured whilst playing cricket, it was as a result of it!"
Mark Tallentire in the TMS inbox

1241 - SA 58-3 (24 overs)
Sidey goes round the wicket again to McKenzie, who pushes for a quick single but Sidey is quick to follow through and deny his opponent. Sidey switches to over the wicket and gets one to cut back quite sharply down the slope, but some more sensible batting by McKenzie, who's had a good morning, sees off a maiden.

"I am the batsman that cut the ball to Mark and let me tell you I have never timed a ball or hit a cut shot so hard, and with cougar like agility, Mark pounced and took a stunner!"
Nick Marshall, Dorset, in the TMS inbox
[Cheque's in the post, Nick. Luckily for you, I write cheques right-handed - MM]

1234 - SA 58-3 (23 overs)
McKenzie guides Anderson off his legs for a single to bring new batsman Ashwell Prince immediately on strike. The left-handed Prince edges his first ball just over the slip cordon (most of whom are wearing light-enhancing sunglasses) - so rather than joining the Primary Club, he gets three which brings his side past 50. The Primary Club, if you haven't heard of them, are a cricketing charity which raise money to provide sports and recreational facilities for the visually impaired. You can join if you've ever been out first ball. Another McKenzie single - and then both batsmen benefit from hard-run threes.
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Wicket falls
1229 - WICKET - Kallis c Strauss b Sidebottom 7 - SA 47-3 (22 overs)
I was just about to type that Lord's had gone a little quiet, but there's a huge "ooh" when McKenzie gets an inside edge onto his back leg, which rebounds just wide of the stumps. Sidey changes his angle of attack to bowl round the wicket, and McKenzie works him away for a single - so he goes back over the wicket against Kallis. When Kallis is finally drawn into playing at one outside off-stump, he gets an edge and Andrew Strauss takes a very good catch low to his right at first slip. Sidey is absolutely overjoyed, hair flying in the breeze.

"Not so much an injury to myself but I was once caught out having smashed the bowler in the air straight back down the ground, only for the ball to flick off the end of the bowler's fingers, smack the umpire on the head and deflect 20 yards to mid on. The umpire was left with a nasty seam mark on his forehead and I was left shaking my head all the way back to the pavilion"
Matt, Oxford, in the TMS inbox

1223 - SA 46-2 (21 overs)
Another change of ends sees Anderson switch to the Nursery End, and McKenzie executes a very careful pull which brings him a single to Bell on the square leg boundary. Jimmy then nearly induces an edge from Kallis as the ball swings a little down the slope.

"Was in New Zealand in March, playing a 20-20 against a pub side in Rotorua. Just arrived at the non-striker's end when my partner called me through for a quick single. Full of beans, I employed a slide to make my ground, and ripped up my bare leg something nasty. It was only then that I realised that this was completely unnecessary as the very relaxed rules of the game meant that I couldn't have been out without scoring. I was shame-faced - and bleeding"
Trick, Tapei, in the TMS inbox

1219 - SA 45-2 (20 overs)
TMS scorer Bill Frindall announces that a gingerbread man has gone missing from their box, and after McKenzie knocks another quick single, Kallis tries to work Sidey to fine leg where a superb sliding stop by the Montster (honestly!) restricts them to two and earns Monty P a round of applause. After a brief pause while square-leg umpire Billy Bowden reties his shoelace, Kallis shoulders arms to round off the over.

1215 - SA 42-2 (19 overs)
After the batsmen exchange singles off Broad, McKenzie stakes an early claim for "shot of the day" as a fluent cover drive races away for four. As he pinches the strike again, Aggers on TMS reveals that England's women have their West Indies counterparts reeling at 17-5.
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"Had the worst possible debut for my new club last year - run out for eight, had to fill in as umpire for a few overs and gave our secretary out lbw (he was plumb!) and then fielding at cover I slid after a ball and tore the cartilage in my knee...who said cricket was a gentle sport!?"
Edward Lowcock in the TMS inbox

1210 - SA 35-2 (18 overs)
With the players refreshed, Sidey begins a new over to McKenzie, who's looked quite well set this morning. Colly runs up from second slip to have a word with Vaughan, possibly about the condition of the ball, and Vaughan in turn has a few words with Sidey. McKenzie tips-and-runs a single to keep the strike, and Aggers reveals that his lunchtime guest today will be former human rights lawyer Lord Joffe - having spoken to David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition, yesterday.

Shaun Pollock
"Everyone knows Jacques Kallis has the ability to bat for long periods, so South Africa will be hoping he can do exactly that"
Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock on TMS

Alison Mitchell
"London mayor Boris Johnson has just sat down in the Allen Stand, he even got a little round of applause as he took his seat"
TMS's pitchside reporter Alison Mitchell

1203 - SA 34-2 (17 overs)
Kallis is off the mark in style, punching a four past gully. Broad's response is to beat Kallis's outside edge with a beautiful delivery, and it's time for a drinks break.

