Memorable victory for England PD
England claimed a first victory over Pakistan, by four runs to square the one-day international series between the two Physical Disability sides.
James Williams' team had previously lost two Twenty20s and the first ODI of a groundbreaking tour, which is the first of its kind between two teams of physically disabled players where both are recognised and endorsed by the governing body of cricket in their country.
However, they claimed a highly impressive triumph today in a match reduced to 20 overs per side due to sandstorms in Dubai.
Once Williams elected to bat, Gordon Laidlaw and Callum Flynn gave England a fine start before the latter was bowled by Fayyaz Ahmed for 27.
England were 46 for one at that stage, but soon found themselves 78 for four as Laidlaw, Matthew Partington and Shaun Rigby were dismissed in quick succession.
Williams, though, responded with a fine captain’s knock and, despite Matthew Askin and Liam Thomas departing quickly, steadied the ship.
Well supported by Samuel Wyles, who made 17, Williams struck a 35-ball 29 to help propel England to an eventual total of 137 for eight from their 20 overs.
The decision to open the bowling with Fred Bridges proved inspired as the off-spinner had Arif Richard caught by Wyles before trapping dangerman Hasnain Alam leg before.
Williams then removed Matloob Qureshi, via a caught and bowled, as Pakistan were reduced to 16 for three.
But Danish Ahmed and Rao Javed responded in fine style, putting on an impressive a 67-run partnership before Dan Reynaldo’s brilliant catch ensured Rigby snared the former for a 32-ball 35.
Rigby had Javed stumped by Thomas, who then produced a fine catch to get rid of Jahanzaib Tiwana.
That left Pakistan needing 14 runs from the final over, but Partington held his nerve and England claimed a memorable victory.
The decider is on Sunday at the same venue.