England PD come up short
England Physical Disabilities narrowly lost the first of two Twenty20s with their Pakistan counterparts at the Dubai Global Cricket Academy.
Tight England bowling and fielding kept their opponents to 120 for eight, Dinesh Ahmed top-scoring with 42.
James Williams’ side began their chase well but slipped to 106 all out with eight balls unused, Fayyaz Ahmed taking 4-12 and Jahanzaib Tiwana 3-14.
England have the chance to share the T20 series with victory at the same venue tomorrow, also a day/night game, ahead of three 40-over matches between the two.
Pakistan won the toss at the start of the first international series between two teams of physically disabled players where both are recognised and endorsed by the governing body of cricket in their country.
With Shaun Rigby introduced after a steady start from Pakistan, Williams put down a chance at midwicket but later in the over Dan Holder made no mistake to remove Altaf Ahmed.
Danny Hamm dropped Dinesh in Rigby’s second, a mistake that England would pay for. However, Rigby did get the next wicket thanks to Matthew Partington’s catch at long-on.
Partington had immediate success with the ball by removing Dinesh. Off-spinner Fred Bridges made the next breakthrough thanks to Williams’ take.
Williams added another before three run-outs, with Williams effecting two and Holder the other, as Pakistan’s innings lost momentum.
Gordon Laidlaw and Callum Flynn began the chase impressively, adding 44 in the first six overs.
However, Laidlaw was lbw for 31 to the spin of Abdulla and Flynn holed out to long-off on 20 off Fayyaz. The same bowler trapped Partington, promoted to pinch-hit at three, in front.
Rigby was soon run out, but Williams kept the scoreboard ticking although Rigby went cheaply.
Tiwana took the crucial scalp of Williams for 20, the first of England’s last six wickets for 24 runs.