• Wiese misses ton, Elgar goes all the way

    Former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese fell desperately short of his 11th first-class century on Thursday.

    Wiese struck a telling 93 in Sussex’s ongoing County Championship Division Two fixture against Warwickshire in Hove.

    The hard-hitting right-hander gathered a dozen fours and one six during an entertaining 116-delivering stay, and was eventually bowled by seamer Chris Wright.

    The veteran managed a telling 106, also against Warwickshire in the County Championship Division Two, earlier this year.

    Proteas Test opener Dean Elgar, meanwhile, graduated to three figures for Surrey against Somerset in Division One in Taunton.

    Surrey are deploying the left-handed Elgar in the middle order, affording Englishman Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman opening berths. Both are in contention for England’s Test squad, ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka later this year.

    Burns, Stoneman and others are effectively auditioning for the vacancy left by former opener Alastair Cook’s recent retirement from international cricket.

    The ton marked the 38th of the steely Elgar’s first-class career and was a welcome graduation to triple figures after several failed attempts earlier this year. Elgar, indeed, had hit four half-centuries – three consecutively – in the Royal London One-Day Cup and County Championship Division One prior to converting the fifth into a century.

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