Australia overcome super Powers

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Andy Powers’ superb 118 proved in vain as England’s Visually Impaired team suffered a 76-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the first one-day international of three at Malvern College.

Andy Powers

Andy Powers struck 118 for England, but the hosts were unable to overhaul Australia's imposing total of 319 at Malvern College

After being invited to bat first, the tourists were bowled out for 319 in the 40th over.

Australia then saved their compulsory 16 overs that must be bowled by a B1 sight category player for the death, allowing players of better sight to skittle through the England top order.

Powers saw wickets tumble around him as the hosts were reduced to 112 for seven. The Hampshire batsman led a valiant recovery mission, but England ultimately fell short as they were bowled out for 243.

Powers said: “We are disappointed with the result, but will be taking positive elements of the game forward with us.

“I was pleased to be able to make an impact on the target and would have liked to have taken us all the way over the line, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

“We are not complacent; tactics as well as execution play a huge part in blind cricket. We’ll review our performance and come back fighting to level the series.”

The second match of the series takes place at the same venue tomorrow.