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Last Updated: Monday, 31 October 2005, 09:11 GMT
Trescothick rescues sorry England
Tour match, Rawalpindi, (day one of three, stumps): England 256-9 v PCB Patron's XI

Marcus Trescothick celebrates his century
Marcus Trescothick scored a century in an otherwise woeful performance by England's top order against a Patron's XI in their first Pakistan tour match.

Trescothick (124 not out) and Matt Prior (50) rescued England after they had slumped to 60-6.

At the close on day one in Rawalpindi, England had recovered to 256-9.

None of the host team's bowlers have been named in the squad for the first Test, but Yasir Arafat and Najaf Shah took seven wickets between them.

And their efforts ensured that, Trescothick apart, no other England batsman in the top seven reached double figures.

The Somerset man played a patient innings, taking 209 balls over his runs, hitting 16 fours and two sixes and keeping his head as the wickets tumbled at the other end.

Fellow opener Andrew Strauss was bowled for five and captain Michael Vaughan started the match despite a nasty ear infection but was the second man out when trapped lbw on the crease for nine.

It was left-armer Najaf who had the first two wickets, before a second 20-year-old, Yasir Ali, sent back Kevin Pietersen.

The hero from England's final day of the Ashes series at The Oval in September, Pietersen drove the 11th ball of his innings straight to gully.

Arafat, a medium pacer who has played two one-day internationals and has also appeared for the Scottish Saltires, then took three wickets in 12 balls.

If we grind out runs and big first innings scores we will give ourselves every chance of doing well
Marcus Trescothick

His victims were Paul Collingwood (0), Ian Bell (2) and Geraint Jones (4).

Collingwood went for a duck when he under-edged a pull onto his middle-stump.

Bell then had his middle stump knocked back as he played studiously forward and was clean bowled and Jones was also bowled.

Trescothick and Ashley Giles added a precious 38 for the seventh wicket before the Patron's XI struck again - Giles lbw to Imran Tahir for 30.

The experienced Shaun Udal gave Trescothick further company, hitting 14 before being dismissed.

Sussex's wicket-keeping-batsman Prior looked in good touch, hitting 50 off 63 balls including eight fours, before being bowled by Arafat, who enjoyed figures of 4-45.

Warwickshire's Alex Loudon was the number 11 batsman and he was unbeaten on three at the close.

England, who were without Andrew Flintoff and Stephen Harmison, had won the toss and elected to bat.

Under the terms of the match, 14 players are named in each side, but only 11 are permitted to bat and field.


England: M Vaughan (capt), A Strauss, M Trescothick, I Bell, K Pietersen, G Jones (wkt), A Giles, A Loudon, S Udal, L Plunkett, M Hoggard, P Collingwood, M Prior (wkt), J Anderson.

Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI: Asher Zaidi, Yasir Hameed, Bazid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Tahir, Yasir Arafat, Zulqarnain, Mohammad Irshad, Arshad Khan, Mohammad Asif, Najaf Shah, Shehzad Malik.


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