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George helps England Deaf stay perfect

Stephen George led the way as England Deaf maintained their 100% record against South Africa with back-to-back Twenty20 wins in Pretoria on Sunday.

George returned outstanding figures of 5-31 as Umesh Valjee’s men successfully defended a total of 145 for seven to win the morning encounter by 21 runs.

South Africa appeared well placed to hit back when limiting England to 118 in the day’s second fixture, but the hosts were then skittled for 65, George one of three bowlers to strike twice while Michael Weathersby claimed 3-18.

Paul Allen impressed with the bat in game one, striking 54 from just 28 deliveries and dominating a rapid stand of 73 with James Schofield, who contributed a run-a-ball 16.

George struck three early blows in reply to leave South Africa 12 for three and, despite a fifty stand between skipper Reinhardt Limbach and Shane Gangan, the Proteas struggled to keep up with the required rate thereafter.

Limbach was eventually bowled by George for 71 and Gangan, with 15, was the only other batsman to reach double figures in a total of 124 for eight.

England won the toss again in the afternoon but struggled to 28 for four as South Africa’s spinners prospered.

Allen and Sam Crichard contributed 28 and 20 respectively to help England to 118 all out with three balls unused.

If there was a sense of disappointment at the change of innings, it soon disappeared as South Africa’s batting order crumbled.

At one stage Limbach’s men were 40 for eight and a ninth-wicket stand of 25 did not hold up England for too long before Crichard finished things off.