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Brilliant Blueitt helps England past Bangladesh

6th February 2017

Report partially by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England Visually Impaired continued their run of wins at the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup by beating Bangladesh by four wickets in Mumbai.

Mohammed Mohsin Hosen Joy and Md Abdul Malek opened for Bangladesh and were going well in their 54-run stand when Joy was trapped lbw by England captain Luke Sugg.

England continued to look sharp in the field and took their chances when presented.

Malek was run out just after reaching his half century and man of the match Peter Blueitt bowled Abdullah Zobir he went for 39.

Two further run outs followed for England and Bangladesh finished their innings on 211 for five.

England set about their reply with purpose as Matthew Page and Ed Hossell notched up 61 runs between them before Hossell was run out in the sixth over.

Blueitt came in to continue his tournament batting heroics and Page passed the half century mark in their 65-run second-wicket stand.

Justin Hollingsworth joined Blueitt at the crease after Page was run out and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over until Hollingsworth's dismissal in the thirteenth over.

Nathan Foy was run out two balls later and England found themselves 156 for four and looking to make the most of their final seven overs.

Blueitt and Simon Ledwith steadied the ship to take the score to 180 before Ledwith was bowled by Mohammad Mahmud Rashid.

A fourth tournament fifty followed for Blueitt, who departed for 68 late in the innings.

By that stage England had done enough, however, and Dan Field and Matt Dean steered their side to victory with 12 balls to spare.

England have a rest day on Monday 6th February, before facing Nepal on Tuesday 7th.

Coverage of all matches in the tournament can be found on www.CricHQ.com, which features text commentary and full scorecards.

England XI: Matt Page, Ed Hossell, Peter Blueitt, Justin Hollingsworth, Nathan Foy, Si Ledwith, Matt Dean, Luke Sugg (Captain), Mo Khatri, Dan Field, Amin Afshari.

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Additional notes

* Peter Blueitt’s fourth half century of the tournament means he has half of England’s fifties at this World Cup, Matt Dean, Ed Hossell, Matt Page & Justin Hollingsworth have one each.

* With three matches left England remain sixth in the group stage table, however they are now within one win of fourth place.

* England’s remaining fixtures can be found at the link below.

LINK: International fixtures

* The tournament Results so far and group stage table can be found at the link below.

LINK: International results