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Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Published at 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK

Century for Solanki as England hit back

Vikram Solanki: Starred again with the bat for England A

Vikram Solanki smacked an unbeaten century as England A made a solid reply to Bangladesh's 315 for eight declared on the second day in Chittagong.

The Worcestershire batsman followed up his 73 in the opening tour match with another impressive knock.

He struck three sixes and 13 fours and reached his hundred in 165 balls as the tourists reached 269 for seven at the close.

Solanki will resume on day three on 106 not out.

Solid start

The 23-year-old came to the wicket at 93-2 two after openers Ian Ward and Michael Gough had provided England A with a solid reply.

The pair had put on 82 for the first wicket, when Ward fell for 53, caught at slip by Akram Khan off off-spinner Shabbir Khan.

Surrey left-hander Ward easily outscored his partner, striking nine fours in bringing up his 50 from 78 balls.

Former England Under-19 captain Gough (29) fell lbw to the same bowler while Somerset's Marcus Trescothick also made 29 before being stumped by Khaled Masud off Enamul Hoque.

Aftab Habib was run out for 33 after a fourth-wicket partnership of 62 with Solanki.

Skipper skittled

But there was disappointment for captain Mark Alleyne, who was seen off for a duck.

Monday's six-wicket hero Chris Schofield fared little better, scoring just one, and all-rounder Paul Franks was removed for five as Solanki ran out of partners.

Both Enamul and Shabbir picked up three wickets as the pitch offered increasingly prominent turn.

The fortune of Mark Alleyne's side will depend on Solanki and the tail as they look to close the 46-run gap.


Bangladesh first innings 315-8 dec ( Habibul Bashar 143 no, Javed Omar 53; C P Schofield 6-120)

England A first innings:
I J Ward c Khan b Shabbir Khan 53
M A Gough lbw b Shabbir Khan 29
M E Trescothick st Mashud b Enamul 29
V S Solanki not out 106
A Habib run out 33
M W Alleyne b Enamul 0
C P Schofield c Khan b Enamul 1
P J Franks c Mashud b Shabbir Khan 5
N J Lenham not out 7
Extras (b3 lb2 nb1) 6
Total (for 7 wickets, 100 overs) 269

Fall: 1-82 2-93 3-156 4-218 5-234 6-236 7-258

To Bat: M K Davies, A Sheriyar.

Bowling: Monjural 13 3 47 0 Shafiuddin 13 3 28 0 Enamul 39 15 75 3 Shabbir Khan 27 8 75 3 Aminul 3 0 17 0 Khaled 1 0 16 0 Habibul Bashar 3 1 4 0 Javed Omar 1 0 2 0

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