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Ingram continues to plunder in UK

Colin Ingram moved to the top of the run charts of the Royal London One Day Cup with back-to-back hundreds on the weekend as he and many other South Africans continued to impress on the English County circuit.

The left-hander, capped 40 times by his country, has 564 runs from eight innings, with three tons and two fifties. Averaging a tick over 70 and striking at better than a run-a-ball, Ingram (Glamorgan) is well clear of Hampshire’s James Vince (463 runs) in second place on the run table.

Special mention should also be made of Dean Elgar (Somerset) who is seventh with 428 runs from five innings at an incredible average of 107. However, Elgar was forced to return home to prepare for South Africa’s tour to England, along with the likes of Stephen Cook (Durham) and Wayne Parnell (Kent).

Ingram’s teammate Marchant de Lange is joint first on the wicket takers list, courtesy of his 18 sticks in eight games. He shares top spot with Chris Liddle of Gloucestershire.

Wednesday, 10 May:

Derbyshire claimed a four-wicket win over Warwickshire, with Hardus Viljoen and Daryn Smit tasting victory. Viljoen took 1-54 in 10 overs, before wicketkeeper Smit scored a run-a-ball 36 in the chase.

Dane Vilas registered his sixth List A century as he blitzed an unbeaten 100 off 83 balls to set Lancashire up for a massive 152-run win over Worcestershire at Old Trafford.

Glamorgan suffered a 16 run defeat to Middlesex in spite of some solid efforts from a handful of South Africans. Marchant de Lange claimed 3-35 in his 10 overs, before Ingram (53) and Jacques Rudolph (35) chimed in with some valuable runs that were ultimately in vain.

Elgar registered his fifth consecutive tally in excess of fifty as his 78 helped Somerset post 249 against Hampshire, with Kyle Abbott (1-35) and Gareth Berg (3-44) taking wickets for the opposition. However, the day belonged to Rilee Rossouw as he hammered 156 off 113 balls atop the order, amid many a sledge from his former Protea teammate Elgar. Hampshire won by four wickets.

Essex beat Sussex by 10 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Chelmsford. Former Western Province allrounder, Ryan ten Doeschate and Alastair Cook hit tons for Essex, with Protea offspinner Simon Harmer bagging 2-40 for the winning team. Stiaan van Zyl scored 61 off 66 balls in a losing cause for Sussex.

Zimbabwean-born Gary Ballance smashed an unbeaten 152 as Yorkshire thumped Northamptonshire by 164 runs. Rory Kleinveldt (1-61 & 31) and Richard Levi (4) featured in the Northants side.

Friday, 12 May:

Former Protea white ball allrounder Roelof van der Merwe scored 15 and took 2-33 as Somerset downed Derbyshire by 81 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.

It was memorable Friday at the Rose Bowl for South Africans as Colin Ingram and Marchant de Lange shone in Glamorgan’s three-wicket win over Hampshire. De Lange claimed 5-49 in a total off 332, with Rilee Rossouw scoring a quick 35 for Hampshire. In reply, Ingram bludgeoned 115 off 78 balls with seven maximums, while Chris Cooke hit an unbeaten 59 off 27 balls to take Glamorgan home. Kyle Abbott took 1-68 for Hampshire.

Richard Levi was unbeaten on 59 off 47 balls for Northamptonshire against Leicestershire, before the heavens opened and the match was abandoned after just 16.5 overs.

Essex crushed Middlesex by seven wickets in Chelmsford, with Simon Harmer taking 1-15 in 7.2 overs for the winners.

Sunday, 14 May:

Ingram was at it again, hitting his second hundred of the weekend, scoring 114 off 98 balls to set up Glamorgan for a 15-run win over Kent. De Lange took 1-42 in 9.2 overs for Glamorgan – a fine effort in a match that produced nearly 700 runs.

Leicestershire cantered to a five-wicket victory over Derbyshire with former North West seamer Dieter Klein taking 3-46, while Cameron Delport scored 53 for the victors. Hardus Viljoen (1-41) and Daryn Smit (12) featured on the losing side.

Dane Vilas (15) and Ryan McLaren (42*) suffered a seven-wicket loss for Lancashire against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge with former England allrounder Samit Patel blitzing an unbeaten ton to guide his side to victory.

Two former Pretoria schoolboys, Simon Harmer (Pretoria Boys’ High) and Neil Wagner (Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool), starred for Essex in their 72-run win over Somerset. Harmer (3-56) and Wagner (3-55) enjoyed great success in defence of their 334-run total.

Kyle Abbott scored his maiden List A 50, hitting 56 in a 152-run eighth wicket stand with Australian George Bailey (145*) as Hampshire posted 271-8. However, Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 124 trumped Bailey’s heroics as Surrey won by eight wickets. Abbott took 1-34 in seven overs with the ball.


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