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Australian XI v England (Hobart)

Australia won the toss on what was a rainy day and quite rightly put England in to bat. Rain almost washed out the whole day and in the end only 15 overs were bowled. England finished the day losing 2 wickets for 43 runs. Butcher and Atherton were both out for scores of 16 and 14 respectively. Kasprowicz took both wickets and conceded just 12 runs.

The start of day 2 was delayed and England lost a few quick wickets. Crawley was out for 27 and Hick fell for 11. At lunch England were 116/3. After lunch Ramprakash got a half-century and put on a fifty run partnership with Warren Hegg. Hegg eventually fell for 29 and Hollioake soon after for 6. Cork, Tudor and Such all went cheaply as normal and Such fell after the new ball was taken. England finished 239 all-out. Kasprowicz was the best bowler taking 4/67. The Australian reserve side lost 3 wickets before the close, 2 of which were off Cork's bowling. At the close of day 2 Australia were 18/3.

The Australian's collapsed to be 101/7 at lunch but recovered slowly to reach 172 before being bowled out. Mainly thanks to a 50 partnership by Brendan Julian and Adam Gilchrist. Dominic Cork took 3 wickets and Tudor took 3.Atherton went cheaply for 5.Then Butcher and Crawley got 50 between them. Crawley reached 50 and then went out. Butcher soon followed with 42. Ramps went out for 6 and Hegg got a duck. At the end of the day Hick and Hollioake put on a 50 run partnership before rain stopped play.

Ben Hollioake went out for 43 early in the morning session and was Paul Reiffel's 5th victim. After that the new ball was taken and England collapsed to 270 all-out. Reiffel took 5 wickets and Kasprowicz got 4. Australia were set a target of 338 to win which was always going to be impossible looking at the conditions. Australia got a few runs on the board before rain stopped play again.

Australia started day 5 needing 326 runs to win. The weather had improved slightly and the sun was out. But once again Australia's top batsmen collapsed at lunch it was 95/4 and England smelt victory. Blewett reached fifty but Bevan and Gilchrist both went out. At tea England were closer to victory. Australia were 175/6 and they were still 163 short of England. Reiffel was the only player to go out before the last hour started. Julian and Blewett put on a fifty partnership and then the new ball was taken. Blewett followed with a century. And Julian went for 41. Dominic Cork was again the best bowler he took 5/72. In the end Australia were 263/8 still 75 runs short.

The match was drawn but could have gone either way if the weather didn't waste so much time. The man of the match was between Cork, Reiffel and Blewett but Dominic Cork eventually won it.

Revised: Saturday, 16 March 2013.
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