Australia edge to series sweep
Australia Visually Impaired cricket team snuck a thrilling two-wicket win at Warwick School to whitewash England in the one-day series.
Steady fifties from Matt Dean and Heindrich Swanepoel before Steve Humphreys’ 38 not out from 21 balls helped the hosts post a competitive 297 for seven from 40 overs.
However, half-centuries from David Gauci, Mark Haskett and a top score of 68 not out from touring captain Matt Horsey aided victory from the last ball.
Matt McCarthy rewarded Horsey’s decision to field first by bowling Andy Powers, who hit hundreds in the first two games, with the opening delivery of the match.
Dean, who struck the only boundary of an innings played on a damp outfield, and Mohamed Khatri responded with a stand of 84 until the latter was run out for 32.
Luke Sugg, a centurion in the second match, fell cheaply to Peter Robinson and Dean was short of his ground on 59 to leave the hosts 117 for four.
Swanepoel and Hassan Khan, both batting with a runner, put England back on course with a run-a-ball century alliance. That was worth 119 when Chris Baillee bowled Khan for 42.
Debutant Justin Hollingsworth was soon run out before Swanepoel was bowled for 57 by Robinson, but Humphreys boosted the total.
The hosts struck two early blows with Brett Wilson run out and Hamish Mackenzie bowled by Khatri.
Gauci and Haskett then combined to add 110 until the former was run out for 51. Haskett, who struck Australia’s only three boundaries, fell to debutant Rob Comber for 53.
Horsey held firm but saw Baillee run out for nought, Robinson go to Dean and McCarthy become Comber’s second victim.
That last blow left Australia 196 for seven, but David Saxberg partnered Horsey to put on 84 before the latter was run out for 40.
Horsey stayed in control and, with eight needed from the last over, Lindsay Heaven hit the winning run.
The first of four Twenty20s between the sides, scheduled for tomorrow, was called off but the second and third are due to be played at Leamington CC on Monday and the last at Feckenham CC on Tuesday.