Downunders win in Reading

Rick Eyre

August 23, 2001

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The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth team registered their second win on English soil on Wednesday when they defeated a Reading Under-19 side by 127 runs.

The "Downunders", to give their nickname, made 234 for 8 in their fifty overs, Barry Weare from Queensland top scoring with 67.

In reply the Reading side was dismissed for 107, Baden Richter taking 4/22 and Kevin Thomas 3/15.

This was the Downunders' third match on their tour of England, which in part re-traces the steps of the first Aboriginal touring team of 1868, which was the first representative cricket team from Australia to visit England. The team consists entirely of promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players under the age of 21.

In their two previous matches on tour, the Downunders, coached by former Australian off-spinner Ashley Mallett, lost to an MCC side at the Lord's Nursery Ground before defeating a young Kent eleven.

They spend a day at The Oval tomorrow watching the Fifth Test between Australia and England, their next match being against the Whitclintians Under-19s at Croydon, in south London.

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