Edwards sees England home
Chris Edwards struck an unbeaten half-century as England Learning Disabilities claimed their fourth successive Inas Tri-Nations victory with a five-wicket triumph over Australia.
Chasing 147 for victory, opener Edwards led from the front, like he did yesterday, hitting an unbeaten 63 from 97 deliveries to see England home with 15 balls remaining.
After England captain Gavin Randall won the toss, Callum Rigby claimed 3-26 from eight overs to limit Australia to 146 for nine.
Australia’s openers R Breed and B Wilson got off to an explosive start, putting on 57 until the former retired hurt with a leg injury after diving to complete a risky single.
The introduction of Rigby in the 17th over brought instant rewards as Wilson was caught in the covers.
At the half-way stage Australia had reached 75 for two, but lost five wickets for 33 as a double from Rigby and two run-outs helped England rally.
However, captain Breed returned and made an unbeaten 37 to propel his side to a competitive total.
In reply, England played cautiously, putting on 40 for the first wicket, until Mark O’Brian departed for 10 in the 15th over when he became the first of Wilkie’s three scalps.
Wilkie bowled Lee Stenning and Randall as England slipped to 81 for three.
Dan Levey helped Edwards add 19 until he was stumped, leaving England needing 42 from the last eight overs.
Edwards took control, playing some sweetly-timed drives through the covers, and along with Lee Jay guided England to victory.
Hosts South Africa face Australia tomorrow to determine who will play England in Tuesday's final.