England Learning Disabilities Side Claim Tri-Nation Crown
England Learning Disabilities were crowned champions of the 4th Inas Tri-Nations Tournament at the De Beers Diamond Oval in South Africa.
The final victory came after England had gone unbeaten throughout the 40-over tournament dominating reigning champions Australia and defeating South Africa twice each, before holding their nerve to claim a 19-run victory over South Africa in the final today.
This is the first time England have won the tournament going one better than 2009 where they finished runners up to Australia who had remained tournament champions since its inception in 2005.
Captain Gavin Randall said: "I didn't know what to do when Chris (Edwards) got that final wicket - jump up and down, run off the pitch, celebrate.
"To go unbeaten is such an achievement. I thought we could push Australia and South Africa but I didn't think we could win every game.
"On the trophy it lists Australia as the only winners of this tournament. Now it will say England and that's such a good feeling.”
Under the guidance of Head Coach Derek Morgan the young squad recorded their most successful Tournament to date, beating Australia for the first time in history and seeing six players make their international debuts.
ECB National Disability Cricket Manager Ian Martin said: “I’m delighted with the result. We have seen some talented cricketers perform out here and it’s fantastic that they get the opportunity to play on the international stage.
"The victory pays testament to the hard work and commitment of the players, management team and the investment from ECB, without which the young squad would not have been able to develop to such a level.
"It’s exciting times for disability cricket and we’ll be looking to the England Physical Disabilities squad to continue the success when they take on Pakistan in Dubai in February."