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EPP toil after Hildreth doubles up

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Chris Tremlett

Chris Tremlett was the most economical of the EPP bowlers on a day when only three wickets fell at Allan Border Field

Bat continued to dominate ball as the Queensland Academy mounted a strong response to the England Performance Programme’s imposing total on the second day of their tour match.

Having amassed 447 for six declared, the EPP endured a gruelling two sessions watching Queensland cruise to 233 for three at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

This morning saw James Hildreth convert his overnight 142 into a magnificent unbeaten 206, while Ajmal Shahzad, who resumed on 13, demonstrated his batting prowess by progressing to 52 not out.

Hildreth’s innings, which spanned 293 balls and contained 23 fours and four sixes, was the chief reason behind the EPP - 337 for six at the start of play - scoring quickly enough to declare before lunch. The unbroken seventh-wicket stand was ultimately worth 132.

However, a breakthrough proved beyond the EPP seamers in the eight overs possible before the interval, and Queensland’s Alex Kemp and Andrew Robinson prospered thereafter to extend their opening stand to 136.

They fell for 85 and 77 respectively but Joe Burns made 32 and Glen Batticcioto and Jason Floros saw the hosts to the close without further loss of a day on which the EPP bowlers were punished for failing to maintain a fuller length.

There was a wicket apiece for Chris Woakes, Shahzad and Liam Plunkett, while Chris Tremlett - one of three players drafted in from the England Test squad currently in action at the Gabba - bowled tidily in conceding 19 off 11 overs.