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Victorian XI win by 4 wickets

Victorian XI vs England Lions

England Lions suffer last-over loss to Victoria

Ryan Carters: Smashed 127 for the Victorian XI

Varun Chopra: His 115 was all in vain for the Lions

Centuries from Varun Chopra and James Taylor were not enough to stop England Lions slipping to a four-wicket defeat against a Victorian XI.

Chopra smashed 115 off 123 deliveries while Taylor plundered 102 from 114 balls before retiring as the Lions reached 335-4 at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.

There was also some impressive pinch-hitting from Ben Foakes and Ben Stokes as they added 81 in the final five overs.

Foakes finally fell for 53 (off 31 balls), while Stokes was unbeaten after an explosive 41 off just 15 deliveries.

Those efforts were all in vain, though, as Ryan Carters guided Victoria home with two balls to spare.

Carters finally fell for 127 in the final over, but it was too late for the Lions. Marcus Stoinis (57) and Alex Keath (60) also provided useful cameos, while Ian Holland and DG Kight saw Victoria over the finish line.

Matt Coles was the pick of the England bowlers, taking 2-58.

Match Details

10th Feb 2013
Victorian XI won the toss and elected to bowl.
Junction Oval
A J Sammartino and S M Sciacca

victorian xi BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.P. Stoinis c Borthwick 57
D.J. Russ run out 34
Carters c Taylor b Stokes 127
A.R. Keath c Stokes b Coles 60
D.A. King c Clarke 19
C.A. Rose c Chopra b Coles 15
I.G. Holland not out 3
D.G. Kight not out 2
Extras 7nb, 8w, 1b, 3lb 19
Total 49.4 Overs 336 - 6
Full Batting Card

england lions BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Roland-Jones 5 0 30 0
Wright 10 0 78 0
Coles 10 0 58 2
Borthwick 5 0 34 1
Clarke 8 0 57 1
Overton 5 0 31 0
Stokes 6.4 0 44 1
Full Bowling Card