West Indies in England Blind Cricket series: Match 2

2nd Blind international England v West Indies Moseley C.C. Solihull


Monday 4th August 2008.

Moving on to Moseley England gave debuts to Gavin Dean and Roy Turnham with Dave Powers having his first game of the series. West Indies were unchanged.

Taking the field with two sets of brothers (Deans and Powers) the second match in the three-match series saw records tumble as England won the toss and posted a mammoth 474-2 in their 40 overs. Having scored 179 the previous day (an international record for a partially sighted Englishman) Andy Powers shared a record opening partnership of 330 with Nathan Foy in 26 overs with Foy out hitting his wicket for 192 immediately before the second drinks break. His breathtaking 87-ball knock included just one boundary and some confident running by Powers and Foy’s runner Dan Field.

Rather than just being a repetition of yesterday’s triumph, Powers deliberately hit the ball in new areas with a much larger percentage of his runs coming straighter or finer on the leg side rather than through mid wicket although Foy pummelled the mid wicket region in between delicate cuts to fine leg.

The West Indian fielding was as proficient as yesterday but the targeting of new areas left them unable to stem the flow. Forte again bowled some testing deliveries and his figures of 8-0-81-1 including the wicket of Powers stumped by Phillip in his last over showed him to be the pick of the bowlers.

West Indies made an aggressive start in their uphill task with Sheldon Phillip and Ricardo Manning adding 69 in 14 overs before Manning was run out by a spectacular direct throw from just inside the boundary from Luke Sugg. Phillip departed at 88 stumped by Field heralding a period when four wickets fell for ten runs in four overs.The collapse was started in Garbett’s fifth over when he dismissed Phillip and Cummins the latter to the first of Matt Dean’s three catches. Garbett finished with impressive figures of 8-0-32-3. after which a smart bit of work from substitute Dave Allen ran out Yohan Alexander.

Despite some spirited resistance from Kerwin Casimir and Mosi Andrews in an unbroken stand of 36 in 14 overs, West Indies could only muster 167 from their 40 overs.

England’s fielders supported their bowlers and each other but disappointingly more wides were bowled. Contributory factors such as fitness and concentration are being addressed as the squad prepares for the next venture – a trip down under in the winter.

Another enthusiastic gathering including many Moseley club members stayed to see the awards ceremony before the two teams move to Harborne C.C. in Old Church Road, Harborne tomorrow (Tuesday).

With the series outcome settled both teams may be tempted to make changes which should result in a competitive finale.

Man of the Match awards :
B1 : John Garbett 8-0-32-3
B2 : Matt Dean 47* , 3 catches and 2-0-7-0
B3 : Luke Sugg 51*, 6-0-23-0 and a run out.

Moseley CC are to be thanked for their hospitality, superb facilities and the interest shown by their members throughout the day.

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