Premature end to Smith's tour

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England A 298-6 dec & 130-4 dec Patron's XI 187-9 dec & 88-3 Match drawn

Mike Smith's first England tour is over - the Gloucestershire pace bowler will return home later this week.

Smith's last chance to prove his fitness came and went in Lahore yesterday as England A's three-day match against a Patrons' XI petered out into a draw. The Warwickshire seamer, Tim Munton, who arrived in Pakistan on Friday as cover for Smith, will now stay on for the remaining three weeks of the tour.

Smith hurt rib ligaments in the first match and in this game sent down only 16 overs - in nearly five weeks on tour Smith bowled only 22.1 first- class overs, without a single wicket. The management feel he would be wasting his time by staying on the tour with only two "Tests" and three one-day internationals against Pakistan A remaining.

Munton, who took two wickets in the second innings to follow his 5 for 54 in the first, will not play in Thursday's second "Test", where Dean Headley and Ed Giddins - both rested for this game - will form the new- ball attack.

Jason Pooley's first-innings century here seems to have catapulted him into the second "Test", probably as a straight replacement for Yorkshire's Anthony McGrath, whose tour has suddenly turned sour with successive scores of 0, 2 and 0.

England, who had resumed on 10 for 2, declared at 130 for 4 to set the Patrons' XI 242 in a minimum of 49 overs but bad light ended play an hour before the scheduled close.

(Final day of three; England A won toss)

ENGLAND A - First Innings 298 for 6 dec (N V Knight 107, J C Pooley 100no).

PATRON'S XI - First Innings 187 for 9 dec (Azwar Mahmood 63no; T A Munton 5-54).

ENGLAND A - Second Innings

(Overnight: 10 for 2)

S D Udal c Javed b Azwar 21

D P Ostler c Javed b Shadid 23

*N Hussain not out 42

C White not out 37

Extras (b5, nb1) 6

Total (for 4 dec, 43 overs) 130

Fall: 1-0, 2-9, 3-37, 4-53.

Did not bat: N V Knight, J C Pooley, T A Munton, R D Stemp, A M Smith.

Bowling: Shadid Nazir 11-2-35-3; Azwar Mahmood 10-2-23-1; Mohammad Ali 3-0-13-0; Anwar Ali 8-3-21-0; Aamir Wasim 8-2-27-0; Manzoor Akhtar 3-1- 6-0.

PATRON'S XI - Second Innings

Shakeel Ahmed b Udal 8

Nadim Younis c Udal b Munton 4

Atif Rauf c McGrath b Munton 1

Manzoor Akhtar not out 35

*Akram Raza not out 29

Extras (b2, lb9) 11

Total (for 3, 35 overs) 88

Fall: 1-10, 2-14, 3-18.

Did not bat: Anwar Ali, Javed Qadir, Azwar Mahmood, Mohammad Ali, Shadid Nazir, Aamir Wasim.

Bowling: Munton 11-5-13-2; Smith 4-2-7-0; Udal 13-1-36-1; Gallian 6-0- 21-0; Stemp 1-1-0-0.