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Pope plunders maiden Test ton as Proteas sink

17th January 2020, 16:26 by Simon Barlow

Ollie Pope hit his maiden Test century as England took control on day two at Port Elizabeth by taking two late Proteas wickets.

Pope successfully reviewed an lbw decision when he was given out on 74 and went on to make 135 not out before England declared on 499-9.

He put on 203 runs for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes, who hit 12 fours and two sixes in his knock of 120.

Sam Curran (44) and Mark Wood (42) made useful contributions down the order to push England close to 500 and put South Africa under huge pressure.

The 22-year-old Surrey batsman led the team off at the close of play when bad light and rain brought a premature end to the day.

Dom Bess can also be happy with his day's work as he picked up the two Proteas first innings wickets to fall before stumps.

The spinner drew Pieter Malan into a misjudgement as he spooned a catch back to the bowler on just 18 before he had Zubayr Hamza caught by Pope at short leg off bat and pad for 10.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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