England Blind V Pakistan Blind, Pakistan in England Series, Match One (completed), 29th May 2006 at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester


Report by Steve Field

The matted wicket at the Grammar School was again used for this rearranged match on the rest day to make up for the abandoned match from Saturday.

Pakistan scored an easy victory requiring only 23 overs to pass England’s total of 169.

Pakistan won the toss and inserted England. A disastrous start saw England lose 3 wickets in 8 overs. Foy was run out and Sugg and Andy Powers were both bowled by Razzaq in the space of 4 deliveries. The Pakistan bowling was a devastating mixture of swerve and bounce from Abbasi and Razzaq. Rory Field held on grimly for survival but England could not get on top of the Pakistani bowling and fielding. Sugg pierced the field with a boundary but the next 4 was scored in the 30th over of the innings.

At 73 for 5 in the 22nd over Sam Murray joined Rory Field and they put on 42 in 30 minutes looking to play more freely but Murray’s boundary was followed immediately by his dismissal comprehensively bowled by Fayaz. Dan Field and Rory Field then added an unbeaten 54 in the last 10 overs of the innings which featured excellent running and some lofted drives.

Rory Field finished unbeaten on 54 having batted throughout the innings. His remarkable sequence of scores since making his debut in Sri Lanka leaves him with an average of 562. Without today’s heroic effort, occupying 164 minutes off 109 balls, his team would have been in dire straits.

England took to the field in good heart and fielded and bowled well with Hassan Khan and Miles Northwood fielding well close in to the bat and Luke Sugg, who shared wicket keeping duties with Dan Field, producing a magnificent throw from the outfield to run out Razzaq. Andy Dalby-Welsh bowled with some pronounced swerve but Pakistan moved along relentlessly with Ishfaq adding an unbeaten 70 to his 140 from yesterday. After another explosive start from Ahmed, Ishfaq was well supported by Razzaq and Fayaz as Pakistan romped home in the dull conditions. Rain delayed play for 11 minutes during the 14th over.

The next two games are at the Worcestershire C.C. ground at New Road. Pakistan look the stronger team but the weather and the playing surfaces have played a part in this series and it will be interesting to see how the remaining games pan out with decent weather forecast.


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