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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.

Aug 23, 2013

Cricket-Root fifty lifts England as Cook fails again

LONDON, Aug 23 (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.

Aug 22, 2013

Smith century puts Australia in control

LONDON (Reuters) – Steve Smith reached his maiden test century with a six as Australia, trailing 3-0 in the series, took control of the fifth and final Ashes test against England at the Oval on Thursday.

The Australian all-rounder finished on 138 not in his team’s imposing 492 for nine declared. At the close of a rain-affected day England had battled to 32 for no wicket in reply.

Aug 22, 2013

Smith hits maiden century as Australia grind on

LONDON (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s maiden test century led Australia to 397 for six at tea on a rain-affected second day of the final Ashes test against England at The Oval on Thursday.

Smith lofted Jonathan Trott for six to bring up three figures and had moved on to 112 not out at the interval as Australia, seeking a consolation victory in a series they trail 3-0, turned the screw on England.

Aug 22, 2013

Cricket-Smith hits maiden century as Australia grind on

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s maiden test century led Australia to 397 for six at tea on a rain-affected second day of the final Ashes test against England at The Oval on Thursday.

Smith lofted Jonathan Trott for six to bring up three figures and had moved on to 112 not out at the interval as Australia, seeking a consolation victory in a series they trail 3-0, turned the screw on England.

Aug 21, 2013

Australia’s Watson makes hay in the sunshine

LONDON (Reuters) – Shane Watson launched a brutal assault on England’s two rookie bowlers to lift Australia to 112 for one at lunch on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test at The Oval on Wednesday.

The burly all-rounder blazed one six and 15 fours all round the ground on his way to a sparkling unbeaten 80 after James Anderson had claimed the early wicket of David Warner.

Aug 21, 2013

Cricket-Australia’s Watson makes hay in the sunshine

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Shane Watson launched a brutal assault on England’s two rookie bowlers to lift Australia to 112 for one at lunch on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test at The Oval on Wednesday.

The burly all-rounder blazed one six and 15 fours all round the ground on his way to a sparkling unbeaten 80 after James Anderson had claimed the early wicket of David Warner.

Aug 17, 2013

United’s Moyes enjoys winning start, Arsenal slump

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United began their Premier League title defense with a convincing 4-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday while Arsenal endured a dismal start to the season after a shock 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa.

Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck scored two goals each to give David Moyes a winning start to his reign as United manager in driving rain at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.