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Day 4 of 4
England Lions won by 5 wickets.

Central Zone vs England Lions

Carberry stars in Lions win

Tourists chase down 296 to close in on Duleep Trophy final

Carberry: 12th first-class century

England Lions are on the brink of the Duleep Trophy final after pulling off a stunning five-wicket victory over Central Zone.

"We had two bad sessions when we batted in the first innings. Apart from that we played some really good cricket as a team."

England Lions captain Michael Yardy

Quotes of the week

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry struck 112 to help the Lions chase down a target of 296 in Vadadora.

Captain Michael Yardy (57) and Ed Joyce (54) also chipped in with half-centuries as the tourists got home shortly after lunch on the final day.

It represented a remarkable turnaround for England's second string, who had conceded a 115-run deficit after being bowled out for 155 first time around.

But Durham paceman Graham Onions then led a spirited fight-back with three wickets as Central Zone were skittled for 180 in their second innings to set-up an exciting fourth innings run chase.

The Lions must now avoid defeat against West Zone next week to guarantee a place in the final as they bid to become the first overseas winners of the competition.

Team effort

"We had two bad sessions when we batted in the first innings," said Sussex batsman Yardy.

"Apart from that we played some really good cricket as a team.

"Obviously Michael (Carberry) will get the plaudits but Adil Rashid and Steve Kirby put on a crucial 35 on the second day and it showed everyone you could bat on this pitch.

"We knew we had to bowl them out for a relatively competitive score, so it was an all-round team effort.

"Ideally you put your runs on the board in the first innings - that's the best time to bat.

"But what we did in the chase was show if you get in and spend time in the middle it gets easier."

Match Details

3rd - 6th Feb 2008
SN Bandekar and SL Shastri

england lions BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Carberry lbw b Mathur 112
Denly lbw b Gupta 15
Yardy c Kaif b Singh 57
Joyce c Rawat b Mathur 54
Trott not out 28
Foster c Rawat b Mathur 0
Rashid not out 24
Extras 3nb, 4lb 7
Total 89.4 Overs 297 - 5
Full Batting Card

central zone BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Full Bowling Card