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Published: Sunday, February 22, 2004, 21:55 [IST]
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Pieterson knock helps England reach 308
Sunday, February 22 2004 16:25 Hrs (IST)

Gurgaon:A fine century by middle-order batsman K Pieterson (104) helped England 'A' to recover from an indifferent start to reach 308 for seven on the first day of their Duleep Trophy league cricket match against South Zone.

Put in to bat by South skipper Sadagopan Ramesh, the visitors made a sound start adding 50 runs for the first wicket before losing their way a little to be 98 for three in the 38th over.

Pieterson, who was joined by Matthew Prior (66), then steadied the innings with some authoritative batting and put up a partnership of 143 runs for the fourth wicket.

With both the players looking good for a big innings, left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi forced Pieterson to give a simple catch to N P Singh.

The English side were once again forced on the backfoot after losing two more wickets for just three runs to slump from 241 for three to 244 for six. Graham Napier (43 not out) then ensured that his side crossed the 300-run mark as he stitched a 62-run seventh-wicket partnership with skipper James Tredwell (15) before the Tredwell holed out to Joshi off the bowling of Sreeshant.

Sajid Mahmood (2 not out) was the other not out batsman at the draw of stumps.South Zone had to pay the price for N P Singh's lapse who failed to latch on to a return catch from Peiterson when the batsman was on 41 and the total score on 117 for three.

Joshi snarled three wickets for 88 runs while Singh, Sreeshant and Ram Kumar chipped in with one wicket each.

East Zone garners 5 points against South

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