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    Myheart delivered the breakthrough straight away on the third morning, and Johnston nicked him behind in his first over of the day. Two overs later the quick had Murtagh caught in the gully, and for his first ball to Dockrell took an easy return catch. Myheart claimed figures of 3-44, and his team a lead of 119.





    Neil Pickup failed to capitalise on the platform, becoming the first dismissed again, this time for 2. Moody announced his arrival at the crease with a second ball six, but the Irish were able to fight back with further new ball wickets. After Murtagh dismissed both opening batsmen to leave the visitors on 26/2, Dong came on at first change and in in first over sent back Moody for 15. England were reeling, but Wood and Robertson managed to make it to the lunch break without further damage.


    A disappointed Wood edged Dockrell to slip for 44 towards the mid point of the afternoon, but the partnership had reached 78 and the lead was up to defendable at 230, with six wickets still remaining. Robertson failed to keep the Irish out of it, foolishly run out for 43, and the hosts still had it all to play for going into the final session, with England effectively 284/5.


    Ardley and Deen saw to it that that wouldn't happen, notching up fifties and extending the lead past 350 with some belligerent strokeplay. Ardley fell for 75 late in the day - Murtagh taking his third wicket with the new ball - but by then the damage had been done. Stumps came with the score on 279/5, an imposing lead of 398.

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    Good lead there.

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    Isn't myheart a leggie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Isn't myheart a leggie?
    Changed to a quick.

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    Day Four


    Phlegm struck twice in early exchanges, a couple of sharp takes from Bharani Dharan allowing the allrounder to see off Smythington-Smythe and Myheart. Dong continued to contribute to the bowling effort, snagging the big wicket of Deen before he could bring up the 300 for the away side. Phlegm and Dharan almost combined again to end the innings on 306, but the wicketkeeper spilled the chance Force gave him. Phlegm instead got through to hit the stumps in his next over - having been under-used due to expense on the third day, the New Zealander finished with 3-48. His team were set 434 to win.






    Porterfield would not be playing much of a part, bowled by Myheart for just 1. At the other end Force coaxed an edge out of Teja on 4, but Pickup shelled the chance behind the stumps. Teja would go on to form his partnership with Mork on either side of the lunch break, but Furball was to uproot both before either had turned their stoic hand into fifties. At tea the Irish were 93/3.


    Jansen completed a match to forget when he was bowled by a Myheart delivery for 15, and after a promising fifty stand between Phlegm and Joyce, Smythington-Smythe struck to remove both with an hour to go, signalling the beginning of the end for the hosts at 185/6. Dong's hard-hitting half century in the final hour gave the home fans something to cheer, but with 173 runs still to find England will be confident the match is theirs to be won on the final day.



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    Day 5

    Furball ended Dong's fun almost immediately on the fifth morning, with Wood completing the take at silly mid on. That brought in the new ball bowlers to clean up the tail, and though Dharan was able to raise a professional unbeaten fifty, Force's three meant that England sealed the win within the session.




    England won by 89 runs.


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    Nice write-up Howe.

    Why was the game a 5 dayer, seems unrealistic but I suppose we aren't playing for sheep stations - no, the Sheep DraftTM is for that
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Nice write-up Howe.

    Why was the game a 5 dayer, seems unrealistic but I suppose we aren't playing for sheep stations - no, the Sheep DraftTM is for that
    Because I can only sim 5-dayers.

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    Clearing up the tail like I just don't care.

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