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Pope strokes maiden century on a dream day for England

Posted On: 17 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: Cricket365

Pope strokes maiden century on a dream day for England

Ollie Pope's maiden Test century and another from the bat of the irrepressible Ben Stokes put England firmly in charge against South Africa on a dominant second day in Port Elizabeth.
The tourists declared on 499 for nine and closed having reduced the Proteas to 60 for two, a commanding position built around two brilliant knocks from men at different stages of their journeys.
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Pope announced himself as a worthy recipient of the ‘next big thing' tag he has been handed with an wonderful, unbeaten 135 in just his ninth Test innings, while Stokes' 120 continued a remarkable sequence of performances that saw him crowned world player of the year this week.
The pair shared a stand of 203 for the fifth wicket, coming together on the previous evening at 148 for four and shaping the game together. Weighed down by the exertions of 152 overs in the field, South Africa lost Pieter Malan and Zubayr Hamza to Dom Bess' off-spin in just over an hour's play...

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