Army get their revenge on England PDs

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Twelve months after their thrilling victory in the inaugural fixture, the England Physical Disability side lost to the Army by 27 runs at Bournville.

In what is hoped to be a regular fixture, organised through the Bill Lloyd Memorial Trust, the England PD team fell some way short as they chased 240 from 35 overs.

Bowling first, England's new look opening attack of Robert Southall and Jordan Williams were soon celebrating when the former got through the defence of opening bat Menya with the total on 27 in the eighth over.

James Williams

England Physical Disabilities captain James Williams took two wickets as the Army posted a daunting 239 for six

A 50-run partnership then ensued before left arm spinner Fred Bridges forced an error and the second wicket ended in a catch for Stephen Braithwaite.

Moses Onyoro was the mainstay of the Army innings with a very well constructed 84 and he had some great support from Ian Redfern (51), Tongarelli (20) and Kyangungu (30) as the Army posted a score of 239 for six from their allotted overs.

Bridges (2-45) and captain James Williams (2-47) were the pick of the England attack.

Following the break, England lost a wicket in the first over when opener Gordon Laidlaw was run out after a misunderstanding with his opening partner Callum Flynn.

Flynn was joined by another player making his first appearance, Alex Hammond from Hampshire.

Hammond was the leading run scorer in the disabled county championship in 2011 and he soon showed his class with an array of good shots.

He put on 58 with Flynn who was then caught out to leave England 61 for two.

Another debutant, Iain Nairn, joined Hammond at the crease and he too looked comfortable as he started scoring at a run a ball.

In their 15 overs together, Hammond and Nairn put on 92 runs before the Hampshire man was eventually caught for a very good looking 80, an innings that included 12 fours and one six.

Matthew Partington and Jordan Williams injected some urgency but it was not enough as England, with Nairn unbeaten on 48, finished on 212 for five.