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England’s World Cup dream ended in Semi Finals

11th February 2017

** Report partially by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England’s hopes of winning the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup were ended in emphatic style at the semi final stage by a rampant Pakistan.

After winning the toss and electing to field, England spent most of the 20 overs chasing the ball as Pakistan, who won all nine of their group stage games, posted a daunting 309 for one.

Israr Hassan blazed 143 not out from just 69 balls including 25 fours and one six. Fellow opener Badar Munir was equally destructive in carving 103 off only 43 balls before retiring.

It meant England would need to go well beyond their tournament best of 257 for five against South Africa if they were to reach the final.

England were dealt a hammer blow when the prolific Peter Blueitt, who scored a sensational 505 runs at an average of 168 in the group stages including seven half centuries, was run out cheaply.

Matthew Page, in making 41, tried to build England a platform but he had little support and regular wickets checked their progress.

Luke Sugg (34 not out) attempted to up the ante but the run-rate soon became insurmountable and England finished well short on 162 for seven, to suffer a 147 run defeat.

Pakistan will face India in the final for the third tournament in a row, at both the 2012 & the 2014 World Cup Pakistan won all of their group stage matches but lost to India in the final, so will be desperate for revenge.

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