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Lyth shines as EPP seek victory

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Adam Lyth

Adam Lyth enjoyed an excellent third day and is just seven runs short of a fine century at Allan Border Field in Brisbane

The England Performance Programme will take a lead of 250 into the final day against Queensland Academy after a fine day at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

While England's bowlers toiled away at the nearby Gabba, the EPP bowlers enjoyed better fortunes when the hosts resumed their first innings on 223 for three.

Led by Liam Plunkett and captain James Tredwell, the tourists raced through the Queensland card and bowled them out for 367.

Plunkett and Tredwell took 3-84 and 3-94 respectively while Chris Woakes and Ajmal Shahzad each doubled their wicket tally from yesterday.

In reply, the EPP, for whom Adam Lyth and James Taylor came in for Andrew Gale and James Hildreth, batted themselves into a position of dominance.

The left-handed opening pair of Lyth and Jimmy Adams put on 72 before the Hampshire man edged behind to James Pierson.

Steven Davies made 33, which included a six, before he pulled uppishly and was caught on the boundary.

At the other end Lyth made the most of his opportunity at the top of the order by moving to a half-century from 92 balls.

Eoin Morgan then fell to a superb diving catch behind by Pierson but Lyth remained and finished the day unbeaten on 93 as the EPP closed on 170 for three.

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