Didn't get out :'D
Didn't get out :'D
Unexpected haps this morning. Will update tonight.
David Masters began the final day with twin breakthroughs for the hosts, dismissing both openers cheaply. When Daemon Dong came on at second change and immediately had Moody caught at slip, the chase was in serious danger at 58/3.
The backbone of the fourth innings would come from a stand of 82 between Howe and Dong either side of lunch. The former raised his fifty from 107 balls, but from 140/3 England slumped again as Howe edged Mills through to the keeper, and Ardley became Masters' third wicket soon after.
Wood remained to lend the chase some stability, raising his 50 from 121 balls, and when Deen began providing some aggressive impetus, they raised the 200 along along with the fifty stand for the sixth wicket. The match, however, simply refused to stop veering in new directions. This time a double strike from Craddock threw off the England chase, first having Deen caught behind for 27, and Tesnan bowled for a golden duck. England were in trouble again, 224/7 at tea, and needing need 74.
Oscar Wood was the big wicket at this point. Coming out from tea on 81*, he played the anchor role while Goughy attacked from the other end, and the pair made their way past the 250 mark. Phlegm had been expensive, taking 0-42 from his 8 overs. But he was entrusted to bow just before the second new ball came, with the game teetering on 264/7. He delivered, picking up the big wicket of Wood for 90. The tailenders would have to get the remaining 34 runs to win.
Furball was bowled by Masters for 9, a seaming delivery too good for the legspinner. But Goughy brought it home for the tourists. With successive leiveries off Mills he hit a four and six to bring up his own fifty and level the scores. Force, fittingly, hit the winning runs.
England won by 1 wicket
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Burridge, Coco to debut in second warm-up
Worcestershire Invitational XI v Australia XI
New Road, Worcester
2-6 July*Following Australia's remarkable comeback against the Invitationals in their previous match, the only real worry for them will be the performance of their seamers. Suifdadny and Player will get another run out, and will be joined by the newly-arrived Coco. Morgan Burridge will also come into the side, to lend the Australians another medium pace option.
Legspinner Stephen, who took 6-19 to seemingly book his place for the second Test, will be rested to make way for Coco, while Burridge is expected to open the batting with fellow allrounder Lewis at the expense of Cassidy.
For the home side, Richardson and Shantry will provide the bulk of the seam attack, which is also supported by overseas signing Andre Russell. On a fresh Worcester track, Moeen Ali provides the only spin support and will slot into the middle order.
Worcestershire Invitational XI: Beegee, Mork, Teja, Jansen, Ali, Dharan, Phlegm, Dong, Russell, Shantry, Richardson
Australians: Burridge, Lewis, Super, Monk, Spark, Loblaw, Haddin, Wayne, Suifdadny, Coco, Player
*full game to be posted on 6th July due to broadcasting difficulties
The Australians won the toss and opted to bowl first. Coco struck early, dismissing Beegee for 7 in his second over, and in his third had another lbw as Teja departed for 2. The new bowler had his third an hour in - Jansen bowled for 17 - to reduce the home side to 50/3 without the assistance of a fielder. Things only got worse for the batting side as both Ali (caught behind off Suifdadny) and Phlegm (bowled by Player) both departed for single figure scores. The Invitational XI went to lunch on 81/5, and with the first ball after the break, Suifdadny took out Dharan's off stump.
Mork was still there on 30* when Dong came to the crease, and though the #8 was dropped by Spark early, the pair forged an attacking fifty stand in the afternoon. That was put paid to by Player, who had the opener caught at slip for 41. From there the tail folded, with Lewis picking up the wicket of Russell, Player removing Dong for 30 and Shantry run out for the tenth wicket. They had been bowled out for 136.
Given 10 overs to impress before the tea break, Lewis and Burridge raced the score along to 49/0, after Lewis smashed a four and six off Richardson's first over. After the break the 50 stand was raised, but Dong found Burridge's edge to dismiss the opener for 24. A similar partnership followed between Lewis and Super, the latter making it to 26 before alling lbw to Russell.
Lewis was unable to make it to fifty, becoming Russell's second wicket for 47, but Monk and Spark remained to get the Australians the lead.
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Richardson struck twice on the dsecond morning to get both Spark and Monk within half an hour of the start, as the Australians continued to pile up dismissals in the 20s. From 176/5, however, Loblaw and Haddin went on the attack to hold the advantage, racing past the 200 mark and to 267/5 at lunch.
Both players raised half-centuries after the break, Loblaw's from 72 balls and Haddin's from 80 as the hundred partnership came up. Loblaw fell to Dong for 60, but not before his team's 300 went by. As Wayne built another fifty stand with Haddin, the keeper-bat drew closer to his ton. Dropped on 88 by Dong, he got there in 137 balls to celebrate his second century in as many matches.
By this point Wayne had departed to Ali for 30, but Suifdadny contributed a bullish 20-odd to help get the Australians past 400. The ninth wicket stand refused to go away, Suifdadny being dropped no fewer than three times of Richardson's bowling. The pair reached 100, and soon after Suifdadny claimed his first fifty. When yet another chance went down, this time off Ali, Suifdadny was finally out for 52 to the offspinner. Ali stuck around to get Coco for 10 and Player followed soon after when he was dismissed by Richardson. But Haddin remained the star, his 166* lifting the visitors to a mammoth 505, and a lead of 369.
Mork and Beegee surived the last few overs before stumps.
Woot, leader of the pack and a brilliant (probably not) 50 from Suifdadny. Rad continues his impressive form.
Suifdadny continued his match as he picked up the first wicket of the innings, Beegee completing a poor showing. The away side made two further breakthroughs in the first session to keep on top of the Invitational XI, one each for Player and Lewis, and at lunch the score was 98/3.
Jansen was the man to play the much needed composed innings, bringing up his fifty along with that of the fourth wicket stand. Moeen Ali join him on fifty (from 80 balls) an hour into the afternoon session, and the pair kept going, taking the score past 200. Burridge was given his first bowl of the tour and immediately caught an outside edge from Jansen, only for Haddin to put it down.
After tea the Czech batsman brought up his hundred. The partnership carried swiftly on, and when Jansen deposited Suifdadny for successive boundaries it was up to 200, the lead only 99 runs away. Coco got the breakthrough when he dismissed Ali for 92, just before the second new ball. With it Player got Dharan out for a second single-figure score, and though Jansen had taken the score past 300, Burridge eventually got him out for a fine 165.
From 322/6 the danger of an innings defeat returned, but Phlegm and Dong were able to erode almost all of the lead by stumps, and would attempt to build their own on day four.
Oh dear, we seem to be throwing away the game.
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Phlegm was dismissed without adding his overnight score with Player's first over of the day. Instead the majority of the batting in the morning came from Dong, who put on fifty with Russell before the latter was fetched out by a Suifdadny delivery. Dong brought up a resilient half century, but Suifdadny continued to pick off the tailenders, ending the innings and collecting 4-89. The Australians needed only 61 to win.
It was a target the tourists were all to happy to pick off with ease.
Australia won by 10 wickets
Man of the Match: Rad Haddin
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7 wickets and a duck... Better than the first game...
In there with the critical wickets tho.
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