Bangladesh Men overcome England Men VI on second day of IBSA World Blind Games

It was a hard day at the office for both England's Men's and England Women's Visually Impaired teams as they faced Bangladesh Men and India Women in the IBSA World Blind Games in Birmingham.

England Men VI team 143/7 lost against Bangladesh Men VI team 175/7 by 32 runs

England Men VI team suffered their first defeat of the IBSA World Blind Games, losing by 32 runs to Bangladesh. Despite England looking sharp in the field, Bangladesh’s opening batter Salman scored 81, allowing the opposition to post a good score. Luke Sugg once again top-scored with 51 but the team were unfortunate to not chase down the target.

England all-rounder, Nathan Foy, said: “Bangladesh are a good team and we knew it was going to be tough, but we fielded well and took wickets which isn’t always easy.

"We felt like there were runs to be had but we didn’t score enough boundaries and we tried to push the running which unfortunately led to some run outs. We were a bit unlucky.” 

England Women VI team 83/8 lost to India Women VI team 268/2 by 185 runs

England Women VI team lost their second match to a very strong India side, after winning the toss, India batted first and scored 268 runs in their 20 overs at Tally Ho.

Opening batter Neelappa compiled a spectacular unbeaten 117, but England did show progress in the field off the back of their debut match. England captain Kathyrn Jelfs-White improved upon her first score of the games as she made 32.

England coach, Jan Godman, said: “If we take the positivity that we had today onto the field against Australia tomorrow, along with what we’ve learned from India’s techniques and tactics, then I think we will have a much closer game.

"This is only our second international and we have already learned a lot that we can take onboard for our next games and onto our training in the winter. It was a really positive day and the girls are upbeat despite the loss!”

Next fixtures:

England Men - 22 August, King Edward’s School, England v India (10.30am)

England Women - 22 August, King Edward’s School (Pitch 2), England v Australia (1pm)