Recent Match Report – Australia A vs England Lions Only unofficial Test 2020

England Lions 428 (Lawrence 125, Sibley 116) and twenty for one (Crawley ten*) conquer Australia A 176 (Wildermuth fifty*, Carse 3-fifty, Robinson 3-66) and 271 (Patterson ninety four*, Maddinson 52, Overton four-67, Robinson four-81) by 9 wickets

Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton bowled England Lions to their maiden victory in excess of Australia A, a 9-wicket gain in their four-day match at the MCG.

Early rain threatened to derail the Lions’ march to victory, with the hosts trailing England’s very first-innings complete by 72 right away with 5 wickets in hand. Kurtis Patterson and Jack Wildermuth resumed, moving their partnership to 67 prior to Wildermuth fell to Overton for 37.

Patterson batted through with the tail, including 44 much more to the complete to assure the Lions wanted to bat yet again and finishing unbeaten on ninety four when the closing wicket fell – that of Mitchell Swepson for 3 – with the Lions needing twenty runs to gain.

Robinson and Overton concluded with four wickets apiece for the innings, offering Robinson 7 for the match and Overton 6.

The English side’s chase wasn’t easy. They dropped very first-innings centurion Dom Sibley to Jackson Fowl in the 3rd in excess of for 3, but Zak Crawley and Keaton Jennings sealed victory 5 overs later on.

Lions Head Mentor Richard Dawson was impressed by his side’s competitiveness all through every single session. “When we obtained in advance of the video game and posted that very first-innings complete, we held the ascendancy,” Dawson reported. “We kept it actually essential, breaking factors down to keep it uncomplicated and the hard work in the squad was large class.

“The quickly bowlers were designed to work actually really hard, owning questioned the Aussies to stick to on, but they’ve place in the work on their health and fitness to be in a position to accomplish that.”

It is the very first time an England Lions or England ‘A’ staff has beaten Australia A possibly property or absent, with four losses, two draws and an abandonment in the 7 past encounters among the two sides.

The Lions will seem to complete their tour of Australia unbeaten, with their closing four-day match in opposition to a New South Wales XI starting on March 2. With Sibley, Crawley, Jennings and Dom Bess departing to sign up for the England staff for a two-Exam tour of Sri Lanka, the match in Wollongong will give several gamers in the squad the prospect to attain match experience.