Ramprakash's joy

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England A 235-8

Bangladesh XI 215

England A win by 20 runs

Mark Ramprakash, who made a winning debut as captain of England A, has ambitions to become a full-time leader in the future. The 25-year-old guided the all-conquering England A side to a 20-run victory over Bangladesh in the second one-day international in Dhaka yesterday, giving them the series 2-0.

The experience confirmed Ramprakash's desire to one day captain his county, Middlesex, and possibly the England Test side.

"That was one hell of an experience," he said. "Bangladesh got off to a good start and, at one stage, I thought they might pull off a surprise. But I juggled the bowlers about and our spinners made the breakthrough from which they couldn't recover."

Ramprakash, who was still not 100 per cent fit after missing Monday's first one-day international with a chill, added: "It was a very good day and a tremendous honour for me to be given charge of the team."

The England A victory was achieved largely through the combined efforts of Nick Knight and Richard Stemp. Six days after cracking an unbeaten 114, which secured the one-day international series against India A, the opener Knight was again the linchpin of England's formidable total of 235 for 8 off their 50 overs.He smashed three huge sixes into seating occupied by a 10,000 crowd inside the National Stadium and sent four other boundaries scorching over the outfield in an innings of 117, made off 133 balls, before he was seventh man out in the final over.

Scoreboard, Sporting Digest, page 47

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