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Brilliant England beat Australia to reach World Cup semi-finals

4th December 2014

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England secured a place in the semi-finals of the Blind Cricket World Cup after overcoming Australia by 146 runs in South Africa.

With the game effectively a play-off for a place in the last four, it was England who emerged victorious and will face Pakistan in the semi-finals on Saturday after posting 469 for three against Australia.

After being put in to bat, Justin Hollingsworth, fresh from a record-breaking bowling performance in the previous day’s defeat to Sri Lanka, was once again the star man for England as he hit his first international ton, going on to make 144.

Despite losing Matt Dean abd Mo Khatri relatively early in the innings, Hollingsworth was undeterred and put on 257 for the third wicket with Luke Sugg as England accelerated towards the end of the innings.

Sugg, who now has 500 runs in the tournament, was again in excellent form and made his second consecutive century with 134 not out as England racked up the runs and set Australia 470 to win.

Hollingsworth proved his all-round capabilities by dismissing Mark Haskett early in the Australia reply, but it was an excellent fielding display that secured England a semi-final spot.

England affected six run-outs and Khatri dismissed Matthew McCarthy cheaply as Australia’s reply stuttered.

A valiant partnership between Lindsay Heaven and Raymond Moxley dragged Australia to within 146 runs but it was England who emerged victorious as Khatri and Dan Field mopped up the tail to leave Heaven stranded on 98.