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England thrash New Zealand for first World Cup win

1st February 2017

** Report partially by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England kept their knockout chances alive with a win over New Zealand in their second T20 Blind World Cup group match on Wednesday.

After a 98-run opening loss to a strong Pakistan side, England bounced back to defeat the Blindcaps by eight wickets in Delhi, with a man-of-the-match performance from captain Luke Sugg.

New Zealand won the toss and batted first but England were dominant in the field, with six run outs to restrict their opponents to 129 for nine. Luke Sugg 3 overs 1 wicket for 10 runs and Jimmy Millard 3 overs 1 wicket for 11 runs were particularly impressive with the ball.

England set about their chase quickly and efficiently, piling on the runs to win with almost 12 overs to spare thanks largely to 38 not out from Matt Page and 30 not out from Luke Sugg.

England’s next fixture is against India on 2nd February and is expected to be a tough task against the reigning T20 and 40 over World Cup Champions.

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

England XI: Dan Field, Nathan Foy, Matt Page, Luke Sugg (Captain), Matt Dean, Peter Blueitt, Justin Hollingsworth, Rory Hossell, Amin Afshari, Jimmy Millard, Mahomed Khatri.

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Additional Notes

* With 7 matches still to play England have moved up to 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