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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crawley Makes Soggy Maiden Century

LONDON -- England was dismissed for 326 in the first 10 overs Friday, but not before John Crawley completed his maiden Test century on the rain-delayed second day of the deciding third Test against Pakistan at the Oval.


Crawley made 106 before being bowled by Waqar Younis, and by tea Pakistan had raced to 62 without loss in its first innings -- 264 runs behind -- with Saeed Anwar unbeaten on 34, and Aamir Sohail not out 23.


Three hours and fifteen minutes after the scheduled start of play, England resumed its innings at 278 for six, with 24-year-old Crawley unbeaten on 94.


On the ninth ball of the day, Crawley's partner Ian Salisbury (5) top-edged a short Wasim Akram delivery to second slip with the score 283 for seven.


Eight deliveries and one run later new batsman Dominic Cork waved at a wide Waqar delivery and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Moin Khan without scoring.


In Waqar's third over, Crawley, who had taken a single each off the Pakistani opening bowlers, clipped one through midwicket and ran all four runs required to reach his first hundred in 12 Tests.


The right-hander's elegant innings had taken 254 minutes and was scored off 213 balls including 11 fours. But the glory was short-lived, and on the last ball of his over, Waqar beat Crawley with sheer pace.