Partington holds his nerve

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In only their second outing the England Physical Disability team edged to a thrilling two run victory against the British Army Development XI.

England won the toss and batted first with opening pair of Gordon Laidlaw and debutant Callum Flynn putting a half-century partnership on the board by the 10th over.

After Laidlaw was bowled for 25, Shaun Rigby joined Flynn and the pair added a further 46 before Flynn was caught to leave England 104 for two.

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England Physical Disability team held on to record a nerve-jangling victory against the British Army Development XI

New batsman Dan Holder showed his potential with five boundaries before he went lbw decision for 23.

Flynn soon passed his 50 but he lost Kieran Cosens who was unfortunately out after the ball rebounded off the wicketkeeper's pads and onto the stumps while he was out of his ground.

Flynn himself was the next to depart after scoring a fine 79 off 94 balls, which included 12 fours and one six.

Captain Jimmy Williams and Matty Partington came together at 183 for five and some fantastic power hitting by the latter - Partington scored 62 from just 30 balls including six fours and five sixes - helped England to 265 for six when he was out.

Williams soon followed for 28 as England finished with a very creditable 266 for eight from their 40 overs.

England made a dream start with the ball when Dan Holder had Russell Emmanuel caught behind by Liam Thomas without a run on the board.

The Army side pushed on to 37 when they lost two quick wickets, Patrick Joseph was smartly run out by Holder's direct hit and a skied catch by Andrew Edwards which was caught by Rigby off Fred Bridges.

A stand of 62 then followed before Fred Moynan was bowled by the impressive Bridges with the score on 99 for four.

England took two more wickets in quick succession. Pride Gaka-Chisorio was caught behind by Liam Thomas off debutant Dan Reynaldo who then ended the excellent innings of Forster, for 59, courtesy of a smart stumping Thomas.

With England seemingly in command, Stuart Tognarelli blasted the ball to all parts of the ground with an awesome display of power and control. His 50 came in just 18 balls of which six of those deliveries cleared the ropes.

Michael Lewis was providing great support for Tognarelli, but the 86-run partnership was broken when a pin-point throw by Gordon Laidlaw saw Lewis short of his ground.

Williams and Holder took a wicket apiece to leave the Army on 211 for nine but Tognarelli was not finished, cruising past 75 mark in just 31 balls.

With the Army team now needing just three runs to win, Williams turned to Partington. It proved an inspired choice.

With only his second ball, Partington teased Draper into tickling a leg glance which Thomas pouched to spark joyous celebrations. Tognarelli could only stand and watch, stranded on 95 not out from 44 balls.

Scorecard - England Physical Disability v British Army Development XI (45 KB)