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Superb Dean leads England win to tie T20 Series

2nd February 2016

** Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England Visually Impaired completed their successful tour of Australia with a six-wicket win that secured a draw in the three-match Twenty20 series.

The tourists, having won the one-day internationals 4-1, bounced back from their last-ball defeat yesterday in style, chasing 170 in the penultimate over.

In-form Matt Dean, named Player of the Series afterwards, led the way with the bat by hitting an unbeaten 61 from the top of the order.

Their pursuit did not get off to a good start as Dean's opening partner Justin Hollingsworth was dismissed for a three-ball duck.

But Dean found welcome company in Pete Blueitt during a 57-run partnership until the latter was run out for 24.

Luke Sugg and T20 debutant Mark Bond contributed 21 and 23 respectively to leave England requiring 24 runs from the final five overs.

Bond was bowled in the 17th, but Dean and Mo Khatri guided England home to secure a share of the spoils.

Australia made the most of losing the toss as they posted 169-4, a total built on an opening stand of 104 between Lindsay Heaven and Steve Palmer.

Vice-captain Ed Hossell made the breakthrough, running out Palmer for 33, but man-of-the-match Heaven carried his bat for 88.

Dean said: “It's an honour to win Player of the Series. Although without the team I wouldn't be able to win such individual awards so thanks has to go to my team-mates.

“It's been a really competitive series and even though the T20 series was a draw it's been a successful series for England cricket.”

England Visually Impaired team

Matt Dean, Justin Hollingsworth, Pete Blueitt, Luke Sugg (Captain), Mark Bond, Mahomed Khatri, Dan Field, Rob Comber, Amin Afshari, Ed Hossell (Vice Captain), Mark Turnham

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Stat Attack

Matt Dean scored 488 runs during the tour at an incredible average of 162.66

During the tour of Australia England won five matches, lost two, and the first match of the Twenty20 Series was totally rained off.