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England Lions win by 202 runs

England Lions vs Bangladesh A

England Lions: Luke Wright blasts quickfire century

Luke Wright: impressive display from the skipper

England Lions captain Luke Wright made his case for a return to the national 50-over side as he thumped a 68-ball unbeaten 143 and then took two wickets against Bangladesh A at Bristol.

All-rounder Wright blasted 10 sixes and 11 fours, reaching his century from 51 balls, before helping bowl out the tourists 202 runs short of their target.

The Lions posted 353-4 after Wright and in-form Yorkshireman Gary Ballance, who made 115, cracked 225 runs in 121 balls at the back end of the innings.

Ballance, uncapped by England but in the squad for this month's two Twenty20 fixtures against Australia, reached his century from 81 balls as a Bangladesh A side - containing nine full internationals - were put to the sword.

The century makers came together with England coasting along at just under a four-an-over rate, at 112-3 in the 29th over.

But in the next 20 overs Wright and Ballance turned up the heat - scoring at more than 11 runs per over - with the captain at one point hitting Mominul Haque for a hat-trick of sixes in an over that cost 24.


Wright's last one-day international was over two years ago, as he has instead become a preferred option in Twenty20 cricket, but he could come into consideration for the five-match ODI series against Australia next month.

Wright followed his heavy hitting by returning figures of 2-5 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 151 in 47 overs.

The three-match series continues at Taunton on Thursday.

Match Details

20th - 23rd Aug 2013
Bangladesh A won the toss and elected to bowl.
County Ground, Bristol
M J D Bodenham, N G C Cowley

bangladesh a BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.A.H. Haque c Ballance b Rankin 0
M.J. Islam c Carberry b Willey 36
M. Ayub c&b Overton 28
M.S. Rahman c Wright b Briggs 19
M. Haque c Rankin b Stokes 25
N.M. Islam lbw Briggs 12
M.E. Sunny c Buttler b Wright 11
S. Gazi c Overton b Wright 5
S.K.R. Islam c Buttler b Carberry 1
M.R. Hossain Not out 1
A. Hossain c&b Carberry 0
Extras 1nb, 1 2lb 13
Total All Out, 47.0 Overs 151
Full Batting Card

england lions BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
W.B. Rankin 10 0 34 1
D.J. Willey 8 1 27 1
J. Overton 9 1 29 1
B.A. Stokes 8 1 15 1
D.R. Briggs 10 0 37 2
L.J. Wright 1 0 5 2
M.A. Carberry 1 0 2 2
Full Bowling Card