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ENGLAND: Sussex trio named in England VI World Cup Squad

10-Jan-2017

Dan Field in action previously for the England VI XI

Three Sussex players were today included when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a 15-man Visually Impaired squad for the upcoming World Cup in India.

Dan Field, Si Ledwith and Jimmy Millard were all included in the England squad, who kick off their competition on 31st January against Pakistan in Delhi. They will then compete against Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in a round-robin format. The top four teams will then qualify for the semi-finals and final on 11th and 12th February respectively.

All-rounder Luke Sugg will captain the side in a World T20 tournament for the second time. The squad includes two uncapped players; Rory Hossell and Gareth Jones. Rory joins his brother Edward in the squad while Gareth is aiming to represent England at a second sport, having already played international football.

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said: “The squad has developed so much under Ross Hunter over the last four years I have no doubt that we will be competitive in the tournament. Playing in India is a wonderful experience for cricketers at all levels and our Visually Impaired Squad are no different.

“I know that the team will prepare well and perform to the best of their ability - if they do that then we’ll have a great chance to take on the blind cricket powerhouses of India and Pakistan.”

England Visually Impaired Head Coach Ross Hunter said: “I am incredibly excited about this group of players. It is the most talented group that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with.

“We know that we will need to play two of the best games that we’ve ever played to win the tournament and I think we have the ability within the squad to do that. I think that’s a first for England Visually Impaired cricket, which is fantastic.”

England Visually Impaired Squad:
Luke Sugg – Captain, Warwickshire
Amin Afshari – Kent
Peter Blueitt – Yorkshire
Matthew Dean – London Metro
Nathan Foy - Warwickshire
Daniel Field - Sussex
Justin Hollingsworth - Warwickshire
Edward Hossell - Somerset
Rory Hossell - Somerset
Gareth Jones – London Metro
Mahomed Khatri - Warwickshire
Simon Ledwith - Sussex
James Millard - Sussex

Matthew Page – London Metro
Mark Turnham - Warwickshire

England Fixtures:

31.01.17 England vs Pakistan
01.02.17 England vs New Zealand
02.02.17 England vs India
03.02.17 England vs Sri Lanka
04.02.17 England vs South Africa
05.02.17 England vs Bangladesh
07.02.17 England vs Nepal
08.02.17 England vs Australia
09.02.17 England vs West Indies
11.02.17 Semi-finals
12.02.17 Final

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