Headingly Test ends in a stalemate

Updated: August 7, 2012

England and South Africa, despite the best efforts of the opposing captains, played to a draw on the fifth day of the second test at Headingley in Leeds on Monday.

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith declared his team’s second innings closed on 258 for nine shortly after tea to set England a tempting target of 253 runs off 39 overs.

The hosts made a few positive moves to chase down the target, opening the batting with Kevin Pietersen, but after losing four wickets England shut up shop to reach 130 for four in their second innings before Smith and his opposite number Andrew Strauss called the contest off with six overs left in the day.

England 425 (Pietersen 149, Prior 68) and 130 for 4 drew with South Africa 419 (Petersen 182, Smith 52) and 258 for 9 dec (Rudolph 69, Smith 52, Broad 5-69)