A fantastic all round performance from England Captain Luke Sugg led the England Blind Cricket Team to a comprehensive 90 run win against Nepal at the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup in India.
England got off to a fast but unsteady start that saw them reach 40 but also lose 3 wickets before the end of the 4th over. Matt Page, Nathan Foy & Justin Hollingsworth all fell early, but captain Luke Sugg, promoted to open for this match, was still there. Sugg was joined by Peter Blueitt and over the next 15 overs the pair shared a brilliant partnership of 161 which saw Sugg reach 100, the first English century of the tournament, and Blueitt pass fifty for the fifth time in seven matches.
Eventually both fell in the final over, Sugg for 100 & Blueitt for 60, as England finished on 233/5.
Nepal’s innings started in chaos with Luke Sugg claiming a wicket in the first over and Justin Hollingsworth following him in to strike in both the 2nd and 4th over. Matt Page also took an early run out so that when Luke Sugg took another run out Nepal were in massive trouble at 59/5 at the start of the 9th over.
Nepal’s sixth wicket pair fought bravely in a 77 run partnership, but tight bowling and fielding left them needing over a hundred runs from the last two overs. That partnership was finally broken by a second Matt Page run out and Luke Sugg ended the game in style with a wicket from the final ball as Nepal fell 90 runs short on 143/7.
England’s next fixture is on Wednesday 8th February against Australia and a victory would almost guarantee England a semi final place.
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England XI: Matt Page, Luke Sugg (Captain), Nathan Foy, Justin Hollingsworth, Peter Blueitt, Matt Dean, Dan Field, Si Ledwith, Amin Afshari, Jimmy Millard, Mark Turnham
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* England move up to joint 5th in the group stage table, alongside Australia who they face in their next match and both sides are now only one win behind third place.
* Luke Sugg’s hundred was England’s first century of the tournament.
* Peter Blueitt’s fifth half century means that he still has half of England’s scores of over fifty at this World Cup, Sugg’s century & half centuries from Ed Hossell, Matt Dean, Matt Page & Justin Hollingsworth being the others.
* Justin Hollingsworth’s 2-15 were England’s best bowling figures of the tournament, surpassing Jimmy Millard’s 2-28 v South Africa. Luke Sugg also took 2-28 against Nepal to equal Millard’s figures.
* 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