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6 instances when teams lost despite scoring 500 in the first innings

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#5 England beat Australia by 10 runs, Sydney, 1894/95 Ashes

The England team led by Andrew Stoddart which pulled off the great win

Australia 1st innings score – 586 all out

The 1894/95 Ashes series was a closely-fought one with England emerging eventual winners by a 3-2 margin. The 1st Test of the series was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the home side decided to bat first after skipper Jack Blackham won the toss.

Everything went well for Australia as a double century from Syd Gregory and 161 by George Giffen propelled their first innings score to 586. The English batsmen fought hard but were unable to reach anywhere the Aussie total and ended up getting dismissed for 325.

Following on in their 2nd innings, England lifted their performance with the bat and managed to post 437 runs on the board. Opening batsman Albert Ward top-scored for them with 117 and there were important contributions from Jack Brown, Francis Ford and Johny Briggs.

Chasing 177 to win in the 4th innings, the Australians were cruising to victory at 130 for 2. However, things took a turn for the worse as they lost their last 8 wickets for only 36 runs and handed England an unlikely 10-run victory.

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