The England Blind Cricket team beat West Indies by 6 wickets to secure their place in the semi finals of the 2017 Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup in India.
Batting first West Indies reached an impressive 232/4 from their 20 overs. Ed Hossell took a caught and bowled & a run out, with Dan Field & Matt Page also taking run outs.
In reply England lost Matt Dean early but Ed Hossell blasted a rapid 64 & Justin Hollingsworth 47. When Hollingsworth fell England still needed 50 from the last 4.2 overs, but England’s man of the tournament Peter Blueitt again stepped up and after Nathan Foy fell for a duck Blueitt combined with Matt Page to see England home with 5 balls to spare. Blueitt & Page’s 50 run partnership was off just 19 balls.
Blueitt’s 74 not out was his seventh half century in nine games, Page contributed 15 not out. England’s win was their fifth in succession & although they were certain of their semi final place earlier in the innings the victory keeps up their momentum going into the latter stages of the tournament.
Reaching the semi finals in the first World Cup to contain ten nations is a terrific achievement for the England squad & keeps up England’s record of finishing in the top 4 in every Blind Cricket World Cup, the previous ones were in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2012 & 2014.
2017 Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup
Pakistan v England
India v Sri Lanka
* Both will be played on Saturday, the winners then meet in Sunday’s final.
Coverage of all matches in the tournament can be found on www.CricHQ.com
which features text commentary and full scorecards.
England XI: Matt Dean, Ed Hossell, Peter Blueitt, Justin Hollingsworth, Nathan Foy, Matt Page, Luke Sugg (Captain), Rory Hossell, Amin Afshari, Dan Field, Mahomed Khatri.
Other England PlayersWho Played During the Group Stage: Si Ledwith, Mark Turnham, Jimmy Millard.
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* Peter Blueitt’s 7th half century of the tournament means that he still has half of England’s scores of 50 or more in the tournament, Justin Hollingsworth & Ed Hossell have 2 half centuries each, Luke Sugg 1 century, with Matt Dean & Matt Page having both scored one fifty.
* England’s remaining fixtures can be found
* The tournament Results so far and the final group stage table can be found