Cricket: Boiling blow for England

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England A . . . . . . . . . . . .220

Australian Cricket Academy. . . .7-0

PAUL PRICHARD led a rescue operation for England A who were struggling against the spin attack of the Australian Cricket Academy on the first day of their four-day match in Melbourne yesterday.

Prichard shared stands with Jack Russell and Andy Caddick in scoring his second half-century in four innings, and managed to steer the side from 95 for 5 to a fairly respectable 220 all out.

England's prospects were dealt a blow when James Boiling was struck by a delivery from fast bowler Troy Corbett. It is feared that Boiling has sustained a broken toe which would sideline him along with the other injured bowlers, David Millns and Dominic Cork.