Sugg fails to save England blind

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Luke Sugg

Luke Sugg made a resolute unbeaten 71, but a lack of support left England ruing defeat in the opening match

England blind slipped to a 101-run defeat in their historic first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Luke Sugg’s unbeaten 71 off 51 balls proved in vain as England fell comfortably short of overhauling an imposing total of 274 for four in the opening match of their tour.

In temperatures that touched 39°C, England were made to toil by Amir Ishfaq and Mohammad Fyaz, who made 84 and 86 respectively at nigh on two runs a ball, while Masood Jan provided support with a more measured 39.

All four Pakistan wickets came courtesy of run-outs, while England’s reply was undermined by the early loss of Andy Power and captain Matt Dean.

Nathan Foy, the ECB’s disability player of the year in 2009, managed just 20, and Gavin Dean, with 31, was the only batsman other than Sugg to offer anything resembling sustained resistance.

An escalating run-rate proved well beyond England, who finished on 173 for six as Idrees Saleem claimed 2-25 off three overs.

Ian Martin, ECB national disability cricket manager, told “Whilst the winning margin seems convincing, in blind cricket terms it isn’t as bad as it seems with B1 batsmen being able to score double runs.”

The sides meet on Monday at the same venue, in the first of three one-day internationals in four days.

Scorecard - Pakistan Blind v England Blind, Twenty20, April 4 2010 (38 KB)