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Jacobs is just the biscuit as he takes West Indies into lead


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 19 (AFP) - West Indian wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs guided his team to a first innings lead on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at the Queens Park Oval here on Monday.

Jacobs, who was unbeaten on 72 at the break, and Mervyn Dillon put on 71 for the ninth wicket as West Indies reached 321 for nine, a lead of 35.

Dillon was bowled by Makhaya Ntini for 21 in the last over before lunch.

It was a situation which did not seem likely when South African captain Shaun Pollock bowled Dinanath Ramnarine with the sixth ball of the day without addition to the overnight total of 250 for seven.

But Jacobs, the West Indian vice-captain, played a typically pugnacious innings of 72 not out, his sixth Test half-century.

The stocky left-hander hit eight fours, driving powerfully on either side of the bowler to mid-off and mid-on, although his half-century was reached with an edge off Jacques Kallis which flew just out of reach over Daryll Cullinan at first slip.

The tall Dillon provided stoic support as the pair saw off South African strike bowlers Allan Donald and Pollock, who were operating with a ball which had been used for only nine overs when play started.

It was another impressive performance by Jacobs, who topped the West Indies batting averages in their five-match series in South Africa in 1998/99 and enhanced a reputation for determined play with some impressive performances during a recent tour of Australia.

It was a frustrating morning for the South African bowlers on what has turned out to be a good batting pitch. Ntini was the sixth bowler used during the day, finally getting through Dillons defences with a ball which kept a little low.







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