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A DRAMATIC batting collapse in the final few overs of the third cricket Test by England was not quite enough for South Africa to snatch a desperate victory at Newlands, Cape Town, yesterday.
With eight Proteas fielders swarming around the batsman like bees around a honey pot, the pressure became too much as first Paul Collingwood (40) then Matt Prior (4), Stuart Broad (0) and Ian Bell (78) succumbed to the spin bowling of JP Duminy and Paul Harris.
It was nail-biting stuff as to who could hold their nerve the longest. In the end it was the English.
With three overs left, the last two batsmen, Graeme Onions and Graeme Swann, saved the day as they navigated their way through a barrage of deliveries by Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.
Try as they might the Proteas pacemen could find no way through their stout defence.
Coming in to the final day's play there was no way the visitors could knock off the 334 runs for victory.
They went into survival mode in an attempt to salvage a draw.
History was against them, but the one thing they had in their favour was dogged determination to go into the final Test next week in Johannesburg still 1-0 up in the series.
That they saw out the day and achieved a draw is a testament to that resilience.
The England innings was built around middle-order batsmen Collingwood and Bell. They came together just before lunch with the score on 160 for the loss of five wickets. Whatever the Proteas attack threw at them, the duo resisted with pugnacious stubbornness and every run was enthusiastically cheered by the travelling Barmy Army.
That South Africa failed to bowl out England in a day-and-a-half will require some serious introspection.
The fourth Test, to be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, starts next Thursday. If you don't have your tickets yet, get them, as it promises to be a cracker!