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Thursday, 18 November, 1999, 11:15 GMT
Solanki breathes life into draw
Solanki: Worcestershire bowler starred with bat but game petered out

England A played out a draw with North Island in Christchurch, after the hosts failed to contemplate a tough target of 267 to win in a minimum 43 overs.

The captains shooks hands half an hour before the scheduled close with North Island on 97 for two.

Meanwhile Glamorgan's Darren Thomas has flown out to New Zealand to join the squad in place of Chris Silverwood, who last week joined the main England tour party in South Africa.

Bogged down

Vikram Solanki had livened up the morning session of the final day, reaching 78 from 97 balls.

It put England well on their way to their total of 301 for seven declared.

But at the other end Michael Gough became bogged down as he sought his first 50 of the tour.

Heavens open

The teenager took over two hours and 193 balls to reach his half century before also falling for 78.

After Solanki had departed leg before, wickets began to tumble until David Sales steadied the ship with a cool 19 and Paul Franks hung around at the end for eight.

Left-arm spinner Michael Davies took both North Island wickets but time was called in the chilly conditions shortly before the arrival of rain.

Happy teenager

"It's nice to get past 50," said Gough afterwards.

"Most of the batsmen have done so before and I enjoyed doing so today.

"Once you get a score on the board you feel much more part of a team and hopefully I can take that into the next few games.

"I'm not playing to the best of my ability at the moment so the more time I can spend at the crease, the better it's going to be for me.

"I'm out here, 19 years of age and playing for my country, so that's brilliant. I've got nothing to be nervous about."

Scorecard

Overnight: North Island 371 (M S Sinclair 182, J A H Marshall 61; C P Schofield 5-107, R J Kirtley 4-80).
England A 336 (D J G Sales 115, I J Ward 72, C P Schofield 52) and 106-1.

England A Second Innings

M A Gough c Vincent b Tuffey 78
V S Solanki lbw b Penn 78
A Habib lbw b Walker 47
M W Alleyne run out 4
C P Schofield b Tuffey 3
D J G Sales not out 19
R J Turner c Bell b Tuffey 2
P J Franks not out 8

Extras b6 lb8 w3 nb7 24

Total 7 wkts dec (100 overs) 301

Fall: 1-80 2-171 3-250 4-264 5-266 6-272 7-280

Did Not Bat: R J Kirtley, M K Davies.

Bowling: Penn 19, 2, 60, 1, Walmsley 5.4, 1, 11, 0, Tuffey 26, 3, 82, 3, Walker 28, 6, 65, 2, Jefferson 15, 5, 47, 0, Pocock 6.2, 1, 22, 0

North Island Second Innings

B A Pocock lbw b Davies 11
M D Bell not out 32
M S Sinclair c Turner b Davies 44
L Vincent not out 6

Extras lb3 nb1 4

Total 2 wkts (28 overs) 97

Fall: 1-13 2-88

Did Not Bat: A J Penn, C J Nevin, B J K Walker, K P Walmsley, D R Tuffey, J A H Marshall, M R Jefferson.

Bowling: Franks 4, 1, 12, 0, Kirtley 5, 3, 16, 0, Davies 11, 1, 23, 2, Schofield 5, 0, 29, 0, Solanki 3, 1, 14, 0

Umpires: D Quested and G Stewart

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