England VI secure T20 series draw

England Visually Impaired completed their successful tour of Australia with a six-wicket win that secured a draw in the two-match Twenty20 series.

The tourists, having won the one-day internationals 4-1, bounced back from their last-ball defeat yesterday in style, chasing 170 in the penultimate over.

In-form Matt Dean, named player of the series afterwards, led the way with the bat by hitting an unbeaten 61 from the top of the order.

Their pursuit did not get off to a good start as Dean’s opening partner Justin Hollingsworth was dismissed for a three-ball duck.

England VI drew the Twenty20 series after beating Australia 4-1 in the one-day internationals

But Dean found welcome company in Pete Blueitt during a 57-run partnership until the latter was run out for 24.

Luke Sugg and T20 debutant Mark Bond contributed 21 and 23 respectively to leave England requiring 24 runs from the final five overs.

Bond was bowled in the 17th, but Dean and Mo Khatri guided England home to secure a share of the spoils.

Australia made the most of losing the toss as they posted 169 for four, a total built on an opening stand of 104 between Lindsay Heaven and Steve Palmer.

Vice-captain Ed Hossell made the breakthrough, running out Palmer for 33, but man-of-the-match Heaven carried his bat for 88.

England Visually Impaired team

Luke Sugg (captain)
Ed Hossell (vice-captain)
Mo Khatri
Pete Blueitt
Amin Afshari
Mark Turnham
Rob Comber
Matt Dean
Mark Bond
Dan Field
Justin Hollingsworth

Twelfth Man

B1- Hassan Khan
B2- Si Ledwith
B3- James Millard

Source: ECB

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