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August 11, 2013
Nottinghamshire 293 for 6 (Tillcock 97*, Franks 75, Naeem 2-42) beat Bangladesh A 292 for 7 (Ziaur 104*, Shamsur 52, Franks 3-56) by four wickets
Debutant Adam Tillcock's rapid 97 outshone Ziaur Rahman's unbeaten century as Bangladesh A suffered their fourth successive defeat on their England tour. Nottinghamshire won by four wickets in a game where late comebacks were the order of the day.
Brett Hutton hit the winning runs with seven balls remaining after 19-year-old Tillcock alongside the veteran Paul Franks resurrected a faltering chase. After their side were struggling at 118 for 5 in the 29th over, the pair added 170 for the sixth wicket, and the stand was only broken when Franks fell in the 49th over with five runs to win. Tillcock cracked an unbeaten 97 off 70 balls with eleven fours and three sixes, and Franks hammered nine fours and two sixes in his 59-ball 75.
The thrilling chase underlined Bangladesh A's continued woes on tour. They failed with the ball on their first day of batting success though that came mainly through Ziaur's late assault.
In his first game in England, Ziaur walked in after yet another batting collapse but he didn't let things slide too much more. From a precarious 148 for 7 in the 32nd over, Ziaur and Elias Sunny produced an unlikely recovery. The pair was there till the end of the innings, striking at 7.71 an over as they added 144 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket stand. Sunny was not out on 37, with Ziaur being the dominant partner.
Ziaur struck seven sixes and as many fours in his 69-ball innings. He was steady till the 44th over when he had reached 32 off 45 balls. He then switched into attack-mode taking apart Franks, Hutton and George Bacon as the next five overs yielded 77. His innings however masked yet another top-order failure with only Shamsur Rahman (52) and Mominul Haque (47) making contributions.
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