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Denly hits 82 as England make it two wins from two in South Africa

Monday 9th November 2009

Kent and England opener Joe Denly (pictured) hit an impressive 82 as England cruised to their second successive warm-up victory in South Africa

Skipper Andrew Strauss continued his rich run of form with an unbeaten 117 as England recorded an eight-wicket victory in their second tour match, against the Warriors at the De Beers Diamond Oval.

Set 255 to win, Denly and Strauss got England off to the perfect start, putting on 175 for the opening wicket before Denly was first man out for 82. The talented opener looked in good touch and scored his runs at nearly a run a ball. His 85-ball knock contained seven boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier, the De Beers had scored 254-5 from their 50 overs with 83 not out from Arno Jacobs and 50 from Davey Jacobs. Spinner Graeme Swann, who returned figures of 3-26, was the standout England bowler.

The tourists were without Graham Onions, who was not risked because of lower back trouble, with Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid and Alastair Cook taking the places of Stuart Broad, Jonathan Trott and Luke Wright.

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