The England cricket team battled to a 5-5 draw in a football match at Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Doughty Academy yesterday.Ashes hopeful Mark Footitt scored twice for the ‘colours’ and would have claimed the winner had it not been for a last-minute Jos Buttler penalty for the ‘bibs’.
Earlier in the match Steven Finn, Moeen Ali and batting coach Mark Ramprakash joined Forest fan Stuart Broad in scoring for the bibs, while Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Joe Root were on target at the other end.
The match was played in a competitive spirit as England continued their preparations for the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.
But a controversial decision by referee Jimmy Anderson threatened to bring the match into disrepute.
Anderson awarded Broad a soft-looking penalty after the centre back-cum-forward appeared to be tripped in the area but, much to Anderson’s relief, the bibs missed from the spot and the rest of the game passed without major incident.
Speaking to Forest Player HD after the match, Broad said: “I thought there was contact, although maybe I tripped over my own feet.
“Jimmy is obviously gutted to be missing this Test match at Trent Bridge, a ground he’s got an amazing record at, but he was pretty gutted to be missing football here as well!
“But he got involved. Mark Wood earned himself a red card, so he kept himself busy.”