England Lions 353 for 4 (Wright 143*, Ballance 115) beat Bangladesh A 151 (Carberry 2-2, Wright 2-5) by 202 runs
New England Lions Captain Luke Wright smashed a superb century as England’s Lions won the first of three unofficial One Day Matches against Bangladesh ‘A’.
Wright blasted 10 sixes in his 143 not out, and took just 51 balls to reach three figures.
Gary Balance, who scored a century against Australia in a two-day tour match this weekend, also scored a ton at Bristol.
Bangladesh ‘A’ were eventually skittled out for just 151 in a crushing 202 run defeat.
Many players involved were hoping to enhance their chances for a place in the full England side, with many included in England’s squad for the forthcoming Twenty20 series with Australia.
Wright has impressed this season with his big-hitting abilities, including a century against Holland earlier this month at Hove. The pacing of Wright’s innings was Twenty20-esque, as his strike rate bounced higher every over. He reached 50 off 26 balls, and needed just another 25 to complete his seventh List A hundred.
Balance added 115 from 89 balls to give the innings an injection of pace following solid starts from James Taylor (40), Michael Carberry (20) and James Vince (18). The Yorkshire batsman struck four sixes and 10 boundaries in another spectacular knock.
Together, Wright and Balance added 225 in just 20 overs for the fourth-wicket partnership, making sure the Lions crossed the 350-run mark.
Bangladesh A could have been expected to step up in this contest against England’s second-string side but they remained ordinary with the ball for a third successive game. While it would be hard to look past Wright’s innings, the bowling attack comprised of only one uncapped pace bowler, Al-Amin Hossain, who took 2 for 69 – Elias Sunny and Naeem Islam took one each.
Their batsmen, too, batted like the Bangladesh of old, trying to bat out the 50 overs rather than batting to the tune of the target. The chase was massive, and it was doubly hard against the likes of Boyd Rankin, Northamptonshire’s Friends Life Twenty20 hero David Willey, and a tight spell from Danny Briggs, who took 2 for 37 in 10 overs.
England had two one-over specials to thank for a quickly wrapped up win, with Wright and Carberry both picking up two wickets from six balls.
It was a simple win in the first of three unofficial one-matches between the two sides, with England claiming a simple 202 run victory.
Man of the Match: Luke Wright (143* runs, 2 wickets for 5 runs)
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