"I once played in a game where the umpire was sick over the crease just as the opening bowler approached the stumps. He slipped over in the residue, got up and laid the umpire flat with one punch"
Pete Blott, Lutterworth, in the TMS inbox

Geoffrey Boycott
"Kallis is still the big wicket - he's technically correct. Get him and you're really on your way"
Former Yorkshire and England opener Geoff Boycott on TMS

1158 - SA 30-2 (16 overs)
New batsman Jacques Kallis watches from the non-striker's end as Sidey changes ends to replace Anderson at the Pavilion End, and immediately has a loud lbw shout against McKenzie. The score moves on as he nudges a two to fine leg.

Wicket falls
1152 - WICKET - Amla c Ambrose b Broad 6 - SA 28-2 (15 overs)
The tourists still trail by 566 runs as Broad begins a new over to McKenzie, and the youngster is working up a bit of pace. McKenzie ushers the ball away for a leg-bye as keeper Tim Ambrose gives chase. Then, as Amla half-heartedly fends at one outside off-stump, he gets a slight nick into the welcoming gloves of Tiny Tim behind the timbers and Broad's line and length is rewarded with a wicket.

BBC Sport
"The very knowledgeable South African writer Neil Manthorp says Amla would not have been out had his helmet landed on the stumps as he was not attempting to play a shot. Neil's very excited about his free radio which that came with his morning paper. He also got given a bottle of rum by Michael Holding on Thursday!"
BBC Sport's Oliver Brett at Lord's

"I broke my ankle whilst bowling a number of years ago. Most annoying thing was that it was my best bowling session of the season and we had the opposition on the rack at the time. Apparantly there was a sickening 'crack' noise that rang out around the ground and I toppled to the ground like a felled redwood tree in the forest"
Ed in the TMS inbox

1148 - SA 27-1 (14 overs)
Anderson bowls a little short to Amla, whose unorthodox backlift provokes great discussion between Boycs and Mark Pougatch on TMS. Another maiden.

And this isn't the only England international match happening today - England's women are taking on the West Indies in a one-day international at Loughborough. Yesterday's ODI was curtailed by rain, but England have won the toss this morning and elected to field first. And in a moment of shameless self-promotion, I should mention that I recently spent a day with the England women's team on board a cross-Channel ferry, armed with a camera, to watch them play cricket on the helipad. I even managed a blog and a photo gallery out of the day...
LIVE SCORECARD: England women v West Indies
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1144 - SA 27-1 (13 overs)
Broad strays down the leg side, allowing McKenzie an easy single, while Geoff Boycott on TMS advocates bowling with the accuracy of Sir Richard Hadlee in today's conditions. Amla gets lucky when he fences at one which sails in the air just above the gap between third slip and gully, and that's away for four. Amla keeps the strike with a single.

"A quick Google search reveals 'Voice-recognition software packages priced at $10,000 and up a decade ago can now be purchased for less than $200'. Given the £ to $ rate that's less than £0.005 per licence fee for freedom for your bashed digits. Well done holding the Champers catch. I once caught a one-hander in the covers that stuck between two fingers and had most people, me included, looking to the boundary"
Duncan Tanner in the TMS inbox

1140 - SA 21-1 (12 overs)
Anderson fires in a bouncer to Amla, which evades Ambrose and they trot through for a bye. McKenzie takes his score to 11 with a nudge to leg, then Amla's helmet is dislodged as he takes evasive action but it lands safely wide of the stumps. Amla's shaven head is revealed, and he has to reattach the chin strap of his helmet back under his beard.

1136 - SA 19-1 (11 overs)
The first change of bowling is made as the flaxen-haired Stuart Broad replaces Sidey at the Nursery End. Amla is finally off the mark with an on-drive wide of Vaughan at mid-on. McKenzie then works Broad off his legs towards the Grandstand with what one of my team-mates this week described as "the perfect four" - one which has two fielders chasing all the way, but just beats them as it crosses the rope.

1130 - SA 14-1 (10 overs)
Despite the grey clouds overhead, there's not been much swing this mis morning, but McKenzie stoutly defends one of the few deliveries he actually has to play at. Bell is sent out from short leg to square leg, and CMJ describes McKenzie ie ie ie as "a wee bit porky". Some smart fielding by Anderson off his own bowling, and that's three straight maiden overs.

1126 - SA 14-1 (9 overs)
Vaughan brings in Broad at short mid-off for Amla, who's still not yet off the mark, while ump Billy Bowden isn't happy with Sidey's follow-through, and CMJ on TMS even thinks he may have given Sidey an official warning. Amla, like his partner, is not playing at anything he doesn't have to, and it's another maiden.

1121 - SA 14-1 (8 overs)
It seems like a huge selection of celebrities are at Lord's today - one box alone contains David Frost, Stephen Fry, Michael Parkinson and Greg Dyke. Anderson sends down a maiden over to McKenzie, but he doesn't have to play at any of them and is happy to shoulder arms at this stage.

