Protea Match 2013 - Live Updates

As dawn starts to break over the high veld, the team are already up and making final preparations. Named after South Africa's national flower, this is absolutely the most serious match of the tour and the England team are rippling and bristling with quiet excitement and focus. 

Shot over 3 ranges (300/600/900m) this morning from 8 - 12noon, teams are comprised of 12 firers shooting out of 50 points at each range (totalling 1800). The home team are the team to beat, with the Americans also having a very capable team.

8:13 - the match commences. 

8:42 - England finish the 300m range first dropping only 3 points for a score of 597 ex 600. South Africa still have firers to finish and have already dropped 3 points. USA have dropped 7 points. 

8:55 - South Africa finish at300m with 595, having dropped 5 points.

10:15 - England finish first at 600m dropping 10 points (590) for a total of 1187 so far. USA finish dropping 5 points at 600m (totalling 1188 so far), South Africa have dropped 4 points with 3 firers still to go.

10:30 - South Africa finish shooting at 600m dropping 5 points there and are in pole position at this stage (1190 ex 1200).The match is 2/3rds through and the top 3 teams are separated by only 3 points.

11:56 - 2 minutes to go - if Paul Kent gets a 50, it'll be down to V-bulls between England & South Africa


Subject to re-checking the scores it seems South Africa finished with 31 off at 900m making a match total of 1769.193

England have finished with 1767.180.

USA have finished with 1766.172.

1702.110 Ireland

1628.77 Wales

On the England team, Jumbo Lewis top scored with 149.13

There were 2 150's on the South African team - IM Di Bona and LVW Brand

Full scores are available here: Protea Match Scores The USA and Ireland details will be added when available.

GB Under 19's beat their South African counterparts by 15 points with a score of 828.47

At the close of the State President's, Parag Patel wins the South African Open.