Academy win in Australia
England National Academy all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple followed his innings of 29 by taking 2-18 as the tourists comprehensively beat Western Australia’s 2nd XI by 82 runs on Tuesday in South Perth.
England totalled 186 after being asked to bat first with Kent’s Robert Key (30) and Chris Tremlett of Hampshire (32) making significant contributions before the home side were dismissed in 33.2 overs for 104.
England were put into bat on a good but damp wicket following overnight rain and in humid conditions ideal for bowling.
Despite appreciable movement from the bowlers Key and Prior batted well to put-on 52 for the first wicket - the highest partnership of the day.
Later batters encountered more difficulty, although Michael Vaughan struck two fours in a cameo of 14, whilst Ravi Bopara and Dalrymple were both solid and added middle order runs primarily through good running.
Tom Smith contributed 16 before Tremlett, running out partners, smashed an aggressive 32 in 21 balls including four sixes.
Ultimately Key and Prior's careful initial innings and Tremlett's aggression were important in posting a low but useful score for the conditions.
Keen to finish the Australian Performance Camp with a win, and enjoying the conditions (despite the absence of Jon Lewis through injury whose bowling the conditions suited) the young England Academy attack ripped into WA, reducing them to 30 for five.
An all pace attack of Stuart Broad, Tremlett, Smith and Graham Onions all bowled well, with Broad (3-9) and Onions (3-20) being the most successful.
Following his call to the England senior side, Dalrymple also contributed well with an accurate short spell.
Many of the England National Academy side now return to England on December 23 and will continue their winter programme after Christmas at the National Academy, Loughborough, ahead of the scheduled A Tour to Bangladesh in February.
A number of players will remain in Australia and join the One Day International senior squad after the Ashes Series.