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Tuesday, November 16, 1999 Published at 16:37 GMT

England A squander Sales' century

Matthew Bell: Went for a duck

England 336 all out (DJG Sales 115, IJ Ward 72), North Island 228-3 (MS Sinclair 112 no, JAH Marshall 52 no)

England A failed to capitalise on David Sales' knock of 115 as North Island made a century stand for the third wicket at Christchurch.

The four day match appeared to have swung back to the tourists as they notched up 336 all out, then disposed of openers Matthew Bell and Blair Pocock for just 13.

But the home side bedded in after lunch with Matthew Sinclair and Lou Vincent putting together a century partnership to draw the home side in sight of England A's total.

Sales on song

Sales was almost single-handedly responsible for giving the tourists a respectable figure to chase, as the Northamptonshire batsman blasted his way to a century off 161 balls - including 12 fours - in the morning session.

He eventually went last man out, bowled by leg-spinner Brooke Walker, shortly after thumping a huge six over the boundary.

Walker also cleared up the rest of the tail end, having Paul Franks caught at short midwicket and trapping James Kirtley lbw.

The two bowlers soon had an opportunity for revenge as they dismissed Kiwi internationals Bell and Pocock in short order.

Sinclair survived a good call from the England fielders as he reached his half-century. Rob Turner was convinced he had the batsman caught behind off leg-spinner Chris Schofield, but the umpire did not give it.

Vincent went shortly afterwards, caught in the slips by Vikram Solanki off Schofield, while Sinclair notched up his century of 196 balls in the company of James Marshall.

North Island reached the close of play on 228 for three - a deficit of 108.

Afterwards, Sales said: "I was pretty happy with the way it ended up with my first hundred of the tour.

"But then it was a hard day's work because they batted well on quite a flat wicket and unfortunately we had a couple of chances that we couldn't take."



England A 336

North Island First Innings Close

M D Bell b Franks 0
B A Pocock lbw b Kirtley 2
L Vincent c Solanki b Scholfield 45 M S Sinclair not out 112
J A H Marshall not out 52
Extras lb1 w1 nb15 17
Total 3 wkts (88 overs) 228
Fall: 1-0 2-13 3-115

To Bat: A J Penn, C J Nevin, B J K Walker, K P Walmsley, D R Tuffey, M R Jefferson.

Umpires: D Quested and G Stewart

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