Powell earns Welsh Lord’s success

Michael Powell helped Wales disability cricket to victory at Lord's
Michael Powell helped Wales disability cricket to victory at Lord's
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Michael Powell gave a gentle nudge to England disability cricket selectors after playing a key role in Wales’ shock victory at Lord’s.

The talent from Portchester grabbed two vital wickets from his three overs to restrict England to 89 for six from their 20 overs – a target the Welsh then knocked off for the loss of just three wickets and with five overs to spare.

But despite being overlooked for selection by his own country, the 21-year-old had the last laugh and made his point to the England coach afterwards.

Powell said: ‘I suppose it was my statement to the England selectors that my game has come on in leaps and bounds and that I would like to be considered for selection for England.

‘The England manager looked a bit sheepish afterwards. He shook my hand and said “well bowled”.

‘I asked him if he would be selecting me next year and when he said he didn’t know, I told him it was alright, I was quite happy playing for Wales!

‘But it was great to get my first international wickets.

‘It was an honour to play for Wales and I just wanted to do the best I could. It was a satisfying feeling to beat England at the home of cricket.’