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    England book T20 Blind World Cup semi-final place

    England cap off a tremendous run of games with victory over West Indies to cement their place in the T20 Blind World Cup semi-finals.

    England booked their place in the semi-finals of the T20 Blind World Cup with a six-wicket win over West Indies in Bangalore.

    The result caps off a fantastic few days for the side who bounced back from three tough defeats in their first four matches to win five in a row and take fourth place in the group standings.

    England will now face top-placed qualifier Pakistan in Saturday's semi-final.

    Highlights - England Visually Impaired beat Australia

    Watch the best of the action from India where England continued their impressive run

    Skipper Luke Sugg and his team didn’t have it all their own way as the West Indies racked up 232 for four from their 20 overs with Dennal Shim smashing his way to 106 from 61 balls – including an impressive 15 boundaries. 

    Ed Hossell was the pick of England's bowlers with figures of 1-39 off his four overs.

    Hossell also led the reply for England with 64, sharing stands of 56 with fellow opener Matt Dean and 48 with man-of-the-match Peter Blueitt.

    Blueitt continued his incredible run of World Cup form with an unbeaten 74 – his seventh half century of the tournament – to see the side home with five balls to spare.

    Justin Hollingsworth provided able support with a quickfire 47 in a stand of 79 that broke the back of the run chase.

    “I’m really pleased and I’ve have a great time over the past two weeks. I don’t know the secret to why I'm playing so well, – if I did, I’d have done it a long time ago.”

    Speaking after play, England top scorer Blueitt said: “I’m really pleased and I’ve have had a great time over the past two weeks. I don’t know the secret to why I'm playing so well – if I did, I’d have done it a long time ago.

    "It’s an awesome feeling. It’s taken a lot of hard work but I’m enjoying it now.

    “I’m looking forward to Saturday, hopefully we’ll do ourselves proud. We are all looking forward to a rest day then turning our attention to the weekend.” 

    Captain Sugg added: “It feels fantastic. We knew what we needed to do today. The boys are in a good mood and are ready for the semi-final.

    “We knew they [West Indies] would be a strong side with the bat. They’ve scored a lot of runs in the tournament and they showed that again today. It was great preparation for the semi to be pushed like that. Pakistan won’t be easy but we know now that we can chase big scores.

    “We’ve talked about how we can adapt to their strengths and really take the game to Pakistan. We can’t wait.”

    Highlights of England's Blind World Cup win over Nepal

    Highlights from England Visually Impaired's 90-run win over Nepal in the T20 Blind World Cup

    England coach Ross Hunter was confident that England's development throughout the competition would stand them in good stead: “I’m really pleased that we are in the knockouts – it’s where we wanted to be at the start of the tournament.

    “We’ve had a culture shift in trying to play a different brand of cricket. We have a nice mix of batters and the recipe is there to score 270-300 – we just have to put it into practice now.

    “Pakistan will be a huge challenge but we’ve learnt a lot this week and if we play well we will give ourselves an opportunity.

    “Tomorrow is all about how we prepare our players to be ready to compete on the big stage. The semi-final will be a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.” 

    England T20 Blind World Cup group stage fixtures

    31 January 2017 – England v Pakistan (England lose by 95 runs)
    1 February 2017 – England v New Zealand (England win by eight wickets)
    2 February 2017 – England v India (England lose by 10 wickets)
    3 February 2017 – England v Sri Lanka (England lose by 103 runs)
    4 February 2017 – England v South Africa (England win by 43 runs)
    5 February 2017 – England v Bangladesh (England win by four wickets)
    7 February 2017 – England v Nepal (England win by 90 runs)
    8 February 2017 – England v Australia (England win by 58 runs)
    9 February 2017 – England v West Indies (England win by six wickets)

    World Cup knockout fixtures

    11 February 2017 – semi-finals
    12 February 2017 – final

     

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