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ACT 216 & 320 England A 408 & 123-5 Match drawn

England A produced another impressive performance in falling just one shot away from victory after a frustrating final day in their match with Australian Capital Territory yesterday.

The tourists, who faced a victory target of 129 in 15 overs, finished just six short, on 123 for 5, to be denied their sixth successive victory. Resuming on 140 for 4, Ian Garrity inspired a battling display from the ACT tailenders, batting for more than five hours for 90, which included just four boundaries, to defy the England attack for 76 overs until he was last out as the innings ended on 320.

It left England with a daunting run chase. Needing a six off the last ball, Lancashire's wicketkeeper Warren Hegg swung and missed to halt the tourists' victory march across Australia.

Garrity was given support from Darryle Macdonald (28) and David Thornton (23) before the England captain, Adam Hollioake, ended their second innings with two wickets in as many balls to finish with 4 for 27.

Hollioake then opened England's reply with Mark Butcher but fell fourth ball to a brilliant catch from Bruce Hara at midwicket. Butcher hammered 23 off 21 deliveries and Owais Shah hit 29 off 22 deliveries before Michael Vaughan teamed up with Hegg to add 39 in three overs and take England to the brink of victory.

Final day of four; ACT won toss

ACT - First Innings 216 (P J Solway 59; P M Such 5-29).

England A - First Innings 408 (A McGrath 108, G Chapple 59 no, C White 53; B J Smith 5-91).

ACT - Second Innings

(Overnight: 140 for 4)

I A Garrity c Harris b Hollioake 90 D J McDonald c Giles b Such 28

M B Robinson b Giles 11

H O'Meagher c Hegg b Chapple 12

B J Smith b Harris 6

D J Thornton lbw b Hollioake 23

E A Mackenzie not out 0

Extras (b4, lb11, nb4) 19

Total (127.1 overs) 320

Fall: 1-106, 2-111, 3-138, 4-140, 5-187, 6-209, 7-251, 8-270, 9-319.

Bowling: Chapple 16-2-47-1; Harris 16-2-48-1; Such 47-23-73-3; White 12-4-31-0; Giles 23-2-67-1; Hollioake 11.1-1-27-4; Vaughan 2-0-12-0.

ENGLAND A - Second Innings

M A Butcher run out 24

*A J Hollioake c Hara b Smith 8

C White c Hara b Smith 10

O A Shah lbw b Thornton 29

A McGrath run out 5

M P Vaughan not out 34

W K Hegg not out 10

Extras (lb3) 3

Total (for 5, 15 overs) 123

Fall: 1-12, 2-28, 3-56, 4-65, 5-84.

Did not bat: A F Giles, G Chapple, A J Harris, P M Such.

Bowling: Thornton 8-0-62-1; Smith 7-0-58-2.

Umpires: B Thornton and J Hanniford.