Carlton & United Series 1998-99, first match

Australia v England

At Brisbane, January 10 (day/night). England won by seven runs, Australia's target having been revised to 152 from 36 overs. Toss: England. International debuts: M. W. Alleyne, V. J. Wells.

Mullally, one of England's few success stories of the tour, took a career-best four for 18 to give them a winning start to this series. He snared his top-quality victims in 27 balls. Australia, whose openers had set off at more than a run a ball, toppled from 46 for one to 48 for five. Bevan almost raised the sinking ship, batting to the end of a rain-shortened innings for an unbeaten fifty, but could not quite manage ten from the last three balls. Australia bowled well on a helpful pitch, Dale trapping Stewart first ball. Left-handers Knight and Fairbrother managed to build a total just big enough to defend.

Man of the Match: A. D. Mullally. Attendance: 17,153.

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