Yorkshire star Henry Wainman helped England’s Deaf side complete a maiden Ashes triumph in Brisbane yesterday, following the success of his Learning Disability colleagues earlier this week.
County pair Alex Jervis and Rob Hewitt had already helped the LD side win their eight-game T20 and ODI series, and England closed out a 7-1 triumph with another success, by 45 runs, in a one-day game yesterday.
Wainman, meanwhile, returned an excellent 2-18 from 10 overs, coming on second change in a seven-man attack, as Australia’s Deaf XI were bowled out for 129 inside 41 overs.
In reply, England knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets inside 23 overs and will take an unassailable 5-2 lead into their final fixture of the tour.
It is the first time the Deaf side have won the Ashes, with a match report provided by the ECB hailing a “claustrophobically tight spell from the metronomic Wainman”.
In the final game of the tour for England’s LD side, Jervis starred with an excellent 3-46 in defence of their 251-8, helping to seal a 45-run success. The Australians finished on 206-9.
LD captain Chris Edwards described the bowling of Jervis as a “real highlight”.
“It was quite difficult not to hear what was going on across on the other pitch, and it’s fantastic to see the Deaf lads win the Ashes,” he added.
“It should be some plane journey home – everyone thoroughly deserves their celebrations.”