Monday, November 9, 2009

Strauss Century Guides England Past The Warriors

England 256-2 (Strauss 117no, Denly 82) beat
Warriors 254-5 (Jacobs 83no, Swann 3-26) by eight wickets
Tour match, Kimberley

Andrew Strauss scored an unbeaten century as England warmed up for their upcoming matches against South Africa with a convincing eight-wicket win over the Chevrolet Warriors.

The Warriors, who beat New Zealand ahead of the Champions Trophy, were unable to take another international scalp as Strauss's unbeaten 117 helped England reach 256 for two in reply to 254 for five.

The left-hander hit ten fours and a six, sharing an opening stand of 175 with Joe Denly, who made 82 as England made an assured start to their innings.

Denly and Alastair Cook (32) were the men to fall, leaving Strauss and Paul Collingwood, unbeaten on 12, to finish the match.

Earlier, Graeme Swann picked up three wickets and Adil Rashid one as the Warriors, led by 83 not out from Arno Jacobs, gave England a stern workout in the field.

Jacobs struck ten boundaries and was supported by namesake Davey (50) with Sajid Mahmood also picking up a wicket.

England meet South Africa in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals on Friday 13th September ahead of five One-Day Internationals and four Tests.

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