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Luke Sugg

Luke Sugg hit an unbeaten 107 but it proved in vain as England slipped to an eight-wicket defeat against Australia

Despite Andy Powers’ second century of the series, England Visually Impaired cricket team suffered an eight-wicket defeat in the second one-day international against Australia at Malvern College - therefore winning the rubber.

Luke Sugg also reached three figures, finishing unbeaten on 107 as the Warwickshire batsman shared a 77-run partnership with Powers. Sugg’s innings contained 10 fours and his second fifty was brought up in just 20 balls.

Powers, who struck 118 in the first match of the series at Malvern College, once again displayed his talent with the bat, eventually being trapped lbw seven runs after bringing up his ton as England made a competitive 338 runs from their 40 overs.

Yet Australia eased to victory, dominating the England bowlers to chase down a revised target of 260 from 33 overs due to rain. The tourists have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sugg was disappointed England’s total did not prove enough but pleased with his own partnership with the in-form Powers.

He said: “I'm disappointed our efforts were not enough.

“I was pleased to get runs on the board for England and it was great to bat with Andy, who continued his fine form from the first match.

“We felt we set a competitive target and would have liked a full 40 overs to defend it, but that's cricket I guess, there's nothing we can do about the rain.

“We are disappointed that Australia have claimed the series victory, but will now focus on taking the final one-day match before we move into the T20 series.”

The third game of the one-day series will be played at Warwick School on Saturday.