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150 for Kapp frustrates England on day one

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Marizanne Kapp was the standout performer on the opening day of this LV= Insurance Test match between England and South Africa at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The veteran South African made 150 on a captivating day which saw the Proteas dismissed for 284 in their first innings.

Kapp’s contribution was vital after South Africa had slipped to 89 for five having been put in by England skipper Heather Knight.

At the close of play Kapp said: “I was nervous coming into the game, but I’m really happy with outcome. It wasn’t the start that we’d hoped for, but that can happen in cricket. To score 150 is pretty special and it’s certainly one of the highlights of my career. It was a special day today.

“Given where we were at, I think 284 is a good score. I certainly would have taken it when we were 45 for four.”

Kate Cross was the pick of the England attack, claiming four for 63, and she was reveling in her new role as an opening bowler. “It feels strange going out there without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole,” she said. “But I’m now a senior player and it was a really enjoyable day. We love playing this format and it’s so special when we get to put the whites on.

“There were times when the ball wasn’t doing as much and we had to work really hard, but I thought Marizanne Kapp was absolutely outstanding today. We needed something special to get her out and that’s what we got when Tammy [Beaumont] too that brilliant catch.”

Cross was also full of praise for England’s debutants Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Emma Lamb and Issy Wong. “They certainly didn’t look out of place at this level,” she said. “It’s great to see them get their chance and to make a full England debut in a Test match is pretty special.”

How did the Duke ball perform?

“It’s a lot different to the Kookaburra,” she said. “We’ve found that there isn’t a great deal of swing early on, but when the lacquer comes off it seems to go. With the Duke, you are in the game for longer. We’ve been working with Duke for the last two weeks, and Somerset’s Peter Siddle and Jack Brooks spoke with us about how they use it and how they bowl with it at Taunton.

“To get 10 wickets in a day is a brilliant achievement and I think we’re pleased with how things have gone today overall.”

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