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   Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 10:58 GMT
England suffer in Sydney
Ian Blackwell is run out for six
Australia celebrate Blackwell's was run out
One-day warm-up, Sydney: Australia A 205-9 (50 overs) beat England 182 (47 overs) by 23 runs

England tumbled to their second successive one-day defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground, despite restricting Australia A to just 205 for nine.

The tourists followed Friday's eight-wicket defeat to New South Wales with a 23-run loss at the hands of Australia's reserves.

Ashley Noffke, who spent some of the English summer with Middlesex, took two wickets in successive overs to disrupt a confident start.

And slow left-armer Brad Hogg scooped up three wickets as the tourists were bowled out for 182 with three overs remaining.

The highest score of the England innings was 33, made by both Ronnie Irani and skipper Nasser Hussain, but in contrasting fashions.

Irani bludgeoned 33 runs from just 22 deliveries, with six fours, before he fell lbw to Noffke's first delivery.

Justin Langer
Langer top-scored with 62
Hussain played patiently for an hour, looking to rebuild the innings, until he was leg-before trying to sweep Hogg.

England's bowlers impressed at least, Irani claiming three for 30 and left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell one for 24.

Only skipper Justin Langer, who top-scored with 62 from 103 deliveries, was able to pass 50.

Greg Blewett, with 23, and Michael Clarke, who took 29 balls over his 25, played aggressive innings as England struggled to take advantage of an early breakthrough.

But once Langer fell with 17 overs left, the A side's innings lost its momentum, with the next four wickets falling for 46 runs in 13 overs.

Their total looked 20 to 30 runs short of a competitive total on a slow pitch.

But England's reply began badly with Craig White, promoted to the role as pinch-hitter while Marcus Trescothick rested, being run out in the second over after a mix-up with Nick Knight.

Ronnie Irani
Irani took three wickets for the tourists
After ending a 56-run partnership with the dismissal of Irani, Noffke had Knight caught behind attempting to slash a short delivery.

With Hussain and Owais Shah forging a 38-run partnership, England still harboured hopes of victory.

As soon as Hussain fell, though, the middle order folded while trying to stay in touch with the required run rate.

Shah perished edging behind trying to pull seamer Brad Williams for a spirited 25 before Ian Blackwell became England's second run-out victim.

Robert Key was caught in the deep and Andrew Flintoff edged behind trying to drive.

Even a determined ninth-wicket partnership of 23 between Kabir Ali and Alec Stewart could not halt the slide as England lost seven wickets for 72 runs.


Australia A: Justin Langer (captain), Jimmy Maher, Greg Blewett, Nathan Bracken, Ryan Campbell, Michael Clarke, Brad Hogg, Mike Hussey, Ashley Noffke, Andrew Symonds, Brad Williams, Nathan Hauritz (12th man).

England: Nasser Hussain (captain), Craig White, Nick Knight, Robert Key, Ronnie Irani, Owais Shah, Ian Blackwell, Andy Flintoff, Alec Stewart, Kabir Ali, James Kirtley, Paul Collingwood (12th man).

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