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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 June, 2003, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Trescothick rescues England
Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick was again the hero as England won the NatWest Challenge
NatWest Challenge, Lord's: Pakistan 229-7 lost to England 231-6 by four wickets

Marcus Trescothick scored a wonderful century to inspire England to victory in an error-filled decider of the NatWest Challenge.

Trescothick scored an unbeaten 108 off 145 balls, a different knock to the brutal one that helped square the series at The Oval but one that served an even greater purpose.

Fittingly, it was left to Trescothick to seal the victory with a towering six off Azhar Mahmood in the 49th over.

He was dropped on 35 and 93, but deserved some luck after most of his fallen team-mates had threatened to undo his good work with appalling shots.

At 89-1 with 30 overs left, England conspired to lose skipper Michael Vaughan and the rest of the middle order in next to no time with spin duo Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik excelling.

It's nice to get a hundred and win the game
Marcus Trescothick

But, like England, Pakistan had their chance to win the game, only they threw it away.

Aside from reducing England from 129-2 to 154-6 and still contriving to lose, Pakistan missed four clear run-out chances and dropped three catches inside the first 20 overs.

Trescothick's heroics also negated the fact England allowed Pakistan to rack up 91 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings, having restricted them to just 138 in the first 40.

Younis Khan sweeps Ashley Giles
Younis showed great control to get Pakistan out of a tight spot

Reduced to 61-4 early on, Pakistan came back from the dead thanks to a smart 63 from Younis Khan and a deadly 64 from Abdul Razzaq late in the innings.

Andrew Flintoff excelled in another impressive display with the ball, returning 4-32, but elsewhere England's attack was punished for its complacency.

Bowling first was an obvious course of action for Vaughan to take after showers, which delayed the start for an hour, left behind high levels of humidity.

Both James Anderson and Darren Gough swung the ball prodigiously early on, but their efforts bore no fruit as Pakistan chancily played and missed their way to 29-0.

But the introduction of Flintoff reaped instant rewards as Imran Nazir was caught off the all-rounder's first ball, sparking a slide that saw four wickets fall for 32.

Temporary relief came in the shape of Younis and Shoaib Malik, the pair patiently taking the score along to 117.

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff was clearly the pick of the England attack

In reality, poor England fielding swelled the partnership with Vikram Solanki missing two clear run-out chances and dropping a simple chance offered by Malik.

Malik eventually fell to the returning Flintoff in the 34th over but the dismissal did nothing to stifle Younis's progress.

And after he fell, Mahmood and Razzaq stepped on the gas in no uncertain fashion, piling on 60 runs in 37 balls at the death.

England's first wicket realised 24 runs before Vikram Solanki was caught behind driving indecisively to Mohammad Sami.

A promising second-wicket stand of 65 was then ended when Vaughan was suckered into an ill-conceived pull shot and holed out in the deep.

England still looked on course for victory when they moved along to 129-2, but perplexing strokeplay from Jim Troughton, Flintoff, Anthony McGrath and Rikki Clarke swung things Pakistan's way.

But in Chris Read Trescothick found a mate willing and able to hang around, the pair putting on 77 unbroken runs - the highest partnership of the match - to win the series for England.

England: V Solanki, M Trescothick, M Vaughan (capt), J Troughton, A McGrath, A Flintoff, C Read, R Clarke, A Giles, D Gough, J Anderson.

Pakistan: Rashid Latif (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar.

Umpires: D Hair, N Mallender.

England opener Marcus Trescothick
"I'm very pleased"

Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar
"Nothing went right for us"

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