England close in on victory after Stokes’ burst

first_img…SA still 375 short of their target on final dayLONDON (Reuters) – England ripped apart South Africa’s top order in Sunday’s final session at the Oval to bear down on a victory that would put them 2-1 up with one to play in the four-Test series.Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes’ third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492.Although Stokes failed to record what would have been the first-ever Test hat-trick at the Oval, the damage was done. Du Plessis’ wicket, lbw without playing a shot to a first-ball inswinger, was a particular blow, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday.The tourists limped to the close on 117-4, still 375 short of their target with a day’s play remaining.The battling Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, as England turned to Moeen Ali to try to secure another breakthrough.Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century.No one else provided much resistance. Before Stokes struck, Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, this time having South Africa’s danger man sharply caught by Joe Root in the slips for five.England have a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root’s decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa.England’s new captain eventually called time when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8After Jennings departed early for a painstaking 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England’s problem number three spot.Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match.England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England’s lead extended way beyond the test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418.If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord’s before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge.The final Test starts in Manchester on Friday, Aug. 4.ENGLAND 1st innings 353 (B. Stokes 112, A. Cook 88)South Africa 1st innings 175 (T. Bavuma 52; T. Roland-Jones 5-57)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 74-1)A. Cook b M. Morkel 7K. Jennings c Morris b Rabada 48T. Westley st de Kock b Maharaj 59J. Root c M. Morkel b Maharaj 50D. Malan lbw b Morris 10B. Stokes b Morris 31J. Bairstow c Rabada b Maharaj 63M. Ali ` run out (, Bavuma) 8T. Roland-Jones not out 23Extras (lb-11 w-3) 14Total (for 8 wickets declared, 79.5 overs) 313Fall of wickets: 1-30 A. Cook,2-92 K. Jennings,3-170 T. Westley,4-180 J. Root,5-202 D. Malan,6-251 B. Stokes,7-265 M. Ali,8-313 J. BairstowDid not bat: S. Broad, J. AndersonBowling: M. Morkel 19 – 6 – 44 – 1(w-1), V. Philander 15 – 3 – 54 – 0(w-2)K. Rabada 18 – 4 – 56 – 1,C. Morris 11 – 0 – 70 – 2,K. Maharaj 13.5 – 2 – 50 – 3,D. Elgar 3 – 0 – 28 – 0South Africa 2nd innings (Target: 492 runs)H. Kuhn b Broad 11D. Elgar not out 72H. Amla c Root b Roland-Jones 5Q. de Kock b Stokes 5F. du Plessis lbw b Stokes 0T. Bavuma not out 16Extras (lb-5 nb-3) 8Total (for 4 wickets, 38 overs) 117Fall of wickets: 1-21 H. Kuhn,2-47 H. Amla,3-52 Q. de Kock,4-52 F. du PlessisTo bat: V. Philander, C. Morris, K. Maharaj, K. Rabada, M. MorkelBowling: J. Anderson 8 – 0 – 20 – 0, S. Broad 10 – 3 – 27 – 1,T. Roland-Jones 7 – 1 – 20 – 1, B. Stokes 8 – 0 – 29 – 2(nb-3),M. Ali 5 – 2 – 16 – 0.last_img

Alpena city manager announces retirement

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The city of Alpena will be losing one of it’s most dedicated employees in December.City Manager Greg Sundin announced his plans to retire at last night’s city council meeting. After delivering his final ‘State of the City’ address, Sundin gave a heartfelt speech on his plans to retire. His last day will December 20, 2019. His actual retirement date will be in mid-January of next year.Sundin started as a planning and development director with Alpena. He took over the role of city manager in 2012, serving over seven years in the role. Sundin thanked his colleagues and staff after 20+ years of service.“Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to pursue two fascinating, challenging, and most of the time, fun careers with the City — one (Planner) I deliberately sought and the other (Manager) that sought me, even though I initially resisted. I look forward to my remaining ten months. There is much to do and much to accomplish.”Sundin will carry out his duties until December. He will remain active in the community.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, City Manager, City of Alpena, Greg Sundin, Planner, RetirementContinue ReadingPrevious Special guest reads to kindergartners for National Reading MonthNext ‘Sanctuary Lecture Series’ to feature doctor that exposed microbeads in personal care productslast_img read more