England beat Bangladesh in opener

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Darren Stevens

Darren Stevens' 35 from 10 balls set up England's four-wicket win over Bangladesh with one ball to spare on the opening day of the Hong Kong Sixes

England made a strong start to the Hong Kong Sixes thanks to a four-wicket win with a ball to spare over Bangladesh.

The Tigers, who lost to Ireland by five wickets earlier in the day, posted a competitive 81 for two from their five overs at the small Kolwoon CC ground.

Following tight overs from Darren Stevens and Tom Smith, who conceded just 15 between them, two wickets for captain Rory Hamilton-Brown - his second bowled Enamul Haque first ball - left Bangladesh 29 for two.

However, Nazmul Hossain, who retired not out on 31 from 13 deliveries, and Shabbir Rahman’s unbeaten 29 from eight boosted Bangladesh.

In reply, England openers Hamilton-Brown and Peter Trego both made 11, bowled by Hossain and Rapash Baisya respectively.

Stevens flayed 35 from 10 balls before retiring and wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Read carried England to victory with 23 not out from six.

In today’s other Pool B contest defending champions Australia beat Ireland by 27 runs, having posted 105 for two. England face both tomorrow, seeking qualification for the quarter-finals on Sunday - the last day of the competition.

In Pool A today Scotland recovered from a 30-run defeat to Sri Lanka to overhaul New Zealand's 88 in a game where no wicket fell.

In Pool C India chased the hosts’ 117 for one, also for the loss of one wicket, from the final ball and Pakistan’s 110 for three proved 23 too many for South Africa.

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