Hambledon all-rounder leads resistance against Lions

Nono Pongolo celebrates a wicket for Hambledon last season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141727-492)
Nono Pongolo celebrates a wicket for Hambledon last season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141727-492)
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Nono Pongolo bravely resisted the England Lions charge in South Africa yesterday.

The Hambledon all-rounder was the pick of the Gauteng Invitation XI attack as they bowled the tourists out for 443 on day two of the three-day friendly in Soweto.

He returned figures of three for 70 from his 22 overs – adding the scalps of Yorkshire duo Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett to the dismissal of Hampshire’s James Vince on Monday.

And the 25-year-old, who starred with bat and ball in the Southern Electric Premier League last season, then weighed in with 36 runs as the home side attempted to rebuild after a stuttering start to their reply.

Gauteng had slipped to 46 for four and then 104 for six, before Pongolo joined Brian Barnard to share a stand of 65 for the seventh wicket.

But when Barnard was out for 39, the resistance ended.

Pongolo was the eighth man to depart – bowled by Durham’s Mark Wood – as the hosts slumped to 179 all out to trail by 264 on the first innings.

The all-rounder, who has played eight first-class games for Gauteng, had earlier helped bowl out the Lions.

Having had Hampshire vice captain Vince caught at cover on Monday, the pace bowler rattled off a quick-fire double in the morning.

He had Rashid caught behind for 11, before a superb diving catch at first slip saw him remove Plunkett for 10.

England reached stumps on day two at 43 for three in their second innings – with Vince dismissed for six with the final delivery.