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England VI wrap up ODIs with a win!

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The Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket series Australia v England
Friday 29th January 2016, Adelaide, Australia

England won the ODI Series and have regained The Blind Ashes in a 4-1 victory over the Australian Blind team.

England Visually Impaired (VI) returned to winning ways as they defeated Australia in the fifth and final ODI of the Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket Series.

The result left England 4-1 up overall in the series.

After a delayed start due to inclement weather, England captain Matt Dean won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.

The visitors showed two changes to the XI that ran out in the previous game with Luke Sugg returning from injury and Amin Afshari replacing Hassan Khan to make his debut and become the 63rd player to be capped for England VI.

Mark Bond also retained his place in the side following his strong display in the fourth ODI.

England piled on the pressure early and reaped the rewards as opener Michael Hamilton went for a duck, followed soon after by Michael Zannis.

Wicketkeeper Dan Field was impressive throughout, with two stumpings including that of Ricky Segura, who went for 68.

Pete Blueitt (category B1 – completely blind) also put in a great performance with the ball to take two wickets while Ed Hossell continued to break England VI records as he bettered his third-ODI haul of 4-27 with a five-for.

The strong bowling and fielding display meant Australia were restricted to 261 for eight at the end of their 40 overs.

England will look to keep momentum against Australia in the upcoming T20 matches

With rain threatening and a minimum of 15 overs to reach to constitute a match, England needed quick runs from the off with a required rate of just more than five an over.

Openers Dean and Field did just that and England were 129 without loss by the end of the 15th over (Australia were 78 at the same point in their innings).

Australia managed one ball in the 16th over before rain stopped play. With no sign of the bad weather letting up, the umpires called a finish to the game and England ran out winners by 51 runs.

Both Dean and Field carried their bats following their match-winning 129-run stand.


Between his 58 not out and two stumpings, Field was the deserved man of the match.

Reflecting on the game, he said: “Before going out to open the batting with Deano, Ross [Hunter, Head Coach] had given us the comparative scores of where we needed to be each over, from 15 through to 35. We just decided to get ahead of the rate as quickly as we could which, thankfully, we did.

“We needed to be going at five an over and we were already at seven in the first over, so once we were ahead of the rate we pretty much stayed in front and in control.”

The Susex Sharks man also downplayed his all-round efforts: “It was definitely nice to be named man of the match, although I feel a bit ashamed as Ed Hossell got five for 35 and broke England VI’s best bowling figures, which he’d only set a couple of days earlier.

“I think he was a little bit unfortunate not to get it, especially given he was the runner for Matt Dean and so was on the pitch the whole game.

“It is just nice to make contributions with the bat, which I don’t always get to do, so when you get your opportunity it is nice to take it and get some runs.”

Performance levels were also at the forefront of Field’s and his teammates’ minds: “It was always our goal to win the series. We played some great cricket against India last summer and didn’t get the results we wanted but I think we showed that we were really capable of mixing it with a team that were better than us.

“Across this whole series we have probably lost 15 overs of cricket – the rest of it we have been able to win and control and everyone is absolutely ecstatic with a job well done.

“With two T20 matches left on this tour, we’re all fit and raring to go and people are probably as fit now as they were for the first game, which is credit to the ECB and the support they give us.”

England Visually Impaired Team

Matt Dean (London Metro, ODI Captain)
Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears, T20 captain)

Amin Afshari (Kent Spitfires)
Amit Amin (London Metro)

Peter Blueitt  (Yorkshire VICC)

Mark Bond (London Metro)
Rob Comber (Kent Spitfires)

Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)

Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)

Ed Hossell (Somerset VICC)

Hassan Khan (London Metro)

Mahomed Khatri (Warwickshire Bears)
Si Ledwith (Sussex Sharks)

James Millard (Sussex Sharks)

Mark Turnham (Warwickshire VICC)

Man of the Match – Dan Field (England) – For 2 Stumping’s, 58 not out and for his sportsmanship on the field throughout the match.

