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Ex-Gosport Borough batsman stars against England
9:47am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
MICHAEL Carberry has the chance to stake an Ashes claim - but two former Southern Electric Premier League players stole the show on the first day of England’s tour.
Carberry was given the chance to open alongside Joe Root against a Western Australia Chairman’s XI because of a back injury to captain Alastair Cook.
But the Hampshire batsman could only watch as England's Ashes experiment with an all-tall pace attack started badly as two ex-SEPL players put on 110 for the second wicket.
The Chairman's XI amassed 369-4 at the WACA, Perth with former Gosport Borough batsman Chris Lynn leading the way with an impressive century. Lynn, who made 754 SEPL Division Three runs for Gosport at 68.5 as a raw 18-year-old in 2008, hit a fluent 104 (124 balls, 16 fours, one six).
Batting at three, the right-hander from Queensland, who was guesting for the WA side, batted for 28 overs with former Totton & Eling batsman Luke Towers before he was caught at backward point by Carberry off Boyd Rankin.
Towers hit three centuries in four matches for Hampshire in the Second Eleven Championship in 2009, including an unbeaten 212 as Middlesex were beaten after following on.
He had a disappointing SEPL season for the Eels four years ago (268 runs in 14 innings), but against England last night he hit 77 from 170 balls, including ten fours.
The 25 year-old also put on 115 for the first wicket with Marcus Harris (69), but was caught behind against Joe Root’s off-spin.
The Western Australia Chairman XI also includes Ashton Turner, who spent the summer as one of the inaugural members of the Ageas Bowl International Cricket Academy.
Turner was 17 not out at stumps after adding an unbroken 43 for the fifth wicket with Glamorgan’s Jim Allenby (34 not out).
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