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England slide to disappointing Sri Lanka defeat

3rd February 2017

England’s struggles at the start of the 2017 Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup continued with a disappointing 103 run defeat against Sri Lanka, their heaviest ever in any format against the Sri Lankans.

After putting their opponents in to bat England Captain Luke Sugg claimed an early wicket, but that turned out to be the only wicket his side took as Sri Lanka smashed their way to 307 for 1 from their 20 overs, with the batsmen at numbers 2 and 3 in the order both blasting centuries.

In response England lost regular wickets and their scoring rate was fairly constant at around ten an over, meaning they fell well short of their target, closing on 204 for 7.

Their were some positives to take with the bat however with Matt Dean’s score of 50 his first half century of the tournament and Peter Blueitt recording his second fifty of both his career and the tournament, finishing 70 not out, the same score he reached against Pakistan.

Whilst this leaves England with just one win from four matches it is worth noting that the three sides to beat them have finished as the top three in the last two World Cups, so all is not yet lost, although England are likely to have to win all of their remaining five matches to progress to the semi finals.

The first weekend of the tournament, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February sees England face South Africa and then surprise package Bangladesh, they have a good record against both, not losing to South Africa in more than a decade and winning both previous meetings with Bangladesh, so should go into both matches in a positive frame of mind.

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

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

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Additional Notes

* With 5 matches still to play England are joint sixth in the group stage table.

* 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