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Donald rips England apart

Published: Friday, November 26, 1999, 3:30 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Paceman Allan Donald produced his best bowling figures against England, seizing six wickets as South Africa took charge in the first cricket test today.

Donald finished with six for 53 and fellow seamer Shaun Pollock four for 16 in 14.1 overs as England collapsed to 122 all out in 41.4 overs after just three hours at the crease.

By tea the hosts had responded with 12 without loss off six overs, with Gary Kirsten on nine and Herschelle Gibbs two.

It was a miserable performance by England who, in a dramatic morning session, lost their first four wickets for just two runs -- the worst start in their test history.

Had it not been for a sixth-wicket stand of 56 between debutant Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff, England would have come close to being bowled out for their worst-ever test score. England's lowest scored was 45 against Australia in Sydney 113 years ago.

Vaughan scored 33 off 84 balls, with five fours, while Flintoff made a quickfire 38 off 48 balls, with seven fours, to help England reach 88 for five at lunch.

England lost their opening four wickets for just two runs in 11 balls -- Mike Atherton (0), Nasser Hussain (0), Mark Butcher (1) and Alec Stewart (0).

Donald had taken three wickets for no runs in two overs and Shaun Pollock one for one in two overs in cool, overcast conditions ideal for fast bowling at the Wanderers

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