Stokes, Wood help England snatch win from South Africa

first_img(REUTERS)- Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After Stokes’s heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.“Those are the sorts of games you really want to win,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl. “You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome.”The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers’ end.But Stokes (101 from 79 balls) put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (45) and 77 for the fifth with Jos Buttler (65 not out) before he became a maiden ODI wicket on debut for South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.Opener Quinton de Kock (98 from 103 balls) led the South African reply before he was caught by wicketkeeper Buttler off Moeen Ali.Captain AB de Villiers pitched in with a fluent 52, but the innings looked to be faltering until Chris Morris (36 not out from 22 balls) joined David Miller (71 not out from 51 balls) in the 44th over.The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).But the England seamer produced an excellent over of short-pitched slower balls and the pair could only manage four singles to see victory slip away.“I can’t be unhappy, we fought right to the end and probably had it in the bag for most of that last half hour,” De Villiers said.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy b Rabada 8A. Hales c de Kock b Pretorius 24J. Root run out (Pretorius) 39E. Morgan c de Kock b Rabada 45B. Stokes c Miller b Maharaj 101J. Buttler not out 65M. Ali c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 33Extras (b-1 lb-6 w-8) 15Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 330Fall of wickets: 1-12 J. Roy,2-70 A. Hales,3-80 J. Root,4-175 E. Morgan,5-252 B. Stokes,6-330 M. AliDid not bat: A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood, J. BallBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 0 – 50 – 2(w-4), C. Morris 10 – 0 – 66 – 0(w-2),D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 61 – 1,K. Maharaj 10 – 0 – 72 – 1, A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 1 – 74 – 1(w-2)SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock c Buttler b Ali 98H. Amla c Morgan b Stokes 24F. du Plessis c Buttler b Plunkett 16A. de Villiers c Buttler b Plunkett 52D. Miller not out 71F. Behardien c Ali b Plunkett 17C. Morris not out 36Extras (lb-5 w-9) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-56 H. Amla,2-93 F. du Plessis,3-189 A. de Villiers,4-211 Q. de Kock,5-266 F. BehardienDid not bat: D. Pretorius, K. Rabada, A. Phehlukwayo, K. MaharajBowling: M. Wood 10 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-1), J. Ball 10 – 0 – 81 – 0(w-2), B. Stokes 3 – 0 – 12 – 1(w-2)L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 64 – 3(w-3), A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 41 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 8 – 0 – 59 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 18 – 0.last_img read more

Lt. Governor Gregg stops at Harding Elementary in Mason City to kick off Healthiest State Month

first_imgMASON CITY — Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stopped in Mason City this morning to help kick off Healthiest State Month in Iowa. Gregg joined students and staff at Harding Elementary School as they were among more than 900 Healthiest State Annual Walk events taking place today. Gregg says events like this will help Iowans move forward with the goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.   “What that’s going to take is a lot of good choices, and a lot of doing little things right. Today is an opportunity where we’re going to get a little exercise here with the kids here at Harding Elementary, but also encourage them to make healthy choices when they have that opportunity from here on out and for the rest of their lives, and create those healthy habits that will help us become the healthiest state in the nation.” Gregg says kids need to learn good habits about exercise. “It’s so important to be intentional about getting that exercise. It’s so easy these days to live a sedentary lifestyle with looking at our phones, or being on the computer, or watching TV. Let’s get up, let’s get out, let’s have some fun and enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s great to instill that kind of ethic in the kids early, and I think they’re having fun with it.” Gregg says it’s not only important for kids to be healthy, adults needs to look at their lifestyle.  They’ve got to take control of their own health and find ways to make the healthy decision when they have that opportunity. We have decisions many times a day, every single day, where we can make a healthy choice or we can make it less healthy choice. Healthiest State Month is all about encouraging Iowans to make that healthy choice when they have an opportunity, but also empowering them with the information that they need to make the healthiest choice for them.”Gregg presented the school with a proclamation and then participated in walking and other exercises with the students.last_img read more