Cricket: Moxon is slow on the uptake

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England A 287-9 dec

Queensland 148-1

ENGLAND A adopted go-slow tactics on the third day of their tour match against Queensland at Caloundra yesterday. The tourists had crawled to 287 for 9 at a rate of 2.8 runs an over before Martyn Moxon declared their first innings at tea, to the obvious relief of a patient crowd. The first day and three- quarters were washed out.

Moxon, 11 not out overnight with England A on 64 for 3, took nearly four and a half hours to make 57 and it needed David Capel, riding his luck and finding his form, to give the middle order the respectability it needed.

Dropped twice in the 40s and again by the Queensland captain, Dirk Wellham, in the deep when he had made 69, the Northamptonshire all-rounder went on to score an unbeaten 80 when Moxon finally declared.

Wellham displayed his disgust in the final stages of England A's innings by taking the second new ball himself to bowl his first over this season in a first-class match.

The protest was not lost on Moxon, who promptly declared to give the spectators a chance to watch Matthew Hayden unfold the strokes which have carried him to the verge of the Australian team.

(Third day of four: England A won toss)

ENGLAND A - First Innings

(Overnight: 64 for 3)

T C Middleton lbw b Kasprowicz 2

M N Lathwell c Seccombe b Law 0

* M D Moxon c Wellham b Law 57

P J Prichard b Bichel 3

G P Thorpe c and b Jackson 45

G D Lloyd b Kasprowicz 30

D J Capel not out 80

R C Russell c Seccombe b Rackemann 5

D G Cork st Seccombe b Law 4

A R Caddick c Seccombe b Rackemann 16

P M Such not out 0

Extras (b4 lb10 w1 nb30) 45

Total (for 9 dec) 287

Fall: 1-2 2-2 3-10 4-108 5-157 6-189 7-220 8-227 9-276.

Bowling: Kasprowicz 26-5-64-3; Law 21-10-45-3; Bichel 16-2-64-1; Rackemann 11.1-1-25-1; Jackson 25-4-67-1; Wellham 1-0-8-0.

QUEENSLAND - First Innings

M L Hayden not out 65

T J Barsby b Caddick 78

W Seccombe not out 2

Extras (lb3) 3

Total (for 1)148

Fall: 1-139.

To bat: P J T Goggin, S G Law, * D M Wellham, D Kingdon, M S Kasprowicz, P W Jackson, A Bichel, C G Rackemann.

Bowling (to date): Caddick 12-2-54-1; Cork 7-0- 32-0; Such 15-3-42-0; Capel 5-0-17-0.