Cricket: Ducks fail to scupper Swann

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GRAEME SWANN, the Northamptonshire all-rounder, recovered from one of the lowest moments in his career to bowl England to a 38-run victory over Pakistan in the first NatWest Under-19 Test at Worcester yesterday.

A return of 6 for 46 in 17.4 overs made up for his despair at registering two ducks for his country in a season which has brought a maiden century for his county.

England, the World Cup holders, needed only 25 balls to dismiss Pakistan for 160 by taking the last two wickets for 16 runs on the final morning. The Nottinghamshire paceman Paul Franks produced a good delivery to have Zahid Saeed caught behind and Swann finished it off when Irfan Fazil hoisted a catch to Essex's Stephen Peters at deep midwicket.