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India thump England as Hossell hits 50

2nd February 2017

** Report partially by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England slumped to a 10-wicket loss against host side India in their third Blind World Cup group match.

Captain Luke Sugg decided to bat first after winning the toss and openers Justin Hollingsworth and Nathan Foy put on 26 before Foy departed for seven, caught off the bowling of Venkateswara Rao.

Hollingsworth added another seven before his dismissal in the fourth over for 24.

From then on England struggled to get a foothold in the innings, losing the wickets of Matthew Dean, Peter Blueitt and Matthew Page for 16 runs.

Skipper Sugg looked to steady the ship and, together with England's top scorer Ed Hossell, put on 61 for the sixth wicket.

Sugg and Amin Afshari were dismissed in consecutive overs while Hossell was run out for 57. Simon Ledwith and Mark Turnham also departed in the same fashion and England were all out for 158 two balls shy of their 20 overs.

India's top order did the damage in their reply as openers Sukhram Majhi (67) and Ganesh Babubhai Mundakar (78) successfully chased 159 with nine overs to spare.

England’s next fixture is on 3rd February versus Sri Lanka, whilst Sri Lanka have won their past two matches with England the pair’s last Twenty20 game was extremely close with Sri Lanka edging it by just 13 runs, so it’s set to be a tight clash.

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

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

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Additional Notes

* Ed Hossell’s half century was his first in international cricket.

* When Ed’s brother Rory made his England debut earlier in the tournament they became the fourth pair of brothers to represent the England blind cricket team, following Andy and Dave Powers, Matt and Gavin Dean and Mark and Roy Turnham.

* With 6 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