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Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK

Solanki gets tourists off to winning start

Vikram Solanki: 73 vital runs for the tourists

England's A-team got their winter tour off to a winning start with a straightforward victory over Bangladesh Under-19s in their opening match in Dhaka.

Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki led the way with an impressive knock of 73.

He shared a third-wicket stand of 98 with Northamptonshire's David Sales, who made 60, as England reached 208 for eight.

And with the practice match reduced to 40 overs a side due to rain, the tourists earned a 70-run triumph on the Duckworth-Lewis method as the Bangladesh youngsters were restricted to 150 for nine.

Davies does the damage

Northants spinner Michael Davies was the pick of the English bowlers with two for 13 in eight overs.

There were also two wickets apiece for Essex all-rounder Ronnie Irani and Paul Franks of Nottinghamshire.

England A coach Martyn Moxon said: "Obviously it's nice to win, but I think the fact that we performed so well, given that we have not had much preparation time out here, means that I am highly delighted.

"Vikram Solanki's innings in particular was a great knock - he was timing it like it was mid-summer - and David Sales played the way he can as a very strong player."

England A Innings:
I J Ward c Golan Mortuza b Bikash Ran 13
M E Trescothick c Golan Mortuza b Bikash Ran 19
V S Solanki lbw b Fahim Muntasir 73
D J G Sales c Bikash Ranjan b Bikash Ran 60
M W Alleyne c Imran Rahin b Hannan Sarka 9
R J Turner b Mosaddek Hossain 18
R C Irani not out 1
C P Schofield b Mosaddek Hossain 0
P J Franks lbw b Mosaddek Hossain 0
Extras b1 lb3 w10 nb1 15
Total (for 8 wickets, 40 overs) 208

Fall: 1-37 2-44 3-142 4-173 5-197 6-208 7-208 8-208

Did Not Bat: M K Davies, C E W Silverwood.

Bowling: Bikash Ranjan 8 0 33 3 Mosaddek Hossain 8 1 37 3 Mufhraq Rahman 8 1 31 0 Imran Rahin 7 0 53 0 Fahim Muntasir 8 0 45 1 Hannan Sarkar 1 0 5 1

Bangladesh Under 19 Innings:
Imran Ahmed c Sales b Irani 16
Sadik Hossain c Alleyne b Franks 4
Hannan Sarkar c Sales b Franks 27
Rajin Saleh c Turner b Davies 3
Mufhraq Rahman c Turner b Irani 0
Mazhrul Haq Mridul c Alleyne b Silverwood 46
Fahim Muntasir c Franks b Schofield 4
Golan Mortuza b Davies 5
Mosaddek Hossain run out 3
Bikash Ranjan not out 6
Imran Rahin not out 6
Extras lb7 w13 nb10 30
Total (for 9 wickets, 40 overs) 150

Fall: 1-22 2-39 3-56 4-61 5-76 6-107 7-116 8-132 9-139

Bowling: Silverwood 8 1 23 1 Franks 6 0 30 2 Alleyne 3 0 16 0 Irani 6 1 20 2 Davies 8 2 13 2 Schofield 8 0 36 1 Solanki 1 0 5 0

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