LITESPORT 38 Monday, 20 July 2009 London Lite ENGLANDvAUSTRALIA ASHES2009 SECONDTEST FIERY FREDDIEFlintoffs spell just too much for Aussies and England go 1-0 ahead Straussiewasntgoingtogetthe ANDREW FLINTOFF clutched his Man of the Match medal after a devastating 10 overs of sustained pace bowling today and grinned: Ive waited 10 years for the new ball! Flintoff took his first five- wicket haul at Lords to conjure a second Test victory having bowled unchanged from one end this morning to record a mesmerising spell of 10-1-3-43. Flintoff, who announced just before this Test that he would retire after this Ashes series, shrugged off a debilitating knee injury to finally kill off the never-say-die Aussies. He grinned: There was no chance of Straussy getting the ball of me -- he was on a losing battle there. You can be in them situations, tired, aching but when the crowd gets behind you, you cant stop. And the knee? Its great. Captain Andrew Strauss is also happy to let Freddie open the bowling with Jimmy Anderson rather than using him as a change bowler. Flintoff said: Ive waited 10 years to get the new ball and its something Im more than happy to do. Me and Jimmy have a good partnership going -- me getting it to bounce and him getting in close to the stumpts. But the 31-year-old confirmed: Ive had no second thoughts about retirement. Ive got three Tests left and I will give my all. It will be hard to get through them but Im confident I can. It would be nice to go out on a high at The Oval. But we cant afford to be complacent. Strauss, under pressure for BY JAMES GOLDMAN at Lords Freddie and the dreamers: Flintoff and Strauss today Inbrief Brads glad to be touring class BRADLEY WIGGINS is refusing to get carried away despite moving up to third in the Tour de France. The 29-year-old Briton put on a remarkable performance to finish alongside reigning champion Carlos Sastre in yesterdays 15th stage. Wiggins is now 1min 46sec behind leader Alberto Contador but said: Theres a long way to go. Lets not get too excited. Thats one day. Tomorrows another day. Tomorrow I could be last. Rosso driver is youngest ever TORO ROSSO have confirmed Spanish teenager Jaime Alguersuari will drive for the team for the remainder of the 2009 Formula One season. Alguersuari will become the youngest driver to contest a grand prix in the 59-year history of the sport when he lines up on the grid at next weekends race in Hungary. At 19 years and 126 days, he will beat the previous record held by Mike Thackwell by 57 days. Daley to be on song for gong TOM DALEY insists he is not expecting to claim a medal at the World Championships in Rome. The 15-year-old Plymouth diver will compete in the mens 10m platform qualifying today, with the final to follow tomorrow. He said: It wouldnt be the end of the world if I dont get a medal. I am not going there expecting to get one, but I go there knowing that if I dive at my absolute best then I will get one. Enzo the road for ex champ FORMER WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has confirmed he is to retire from the sport. The likeable Swansea fighter suffered another hurtful defeat on Saturday when he was stopped on his feet in the third round against Denis Lebedev in Manchester. Thats it, there was nothing there on Saturday, that wasnt me, the 28-year-old said. There was just nothing there and I am gutted. Sussex deliver a final warning SUSSEX delivered a blow ahead of the Friends Provident Trophy final with a narrow victory over Lords opponents Hampshire in yesterdays NatWest Pro40 Division One clash at Arundel. Hampshire slumped to 23-4 in pursuit of Sussexs total of 224-9 but fought their way back thanks to Michael Carberry (55) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (76). They needed 21 from the last two overs but finished four short. SCOREBOARD ENG,1STINNS(Strauss161,Cook95)...............425 ENG,2NDINNS(Prior61).......................................311-6dec AUS,1STINNS(Anderson4-55)..........................215 AUSTRALIA,2NDINNINGS PHughes cStraussbFlintoff..................................17 SKatich cPietersenbFlintoff.................................6 RPonting bBroad.......................................................38 MHussey cCollingwoodbSwann.......................27 MClarke bSwann......................................................136 MNorth bSwann.................................................. 6 BHaddin cCollingworthbFlintoff.................... 80 MJohnson bSwann..............................................63 NHauritzbFlintoff...................................................1 PSiddle bFlintoff.....................................................7 BHilfenhausnotout...............................................4 Extras(b5,lb8,nb8) 21 Total(10wkts,107overs) 406 Fall:1-17,2-34,3-78,4-120,5-128,6-313,7-356,8-363,9- 388 Bowling:Anderson21-4-86-0;Flintoff27-4-92-5; Onions9-0-50-0;Broad16-3-49-1; Swann28-3-87-4,Collingwood6-1-29-0. ENGLANDWINBY115RUNS ANDREW FLINTOFF took his first-ever five-fer at Lords to inspire England to an astonishing Ashes victory at Lords this morning. In perhaps the finest spell of destruc- tive pace ever seen from an Englishman, Fiery Fred had Brad Haddin caught by Paul Collingwood at second slip in the second over of the day and then, just over an hour later, he clean bowled Nathan Hauritz. Peter Siddle was next, his furniture shattered by an even better ball in an extraordinary spell from Englands soon-to-retire hero, who ended with fig- ures of 5-92 despite an injured knee. Graham Swann did his bit too, produc- ing tweakery of epic proportions to beat the metronomic bat of Michael Clarke and to winkle out Mitchell Johnson to wrap things up and end with 4-87. Australias hopes of a record-breaking run chase finally ended at 406, over 100 short of the 522 needed, but one of the highest fourth innings totals in the long history of this glorious game. As the final day of the second Ashes Test got underway in front of a packed house of 25,000, there were oohs and aahs as James Anderson produced a tight first over to put Haddin (80) and Clarke (125) under pressure. Togetherthepairhadadded185toraise the prospect of a record-breaking Aus- tralian triumph at the home of cricket. England,wholastwonatLordsin1934, had built a lead of 522 after captain Andrew Strauss controversially chose not to enforce the follow-on when Aus- tralia were skittled for 215 on Saturday. And with Flintoff, Pietersen and GraemeOnionsallcarryinginjuries,the silenced Aussie fanatics were starting to make their presence felt again. But this morning, after choosing not to join the warm-up because of his knee, Flintoff stepped up to the plate and, bowlingunchangedfromoneend,finally puthimself ontheLordshonoursboard in his final appearance at the ground. His first three balls gave Haddin a real testing before the unplayable fourth found an edge and shot to the hands of Paul Collingwood at second slip. The mighty Monday mob went crazy in the stands as England gathered to celebrate. One down, four to go -- and still 209 runs toplaywithastheAussieshadnotadded to their overnight 313. Clarke looked imperious until Swann produced what we Englishmen will hap- pily tag The Ball of the Century in honour of dear old Shane Warne, the retiredAussielegspinner.Clarkeplayed all around it, was clean bowled for a courageous 136, and it was 356-7. At the other end, Flintoff continued to produce the spell of the century as he took Hauritzs off-stump out of the ground -- he didnt even offer a shot. Incredibly,betterwastocomeasSiddle was bowled by an absolute peach which bentawayandnippedbacktoshatterthe stumps -- and that left Swann to nab the final wicket of Johnson for a vain but glorious 63. England had won by 115 and, from the verge of being beaten in Cardiff, they go to Edgbaston next Thursday an improb- able 1-0 up. BY NEAL COLLINS index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html