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Lions mauled by Victoria

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England Lions lost their final warm-up game ahead of the one-day series against Australia A when they went down by eight wickets to Victoria at the MCG.

Asked to bat first, the Lions never fully recovered after slipping to 18 for three and were bowled out for 173 - a total the hosts knocked off with 12.3 overs to spare.

After losing their first two matches of the trip to Victoria, the tourists looked unlikely to break that streak after shipping three early wickets to the state team's first XI.

 Peter Handscomb & Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance is the only England Lions player to register a half-century as the tourists lost comfortably to Victoria at the MCG

James Vince, Varun Chopra and Ben Foakes all perished in the same manner, caught behind by Peter Handscomb, as the Lions struggled against the new ball.

In-form duo James Taylor and Gary Ballance added some respectability to the scorecard, with 31 and 57 respectively, as did Rikki Clarke who cracked two sixes in his 32, but any chance of reaching 200 disappeared when the Warwickshire man was dismissed in the 45th over.

From 162 for six, the Lions lost their last four wickets for just 11 runs.

Victoria set about the chase with gusto, led by Australia Test batsman Rob Quiney, who scored a century against the same opposition in the Lions' opening tour match last week.

Although he did not manage three figures this time, his 76 from 87 deliveries before being run out by Ben Stokes was comfortably the innings of the day.

He put on an opening stand worth 87 with Handscomb and 52 with Michael Hill as Victoria made light work of the chase.

For the Lions, only Simon Kerrigan was successful with the ball - he took 1-31 - although Chris Wright can be pleased with his nine overs which cost just 34.

Alister McDermott and Ben Rohrer have replaced the injured Josh Hazlewood and Adam Voges, whose second child is due to be born soon, in the Australia A squad for the first two one-dayers against the Lions. The opening game is on Saturday in Hobart.