Friday 22 September 2017

England new boys make mark

Dawid Malan was named man of the match after making the highest-ever score by an England player on T20 debut. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Dawid Malan was named man of the match after making the highest-ever score by an England player on T20 debut. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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Stand-in captain Jos Buttler highlighted the strong pool of England's playing talent after South Africa were condemned to a Twenty20 Series defeat.

Dawid Malan was named man of the match after making the highest-ever score by an England player on T20 debut.

The Middlesex left-hander smashed 78 from 44 balls in helping the hosts to a 19-run victory in the Cardiff decider.

Tom Curran added two wickets to the three he took on debut at Taunton on Friday, while leg-spinner Mason Crane claimed the prize scalp of AB de Villiers as his first international victim.

Meanwhile, an unbeaten 92 by Max Sorensen sent YMCA crashing out of the Leinster Senior Cup as The Hills charged into the semi-finals.

The holders reduced their hosts to 62-6, still requiring another 104 for victory, but Sorensen then took off, scoring 83 of the remaining runs, hitting five fours and six sixes to reach the winning post with nine balls to spare.

In yesterday's other delayed quarter-final, Railway Union, without significant help from Kevin O'Brien, making a rare appearance, shocked Pembroke to record an emphatic 62-run victory. Ireland U-19 batsman Alex Stiles top scored with 44 in Railway's 179, but the real damage was done with the ball by Saad Ullah who removed Pembroke's top three in his first five overs.

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