Earlier today at Dubai’s ICC Academy Oval, England claimed their first victory of the 2016 Deaf International Cricket Council Championship ODI when they beat Pakistan 75/5, defending a total of 187 and winning by 16 runs after posting a total of 191.
Pakistan won the toss, and opted to field first. The game English debutante Alun Evans a chance to show why England took him to this competition, with a 76 runs after Umesh Valjee went out early because of the bowling by Pakistan’s Adnan Ghani. Lancashire’s Luke Hughes and Essex’s Dean Bedford also made their national team debuts in their game against Pakistan. Jimmy Dixon was named the Man of the Match taking four for 22 when bowling for England.
English captain Paul Allen was quoted by the English Cricket Board after the match as saying, “I’m delighted with the win and I think the boys showed great character in defending 191. […] Alun Evans played exceptionally well to get 76 and Jimmy Dixon bowled superbly to get four wickets for 22 to ensure the victory. […] We still have room for improvement and are looking forward to our next match against India on Saturday.”
The English squad in Dubai includes Paul Allen, Umesh Valjee, Alun Evans, Dean Bedford, Matt Clinton, Michael Wethersby, Jimmy Dixon, James Schofield, Luke Hughes, Sam Critchard and Stephen George. Allen is the team captain. George Greenway was with the team, but injured himself during training this past Sunday and is unable to play. England’s last scheduled match in round robin play is on Saturday against India. Placement matches, including first, take place on Monday.
The other match of the day saw South Africa lose to India by 44 runs. The South African squad includes Colin Venter, André Chetty, Paulo da Costa, Shanon van der Berg, Ahmed du Plooy, Camerin Cook, Shane Gangan, Gerard Kroese, Prince Mashigo, Reinhardt Limbach, Onalerona Semise, André van Rooyen, Eric Minaar, Sivesh Poonsamy and Rual Kumalo.