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August 11, 1890 – The Oval

Australia 92 & 102, England 100 & 95/8. England won by two wickets.

Next up, we bring you a thriller as England beat Australia by the slimmest of margins in the 1890 Ashes. Again, it was Australia who won the toss and opted to bat, and put up a total of 92 as Fred Martin, a pacer who was making his debut, claimed six scalps.

England were then bowled out for just 100 as Day 1 came to a close. But that was not all. At stumps, Australia were already 5/2, which meant that a massive 22 wickets fell on the first day itself! Martin ripped through the Aussie lineup once again and collected six wickets, and became the first bowler to take 12 wickets on debut. Australia ended on 102, giving England 95 to make.

Fred Martin, who took 12 wickets on debut!

The match was far from over as England were quickly reduced to 32/4 but a strong partnership meant that England could smell victory as they took England to 83. However, there was a twist in the end as Australia were back in the game as England were pegged back to 86/7 and then 93/8.

Two runs to win, with two wickets in hand. The pressure was intense as the Aussies bowled five maidens in a row. Then, the English batsman stroked the ball to cover point and rushed for a single. The fielder there, Jack Barrett could have easily run out either batsman, but made a wild throw in anxiety and the batsmen ran the second run on the overthrow. A crazy end to a crazy game!

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