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Field and Page hit centuries in big England win over Bangladesh

2nd December 2014

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England’s 504 for six, their highest score in blind cricket, proved 154 too many for Bangladesh in cold and windy conditions during their friendly at the World Cup in South Africa.

Bangladesh's late arrival at the tournament meant what should have been England’s fourth group game was classed as a friendly, so their semi-final hopes rest on the outcome of matches with Sri Lanka tomorrow and Australia on Thursday.

Fit-again Dan Field, leading in place of the rested Matt Dean, and man of the match Matt Page made the bulk of England’s runs, scoring 123 and 117 respectively and sharing a stand of 125. Page’s ton was his first for England.

Dan Field returned from injury to lead his country today, striking 123 from 58 balls to aid a total of 504 for six - England's best in blind cricket

Luke Sugg’s 45 and Kelvin Duncan’s 60 not out further justified Field’s decision to bat first, and England were also aided by 24 penalty runs awarded for a slow over-rate.

Fifties from Bangladesh openers Shahadat Hossen and Sahin Mia, plus another from Korshed Alam, gave the reply impetus.

However, James Millard’s 3-60 and two wickets apiece from Mo Khatri and Duncan ensured Mark Bond and Jason Aughton enjoyed winning debuts.

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Additional note: England will be certain of a semi final place if they beat Australia on Thursday, and a win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday would give them a chance of finishing third in the group stage of the tournament.