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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 16:03 GMT

England 'A' off at a trot

Vikram Solanki: Early half-century has given England a fine start

England A have started well in their four-day match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, ending the day at 192-3.

After skipper Mark Alleyne had opted to bat, openers Ian Ward and David Sales moved quickly off the mark.

Ward, who looked to be hitting his peak, was the first to depart, caught behind by Khaled Mashud, off Hasibul Hussain.

That brought in-form Vikram Solanki to the crease and he was quick to make an impact, reaching 36 before being put down by left-armer Enamul Hoque.

[ image: David Sales: Quick 63]
David Sales: Quick 63
After play was delayed at lunch due to rain, Sales then reached his half-century in style with a six and appeared set for his first substantial score of the tour, only to clip a ball from Habibul Basher straight into the hands of deep mid-wicket.

Solanki joined Sales in reaching his 50 but had made only five more when he glanced a ball from Bashar down the leg side where wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud moved smartly to take the catch.

But Alleyne and Aftab Habib played out the rest of the day, albeit with spinner Hoque proving very difficult to score against.

His 29 overs cost just 34 runs but with Alleyne and Habib unbeaten on 26 and 18 respectively, England A will be looking to post a big total on the second day.


England A First Innings Close

I J Ward c Mashud b Hasibul 19
D J G Sales c Sub b Habibul 63
V S Solanki c Mashud b Habibul 55
A Habib not out 18
M W Alleyne not out 26

Extras b8 w1 nb2 11
Total 3 wkts (73.3 overs) 192

Fall: 1-47 2-139 3-150
To Bat: R J Turner, R C Irani, C P Schofield, P J Franks, M K Davies, R J Kirtley.

Bowling: Hasibul 12.3 1 41 1, Bikash Ranjan 5 1 25 0, Rahman 4 0 18 0 Enamul 29 14 34 0, Shabbir 9 2 33 0 Habibul 13 3 26 2, Al Shahriar 1 0 7 0.

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