Randall leads from the front

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Captain Gavin Randall led from the front with a fluent half-century as England claimed their first Tri-Nations victory over Australia

Captain Gavin Randall struck a half-century as England's Learning Disabilities team made it back-to-back Inas Tri-Nations victories win a 37-run triumph over Australia in Kimberley.

Coming in at 39 for three, Randall joined Mark O’Brian in the middle and added 81 in 15 overs before the latter departed for 45 off 79 balls.

Randall continued to strike powerfully and, although he was bowled for 58, Tom Savage and Daniel Levey propelled England, who beat South Africa yesterday, to a competitive 192 for seven from 40 overs, a score which included 30 wides.

Australia looked well placed at 74 for two at the halfway stage but, despite Gavan Hicks hitting 53, James Higgins, Lee Stenning and Chris Edwards shared seven wickets to bowl their opponents out for 155 in the final over.

After winning the toss, England lost Edwards early on and were soon struggling when Stenning and James Dickens were both dismissed by J Richards in quick succession.

However, O’Brian and Randall steadied the ship with an array of shots around the wicket until the former, on the verge of a fifty, was trapped in front by D Searle.

The dismissal of Randall failed to stop England's momentum as Savage and Levey added 36 from the final five overs to see their side into a decent position.

In reply, Dickens and Jonathan Gale removed both openers before Hicks guided his team to a solid position at the 20-over mark.

But when Stenning and Callum Rigby claimed two quick wickets, thanks to some excellent catches from Edwards and Dickens, England seized the initiative as Australia required 88 for victory with just 10 overs remaining.

Higgins claimed 3-11 in five overs, including two wickets in two balls and, although Hicks reached fifty off 83 balls, he was bowled by Edwards three deliveries later as England went on to record their first-ever victory over Australia.