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AUS v ENG T20 Final Match Report
T20 International (Final) – Geelong Grammar School
Australia 90 for 9 from 20 overs
England 91 for 1 from 15.4 overs
England wins by 9 wickets.
England’s opponents in this afternoons final was not known until the outcome of the final group game was decided this morning, where Australia came out winners against a feisty South African side by a 7 run margin.
All set up for the final game, Australia again won the toss, but unlike previous games, they decided to bat first.
Disaster struck the Australians early when this morning century maker, Luke Trudgett was caught at deep mid wicket off of the bowling of Daryl Sykes in the third over for just 4 with the total on 11.
Some tight bowling from England and some really top class fielding kept the score rate low. After 8 overs, the Australians had managed to score just 22.
Stephan Pichowski was introduced into the bowling attack in the 7th over and he had immediate success borne out of frustration from the batsmen when he held on to a return catch from Michael Parremore with the total on 24. In his very next over he bowled Grant Thompson for 19 with the total on 30.
Due mainly again to tight bowling and disciplined fielding James Schofield had Paul Welch bowled all ends up for 2 with the Australians reeling at 35 for 4 with half their overs now gone.
A determined effort from Justin Bergin who scored the Australians first boundary in the twelfth over showed just how well the England boys had done in the field. Every potential boundary was run down and stopped by the fielding side where possible, which just added further frustration to the batsmen.
Australian skipper Kym Daley was caught in the deep off of Paul Allen’s bowling for 2 and at 54 for 5 with just seven overs to go, the likelihood of the Australians posting a match winning score was disappearing.
Pichowski, called back into the attack, again had immediate success when he had Brad Trudgett caught at long off for 3, followed shortly by the stubborn Bergin in exactly the same way for 27. Score now on 75 for 7 with just three overs remaining. Pichowski’s figures at this stage were 3 overs, 4 for 9.
Pichowski claimed his fifth wicket when he had Ross Churchyard caught behind by Andrew Wood for 6 giving him final figures of 5 for 14 from 4 overs.
A run out in the final over and the Australians finished with a score of 90 for 9 from their allotted overs.
In reply, England, in the first two overs started off cautiously, but in the third Umesh Valjee hit two blistering fours off of consecutive balls to ensure that they were ahead of the required rate.
From that moment on, England were always in charge, and particular with Valjee at the crease, who has had a fantastic tour, the game was always with England’s grasp.
He and opener, James Schofield put on 44 for the first wicket before Schofield offered up a simple catch in short, but even at this stage, the body language of the Australians was quite negative. England score of 44 for 1 had come from the first 9 overs.
Valjee was again at him imperious best, stroking the ball all around. His innings was a really good mix of pushing singles into gaps, and stylish shots that reached the boundary.
Having been joined at the crease by Matt Everett, the momentum continued as Everett was happy to play a supporting role to Valjee, and one I must say, that he did very well.
The two continued to nurdle the ball around and based on the apparent lack of fitness in the Australian fielding ranks, the runs were reasonably easy to come by.
Umesh Valjee reached an inevitable 50 from just 51 balls in 51 minutes, which included five fours and a six, and along with Everett the two passed the Australian score with over four overs spare. Valjee finishing 64 not out and Matt Everett 12 not out, which gave England the Lords Tavereners Australia, Deaf T20 Trophy.
The England boys now prepare for the 50 over format final which takes place tomorrow (Thursday), which if won, would take the team through the whole tour, unbeaten.