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Valjee stars for England Deaf

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Umesh Valjee hit his third ton in four innings as England Deaf thrashed Australia by 98 runs to register back-to-back wins in the Tri-Series.

The captain hit an unbeaten 125 to help England post an imposing 278 for six, which Australia got nowhere near to challenging. Michael Weathersby was the pick of the attack with 3-32.

On another sunny day at Geelong Grammar School, Kym Daley won the toss and put England into bat.

England Deaf, 2011 Ashes

England Deaf won their second Tri-Series one-dayer in succession with a commanding 98-run victory over Australia

England openers Valjee and James Schofield gave the tourists the perfect start with a measured 129-run partnership in 29 overs.

Schofield finally perished when he overbalanced and was stumped for a well-constructed 50, leaving the prolific Valjee poised on 66.

Chris Hughes joined Valjee and the pair kept up the momentum in a 52-run stand before Hughes, on 21, was held at long-on by Luke Trudgett.

Matt Everett did not last long, run out after some smart work by Justin Bergin to leave England 196 for three after 39 overs.

Paul Allen fell cheaply and Weathersby perished in the pursuit of runs, but at the other end the enigmatic Valjee completed his second century in a row in this tournament.

Andrew Wood joined Valjee and added some impetus, smashing 42 off just 23 balls, including two large sixes, as the pair put on 63 for the sixth wicket.

After the break, the Australia policy was clearly aggression from the start as they got off to a flyer.

The openers took four fours from the first four overs before Grant Thompson fended Daryl Sykes to wicketkeeper Wood.

Ross Churchyard was next in but his innings was short-lived when Jimmy Dixon had him caught behind as he too was caught fishing outside off stump.

Luke Trudgett continued to attack with some powerful strokes around the ground. He did, however, hit one too many when he pulled Allen and was well caught by Matt Clinton at deep backward square-leg, giving England their third wicket with the score on 84.

Three wickets turned into four three overs later when Sykes had Bergin smartly caught as slip by Valjee.

The innings fell away even further when Daley clipped Stephen George round the corner and called for a single. Brad Trudgett was left short of his ground by an excellent direct hit from Sykes to leave Australia 114 for five from 24 overs.

Weathersby was introduced into the attack with devastating effect. He trapped Daley in front before bowling Matt Shenton four balls later.

Weathersby’s third wicket came in his next over when he held on to a very sharp return catch off the dangerous Paul Welch.

Schofield mopped up the tail with two wickets to spark English celebrations.

The two teams will now meet in Thursday's Tri-Series final.

Scorecard - England v Australia, Tri-Series, 23 January 2011 (45 KB)