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Friday, October 29, 1999 Published at 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK

Bangladesh hold out for draw

Vikram Solanki: Starred again with the bat for England A

Vikram Solanki continued his superb form with the bat for England A at Chittagong - but it was not enough to prevent Bangladesh from holding on for a draw.

Solanki, resuming at 106 not out, laid waste to the home side's bowlers in the morning.

The 23-year-old Worcestershire batsman was finally dismissed for 185 by Habibul Bashar, having struck seven sixes and 20 fours.

He was given solid support from James Kirtley, who added 32 as England A posted a first innings total of 388 - a lead of 73.

Afternoon resistance

Any hopes Mark Alleyne's men had of pulling off an unlikely victory rested in claiming some quick wickets.

But Bangladeshi openers Shahriar Hossain and Javed Omar provided intial resistance in the afternoon, putting on 44 for the first wicket.

And even when they were dismissed, the middle order steadied the ship.

Bangladesh coasted to 158-5 at the close of play, to the delight of a capacity crowd of around 25,000.

As the match petered out into a draw, Alamgir Sheriyar vented his frustration when a Paul Franks lbw appeal went against England and the Worcestershire left-armer had to be ushered away from the confrontation by Aftab Habib and Davies.

England manager Mike Gatting sought to defuse the incident when he said after close of play: "All I understand was that Alamgir went up to ask the umpire why it wasn't out and I think Aftab came over and said: `Come on, let's get on with the game'.

"It was as simple as that. We've had no problems with the match referee or the umpires, so I think it probably looks a lot worse than it actually was and it was just a harmless question."


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

England A first innings:
Overnight: 269-7 (V S Solanki 106 no, I J Ward 53)
V S Solanki b Habibul Bashar 185
R J Kirtley c Sub b Habibul Bashar 32
M K Davies not out 12
A Sheriyar st Mashud b Enamul 1
Extras (b5 lb2 nb1) 8
Total (131.2 overs) 388

Fall: 1-82 2-93 3-156 4-218 5-234 6-236 7-258 8-373 9-382

Bowling: Monjural 17 5 53 0 Shafiuddin 18 3 58 0 Enamul 49.2 16 107 4 Shabbir Khan 31 9 87 3 Aminul 3 0 17 0 Khaled 5 1 29 0 Habibul Bashar 7 2 28 2 Javed Omar 1 0 2 0

Bangladesh second innings:
Shahriar Hossain b Schofield 27
Javed Omar c Ward b Davies 19
Habibul Bashar c Habib b Davies 35
Aminul Islam b Franks 44
Khaled Mahmud c Alleyne b Schofield 15
Khaled Mashud not out 2
Enamul Hoque not out 14
Extras (nb2) 2
Total (for 5 wickets, 47 overs) 158

Fall: 1-44 2-55 3-104 4-142 5-142

Did Not Bat: Akram Khan, Monjural Islam, Shabbir Khan, Shafiuddin Ahmed.

Bowling: Kirtley 3 0 11 0 Sheriyar 3 0 18 0 Davies 14 5 35 2 Schofield 13 0 56 2 Solanki 8 1 33 0 Franks 5 3 3 1 Gough 1 0 2 0

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