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EPP exploit crack to clinch victory

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James Tredwell

James Tredwell took advantage of a large crack in the pitch to pick up four wickets in the EPP's 125-run victory

The England Performance Programme made the most of a deteriorating pitch at Allan Border Field in Brisbane to complete a 125-run win in their four-day game against Queensland Academy.

The EPP, boosted by Adam Lyth’s century, declared on 282 for four in their second innings this morning to set the hosts 373 from 72 overs for victory.

Queensland began their pursuit strongly with Alex Kemp and Joe Burns sharing a century stand to take their side to 115 for one. However, a middle-order collapse saw them slump to defeat.

Off-spinner James Tredwell made the most of a large crack that appeared down the centre of the pitch at one end to claim four wickets, including Glen Batticciotto who was bowled for 25 by a delivery that hit the crack and grubbered onto the base of the stumps.

Lyth, who like fourth-wicket partner James Taylor came into the side for the EPP’s second innings, resumed on 93 out of an overnight 170 for three.

The opener soon went to three figures from 155 balls, including 18 fours, before becoming Alister McDermott’s third victim of the innings on 106.

Craig Kieswetter upped the ante with an unbeaten 63 from 47 balls, including seven fours and three sixes. Taylor supported with energetic running, finishing on 32 not out, as the pair added 87 in quick time.

Tredwell had Andrew Robinson caught behind before lunch but Kemp and Burns made 63 and 49 respectively to keep all four results possible.

The EPP struck in clutches midway through the afternoon session and shortly before tea to leave Queensland 143 for five at the interval.

The hosts attempted to bat for a draw thereafter but Michael Neser’s 46 was the only notable resistance as Tredwell finished with 4-83 from 21 overs and Chris Woakes 3-33 from seven.

The EPP squad are due to fly to Perth tomorrow to play Retravision Warriors on December 3 and a Western Australia XI from December 7-10.