Prior, Trott save England blushes in warm-up tie against Canada

Matt Prior of England plays a shot during the 2011 ICC World Cup warm-up match between England and Canada at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah

Mumbai, February 16, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott hit crucial half-centuries as England were all out for 243 against minnows Canada in a World Cup warm-up game being played at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday.

Prior and Trott saved England s blushes, raising 54 runs for the fifth wicket the highest stand of the innings after Canadian seamer Khurram Chohan struck thrice early after skipper Andrew Strauss chose to bat first after winning the toss.

Chohan showed the pavilion way to Andrew Straus in the second over to gain the early upperhand for the minnows. The right-arm seamer gave Canadians more joy when he snared the wickets of big-hitting Kevin Pieterson and Ian Bell to have England in a spot of bother at 64 for 3 in the 15th over.

It was largely due to the batting efforts of Prior and Trott that England were able to post a respectable score. Prior made 78 off 80 balls, punctuated with four fours and one six while Trott scored 57 off 81 balls, studded with four fours.

Brief Score: England 243 in 49.4 overs (Matt Prior 78, Jonathan Trott 57, Khurram Chohan 3 for 34) vs Canada.

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