England Labour To Cricket World Cup Warm-Up Win
England 243 (Prior 78, Trott 51) beat
Canada 227 (Rizwan Cheema 93) by 16 runs
Cricket World Cup warm-up, Fatullah
England made a far from fluent start to their Cricket World Cup 2011 preparations with a 16-run win over Canada, who weren't too far away from causing an upset.
Matthew Prior and Jonathan Trott scored half-centuries before England were bowled out for 243 and after being reduced to 28 for five, Canada rallied to end up being dismissed for 227.
Rizwan Cheema led the late charge, smashing ten fours and five sixes to make 93 in 70 balls while Khurram Chuahan played his part with 44 in 75 balls as Canada eventually ran England close.
They had been in no position to do so after new-ball bowlers Ajmal Shahzad (2-42) and Stuart Broad (5-39) wrecked the top order.
Shahzad dismissed John Davison and Jimmy Hansra - both for one - while Broad, playing his first game since leaving the Ashes tour with a stomach injury, found his range immediately to bowl Nitish Kumar for three, have Ruvindu Gunasekera caught by Prior for seven and have Ashish Bagai caught by Kevin Pietersen for five.
Zubin Surkari then hit 22 to help Canada out of immediate strife but his dismissal, caught by Paul Collingwood off Michael Yardy, appeared to have England well on top.
However, Cheema and Chauhan then combined forces - adding a quickfire 60 for the seventh wicket to give England problems but it was Broad to their rescue as he dismissed both men to return five for 39.
Collingwood then removed Hiral Patel (13) and James Tredwell accounted for Harvir Baidwan (14) to bring Canada's enterprising innings to a close.
Earlier, England had tried a new opening partnership of Andrew Strauss (1) and Pietersen (24) but they could only add four for the first wicket.
Pietersen then put on 46 with Trott (57), who hit four fours in 81 balls before Ian Bell (8) and Collingwood (9) departed cheaply.
It needed Prior's fluent 78 in 81 balls to get England back on track and after Yardy (6) and Luke Wright (0) also fell cheaply, Broad's 22 and Tredwell's unbeaten 11 pushed England up to what eventually turned out to be a winning score - but only just.
Chauhan, who like Broad enjoyed a fine all-round game, and Harvir Baidwan, both returned three wickets.
England, who begin their campaign against the Netherlands on 22nd February, are 7/1 with to win the tournament while Canada, who play Sri Lanka on 20th February, are 2000/1 outsiders.
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