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Pakistan see off England despite Page half century

1st December 2014

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

Pakistan opener Muhammad Jamil hit a century as England suffered a 207 run defeat to the world champions at the Blind cricket World Cup in South Africa.

Jamil, the tournament’s leading runscorer, scored 188 while Muhammad Akram added 96 as Pakistan ran up a total of 446 for eight.

Matt Page led the reply with 68, from 85 balls, as England managed 239 for seven.

Justin Hollingsworth also chipped in with 40, and Mo Khatri added 30, after Pakistan had claimed three early wickets.

The world champions had comfortably won their opening two games, losing just three wickets against the hosts and Twenty20 champions India, but were put under early pressure by England.

England produced a solid display in the field despite a Muhammad Jamil century to set them a large run-chase at the Blind World Cup.

Luke Sugg made two early breakthroughs, on his way to figures of 2-78, but Jamil and Akram then pieced together their match-winning partnership.

Amit Amin eventually bowled Jamil, as he returned 1-28, while Hollingsworth, Ed Hossell and Peter Blueitt chipped in with a wicket each.

England’s hopes of running down the chase were undermined when Pakistan dismissed top three Sugg, Blueitt and skipper Matt Dean before they reached double figures.

Page and Hollingsworth led the recovery though to ensure England, who handed an international debut to James Millard, proved they capabilities against the world’s best.

England won their opening match against South Africa by 41 runs but have now lost their past two, against India and Pakistan, at the halfway point of the group stage.

England still have matches against Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as they bid to qualify for the semi-finals on 6th December.