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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 March, 2004, 20:23 GMT
Collingwood hits century
Tour match, Sabina Park, day three of three (close)
England 320 & 259-6d drew with Jamaica 281 and 106-6

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Paul Collingwood made his case for a Test place with a century as England drew their tour match against Jamaica.

The Durham batsman made 103 as both he and Andrew Flintoff, who smashed a rapid 57, helped the tourists reach a second innings total of 259-6.

England then declared to set the Jamaicans a notiongal target of 299 in the final session and a bit but a draw appeared to be the likely outcome.

But Ashley Giles, with four wickets, and kept things alive until the end.

England endured a bad start to the third and final day.

Following the news that Mark Butcher's sprained ankle ligament injury could force him out of next Thursday's opening Test, the tourists lost Marcus Trescothick to the third ball of the day after resuming with an 89-run lead.

The Somerset left-hander scored a relatively paltry seven and 21 in his two innings and has just one more three-day warm-up match left in which to improve his form before the first Test.

While England may be concerned at Trescothick's batting, they will have been delighted at the manner in which Collingwood and Flintoff took the opportunity to play their first serious innings of the tour.

Both men hit spinner Bevon Brown down the ground for six.

Collingwood hit a second six on his way to registering his ton before he was caught by Danza Hyatt off the bowling of Lorenzo Ingram.

Ingram also grabbed the wicket of Rikki Clarke for 28 runs and Giles managed 13 before he was run out late in the innings.

With just the final session remaining and with 14 runs on the board, Jamaica were simply looking to play out for a draw.

Paceman James Anderson took the early wicket of Brenton Parchment but it was not until Donovan Pagon fell to Flintoff with the score on 65 that the home side began to panic.

Five wickets fell for just 15 runs and suddenly the impossible seemed possible.

But a combination of Matthew Sinclair and Mario Ventura stuck firm until the close of play to ensure that England would not come away with an unlikely win.


Jamaica: B A Parchment (Capt), S Findlay, D J Pagon, D Hyatt M D Ventura, L P Ingram, B Brown, M G Sinclair (Wkt), E McInnis D H Mais, J J C Lawson.

England: M E Trescothick, M P Vaughan (Capt), M A Butcher N Hussain, G P Thorpe, R Clarke, A Flintoff, C M W Read (Wkt) A F Giles, S J Harmison, M J Hoggard J Anderson.




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