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Da Silva takes control

Brazilian Adilson Da Silva took control at the midway point of the second day of the Africa Open after he shot a four-under-par round of 68.

Da Silva proved that his opening round of 62 was no fluke as he moved ahead of overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl following a lengthy delay due to strong winds on the East London course.

The Sunshine tour regular scored birdies on the 10th, 13th and 15th holes in a back nine which also included a bogey on the 11th before he pulled two shots back on the return to finish 14 under overall and top the leaderboard.

South African Darren Fichardt joined Da Silva in the clubhouse and was his nearest rival on eight under par with Van Zyl yet to tee off, while Portugal's Ricardo Santos was third after a round of 66.

England's Tommy Fleetwood lost ground after a par round of 72 saw him slip down the leaderboard and tie for 11th place with countryman Andrew Marshall, Scot David Drysdale and four others.

Englishman John Parry, who scored 68 yesterday, tees off later on this afternoon on four under par, which is where the Republic of Ireland's David Higgins finished the second day after recording his second 70-shot round.