Boucher steers SAfrica to 83-run lead
The cricket player positioned immediately behind the wicket in play.
Cricket the fielder positioned directly behind the wicket Mark Boucher Mark Verdon Boucher (born December 3, 1976 in East London, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa) is a South African cricketer. He was educated at Selborne College. He has represented Border, Africa XI, ICC World XI and South Africa. steered South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. to an 83-run first innings lead on the third day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday.
Boucher made 40 as South Africa stretched their first innings total to 314 before he was last man out.
Rain started falling almost immediately after the end of the innings. An early lunch was taken before England could start their second innings.
Boucher was mainly responsible for South Africa adding 58 for the loss of their last four wickets.
South Africa suffered an early blow when Ashwell Prince Ashwell Gavin Prince (born May 28, 1977, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province) is a cricketer who plays Test and One-day International cricket for South Africa. A left handed middle order batsman, he has a high batted stance and is strong through the offside he is one of the fastest , who had made centuries in the first two Tests, drove at a wide ball from Ryan Sidebottom Ryan Jay Sidebottom (born January 15, 1978 in Huddersfield) is an English cricketer. He sports a flamboyant hairstyle which has led to the dressing room nickname of "Sexual Chocolate" He is a left-handed batsman and a left-hand fast-medium bowler. in the second over of the day to be caught behind for 39.
Andrew Flintoff, whose fiery spell late on the second day brought England back into the game, was denied his fifth wicket of the innings in the next over when Boucher, on 12, was dropped by Paul Collingwood Paul David Collingwood MBE (born 26 May 1976), is an English cricketer. He is a regular member of the England Test side and captain of the One-Day International team. He is also vice-captain of his county, Durham County Cricket Club. , diving far to his right at second slip.
The ball would have gone straight to the fielder if a third slip had been in place.
The second new ball was taken but Morne Morkel batted brightly to make 18 before he was leg before wicket leg before wicket
Cricket a dismissal on the grounds that a batsman has been struck on the leg by a bowled ball that otherwise would have hit the wicket Abbrev: (lbw) to James Anderson, to be followed almost immediately by Andre Nel, who was bowled by an in-swinging delivery from Sidebottom.
With last man Makhaya Ntini at the crease, Boucher went for his shots and hit three fours in an over from Sidebottom.
He managed to keep the strike when he hooked the last ball of the over to long leg where Monty Panesar spilled a chance before he struck Anderson high towards deep cover where England captain Michael Vaughan pulled off a spectacular diving catch.
Flintoff finished with four for 89, while Sidebottom and Anderson finished with three wickets each.
England, first innings, 231
South Africa, first innings (overnight 38-1)
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK PAK,
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Army of the United States ). Match referee: R Madugalle (SRI).