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England bowl out CCI XI for 251

Monty Panesar claimed his first wicket on the tour but it was Ian Blackwell's 4/57 that stole the show for the tourists.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 19:51 IST

Monty Panesar claimed his first wicket on the tour of India but it was Ian Blackwell who emerged as the most successful spinner for England on the second day of the warm up match against CCI President's XI at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.

Blackwell claimed four for 57 as the visitors dismissed the local outfit for 251 to take a 48-run first innings lead in the three-day warm-up cricket match.

In their second innings, England were 30 for no loss, with Marcus Trescothick batting on 23 and Kevin Pietersen on four.

Panesar's was the 10th, but not the last, wicket of the CCI innings, bowling attacking allrounder Aniket Redkar around the legs, a dismissal a left-arm spinner would be proud of.

Wicketkeeper batsman Vinayak Samant was the top scorer for the hosts with 53 from 58 balls while Redkar made 36 with four fours and a six off Blackwell.

Left handed Hiken Shah (30) and Wilkin Mota (28) were the other notable performers for the home team who played with 12 batsmen, Rajesh Verma replacing Amol Muzumdar who received a blow on the gloves from Stephen Harmison.

Harmison was easily the best bowler in terms of performance of the day for England as his rising deliveries kept the batsmen hopping.

Simon Jones, who is easing his way into the squad after an ankle injury, was some distance away from his best.

Coming in first change, the 27-year-old from Glamorgan bowled from a shortened run up and also looked tentative in putting his full weight on the right leg. More

Panesar looked the containing type, bowling quick and flat and occasionally varying the line.

While other bowlers were given short spells, Panesar had reasonably lengthy spells. It was some sight when he had close in fielders to claim bat-pad catches.

The first Sikh to play for England had the sparse crowd cheering for him but the batsmen were in no mood to oblige.

Panesar, however, worked hard and his second spell came when Samant and Redkar were engaged in a defiant partnership when they added 64 runs for the seventh wicket.

The success finally came his way in the final hour of the day when the ball was scruffed up enough to spin reasonably.

Redkar tried to sweep him and missed it completely to be bowled around his legs.

There was an animated celebration on the field as the bowler was hugged by his teammates after the dismissal.

"We want to feel him welcomed. He is the first Sikh to play for us and it is great for him to be coming here and be liked by everyone here," said Blackwell after the match.

It was an interesting statement from Blackwell since he is tipped to play in the Tests ahead of Panesar.

The Somerset player is in contention with Panesar for a place in the team but more for his batting abilities.

With only two warm-up matches scheduled before the series proper, it was imperative for the either bowlers to do well but Blackwell said there was no pressure on him. MORE

"Both me and Monty were keen to be among wickets... It was great to share five wickets with him.

"I was probably picked as the third spinner but I know it is who bowls well in the nets and who performs best in the warm up matches that will get selected."

The hosts were done in by two early run outs -- that of Sahil Kukreja and Vinit Indulkar -- in the space of three balls.

Muzumdar (15) and Hrishikesh Shende led a minor recovery and lifted CCI from 42 for three with a 39-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to Matthew Hoggard.

Harmison then got one kick from awkard length and hit Muzumdar on the left hand fingers, resulting in an immediate visit to the nearby hospital.

Mota then swung Blackwell to midwicket for one of his five fours but the bowler had the last laugh when he had him stumped.

Samant sent the local crowd into raptures with an effortless hook to send a searing Harmison delivery to deep backward squareleg fence.

Blackwell also had a taste of what was in store for him when Redkar clubbed him for a six and a four in the same over in the post lunch session.

"I generally like when the batsman tries to do something. Particularly on slow wickets like here, when the batsmen goes after the bowlers it gives a chance," Blackwell said.

England would also feel relieved to see Marcus Trescothick get among the runs. The vice-captain, affected by a stomach virus, had remained indoors and did not take the field yesterday.

The left hander opened the second innings and closed the day with four successive fours off Redkar.

Brief scores:

England: 299 and 30 for one in eight overs (M Trescothick 23 batting, K Pietersen four batting).

CCI President's XI: 251 all out in 79.3 overs (H Shah 30, V Samant 53, A Redkar 36; I Blackwell 4-57).

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 19:51 IST