Australia retain Tri-series title

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England Learning Difficulties

England's learning disability side came unstuck against hosts and defending champions Australia in the Tri-series final

Australia continued their dominance of the learning disability game with an eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory over England in a rain-shortened Lord’s Taverners Tri-series final at the Junction Oval in St Kilda.

Chasing 124 for victory, the hosts were in front of the Duckworth/Lewis rate at 79 for two when the heavens opened in Melbourne and brought a premature end to proceedings.

Australia, who have now won all three Tri-series - also involving South Africa, opted to bowl first and dismissed England well within the allotted 40 overs.

Chris Edwards was the tourists’ mainstay with 60 while Shaun Wilkie and Gavan Hicks took 3-15 and 3-22 respectively for Rex Breed’s side, who had comfortably topped the group.

Hicks again came to the fore with bat, unbeaten on 33 when increasingly persistent rain forced the players off, after Brett Wilson had struck 25.