Lions will have to win de­cider to take se­ries


Western Morning News - - Sport -

Pak­istan A set up a de­cider in their un­of­fi­cial one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against Eng­land Lions af­ter win­ning the fourth match by 181 runs in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

The Lions’ de­ci­sion to field af­ter win­ning the toss back­fired as the Pak­ista­nis racked up 335 for four courtesy of Adil Amin’s un­beaten 120 as well as half-cen­turies from Shan Ma­sood, Ali Im­ran and Mo­ham­mad Rizwan.

The pro­lific Rizwan con­tin­ued his fine re­cent form with 73, adding to lim­ited-overs scores of 141 not out and 98, plus 58 in the first-class match against the Lions.

The Lions strug­gled in their re­ply, slip­ping to 42 for five in only the 11th over when their cap­tain, Som­er­set’s Lewis Gre­gory was bowled by Waqas Maq­sood first ball.

Al­though Alex Davies made 42 and Mark Wood chipped in with 24, the Lions were dis­missed for 154 in the 32nd over as Maq­sood took five for 32.

Som­er­set have con­firmed that bats­man Azhar Ali will be re­turn­ing to the County Ground in 2019.

The for­mer Pak­istan cap­tain will be avail­able for se­lec­tion for the du­ra­tion of both the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The 33-year-old, who has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional white-ball cricket, made a big im­pres­sion both on and off the field for Som­er­set in 2018. He scored over 400 runs in seven County Cham­pi­onship matches, with a best of 125.

Som­er­set’s 28-year-old Scot­land in­ter­na­tional all-rounder Josh Davey and wick­et­keeper­bats­man Tom Ban­ton, 20, have signed con­tract ex­ten­sions which will see the pair re­main at the County Ground un­til at least Septem­ber, 2020.

Davey was one of Som­er­set’s stand-out per­form­ers dur­ing 2018, when he claimed 34 Cham­pi­onship wick­ets at an av­er­age of just 25.35.

Ban­ton made his first-class de­but against Sur­rey at Taun­ton in Septem­ber. He has played 13 first-team games.

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