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February 6, 2008
England Lions 155 (Rashid 40, Pankaj Singh 4-35) and 297 for 5 (Carberry 112, Yardy 57, Mathur 3-25) beat Central Zone 270 (Kaif 64, Richardson 4-50) and 180 (Kaif 42, Onions 3-40) by five wickets
A patient century by Michael Carberry, backed by fifties by Ed Joyce and Michael Yardy, guided England Lions to a comfortable five-wicket win against Central Zone on the final day in Vadodara. The Lions carried on from their spirited reply the previous day and compensated for their disappointing first-innings display of 155, chasing down the target of 296 with ease.
The Lions didn't however get off to the best of starts, losing Yardy for 57 with no addition to their overnight score of 146. Joyce and Carberry then constructed the second-best partnership of the match - 98 - with Joyce scoring 54 off 100 balls. The pair kept Central Zone at bay for more than 30 overs before Sumit Mathur, the medium-pacer, picked up three quick wickets against the run of play. Joyce was the first to go, caught by Mahesh Rawat, followed by Carberry, trapped leg before. Carberry's 112 included 15 fours and a six.
James Foster, who failed to get off the mark, was Rawat's second victim, as the Lions lost three with the addition of five runs, with the score reading 249 for 5.
Jonathan Trott and Adil Rashid shrugged off the jitters and breezed through to the target in less than eight overs, hitting five boundaries each. The Lions now head the Group B table with five points and face West Zone at the same venue on February 11.
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