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The team bowled nearly 24 maiden overs, an example of their stranglehold on the opposition batsmen.
Potentially victims of their own success, England avoided that fate when they came through two overs of batting under lights on four without loss Broad's remarkable figures were testimony to his discipline - eight maiden overs out of 13 bowled - but also the nature of this contest on the slowest of pitches, and its even slower outfield.
A CRICKET-LOVING grandfather showed his young team-mates how to play - by bowling seven maiden overs in a man of the match performance.
Watson and Ryan Harris pulled off five straight maiden overs before breaking their partnership.
If they have played three- four maiden overs, they get aggressive so that they don't come under pressure," he pointed out.
Allowing senior batsmen to use every opportunity to increase their record of maiden overs;
The suspension followed a sting operation by Britains News of the World claiming that several Pakistani players took money from a bookmaker to bowl deliberate no-balls and bat maiden overs. Salman and Aamer had their appeals against suspension rejected in October, while Asif withdrew an initial appeal.
I can just imagine the team talk: "Get out there, lads, and bowl a few maiden overs, get yourselves a leg before - but whatever you do, wear a protective box and make sure you don't get caught behind."
Bowling three maiden overs, he gave away only 22 runs in the stipulated 10 overs.
Graeme Swann, whose breezy 47 not out from 40 balls in the morning session helped push England beyond 400, bowled five maiden overs in a row from the Cathedral Road end.
Northop were skittled for just 44 as Llion Jones snapped up 5-0 in four maiden overs! Halkyn Seconds had an 81run win over St Asaph Seconds, posting 175-9 (Paul Roberts 40, Paul Fleming 4-35).
The 51 fours and two sixes formed a major chunk of the Pakistan total as England's all-seam attack strayed in direction all day and bowled just nine maiden overs between six bowlers.