Wright on song for Lions
Sussex blaster makes quick century to fire Lions towards victory
Last Updated: 09/03/09 11:29am
Wright: Quick-fire century
Second 'A' Test Match
England Lions 346 (L J Wright 69, G J Batty 64, S R Patel 64, S I Mahmood 52, E P Thompson 4-98) & 353-9 dec (L J Wright 105, I J L Trott 51) v New Zealand A 243 (R A Young 71, E P Thompson 60, M Davies 4-47) & 72-1
A lightning quick century from Luke Wright put England Lions in charge on the penultimate day of their Test against New Zealand A.
Wright blazed 105 from 96 balls to fire the Lions up to 353-9 when skipper Roby Key declared to set the New Zealanders an unlikely 457 runs for victory.
By the close of play on day three, the hosts had reached 72-1 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, needing a whopping 385 runs to win, or more likely to bat out the day and survive for a draw.
Resuming on 56-0 at the start of the day, Key went for 38 and Stephen Moore 41, wile under-fire Samit Patel was caught and bowled for just 16.
Jonathan Trott made 51 as England, at 165-5, looked for quick runs, and they came when Wright arrived at the crease.
Wright and wicketkeeper Ben Scott (47) added 123 for the sixth wicket, while Liam Plunkett also chipped in with a brisk 22 in his half-century partnership with Wright.
The Sussex man took charge of the innings though, with 11 fours and a six in his quick-fire century, which enabled Key to make the declaration with a safe lead of 456.
Mark Davies removed New Zealand opener Jamie How lbw for eight with the score on 15, but the home side recovered to see out the rest of the day without losing another wicket.
Aaron Redmond was on 27 not out and Daniel Flynn unbeaten on 28 as they reached 72-1, still needing what would be a mightily impressive 385 runs on the final day for victory.
England Lions will be going all out to claim the nine wickets they need to win the match and seal the series 1-0.