Shafayat stands firm for youngsters

Wednesday 08 January 2003 01:00

England Under-19 discovered how tough life can be Down Under on the opening day of their three-day match against South Australia's Under-19s yesterday. They were bowled out for 157 on the Adelaide Oval's No 2 pitch before their hosts reached 93 for 2 at the close.

England faltered after a 67-run opening stand between the captain Yorkshire's Andrew Gale, who hit 28, and Nottinghamshire's Bilal Shafayat (47) before becoming one of Daniel Franco's three victims. The wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd (24) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as they lost 10 wickets for 90 runs.

The tourists claimed two quick wickets when the South Australians batted, but Ben Cameron (38 not out) and Ken Skewes (25no) saw out the day.

UNDER-19 TOUR MATCH (Adelaide, first day of three): England 157; South Australia 93 for 2.

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