JOHN CRAWLEY, of Lancashire, hit a fine century in front of the England captain, Mike Atherton, against Somerset at Southport yesterday.
But his unbeaten 119 was probably too late to earn him a place in the first Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge next week. Atherton meets his co-selectors tomorrow but Crawley, the outstanding success of England A's winter tour of South Africa, looks out of the reckoning.
The Lancashire coach, David Lloyd, said: 'He has not played enough cricket because of the way the fixtures have fallen - but this was a superb innings.' Crawley steered Lancashire to a commanding 288 for 4 after sharing in a stand of 167 with Nick Speak. Atherton himself was out early, caught at second slip off Graham Rose for 17.
Crawley and Jason Gallian put on 79 for the second wicket. Mushtaq Ahmed, then removed Gallian and Graham Lloyd but Crawley and Speak put Lancashire back on top, Crawley reaching his century with 11 fours. Speak made 87 before slicing Mushtaq to Andy Hayhurst at point.Reuse content