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Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad: A sparkling 105 by Mark Ramprakash, defying the magic web spun by Sharandeep Singh (five for 98), enabled England to score 297 for nine on the opening day of the three-day cricket match against Board President's XI at the Lal Bahadur stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.While the first session was dominated by England, which opted to bat, spinners Murali Kartik (three for 77) and Sharandeep Singh excelled in the post lunch session while the final session belonged to Ramprakash whose brilliant effort took his team to a formidable 297 for nine at close. Coming to bat at 122 for three, the 32-year Ramprakash consolidated the innings by flitting through a few useful partnerships up to ninth wicket to complete his century and put the team score past 290 mark and was out in the dying moments of day's play.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The brilliance of Ramprakash knock of 105 was packed in a strokeful innings with nine fours and two huge sixes in a space of 182 balls during his 229-minute stay at the wicket.England innings started on a flourish with openers Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan putting on a 51 run partnership for first wicket before S Bangar dismissed Vaughan (22) through a neat catch in slips by Dinesh Mongia. England skipper Nasser Hussain joined Butcher (41) and displayed some spectacular shots in his 46 with eight hits to the fence. Richard Dawson (9) and Matthew Hoggard (0) were at the crease when stumps were drawn. PTI


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