Dan Bowser continued his remarkable form with the bat to guide England’s Learning Disability team to a 99-run win in their first INAS Global Games IT20 against Australia in Brisbane.
The Devon left-hander passed 50 for the third time in as many innings, hitting 90 from 47 balls as England racked up 178/3 from their 20 overs.
Bowser’s score was actually his lowest of the tour, having hit 91 and an unbeaten 131 in the ODI series, and he rekindled his strong partnership with Jonathan Gale with a 122-run stand for the second wicket.
In reply, Australia were never able to keep up with the rate. England captain Chris Edwards bowled an excellent spell to concede just six runs from his four overs at the start of the innings as Australia only managed 12 runs from the first eight overs.
Opener Boyd Duffield offered resistance with 34 from 59 balls, with Tom Wilson taking two wickets; Kester Sainsbury, Kieran McKinney and Tayler Young all took one wicket to leave Australia 79/5.
The win gives England a 1-0 lead in the five-match IT20 series, which is part of the multi-sport INAS Global Games for athletes with intellectual impairments.
Monday 14 Oct: 2nd IT20 v Australia – South Brisbame DCC, Fairfield
Wednesday 16 October: 3rd IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion
Thursday 17 October: 4th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion
Friday 18 October: 5th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion
Saturday 19 October: INAS GLOBAL GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY