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CCI restrict England to modest score

With the exception of Ian Bell, England batsmen failed to convert their starts on Day One of their three-day practice match against CCI.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 18:54 IST

England captain Michael Vaughan and Ian Bell warmed up for the upcoming Test series in India with half-centuries in a practice match on Saturday.

Bell top-scored with a solid 78 and Vaughan made a fluent 54 as England were bowled out for 299 in their first innings on the opening day of a three-day tour opener against the Cricket Club of India President's XI.

Left-handed opener Andrew Strauss also made merry with a 77-ball 51 in a match which is not a first-class fixture as each side is allowed to try out more than 11 players.

England's only first-class game before the three-Test series starts at Vadodara on February 23. The first Test begins at Nagpur on March 1.

The tourists gained valuable batting practice against a mediocre attack. The hosts used as many as nine bowlers, but seamer Kshemal Waigankar impressed the most with three wickets.

Electing to bat, England lost Matthew Prior for a duck before Strauss and Vaughan propped up the innings with a 102-run stand for the second wicket.

The England pair were subdued early in their innings, but grew in confidence as the match progressed.

Strauss was bowled by Waigankar soon after reaching his half-century with a cover-driven four off medium-pacer Swapnil Hazare. He hit 11 fours.

Vaughan also completed his half-century with an aggressive shot, lofting left-arm spinner Hitshu Bachani for a straight six. He also struck 11 fours in his 68-ball knock before being caught behind while attempting to slash Waigankar.

England lost Ashes heroes Kevin Pietersen (26) and Andrew Flintoff (20) in the afternoon session, but Bell rallied the team with a 60-run stand for the sixth wicket with Paul Collingwood.

Bell struck one six and seven fours in his 186-ball knock, while all-rounder Colingwood remained unbeaten with 47.

Opener Marcus Trescothick and fast bowler Liam Plunkett missed the opening day due to illness, but England media manager Andrew Walpole said the two players could take part in the match if they recovered.


England: A Strauss b Waingankar 51, M Prior b Verma 0, M Vaughan c Samant b Waingankar 54, I Bell st Samant b Bachani 78, K Pietersen b Ansari 26, A Flintoff c Indulkar b Redkar 20, P Collingwood not out 47, G Jones c Muzumdar b Waingankar 1, I Blackwell c Kukreja b Bachani 1, M Hoggard b Abid Nabi 3, M Panesar run out (Mota) 3, Extras: (lb-1, w-1, nb-13) 15, Total: (all out, 89.3 overs, 371 mins) 299.

Fall of wkts: 1-1, 2-103, 3-114, 4-156, 5-203, 6-263, 7-265, 8-272, 9-280.

Bowling: Verma 6-3-18-1, Nabi 9-6-17-1, Mota 3-0-33-0, Waingankar 15-0-53-3, Hazare 6-0-28-0, Kulkarni 10-3-21-0, Bachani 18.2-2-66-2, Ansari 6-0-14-1, Redkar 16-1-48-1.

Cricket Club of India President's XI team: N Kulkarni, H Waingankar, H Bachani, SP Hazare, A Muzumdar, V Indulkar, H Shah, V Samant, W Mota, Abid Nabi, R Verma, A Redkar, S Kukreja, H Shinde, M Ansari, R Uthappa.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 12:40 IST