Dom Bess takes two wickets as England secure first win in Newlands, South Africa since 1957

PUBLISHED: 09:55 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:09 08 January 2020

Dom Bess in action during the second teat in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

Dom Bess in action during the second teat in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

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The former Sidmouth spinner bowled 60 overs as England levelled the four-match series in Cape Town.

Dom Bess makes his way onto the Newlands pitch in Cape Town to bat in England's second innings. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANDom Bess makes his way onto the Newlands pitch in Cape Town to bat in England's second innings. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

Backed by a 5,000-strong Barmy Army crowd, Bess's highlight of the game came in the Proteas' second innings when he removed captain Faf du Plessis to leave the hosts on 164-4 and set England on their way to the famous win.

With England trailing 1-0 in the series, captain Joe Root elected to bat first having won the toss, meaning Bess could put his feet up before being dismissed for a duck off the bowling of new Somerset teammate Vernon Philander.

The off-spinner shone during South Africa's innings though, with his bowling helping to tie-up an end and allow James Anderson and Stuart Broad to strike. Bess bowled the most over of any bowlers (27) and went for 62-1 at an economy rate of 2.29 including three maidens.

Speaking on the BBC's Test Match Special podcast after day two, Bess received praise from former England spinner and now Guardian cricket writer Vic Marks, who said his bowling was 'terrific'.

Dom Bess prepares to face his first ball, bowled by new Somerset team mate V ernon Philander with the new ball in the first innings of the 2nd Test in South Africa. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANDom Bess prepares to face his first ball, bowled by new Somerset team mate V ernon Philander with the new ball in the first innings of the 2nd Test in South Africa. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

South Africa were all out for 223, 46 runs behind England, and Dominic Sibley's 133* inspired the tourists to a huge lead before the declaration just after lunch on day four.

Bess, sent in as a nightwatchman on the end of day three following Root's dismissal, went for another duck, meaning he ended on a pair with the bat.

However, he again impressed with the ball in the Proteas' second innings, bowling 33 overs for figures of 57-1 at an economy rate of 1.72 with 14 maidens.

But the moment that will live long in the memory of Bess, who was only included on the tour after an illness bug swept through the England camp, came when he secured the vital wicket of du Plessis.

Dom Bess looks behind to see the ball, bowled by new Somerset team mate Vernon Philander, caught to dismiss him for a  duck in the first innings of the 2nd Test in South Africa. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANDom Bess looks behind to see the ball, bowled by new Somerset team mate Vernon Philander, caught to dismiss him for a duck in the first innings of the 2nd Test in South Africa. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

A delivery pitched on the offside was swept by the South African captain straight down the throat of midwicket and into the welcome hands of Joe Denly. Elation for the former Sidmouth spinner and England were well on their way to a famous Test win.

Amongst the Barmy Army support was Devonian Christopher Dean who said: "It was an extraordinary atmosphere to be in. Throughout the five days the support was amazing and then, as the tension built on the final day it was something that those who were there - and I am sure also for the players involved - something that will never be forgotten."

Dom Bess bowling in the frst innings of the 2nd Test in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANDom Bess bowling in the frst innings of the 2nd Test in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

The Barmy Army, who numbered over 5,000 at Newlands to cheer on England in their victory in the second test against South Africa. Picture CHRISTOPHER DEANThe Barmy Army, who numbered over 5,000 at Newlands to cheer on England in their victory in the second test against South Africa. Picture CHRISTOPHER DEAN

England player celebrate having taken the final South African wicket at the end of the second test in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANEngland player celebrate having taken the final South African wicket at the end of the second test in Cape Town. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

Ben Stokes bowls the final delivery of the 2nd test in Cape Town where England beat South Africa at Newlands for the first tie in over 50 years. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEANBen Stokes bowls the final delivery of the 2nd test in Cape Town where England beat South Africa at Newlands for the first tie in over 50 years. Picture: CHRISTOPHER DEAN

Vernon Philander on his way round the boundary at Newlands after he played his final test for South Africa. In the summer of 2020 Somerset fans will have the chance to watch him at the County Ground. Picture CHRISTOPHER DEANVernon Philander on his way round the boundary at Newlands after he played his final test for South Africa. In the summer of 2020 Somerset fans will have the chance to watch him at the County Ground. Picture CHRISTOPHER DEAN


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