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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 July, 2005, 10:31 GMT 11:31 UK
Classic Ashes matches
1907/08 - Second Test, Melbourne
1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 January
England won by one wicket

Jack Hobbs made an immediate impression on his debut
Australia 266 all out
Monty Noble 61
Jack Crawford 5 for 79
England 382 all out
Ken Hutchings 126
Jack Hobbs 83
Albert Cotter 5 for 142
Australia 397 all out
Warwick Armstrong 77
Monty Noble 64
Victor Trumper 63
Charles Macartney 54
Hanson Carter 53
Sydney Barnes 5 for 72
England 282 for nine
Fred Fane 50
After six days of cricket, the result hinged on one final moment that prevented the first tied Test.

The match had an ebb-and-flow that saw each side hold an advantage at various stages, England initially capitalising on Australia's modest start.

By the fifth day, Australia were in the ascendancy and victory seemed secure.

But they let slip a winning position as England's tail mustered an unlikely one-wicket win despite some last-ball mayhem and a near run out.

Australia made amends for a below-par first innings effort when they compiled a total of 397, including five half centuries, to set England a target of 282 to win.

England made slow and steady progress, but skipper and opening bat Fred Fane was the only man to reach 50, and from 121-2 they were unable to build a telling partnership.

With wickets frequently falling, Australia took a stranglehold. While the hosts needed just two wickets, England required 73 runs.

However, Sydney Barnes, ably assisted by his lower order colleagues, put up stout resistance to close in on victory.

He added 34 with wicket-keeper Joseph Humphries and was joined by Arthur Fielder with 39 still required.

They homed in on victory before Barnes proved the catalyst for the last-ball mayhem when he pushed a shot out into the covers.

While he ran, Fielder stood rooted in his crease before belatedly setting off.

But Australian hopes disappeared as Gervys Hazlitt had a rush of blood in the field, hurling a fierce throw wide, when a gentle lob would have sufficed.

England took the run for their only victory in a series Australia otherwise dominated.


Did you know?
That last-minute missed opportunity ultimately denied Australia a first Ashes whitewash. The only "Greenwash" came 13 years later when Australia won the 1920/21 series 5-0. England have never enjoyed a clean sweep in a series of four or more Tests.





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