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England VI fall to first Australia tour defeat

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Following on from their overall series win, England lost out to Australia by 42 runs in the fourth one-day international of the tour as the hosts recorded their first victory.

England won the toss and elected to bowl on the hottest day of the fixtures to date.

Ross Hunter’s side made two changes as James Millard and Mark Bond were called up to replace the injured Luke Sugg and Si Ledwith.

England will look to return to winning ways in the final one-day international against AustraliaEngland will look to return to winning ways in the final one-day international against Australia

England struggled from the outset in the field and Australia batted strongly to post the highest ODI score of the series, finishing the innings on an impressive 336 for three. Matt Cameron followed up yesterday’s half-century with an unbeaten 84.

England opened their innings with intent but found themselves five down by the end of the 20th over, with captain Matt Dean not reaching the heights of the preceeding three games as he was run out for four by Daniel Pritchard.

Mark Bond scored an unbeaten 78 but England were restricted to 294 for eight in their chase
Mark Bond scored an unbeaten 78 but England were restricted to 294 for eight in their chase

Opening partner Dan Field, however, scored 31 before being caught out.

England started to build a solid partnership between Bond and Justin Hollingsworth but the latter was run out two balls after reaching fifty.

Rob Comber then joined Bond at the crease but Comber was also run out just as the pair appeared to be finding their rhythm.

England plugged away and began to build the pressure on the Australian fielders, with Bond batting well and Mo Khatri (double runs for B1 categorisation) opposite him.

The tourists continued to chase down the Australian total and needed 66 off the final four overs.

Despite a fantastic 78 not out from Bond, their efforts weren’t enough, as they finished on 294 for eight in their maiden loss of the series.

Reflecting on the loss, Bond said: “It was very disappointing to lose today.

“It was pretty tough fielding in the heat. The Aussies batted really well and probably got on top of us during that session. I think the lads got through the heat brilliantly and the energy we had batting second was pretty phenomenal so, hopefully, the conditions will be better suited to us for the last ODI on Friday and we can make it a four-one series win.

“I felt good batting and was greatly supported by my runners. I enjoyed the innings and it was really nice to get out there and score some runs.

“The Australians bowled well today, but throughout our batting innings it certainly felt like we had control of the run-chase. The guys who were running for me (Millard and Hossell) really maximised the runs for the shots I played.

“Everyone in camp is really positive. We are still three-one up and the team is really keen to try and win the series four-one.”

England Visually Impaired team

Matt Dean (captain)
Justin Hollingsworth
Pete Blueitt
Mark Bond
James Millard
Mark Turnham
Ed Hossell
Rob Comber
Mahomed Khatri
Dan Field
Hassan Khan


Australia batting 

Matt Cameron- 84 not out

Matt McCarthy – 67 not out

England bowling 

James Millard- 1-34 off 5 overs

Pete Blueitt- 1-87 off 8 overs

England batting 

Mark Bond – 78 not out

Justin Hollingsworth- 52

Australia bowling 

Lindsay Heaven- 2-39 off 8 overs

Man of the match– Matt Cameron – Australia


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Cricket: Hossell stars in England Visually Impaired series win

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26 January 2016

Ed Hossell starred with the ball as England won by 150 runs in Adelaide to seal an Australia Day victory in the ODI and overall Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket Series.

The home side were looking to work their way back into series contention as they hunted their first win and opted to field first having won the toss.

England, unchanged from the side that went two-nil up in the series on Sunday, batted strongly with opener and captain Matt Dean taking his second century in as many games before being caught by Matt Cameron in a stunning piece of fielding.

Luke Sugg’s 92 and 45 from Justin Hollingsworth helped build England’s total as they finished on 312 for five at the end of their 40 overs.

Ed Hossell and Dan Field played their part in an excellent England fielding and bowling displayEd Hossell and Dan Field played their part in an excellent England fielding and bowling display 
Hossell was on top form with the ball, claiming two early wickets for the England attack.

