Vol. 4 Num 76 Mon. August 11, 2003  

Adams spins too much

South Africa spinner Paul Adams achieved the rare feat of taking nine wickets in an innings as the Proteas warmed up for next week's third Test against England with a 101 run-win against Kent on the final day of three here Saturday.

Left-arm spinner Adams's career-best haul of nine for 79 was also the best innings analysis by a South African bowler in a first-class match in England.

The only other wicket to fall in Kent's second innings was taken by Adams's fellow left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who caught and bowled Ed Smith for 27.

Earlier Saturday, middle-order batsman Smith had been called up into the England squad for the first time ahead of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

This gets underway Thursday with South Africa 1-0 ahead in the five match series after the drawn opener at Edgbaston and last week's crushing innings and 92-run win at Lord's.

Kent were left with 334 to win after South Africa declared their second innings on 243 for seven, Adams chipping in with a run-a-ball 22 not out.

Michael Carberry and discarded England batsman Robert Key put on 72 for the first wicket.

But Key, having made 49 was bowled by Adams. Smith fell to Peterson and then Adams, 26, whose unorthodox action was once likened to a "frog in a blender" took centre stage.