Cricket: Bangladesh Battered by Lloyd and Fairbrother

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ENGLAND'S ONE-DAY XI completed their preparations for the Wills International Cup by beating the host nation, Bangladesh, by 36 runs at the BKSP Stadium in Dhaka in front of a crowd of 10,000 yesterday. England were put in and found themselves in early trouble at 68 for 4 before Graham Lloyd and his Lancashire colleague, Neil Fairbrother, rescued matters with a stand of 98 in 18 overs. Lloyd hit 61 off 66 balls with seven fours while Fairbrother weighed in with 48 off 72 deliveries with just one boundary hit - a mighty six off the Bangladesh skipper, Aminul Islam.

Late-order runs from the captain, Adam Hollioake, Jack Russell and Ashley Giles helped England reach 229 for 9 in their 50 overs with the slow left- arm spinner Mohammad Rafique returning 5 for 47. Bangladesh made a promising start to their reply and, with Javed Omar hitting 36 and Faruque Ahmed 28, they reached 103 for 2 at one stage. Then Dougie Brown turned the game in England's favour with a spell of 4 for 8 in 30 balls. After that the game faded away with Ashley Giles weighing in with three wickets, but there was just time for Aminul to complete his half century. He eventually finished unbeaten on 60 as Bangladesh closed on 193 for 9. Before the game, Hollioake challenged the fringe players in the squad to stake a claim for a World Cup place. The captain, whose side face South Africa in the quarter- finals of the Wills International Cup here tomorrow, believes that there are only two or three places still up for grabs in the battle to become part of the 14-strong squad for world cricket's showpiece. …