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.
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.
“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)