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England Deaf whitewash South Africa

George Greenway’s devastating spell of 7-22 played a major part in England completing the South Africa tour unbeaten on a day when England broke records and individual milestones were set.

Batting first, England openers Umesh Valjee and James Schofield set a new opening partnership for England in international deaf cricket with a stand of 200.

Schofield unluckily fell short of his maiden century when he inside edged a ball to the wicket-keeper with his total on 95.

He was shortly followed by Valjee who also went for 95 but the damage had been done.

England finished their 50 overs with a total of 262 for six.

The South Africa reply started in a familiar way with the loss of an early wicket when Rishaad Shaik was out caught tamely by Mike Weathersby off Darrell Sykes giving the bowler his 50th international wicket.

That tally soon increased to 52 when Sykes trapped Paulo da Costa lbw and then Reinhardt Limbach cut to Sam Crichard at point.

Sykes’ opening spell was an impressive 3-18 from six overs.

George Greenway was then introduced to the attack and things went from bad to worse for the hosts as he picked up the wickets of Adams and Kumalo in the same over with no further addition to the score. The South Africans were reeling at 36 for five.

Eric Minaar offered some resistance as he top scored with 23 but Greenway blew the batsmen away.

Hitting the stumps on four occasions during his 10 over spell, the game ended with South Africa all out for 82 giving England a 181-run winning margin.

Greenway’s figures of 7-22 set a record for the best figures in England Deaf history, succeeding Paul Allen’s 7-35 in Australia in 2011.

England Deaf coach Bobby Denning said: “We put a big score on, which we set our stall out to do. (It was) a great opening partnership from James Schofield and Umesh Valjee, 90-odd apiece. A 200 opening partnership and (we) bowled them out fantastically well. George Greenway (took) seven wickets, backed up by some excellent fielding.

“It means that we go home unbeaten and that’s what we set out to do quite some time ago. That’s been the constant theme throughout the tour. We didn’t want to just win the T20. We didn’t want to just win the ODIs. We wanted to go home unbeaten. We’ve done that and it’s a very satisfactory feeling.”