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Nov 9, 2013

Solid England tame Pumas at gloomy Twickenham

LONDON (Reuters) – England ran in three first-half tries but faded after the interval on the way to a 31-12 win over Argentina at a gloomy Twickenham on Saturday.

Lock Joe Launchbury, centre Billy Twelvetrees and winger Chris Ashton crossed the line to put the hosts, bristling with attacking intent, 24-6 ahead at halftime.

Nov 9, 2013

Rugby-Solid England tame Pumas at gloomy Twickenham

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – England ran in three first-half tries but faded after the interval on the way to a 31-12 win over Argentina at a gloomy Twickenham on Saturday.

Lock Joe Launchbury, centre Billy Twelvetrees and winger Chris Ashton crossed the line to put the hosts, bristling with attacking intent, 24-6 ahead at halftime.

Aug 25, 2013

England fall just short after Pietersen fireworks

LONDON (Reuters) – England, inspired by Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant 62, narrowly missed out on a dramatic victory as the fifth Ashes test ended in a draw on an enthralling final day at The Oval on Sunday.

The hosts, chasing 227, were 21 runs short of their target when bad light forced the players off the field with four overs remaining, depriving a packed crowd of a thrilling finish and leaving England to settle for a 3-0 series win.

Aug 25, 2013

Ashes victory is my proudest moment, says Cook

LONDON (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook described winning the Ashes series as the “proudest moment of my life” after the hosts narrowly failed to win the final test at The Oval on Sunday.

England, chasing 227 to win a home Ashes series 4-0 for the first time, were 21 runs short of their target when bad light forced the players off four overs early and the match ended in a draw.

Aug 25, 2013

Cricket-Ashes victory is my proudest moment, says Cook

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook described winning the Ashes series as the “proudest moment of my life” after the hosts narrowly failed to win the final test at The Oval on Sunday.

England, chasing 227 to win a home Ashes series 4-0 for the first time, were 21 runs short of their target when bad light forced the players off four overs early and the match ended in a draw.

Aug 25, 2013

Australia set England 227 for victory

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia lost six quick wickets before declaring at tea on 111 for six to set England a victory target of 227 on the final day of the fifth Ashes test at The Oval on Sunday.

The touring side, 3-0 down in the series, will have 44 overs to bowl out England, who made 377 in their first innings, and secure their first victory in nine tests.

Aug 25, 2013

Draw looms in final test as England ease past follow-on

LONDON (Reuters) – The fifth and final Ashes test was heading for a draw as England eased past the follow-on target and moved to 350 for seven at lunch on the last day at The Oval on Sunday.

The fourth day was washed out by rain and Australia, 3-0 down in the series, needed early wickets to retain a chance of a consolation victory.

Aug 25, 2013

Cricket-Draw looms in final test as England ease past follow-on

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The fifth and final Ashes test was heading for a draw as England eased past the follow-on target and moved to 350 for seven at lunch on the last day at The Oval on Sunday.

The fourth day was washed out by rain and Australia, 3-0 down in the series, needed early wickets to retain a chance of a consolation victory.

Aug 23, 2013

England losing war of attrition in final Ashes test

LONDON (Reuters) – England crawled painstakingly to 181 for three at tea on an attritional third day of the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia at The Oval on Friday.

Replying to Australia’s 492 for nine declared in ideal batting conditions, England lost Alastair Cook for 25, Joe Root (68) and Jonathan Trott (40) to leave their hopes of winning a home Ashes series 4-0 for the first time hanging by a thread.

Aug 23, 2013

Root fifty lifts England as Cook fails again

LONDON (Reuters) – Joe Root’s patient fifty led England to 97 for one at lunch on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia at The Oval on Friday.

Replying to Australia’s 492 for nine declared in ideal batting conditions, Alastair Cook and Root took their opening partnership to 68, England’s best of the series, before the captain fell for 25 nibbling at a wide ball from Ryan Harris.