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England hopefuls fail to impress

Champion County friendly match, Lord's:
MCC 126-7 drew with Durham 311-4 (day four)
Match scorecard

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan was out cheaply as the game petered out into a draw

Michael Vaughan and Ian Bell missed the chance to impress England's selectors, failing with the bat as MCC's rain-affected game with Durham was drawn.

With only 89 overs having been possible on the first three days at Lord's because of rain, Durham declared on their overnight total of 311-4.

But Vaughan (12), Bell (12), Rob Key (5) and James Foster (4) all fell cheaply as MCC limped to 126-7.

Stephen Moore made 45 for MCC while Durham seamer Callum Thorp took 4-15.

More rain delayed the start of day four, although umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Neil Bainton ruled that play could begin at 1300 BST after an early lunch.

But MCC were soon in trouble and had stumbled to 98-5 by tea as Australia-born Thorp, who does not count as an overseas player as he has British parents, removed four of the top six.


Skipper Key, touted for the captaincy of England's Twenty20 side, edged to gully in the sixth over, bringing former national skipper Vaughan to the crease.

The Yorkshire batsman took 10 deliveries to get off the mark, but after cutting short balls from Liam Plunkett and Mitchell Claydon for four, he edged ex-Tykes team-mate Claydon to keeper Phil Mustard.

Worcestershire opener Moore had struck eight fours in his 45, but was then caught behind off a big outswinger after Thorp switched to the Nursery End.

Thorp soon struck twice in an over as Bell, dropped by England in the West Indies, gave Mustard his third catch and Foster, one of the contenders for England's oft-debated wicketkeeping position, was trapped lbw.

I am sure Australia would rather see an England side without him

Durham's Mitchell Claydon on Michael Vaughan

A sixth wicket nearly fell before lunch when Adil Rashid swished at a Graham Onions delivery, and Mustard failed to cling on to the chance above his head.

But Plunkett removed Rashid's off stump early in the final session, Onions trapped Tim Bresnan for a duck and the inevitable draw was hastily agreed as the light deteriorated, with Tom Westley unbeaten on 18 from 69 balls.

Although Vaughan left Lord's swiftly after the game, Claydon - another Australian now qualified for England - had words of praise for his former team-mate, despite dismissing him.

"He is a class player, I saw that when I was playing for Yorkshire, so I am sure Australia would rather see an England side without him," Claydon said.

"He's a big-game player. He proved that the last time the Ashes were here."

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