Headley fires amazing win

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England A 294 and 151 South Australia 276 and 157 England A win by 12 runs

England A shrugged off an umpiring controversy to celebrate an amazing 12-run victory over South Australia at the Adelaide Oval yesterday.

Needing just 164 more runs to win having resumed on six without loss, South Australia were reduced to 10 batsmen because Darren Lehmann was called up to the Northern Territories Invitational XI to face the West Indies in Alice Springs today. But they were still overwhelming favourites to complete England A's first defeat in a first-class match since losing to Natal in January, 1994.

But Dean Headley grabbed 5 for 38 to finish with a career-best 11 for 98 in the match as South Australia capitulated to 157 in just 63.2 overs to spark wild celebrations at the famous Test venue.

Yet both the South Australian captain, Jamie Siddons, and Joe Scuderi were involved in angry confrontations with the umpires for questioning two of Headley's wickets and will be named in their report on the match, although no further action is expected.

Headley began the collapse by having Greg Blewett caught behind in the third over of the day before Siddons was adjudged lbw to a full-length delivery from the Kent fast bowler, a decision he clearly disputed by standing his ground for several seconds and glaring at the umpire Ashley Hunter.

Jamie Brayshaw was run out on the next delivery by Michael Vaughan attempting a sharp single, and the opener Ben Johnson was caught at second slip by Adam Hollioake in Headley's next over. Scuderi, standing at the non-striker's end, appeared to dispute the legality of the catch.

Hollioake, the England A captain, insisted: "When you think you've caught a ball, you ask the umpire to make a decision and they gave it out and whether that's right or wrong, you can't complain."

Scuderi, who finished with an unbeaten 55, then defied England for 27 overs in a 70-run partnership with Bradley Young to steer his side towards some sort of stability at 59 for 5.

Ashley Giles ended Young's innings, while Headley dismissed Jason Gillespie and Peter McIntyre in successive balls, and although Scuderi prevented the hat-trick after the tea interval, Giles wrapped up victory by bowling Harrity around his legs.

England A won toss; final day of four

ENGLAND A - First Innings 294 (M A Butcher 73, W K Hegg 69, C White 61; M A Harrity 4-61).

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - First Innings 276 (J D Siddons 101; D W Headley 6-60).

ENGLAND A - Second Innings 151 (P E McIntyre 4-43).

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Second Innings

(Overnight: 6 for 0)

G S Blewett c Hegg b Headley 2

B A Johnson c Hollioake b Headley 17

*J D Siddons lbw b Headley 18

J A Brayshawe run out 0

J C Scuderi not out 55

T J Nielson c Hegg b Giles 11

B E Young c White b Giles 37

J N Gillespie b Headley 8

P E McIntyre lbw b Headley 0

M A Harrity b Giles 0

D S Lehmann absent 0

Extras (b3, lb2, nb4) 9

Total (63.2 overs) 157

Fall: 1-6, 2-38, 3-38, 4-41, 5-59, 6-129, 7-150, 8-150, 9-157.

Bowling: Headley 20-8-38-5; Harris 9-0-30-0; Ealham 6-0-18-0; Giles 14.2- 3-28-3; White 8-3-12-0; Hollioake 4-1-12-0; Vaughan 2-0-14-0.

Umpires: A J Hunter and R G Kinnear.

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