England hit back in style
England Visually Impaired cricket team gained revenge for a one-day whitewash to Australia by taking the Twenty20 series with a game to spare.
With the first T20 abandoned yesterday, the second and third of four were a double-header today at Leamington CC.
The hosts required only three batsmen in each match, winning the first by 74 runs and the second by nine wickets.
In the opener Matt Dean’s 70-ball 111 not out underpinned a strong total of 209 for one.
He added 112 with first-wicket partner Dan Field, who hit 46 from 41 deliveries until he was stumped off Cameron Roles. Dean then dominated a stand with Mohamed Khatri, who made an unbeaten 20.
Australia’s reply never got going thanks largely to 3-19 for Luke Sugg, who completed victory with 4.1 overs unused.
England also started the second game strongly, Rob Comber and Heindrich Swanepoel striking to leave the tourists 17 for two.
That became 44 for three when Cory Heberley was run out for 15, but Lindsay Heaven and David Gauci shared an unbroken alliance to post 147 for three. Heaven ended on 69 and Gauci 39.
Andy Powers this time partnered Dean at the top of the order and justified his promotion with an unbeaten 82 from 59 balls.
Dean was run out for 43 from 37 but Khatri joined Powers as victory came with 16 deliveries to spare.
The last game of the rubber is tomorrow at Feckenham CC.