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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 09:33 GMT
England suffer embarrassing loss
Tour match, Lahore, day three: Pakistan A 138 & 246-4 bt England 126 & 256 by six wickets

Andrew Flintoff took three wickets but could not prevent England losing
Flintoff took three wickets but could not prevent England losing

England's preparations for the first Test against Pakistan suffered a blow with an embarrassing six-wicket defeat in their final warm-up match in Lahore.

Pakistan A cruised to their target of 245 with more than a session to spare thanks to Hasan Raza's unbeaten 71.

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff took three wickets for the tourist but there was little else to cheer for the bowlers.

With captain Michael Vaughan nursing a knee injury, England's worries are mounting with the Test four days away.

Pakistan A began the final day on 31-1 but were never in any real trouble even though 30 wickets had fallen on the first two days.

Matthew Hoggard went for 18 runs in two overs before being replaced by Flintoff, who struck a blow of sorts when Imran Farhat retired hurt after being hit on the hand.

It has happened before to us and I am confident the players will lift themselves for the Tests
Duncan Fletcher

England also had another injury scare when Andrew Strauss left the field with a hamstring problem, but he returned soon afterwards.

Nightwatchman Shahid Nazir inflicted further pain on the tourists when he smashed 43 from just 31 balls, including two sixes, before Flintoff yorked him.

A superb return catch from Flintoff removed Faisal Athar soon after to give England hope of a second successive tour victory.

But stand-in captain Marcus Trescothick had plenty of problems as Raza and Yousuf continued to plunder runs.

They put on 50 before lunch and continued to coast after the interval, with Raza smashing three sixes.

Their stand was worth 128 when Flintoff trapped Yousuf lbw with a slower yorker, but Farhat returned to knock off the remaining 23 runs with Raza.


Pakistan A: Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, Shahid Yousuf, Hasan Raza (Capt), Faisal Athar, Mansoor Amjad, Amin ur-Rehman (Wkt) Arshad Khan, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Khalil.

England: A J Strauss, M E Trescothick, M P Vaughan (Capt), K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, G O Jones (Wkt) A F Giles, S D Udal, S J Harmison, M J Hoggard.


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