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Cobb leads England

Date: Monday 29 October 2012

Leicestershire CCC all-rounder Josh Cobb led England in the recent Hong Kong Sixes tournament.

England had to settle for a plate place after beating Australia but losing to Hong Kong and South Africa on the first day.

The team then lost by 14 runs in the plate semi-final to Netherlands despite Cobb making an unbeaten 33 from 13 balls. England finished on 86-1 chasing 101 to win.

On Saturday, Cobb came up against a couple of former teammates in Brad Hodge and Dillon du Preez, Hodge top-scoring with 36 in a tally of 86-4.

Chris Nash and former Leicestershire loanee Tom Smith retired on 36 and 32 respectively before Cobb and Ross Whiteley sealed victory with an over to spare.

Hong Kong posted 78-5 in the next game and it proved to be enough as the hosts won by seven runs. That meant whoever won the England versus South Africa game would progress to the semi-finals of the competition proper.

South Africa showed their batting power by scoring 113-1, du Preez one of three batsmen who retired in the thirties.

Cobb top-scored with 32 (retired) in the chase but England fell 12 runs short so South Africa progressed and went on to win the tournament.


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