1118 - SA 14-1 (7 overs)
McKenzie gets the Proteas off unlucky 13 with a single to the ubiquitous Montster at fine leg off Sidey, who's found a good length already. Aggers has noticed a few empty seats around - unusual for a Saturday at a Lord's Test? Tuffers is off to his niece's christening this afternoon, which raises a few chuckles in the TMS box, and Amla sees off the rest of the over.

"I know how you feel Mark - last Saturday playing for the second XI, a cover drive and the ball smashed into my hand and I was left with a bruise all over my left little finger and down my hand. Three days later in the nets I failed to fend off a yorker which smacked into my right foot, leaving an apple-sized bruise which has been through the bruise-rainbow of green, purple and yellow and is now a sickly mixture of all three today!"
Tom in Ware
[I'm detecting a theme here - so come on then, what have been your worst or most embarrassing cricket injuries? MM]

1114 - SA 13-1 (6 overs)
The new batsman is the splendidly-bearded Hashim Amla, who stoically sees off the rest of Anderson's over with some immaculate defensive strokes.

Wicket falls
1109 - WICKET - Smith c Bell b Anderson 8 - SA 13-1 (5.2 overs)
Smith prods at an astonishing, nay unplayable, delivery from Anderson which veers up from the shoulder of his bat and loops into the hands of Ian Bell at gully. A crucial wicket for England with only the 12th ball of the day.

1108 - SA 13-0 (5 overs)
Poor old Monty is having to field at long leg both ends, surely he won't be asked to do that all day? Smith tucks Ryan Sidebottom just off his leg and it goes finer than the last one, shooting down to the Pavilion for four. Monty is a ball-magnet, having to field yet another leg-glance, and with the right-handed Neil McKenzie now on strike, the Montster has to swap sides again - he's already fielded in all four corners of Lord's today!

"In reference to your finger, has the BBC not invested in voice activated typing gizmo things they have these days¿ Where on earth is my licence fee going?!? Probably funding those pointless programmes such as Meerkat Manor or something. How long has Attenborough got left?"
Nicholas Campbell-Kelly in the TMS inbox
[Chance would be a fine thing - MM]

1103 - SA 8-0 (4 overs)
We have four balls of James Anderson's over to complete from last night, and South Africa captain Graeme Smith is beaten with the second ball of the day. The first run of the day comes when Smith turns one off his legs to Monty Panesar at fine leg.

1058: Umpires Billy Bowden and Daryl Harper lead out the England fielders. The TMS team report that it's a little cloudy, with a chilly breeze blowing now and showers forecast for the afternoon, and the light's not brilliant at this stage either. But we're pressing ahead.

"If England are to get wickets, they have to patiently pitch it up on a full length all day just on/outside off, keep it tight, getting the batsmen driving. Perhaps a little swing early. The South African bowlers made the mistake of banging it in on a slugging pitch, going for easy runs via back foot shots, effectively allowing two big tons from Bell and Pietersen! Monty will be bowling many overs and will be the danger man for the South Africans, the more the match progresses"
Rob Whittle, Norwich, in the TMS inbox

BBC Sport
"This is, by some distance, the coldest day of the Test so far. The 'True Indian Food' stand is doing a roaring trade - at 1045! Anyone had enough of the 'New T20?' I do hope so. Everyone at Lord's has, and wants to see what England's bowlers can do today"
BBC Sport's Oliver Brett at Lord's

And, if you haven't already, do check out the TMS Blog where, along with Aggers' thoughts on the Twenty20 "franchise" proposal, you can read Mr Brett's thoughts on Paul Collingwood and the other talking points of Day Two.
TMS BLOG: Twenty20 franchises hold little appeal for Aggers
TMS BLOG: Spare a thought for Collingwood

1035: A few words of explanation if you think my typing's not up to its usual speed and fluency. I'm just back from playing cricket for a week myself, and in the process of taking a frankly superb catch at cover (well, the ball was smashed so hard and so fast at me that I didn't have time to get out of the way) against our arch rivals, I managed to injure the middle finger of my left hand, which is still swollen and discoloured. An X-ray showed no break or dislocation, but it's strapped up and my typing may not be up to its usual standards.

A minor consolation was that I did hold onto the catch, and it was chosen as our team's champagne moment of the week!

1025: Morning, everyone - it's eyes down for day three at Lord's, with South Africa having just started their reply to England's total of 593-8 which they built up over the first couple of days.


see also
England reign despite Prince ton
12 Jul 08 |  England
Mandela lawyer talks to TMS
12 Jul 08 |  Test Match Special
David Cameron talks to Aggers
11 Jul 08 |  Cricket
South Africa's man of steel
09 Jul 08 |  England
Behind the Dale Steyn fairytale
08 Jul 08 |  South Africa
Cricket's craziest man
07 Jul 08 |  England
South Africa target England pair
08 Jul 08 |  England
South Africa in England in 2008
14 Nov 07 |  Cricket


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