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first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Ben Stokes took the last three wickets as England subdued a stubborn South Africa to win a thrilling second Test by 189 runs late on day five yesterday, their first victory at Newlands since 1957.Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen had frustrated England for 44 overs before Stokes provided late drama to finish the match with 8.2 overs to spare and level the four-match series.The win will be especially pleasing for England for the way they stuck to their task on a flat fifth-day wicket, with Stokes’s superb burst earning the all-rounder figures of 3-35. “A great day’s play and a great Test match,” England seamer Stuart Broad told Sky Sports. “We had to work incredibly hard; we knew we were going to have to do that.“It was incredible discipline from South Africa throughout the day but we kept saying one bit of magic.“We set some funky fields. One breakthrough and we could apply some pressure. You need a lot of character and skill to chase 10 wickets. We are proud of taking our chances.” Chasing a Test record 438 to win, South Africa looked relatively comfortable as they reached 237 for five with 26 overs remaining in the match.For the second time in the innings, however, a key man gave his wicket away. de Kock (50) attempted to pull a dragged-down delivery from part-time leg-spinner Joe Denly and succeeded only in picking out Zak Crawley at mid-wicket. It was an unnecessary stroke that opened the door for England and when Broad removed the obdurate van der Dussen (17 from 140 balls), it was well and truly ajar.Stokes accounted for Dwaine Pretorius and Anrich Nortje in successive balls, both caught at slip, and sealed the victory in front of an ecstatic Barmy Army when Vernon Philander was caught fending a lifting delivery to Ollie Pope.South Africa had given themselves a chance with some stern resistance, not least from debutant opener Pieter Malan who lasted 288 balls for his 84.But England looked on course for victory at lunch after grabbing the key wicket of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (19), who will be disappointed with his shot selection as he tried to take on spinner Dom Bess with a powerful sweep and picked out Denly at square leg. “The boys fought very hard. They bowled really well and congrats to them,” de Kock said.“Obviously we tried to push them as far as we can. Unfortunately we fell just short. I was disappointed because we had a good partnership going and I smoked one straight to a fielder.”South Africa won the first Test in Pretoria by 107 runs. The third match in the four-Test series starts in Port Elizabeth on January 16.ENGLAND 1st innings 269 SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 223ENGLAND 2nd innings 391 for 8SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings o/n 126 for 2Pieter Malan c Ben Stokes b Sam Curran 84Dean Elgar c Jos Buttler b Joe Denly 34Zubayr Hamza c Jos Buttler b James Anderson 18Keshav Maharaj lbw James Anderson 2Faf du Plessis c Joe Denly b Dom Bess 19Rassie van der Dussen c James Anderson b Stuart Broad 17Quinton de Kock c Zak Crawley b Joe Denly 50Vernon Philander c Ollie Pope b Ben Stokes 8Dwaine Pretorius c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 0Anrich Nortje c Zak Crawley b Ben Stokes 0Kagiso Rabada not out 3Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-5, w-2) 13Total (all out, 137.4 overs) 248Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-123, 3-129, 4-164, 5-171, 6-237, 7-237, 8-241, 9-241.Bowling: James Anderson 18-9-23-2, Stuart Broad 23-8-37-1, Dom Bess 33-14-57-1, Sam Curran 16-4-37-1 (w-1, nb-1), Joe Denly 18-4-42-2, Joe Root 6-0-11-0, Ben Stokes 23.4-8-35-3 (w-1, nb-4).last_img read more

first_img(BBC) – Lewis Hamilton dominated the Spanish Grand Prix to take his fourth victory in six races so far this year.The Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position and was simply too fast for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was unable to challenge.Hamilton’s team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, took third, failing to catch Verstappen despite Mercedes’ efforts on strategy.Hamilton’s win extended his World Championship lead to 37 points over Verstappen, who is six ahead of Bottas.It was the 88th victory of Hamilton’s career and he is now just three from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of wins.It was also his 156th podium finish, a new record, beating the previous mark, also held by Schumacher.Total control for HamiltonIn temperatures of 30C, the race was gruelling physically for all the drivers, but there was no sign of the expected challenge to Hamilton from Verstappen.Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff had said on the eve of the race that Verstappen was favourite because he had shown stronger pace when the teams were doing their race preparation in practice.But once converting his pole position into a lead at the first corner, Hamilton was always in command.He took it easy in the opening laps, to ensure he could make his required pit-stop schedule but after 10 laps started to increase the pace and Verstappen could not keep up.“I was just in a daze out there,” Hamilton said. “It felt really good. It was a surprise because we had this problem with the tyres [at the last race] and the work we did was what meant we could do this.”With Hamilton in control, Red Bull’s focus now became ensuring Verstappen held on to second place from Bottas, who made a poor start and dropped to fourth on the first lap, behind Verstappen and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.Bottas was past Stroll within five laps but Verstappen was able to hold the Finn just out of range through the first pit stops.Mercedes decided to run Bottas longer than Verstappen in the second stint, in an attempt to give him a tyre off-set in the final stint.But although stopping seven laps later than Verstappen and switching on to the soft tyre compared to the Red Bull’s mediums, Bottas was unable to gain any ground.Bottas’ consolation was the point for fastest lap, but with a 43-point deficit to Hamilton – a gap edging close to two clear wins – the Finn’s title hopes are already effectively almost over.A frenetic midfield battleAnother bad day for Ferrari saw Leclerc’s race ended due to engine problemsHamilton lapped everyone up to fourth place, so far ahead were the front three from the rest.The Racing Points of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll crossed the line fourth and fifth, but the Mexican was handed a five-second penalty for ignoring blue flags when Hamilton was lapping him and dropped behind the Canadian in the results.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz drove a strong race on his home track to take sixth, ahead of the impressive Sebastian Vettel, who made a one-stop strategy work to move up from 12th on the grid to finish seventh.Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc was running ahead of him and was also aiming for a one-stop but spun when an electrical fault cut his engine on lap 36.He managed to get the car going again at the second attempt, and did a lap without his seat belts secured to get back to the pits, where he had to retire.last_img read more