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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK
Notts beat MCC despite Loudon ton
First-class match, Lord's: Notts 191 & 471-5 dec bt MCC 168 & 352 by 142 runs

England hopeful Alex Loudon's 123 was not enough to prevent MCC losing to Nottinghamshire by 142 runs at Lord's.

Loudon, who was selected for the tour of Pakistan but bowled only four overs in a warm-up match, hit 19 fours and a six in only his second first-class ton.

Earlier England batsman Alastair Cook shared 64 with Loudon and made 51 before he was the first to fall.

Tim Bresnan weighed in with 94 including 11 fours and three sixes but was last out short of a maiden century.

MCC began the final day on 24-1 with realistic intentions concentrating on batting out the day rather than achieving a target of 495.

Left-hander Cook, who made a century on his Test debut in India, struck a total of 11 fours in his 55-ball innings before he was lbw playing across the line to left-armer Ryan Sidebottom

Ed Joyce, then played an injudicious stroke and edged behind first ball.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann had mixed fortunes on the final morning.

His first two deliveries were hit for six and four by Rikki Clarke, but he gained his revenge by bowling the Surrey all-rounder shortly before lunch with one that turned sharply out of the footmarks.

Having shared 111 in 24 overs with Bresnan, Loudon attempted a force off the back foot and snicked to Chris Read.

John Stephenson fell two balls later and when England spinner Monty Panesar was superbly caught by Graeme Swann at third slip, Bresnan was left with just number 11 Mark Footitt as he strived to reach three figures.

He attempted to do so in one hit but lofted part-time seamer David Hussey straight to mid-wicket.


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