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Saturday, November 6, 1999 Published at 22:21 GMT

Caddick lone England star

Michael Vaughan helped steady the innings after Butcher was out for a duck

The form of England paceman Andy Caddick was one of the few bright spots in another disappointing display from Nasser Hussain's side touring South Africa.

Caddick spearheaded a weakened England attack depleted by the absence of Darren Gough and Dean Headley, claiming five for 53 and conceding less than two runs an over against a Combined Western Province/Boland XI in Cape Town.

But the support bowling was in the main poor as Mark Butcher conceded 34 runs off his eight overs and Gavin Hamilton conceded 65 off his 20, allowing the makeshift side to reach 358 for nine declared.

Butcher's worrying inability to find his batting form continued as he was bowled for a duck at the start of the England innings.

[ image: Butcher lasted 16 minutes]
Butcher lasted 16 minutes
The Surrey left-hander came back from a similar slump in the build-up to last year's tour of Australia to hit 116 at Brisbane but doubts remain over his suitability to open the attack when England meet South Africa in the First Test.

He lasted just 16 minutes and faced only 13 balls before promising left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby uprooted his off-stump.

Captain Nasser Hussain also fell cheaply, hooking Roger Telemachus straight to Willoughby in the deep for just nine, to leave the tourists in some trouble at 14 for two.

Michael Atherton and Michael Vaughan provided the necessary discipline and application, forging an unbroken 64-run stand spanning 31 overs to leave England on 78 for two at the close of the second day.

England's top performer was unquestionably Caddick.

He added to the three wickets he took on Friday by having nightwatchman Claude Henderson caught at slip by Atherton and then trapping Steve Palframan leg before after the hosts added just 13 in the first hour.

Alan Mullally ended Kenny Jackson's lengthy innings six overs later, knocking back his leg stump after he had battled for two minutes short of five hours in scoring 80 including a six and six fours.

But they were frustrated in their hopes of knocking over the lower order quickly, with Steve Palframan making 74 off 99 deliveries and adding a crucial 54 off 14 overs with Telemachus before Caddick trapped him leg before to signal the end of the innings.

England's players applauded Caddick off the field after his display - a major contrast to his last tour of the West Indies two winters ago when he was regarded as a bit-part player.

Combined W Province/Boland XI v England Cape Town
Overnight: Combined W Province/Boland XI 247-5 (L J Koen 96, K C Jackson 69 no)
Combined W Province/Boland XI First Innings
K C Jackson b Mullally 80
C W Henderson c Atherton b Caddick 7
S J Palframan lbw b Caddick 72
D M Koch c Adams b Tudor 0
R Telemachus not out 13
Extras lb11 w3 nb11 25
Total 9 wkts dec (136.2 overs) 358
Fall: 1-4 2-11 3-70 4-117 5-243 6-263 7-274 8-302 9-358 Did Not Bat: C M Willoughby.
Caddick 33.2 11 53 5
Mullally 36 16 54 1
Hamilton 20 3 65 0
Tudor 23 3 76 2
Butcher 8 1 34 1
Vaughan 16 1 65 0
England First Innings Close
M A Butcher b Willoughby 0
M A Atherton not out 26
N Hussain c Willoughby b Telemachus 9
M P Vaughan not out 33
Extras w1 nb9 10
Total 2 wkts (41 overs) 78
Fall: 1-2 2-20
To Bat: A J Stewart, C J Adams, D L Maddy, G M Hamilton, A J Tudor, A R Caddick, A D Mullally.
Willoughby 11 4 21 1
Telemachus 11 2 34 1
Koch 10 2 18 0
C W Henderson 7 5 3 0
J M Henderson 2 1 2 0
Umpires: I L Howell and R Brooks

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