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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 13:36 GMT

A-team rely on Alleyne backbone

Alleyne took his county side to B&H and NatWest Trophy glory this summer

Mark Alleyne played a captain's innings as he steadied a shaky England A side and helped them seal a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their day/night match.

The Gloucestershire batsman scored 66, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 45 with Somerset wicketkeeper Rob Turner, after his side had been in trouble at 98 for four in the 23rd over.

At that point England, chasing Bangladesh's target of 227, appeared to be heading for defeat.

But as they had in England A's six-wicket victory in over Bangladesh Board XI, the West Country pairing rescued the innings.

Earlier, Bangladesh's batsmen had got off to a flying start. Shahriar Hossain and Javed Omar put on 56 for the first wicket until Hossain was caught at mid-off in the 12th over off Nottinghamshire's Paul Franks.

Alleyne pulled back the scoring rate and then produced a slower ball that yorked Omar.

Schofield on song

Lancashire's Chris Schofield continued his good form, taking another four wickets, Franks took two more, and Essex's Ronnie Irani returned to claim the last two wickets after suffering earlier at the hands of the free-scoring Bangladeshi batsmen.

But England suffered poor concentration which disrupted their run chase.

The suffered an early blow when Northamptonshire's David Sales was trapped lbw in the third over.

Vikram Solanki joined Ian Ward, and the pair were in command until the Worcestershire player drove Khaled Mahmud into the hands of Al Shahriar Rokon at mid-on.

Ward got a leading edge against the same bowler, and when Aftab Habib gave a simple caught and bowled to Shabbir Khan in the next over England A were in trouble.

Renewed energies

But sixth man Alleyne, who looked a little tired from his exertions on tour, summoned the neccesary application to see off the Bangladeshi attack.

He he shared a partnership of 86 in 21 overs with Marcus Trescothick until the Somerset man gave a return catch to Bikash Ranjan Das.

The required run rate rose to nearly eight an over in the face of some tight bowling from Emanul Huq and some quite outstanding fielding.

But Alleyne and Turner chipped away at the total and secured the win with just five balls to spare.

England A beat Bangladesh by five wickets

Bangladesh Innings
Shahriar Hossain c Irani b Franks 34
Javed Omar b Alleyne 48
Habibul Bashar c Habib b Schofield 25
Khaled Mahmud c Turner b Schofield 32
Aminul Islam c & b Schofield 30
Al Shahriar Rokon c Ward b Franks 11
Khaled Mashud c & b Irani 7
Enamul Hoque c Turner b Franks 1
Shabbir Khan c Ward b Schofield 1
Aminul Islam Bhola c Habib b Irani 9
Bikash Ranjan Daf not out 7
Extras lb5 w8 nb8 21
Total (49.5 overs) 226

Fall: 1-56 2-118 3-118 4-173 5-199 6-200 7-203 8-209 9-216

Silverwood 10 3 41 0
Franks 10 2 35 3
Irani 8.5 0 48 2
Alleyne 9 2 36 1
Schofield 10 1 49 4
Trescothick 2 0 12 0

England A Innings
I J Ward c Aminul Islam b Mahmud 31
D J G Sales lbw b Aminul Islam Bhola 8
V S Solanki c Rokon b Mahmud 29
A Habib c & b Shabbir 16
M E Trescothick c & b Bikash Ranjan 44
M W Alleyne not out 66
R J Turner not out 14
Extras b1 lb9 w7 nb4 21
Total 5 wkts (49.1 overs) 229

Fall: 1-50 2-65 3-96 4-98 5-184

Did Not Bat: R C Irani, C P Schofield, P J Franks, C E W Silverwood.

Aminul Islam Bhola 5.1 0 37 1
Bikash Ranjan 10 0 52 1
Mahmud 10 0 33 2
Enamul 10 0 37 0
Shabbir 10 0 39 1
Habibul 3 0 14 0
Aminul Islam 1 0 7 0

Umpires: Nadir Shah and Soailab Hossain

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