Stewart and Trescothick put England on top

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Alec Stewart bounced back from recent match-fixing allegations to hit 59 on the second day of England's game against Governor's XI.

Alec Stewart bounced back from recent match-fixing allegations to hit 59 on the second day of England's game against Governor's XI.

Stewart hit two sixes and eight fours in an innings lasting just over two hours to help England to 240 for five.

It was a positive response after he was named in the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation's match-fixing report last week.

In fading light, Stewart was the last man to go when seamer Sajid Shah found an edge after the batsman had scored 59 off 115 balls. Graham Thorpe was unbeaten on 26 and put on 63 for the fifth wicket with Stewart.

Opener Marcus Trescothick missed out on a deserved century when he was stumped by Rashid Latif when he missed the line of left-arm spinner Mohammed Hussain's delivery.

Trescothick, who hit 10 fours after completing his half century, dominated a 65-run fourth wicket partnership with Stewart and also pulled Raza for a big six during his three and a half hour innings.

It gave England a lead of 16 runs after dismissing Governor's XI for 224 in the first innings.

"It was quite disappointing to miss an opportunity of scoring a century. It really hurt me," said Trescothick.

Governor's XI players had a bad day in the field as they spilled at least six catches, three off 21-year-old paceman Kashif Raza.

Trescothick had a lucky escape when Taufiq Umer misjudged the pull shot at deep square leg and dropped a sitter with Trescothick still 12 runs short of his half century.

Raza troubled Michael Vaughan (20) and Nasser Hussain (15) but was unlucky not to claim their wickets largely due to the sloppy fielding of his team-mates.

Raza started in style and removed Michael Atherton for 22 off his first ball after lunch.

English skipper Nasser Hussain fell to a poor leg before decision by umpire Iqbal Butt. He played left-arm seamer Kabir Khan well forward and the ball seemed to miss the leg stump, but the umpire thought otherwise.

Earlier, tail-ender Mohammed Hussain's half century helped Governor's XI progress to 224 after it resumed at the overnight 173 for five.

Hussain hit 10 fours to score 65 before holing out to Andrew Caddick in the deep off Darren Gough.

Overnight half centurion Yasir Hameed could add just a run to his 56 before becoming Caddick's second victim. However Gough was the most successful bowler with three for 54 while Caddick, left-arm spinner Ashley Giles and Craig White, who bowled last man Kabir Khan (11), finished with two wickets apiece.


Day two of four; England won toss

GOVERNOR'S XI - First Innings

(Overnight 173 for 5)

Wajahatullah Wasti retired hurt 0 Imran Farhat c Stewart b White 42 Taufiq Umer c Stewart b Caddick 15 Yasir Hameed c Vaughan b Caddick 57 Naumanullah c Vaughan b Giles 11 Akhtar Sarfraz c White b Giles 0 Rashid Latif c Trescothick b Gough 6 Muhammad Hussain c Caddick b Gough 65 Sajid Shah b Gough 5 Kabir Khan b White 11 Kashif Raza not out 2 Extras (leg byes-2, no balls-8) 10

Total (all out) 224

Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-60, 3-101, 4-101, 5-113, 6-179, 7-206, 8-211, 9-224

Overs: 72.5

Bowling: Darren Gough 23-4-54-3 (5-no balls); Andrew Caddick 17-2-51-2 (2-no balls); Craig White 11.5-2-46-2; Marcus Trescothick 2-0-8-0 (1-no ball); Ian Salisbury 9-1-30-0; Ashley Giles 10-4-33-2

ENGLAND - First Innings

Michael Atherton c sub (Taimoor) b Raza 22 Marcus Tescothick st Latif b Hussain 93 Nasser Hussain lbw b Kabir Khan 15 Michael Vaughan st Latif b Hussain 20 Alec Stewart c Latif b Shah 59 Graham Thorpe not out 26 Extras (byes-1, leg byes-1, no-balls-3) 5

Total (for five wickets) 240

Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-75, 3-112, 4-177

To bat: Craig White, Ashley Giles, Ian Salisbury, Darren Gough, Andrew Caddick

Bowling: Sajid Shah 12.5-2-49-1 (2-no balls); Kabir Khan 17-4-47-1 (1-no ball); Muhammad Hussain 24-7-49-2; Kashif Raza 15-3-63-1; Imran Farhat 7-0-25-0; Naumanullah 1-0-5-0

Overs: 76.5

Umpires: Iqbal Butt, Sajjad Asghar.