Australia started to look good with the bat, however, building a solid partnership through captain Matthew McCarthy and Cameron until Luke Sugg clean bowled the skipper to get the breakthrough.

Cameron posted 52 not out but it was not enough as wickets continued to fall, with man-of-the-match Hossell taking two more to finish on and England Visually Impaired-record four for 27.

Speaking after the win, Hossell said: “Today was awesome. I think it was certainly the full team performance that we were looking for, where we dominated with the ball, which showed by us bowling them out and winning by 150 runs.

“Winning the Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket Series – the Ashes – is why we are here.

The tour continues with two more ODIs and two T20s to finishThe tour continues with two more ODIs and two T20s to finish

“We have worked so hard and proven what we can do, I think this win is a testament to our hard work.

“I am just thrilled to be a part of it because we have a great bunch of guys and fantastic support staff,” added the Somerset VICC man.

“We think we are good enough to win this tour seven-nil, so I think tonight we will celebrate this win but we are only halfway there.

“We will be up for tomorrow’s game just as much as we were for today’s game.”

England will play two more ODIs against Australia before finishing up the tour with a pair of T20s on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January.

England Visually Impaired team

Matt Dean (captain)
Justin Hollingsworth
Pete Blueitt
Luke Sugg
Si Ledwith
Mark Turnham
Ed Hossell
Rob Comber
Mahomed Khatri
Dan Field
Hassan Khan


England Batting
Matt Dean (Metro) – 101 – out caught Cameron

Luke Sugg (Warwickshire) – 92 – out bowled

Justin Hollingsworth  (Warwickshire) – 45 out bowled

Australia Bowling

McCarthy – 1-24 off 4 overs

Australian Batting

Matt Cameron- 52 not out

England Bowling

Ed Hossell – 4-27 off 7.4 overs (best ever England VI bowling figures)

Luke Sugg- 1-18 off 4 overs

Pete Blueitt – 1-30 off 8 overs

Man of the Match – Ed Hossell  – 4-27 off 7.4 overs and for his amazing fielding.


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FREE – Health & Fitness VI Multi Event Day in Richmond – Closing Date Extended until 14th Feb!

FREE - Health & Fitness Multi Event Day in Richmond
Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre, Hampton Academy, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HB
12.00 noon - 16.00pm
07814 751643
20th February 2016

Closing date Extended until 14th February

Health & Fitness Day Events:   Athletics, Bouncy Castle, Dance/fitness, Gym, (mini inductions), Spin Bike, Trampolining, Tennis, walking football. * please note these activities may be subject to change on the day.

When: Saturday 20th Feb 2016, Time: 12:00 – 16:00
Where: Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre, Hampton Academy, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HB
Register: 11:30 am
Organisers: Metro Blind Sport.

On arrival you will have the opportunity to try each activity (subject to availability on the day) lasting approx. 40mins. You can of course choose to sit out sessions depending on your preference.


Ian Francis contact details are: Mobile: 07814 751643
Postal address:- 36, Copsleigh Avenue, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5BG


2ND ODI AUSTRALIA VS. ENGLAND – Download from Blind Sport Radio

On the 2nd day of play in The Lords Taverners International Blind Cricket Series between Australia and England, we had the thrill of covering what can only be described as a comprehensive win by the English over an Aussie side that insisted on committing seven, yes seven, run outs.

It certainly was an easy victory to England, but amongst all the carnidge, there was one player who, without doubt, deserves a mention.

Daniel Pritchard, also known by the headless chicken, took a magnifiscent 5/40 and also scored a 50 backing up his 89 from the first game. A truly unbelievable performance Dan and you are to be commended for your fabulous performances throughout the tournament and from here on in, you will never be referred to as the headless chicken on air, as you deserve to be thoroughly commended for your performances so far.

Why not download match 2 of Australia vs. England so you can enjoy the game at your own leisure or listen online at