Ex-Priory star makes Test debut against England

Chris Morris during his summer with Hastings Priory in 2008
Chris Morris during his summer with Hastings Priory in 2008
  • Former Hastings Priory player makes Test debut
  • Morris lines up for South Africa against England
  • Seamer dismisses Root and takes brilliant catch off Cook
  • Bowler suffers, however, at hands of Stokes and Bairstow
  • Morris was Priory’s overseas player in 2008
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A former Hastings Priory cricketer is making his Test debut against England at the moment.

Chris Morris, who was Priory’s overseas player in 2008, is part of the South Africa side taking on England in the second Test in Cape Town.

Morris took the new ball on Saturday morning after England won the toss and batted, but it was his brilliant one-handed diving catch at third slip to dismiss England captain Alastair Cook which was the highlight of the first session.

He then picked up his maiden Test wicket by having Joe Root caught behind, but later suffered along with the rest of the home attack as Ben Stokes (258) and Jonny Bairstow (150 not out) fashioned an amazing sixth wicket partnership of 399 to take England up to 629-6 declared. Morris finished with 1-150 off 28 overs.

South Africa were 141-2 in reply at the end of day two yesterday (Sunday). The five-day match will continue this morning and Morris is expected to bat at number nine.

Morris was one of three changes to the Proteas’ side following the first Test defeat in Durban. He previously played for South Africa A against the tourists in a three-day match at Pietermaritzburg just before Christmas.

The 28-year-old Morris has played in eight One Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa, including a Champions Trophy semi-final against England in 2013.

Morris, a right-arm fast medium bowler, took 31 league wickets for Priory at an average of 24.23 with a best of 5-8 against Brighton & Hove. He also scored 402 runs at an average of 40.2, including a superb 113 against Stirlands.

He isn’t the first Priory player to represent South Africa because Morne van Wyk played in 13 One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals between 2003 and 2011.

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