Cricket: Speak makes his point

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England A 379-7 dec

ACT 65 and 361-7

Match drawn

NICK SPEAK made up for the disappointment of not gaining a place on the England A tour by snatching seemingly certain victory from Martyn Moxon's team in Canberra yesterday.

He hit a match-saving 120 to deny England A victory on the final day of their match against the Australian Capital Territory at Manuka Oval.

Speak, spending the winter with North Canberra after failing to make the England shadow squad for Australia, helped to steer ACT to an unlikely draw when they had been outplayed for all but the final day.

The 26-year-old, who scored 2,000 first-class runs for Lancashire last summer, shared a stand of 213 with his captain Peter Solway before Sean Maxwell put the game beyond England's reach with a painstaking, unbeaten half- century occupying almost five hours.

Essex's Peter Such reeled off 48 overs of attacking off-spin on an easy batting wicket for just 69 runs with one victim but there was little or no penetration in the tourists' labouring attack.

ENGLAND A - First Innings 379 for 7 dec (M D Moxon 123, R C Russell 67).

ACT - First Innings 65 (M C Ilott 4-12, A R Caddick 4-14).

ACT - Second Innings

(Overnight: 128 for 2)

*P Solway run out104

N J Speak c Russell b Cork120

S Maxwell not out53

J Bull c Russell b Ilott8

G Irvine b Such16

C Killen run out0

S King not out10

Extras (b4 lb14 w1 nb10)39

Total (for 7)361

Fall (cont): 3-235 4-268 5-281 6-322 7-322.

Did not bat: K W McLeod, G E W Bush.

Bowling: Caddick 32-11-80-1; Cork 26-2-93-2; Ilott 24-2-77-1; Such 48-23-69-1; Boiling 23-10-24-0.

England Under-19, one up in the series, reached 224 for 5 on the first day of the second youth Test against India in Delhi, Durham's James Daley making 55.

SECOND YOUTH TEST (Delhi): England Under-19 224 for 5 (J Daley 55) v India Under-19.