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Derbys vs S Africa

Proteas prepare

Reserve paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe claims 4-45

Vernon Philander: two wickets and an unbeaten 68

Dale Steyn: batting practice for the tailender

The South Africans warmed up for next week's final Test against England with a useful work-out with both ball and bat against Derbyshire at Derby.

Seamer Vernon Philander and leg spinner Imran Tahir both picked up two wickets, while reserve paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed 4-45 as Derbyshire declared on 174-9, 191 behind, with Ross Whiteley scoring an unbeaten 51.

That gave Graeme Smith's team the chance to give their tail-enders some batting practice and Philander took advantage with an unbeaten 68 while Dale Steyn made 34 before the game meandered to a draw when the visitors declared on 168-7 at 4.50pm.

The tourists needed only two overs to break through on another sunny morning when Australian Test batsman Usman Khawaja got an inside edge to Philander and gave wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile the second of five victims.

Morne Morkel had skipper Wayne Madsen caught behind down the leg side three overs later and Dan Redfern could only edge Tsotsobe into the safe hands of Smith at first slip.

Tsotsobe was generating pace and movement and he took two more wickets against in three balls when Jon Clare and Tom Poynton, a second day addition to the Derbyshire team, both edged into Tsolekile's gloves.

Another catch by Smith gave Tsotsobe his fourth victim although the South Africans will have taken more encouragement from the performance of Tahir who did not bowl a single no ball in his nine overs after his over-stepping problems in the first two Tests.

Tahir had gone for 21 in his first three overs on the previous evening but the next six cost only 14 and earned him two wickets, one of them to an outstanding catch by Smith who seemed to grab the edge from Alex Hughes as it went past him.

The tourists gave Steyn five overs in the morning and he was batting in the afternoon although attempts to give their lower order practice was only partially successful as Mark Footitt removed Morne Morkel and Tahir for ducks in a seven-over spell.

Faf du Plessis was bowled playing no shot and Peterson was brilliantly caught at gully before Albie Morkel top edged a pull at Clare to midwicket.

Tsolekile's 22-over vigil ended when he was bowled by Tim Groenewald, the 16th player in the Derbyshire team, and Philander needed some treatment after he was hit in the box by Whiteley.

But he was able to continue his innings after tea and drove Peter Burgoyne over the pavilion on the way to a 67-ball fifty as he and Steyn added 74 for the seventh wicket before close.

Match Details

Date
10th - 12th Aug 2012
Toss
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
The County Ground, Derby
Umpires
N A Mallender and I Dawood

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
du Plessis b Footitt 4
Tsolekile b Groenewald 26
Peterson c M.S. Lineker b Footitt 11
M Morkel lbw b Footitt 0
M I T Tahir c M.S. Lineker b Footitt 0
J.A. Morkel c P.I. Burgoyne b Clare 9
Philander not out 68
Steyn c Footitt b P.I. Burgoyne 34
Duminy not out 4
Extras 1nb, 3w, 6b, 2lb 12
Total Declared, 40.0 Overs 168 - 7
Full Batting Card

derbys BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Footitt 11 2 38 4
A.C. Evans 5 0 25 0
Clare 3 2 2 1
Groenewald 6 1 27 1
Whiteley 5 2 9 0
P.I. Burgoyne 7 1 46 1
Madsen 1 0 12 0
M. Higginbottom 2 1 1 0
Full Bowling Card