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Victoria v England Lions, Tour match, Melbourne

England Lions slump to third loss

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2013

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Victoria 2 for 174 (Quiney 76) beat England Lions 173 (Ballance 57, Boland 4-29) by eight wickets

Rob Quiney made 76 in Victoria's successful chase, Victoria v England Lions, Tour match, Melbourne, February 13, 2013
Rob Quiney guided Victoria's run chase with 76 © Getty Images

England Lions continued their difficult start in Australia with a third-straight warm-up defeat as Victoria eased home by eight wickets at the MCG.

The Lions never recovered sufficiently from a poor start which left them on 3 for 18 and could only post 173. Scott Boland took 4 for 29 and Fawad Ahmed also impressed with 2 for 21 from nine overs. Victoria cruised to their target with more than 12 overs to spare, Rob Quiney leading the way with 76 to following the hundred he scored in the first of the warm-up matches.

After putting the Lions into bat, Victoria's seamers made early inroads with the first three wickets all falling to catches by the wicketkeeper. A recovery of sorts was started by James Taylor (31), who scored a hundred in the previous match, and Gary Ballance, who finished as top-scorer with 57, but the batsmen rarely dominated.

Ahmed removed Taylor and Ben Stokes, the Durham allrounder, was run out to leave the Lions 5 for 95 in the 31st over. Ballance added 46 with Rikki Clarke (32) but when Ballance was lbw to Clive Rose it meant there was no late flourish to the innings. The last four wickets fell for 11 runs in four overs.

Victoria made a brisk start to their chase with Quiney and Peter Handscomb adding 83 for the first wicket and another half-century stand followed for the second wicket. The Lions bowlers have failed to impress during the warm-up matches and again did not make much of an impression although Chris Wright and Craig Overton were economical.

The Lions now travel to Hobart where the five-match one-day series against Australia A begins on February 16.


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Posted by jake on (February 14, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

@rednwhiterabble, unfortunately for you this was not victoria's best team and not england's 15th.And I certainly havn't forgotten our golden age of cricket domination and neither have you, because I can still notice the chip on english supporters shoulders when they write in about australia! Plus I still have all the dvd's to enjoy. May the best team win this summer and may we see a lot of good competitive cricket.

Posted by Tim on (February 14, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

In the end you can read these results two ways. Either the selectors have got the team wrong, meaning guys who deserve a chance here have been left at home to sit on their hands. Or the right squad has been chosen and they're being proven to be substandard. Either way it means problems for England. I don't care which country you are, if your A team is being smashed by state sides you've got problems.

Posted by Andrew on (February 14, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (February 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT) - the Lions squad is an Limited Over squad, & so whether they are near the Test side or not, is irrelevant. It is a development squad of players that are on the fringe of the ODI side, getting Ozzy experience before the W/Cup. If they weren't close to the ODI squad, the tour would be totally pointless. I would prefer the tour not to be even taking place during our Shield season.

Posted by John on (February 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

As many have said here and in relation to earlier games, this Lions team is very much not England's second tier so anyone who thinks so is kidding themselves. I don't think anyone but Taylor has a shot at the Test team within the next few years and he's behind at least Root and Bairstow. That said, I think that they would have hoped to put up a better showing than they have so far. I was thinking about going to see one of the games at the SCG against Australia A but I'm not so sure now. It will be interesting to see whether the Australia A team fielded will be a genuine second team or more of a development squad as this Lions outfit is. I'll make my decision on attendance once I see what the Hobart games are like.

Posted by Brad on (February 14, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

@ Nicholas Saunders - For all those people that know nothing about Australian cricket, this isn't even a Victorian side close to full strength. The side that played in the second game was a 3rd XI

Posted by Tim on (February 14, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

@Nick Saunders, this is the England Lions, the best talent outside the national team we are told. Many have already been capped. Here they are not just being beaten by state sides, they are getting demolished by state 2nd and third XIs. Look at the careers of most of the Victorian players, they are a development side of just 1 state and they were streets ahead of the English.

Posted by Andrew on (February 13, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

@Nicholas Saunders - we can put up excuses like 2nd or 3rd string sides as long as you like. The fact is, this is an alternate England ODI squad of players who have POTENTIAL & are not far off playing in the W/Cup. The reality is these games are of no bearing at all on the Ashes. They do give an indicator of respective ODI strengths, this is barely a 2nd XI Victorian side. Herrick is the only bowler near a first choice selection for Victoria (barely played a List A game), the batting was stronger, with really only White & Quinney players who would play in their best List A side. The tour is still early on, so plenty of time for the Lions to turn things around, but so far not good!

Posted by j on (February 13, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

You know it's a gloomy day in Australian cricket when, in amongst the whitewashings suffered last year (not to mention the suffering of five years of English cricketing dominance), the scraps of an England 4th XI on a tour that hardly anyone knows about, is the one reason to cheer. Well played England Lions, learn your lessons well from this tour and put the changes in place by the 2024 Ashes.

Posted by Sean on (February 13, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

A full strenght aussie state side in the middle of their cricket season, beat a England's 15th side in their off season, in australia. What a night for the aussies. They havent beaten England in so long this must feel like theyve won the ashes, a feeling they've long forgotten.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 13, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

The depth in English cricket is amazing. Fantastic feeder system of foreign players make results like this worthless. @ Azzaman333 - they do seem to have it dont they - and so do SA for the most part. The only country with any real depth is Australia.

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