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Last Updated: Friday, 11 August 2006, 18:11 GMT 19:11 UK
India women hold on for Test draw
Women's Test, Grace Road: England 223 & 345-8 dec drew with India 298 & 187-8

England were forced to settle for a draw in the first women's Test against India at Grace Road.

The home side had two sessions to claim 10 wickets but despite 3-44 from Laura Marsh and 2-39 from Jenny Gunn, the tourists held on at 187-8.

Rumeli Dhar (57) and Amita Sharma (50) both hit maiden Test half-centuries .

Having resumed on 229-2, England, declared at lunch 270 ahead. Claire Taylor fell early in the day after adding just 10 to her overnight 105.

England quickly reduced India to 10-3 but they ran out of time, Dhar and Sharma's 77-run partnership thwarting them.

There was relief for the hosts when pace bowler Katherine Brunt's scan results showed no stress fracture in her back.

Physiotherapist Sue Hughes said: "There was no serious pathology on the scan.

"We're working towards getting Katherine back to full fitness as soon as possible."

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