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Matt Dean impresses for England despite defeat

29th May 2015

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

Matt Dean’s 80 was not enough as England Blind slipped to a second consecutive defeat to India at Wolverhampton CC on Monday.

A partnership of 126 between Dean and Matt Page looked to have given England a chance but they eventually fell short by 83 runs as India wrapped up the Royal London one day international series.

After losing the first game at Leamington yesterday, England gave themselves a good chance of pulling level after dismissing the tourists for 295 inside 38 overs. However they made a poor start as Justin Hollingsworth and Nathan Foy were dismissed without scoring.

The dangerous Luke Sugg, who hit 72 on Sunday, also fell cheaply, managing only nine in his 50th ODI match before he was run out to leave England 21/3.

Dean joined forces with Page to stage a recovery but, when the latter went for 54, England again suffered a collapse that left too much to be done. Dean was eventually the seventh wicket to fall for 80 and the innings subsided before they were bowled out for 212.

England had earlier done well to restrict India, after conceding 314 yesterday. Hollingsworth took 4-45 and was well-supported by Pete Blueitt, Luke Sugg and Ed Hossell but they ran into trouble when the last Indian wicket added 66 runs to take the game away.

Ajay Reddy held the India innings together, finishing unbeaten on 121 as he was declared man of the match.

Dean admitted after the game it hurt to lose the series after competing so strongly against the world champions.

He said: “Everyone is really disappointed. We had a great opportunity today and we’re hurting; we don’t like losing.

“Unfortunately the ODI series is gone for us. Congratulations to India they’ve played really well, but we’ve played really well and it’s been a great series. We’ve got to take lots of positives out of it.”

On the performance of Hollingsworth, he added: “Justin’s spell was one of the best spells I’ve seen from an England bowler, and at 18 years old that’s truly remarkable. He’s got many years ahead of him.”