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England PD edged out in decider

The final match of the three game Twenty20 Physical Disability series ended in defeat for a dejected England side who lost their last seven wickets for 15 to fall short by 11 runs against Pakistan.

The hosts recovered from a wretched start to post 140 for five but that target appeared well within England’s grasp as they entered the closing stages.

But Fayez Ahmed and Abdullah Afridi were to the fore with four wickets apiece, securing a dramatic 2-1 triumph for Pakistan in the three-match rubber.

Things started brightly for England, who reduced their opponents to nought for two having been asked to field.

Matoob Qureshi was run out without facing and Danish Ahmed caught by Gordon Laidlaw off of Jordan Williams’ opening over.

England PD were edged out in dramatic fashion as Pakistan secured a 2-1 series win

Pakistan were in further trouble when captain Husnain Alam perished to a catch down the leg side by Liam Thomas off Jimmy Williams for four with the total on 14 – his side’s paltry score at the end of the six-over powerplay.

The experienced Rao Javed and Jahanzaid Tiwana set about re-building the innings, putting on 56 before the latter was caught well in the deep by Alex Hammond.

Rao continued to a well-earned 50 before being smartly run out with a direct hit from Callum Flynn.

Pakistan managed to increase their run rate to 10-per-over in the last seven to post 140 for five – a score that seemed highly unlikely at the halfway stage.

England enjoyed a huge let off in the first over of their response when Hammond’s skied pull fell safe and the batman would play second fiddle to opening partner Laidlaw, who struck a pair of pleasing boundaries to start the chase in fine fashion.

Laidlaw was replaced in the forth over by Flynn following his dismissal from a checked shot to midwicket.

Hammond and Flynn kept the scoreboard ticking throughout a 54-run partnership before the latter advanced to off-spinner Fayaz and was stumped comfortably out of his ground.

Nevertheless, following Hammond’s dismissal - lbw to Fayez in the 14th over for 37 - England’s task of 47 from the remaining six should have been relatively straightforward.

Upon reaching 114, three wickets were lost in the 17th over. First, Ollie Barton was unfortunate to be run out when turning for a second and being sent back by Matt Blamire. He slipped and was unable to make his ground.

Blamire was trapped in front next ball by an Afridi delivery that kept low and Pakistan completed a team hat-trick when England captain Jimmy Williams was also adjudged lbw.

Further drama was to unfold as both Jordan Williams and Dan Reynaldo were out to consecutive balls in the penultimate over, Afridi completing 4-24.

A level of desperation had consumed the England PD team and a total capitulation was completed in the final set of six when Thomas and Dan Hamm perished with two balls unused, Fayaz finishing as the pick of the Pakistan attack with 4-18.