Bowser can't stop scoring runs as England triumph in INAS Tri-Nations tournament

Dan Bowser - England

DEVON'S Dan Bowser was the undisputed batsman of the series as England claimed outright victory in the INAS Tri-Series.

Bowser, who plays for North Devon, smashed 84, 103 and then 93 in the final against Australia to help England win the 50-over element of the series.

When the series slipped into the twenty20 phase, the attacking left-hander was at it again.

Bowser took 46 off Australia then 56 two days running against South Africa, the latter in the final at Nantwich.

Bowser rounded things off in the most spectacular style, reaching a 27-ball half-century with one six, then repeating the dose off his 28th delivery to complete an eight-wicket win with more than nine overs to spare.

Bowser, who has played Minor County cricket for Devon and 2nd XI cricket for Leicestershire, Somerset and Glamorgan, was prolific to say the least.

Derek Morgan, the England coach, said Bowser brings more to the squad than his brutal hitting.

"It's not just what Dan does for us on the field, but he's a very influential figure within our squad," said the England coach Derek Morgan.

"He's obviously very skilful, but he also works very hard on those skills. And he's also a very humble guy who has really flourished in this environment.

"That's the beauty of being involved with this form of cricket. One of the features of this tournament has been the spirit between the players of all three teams. They all enjoy being around people who respect them. It's been a great tournament in every sense of the word."

The final was played in poor weather at Nantwich, but ECB'S Ian Martin said playing was better than a bowl-out to decide the series.

"The tournament has been exceptional," said Martin, the head of disability cricket 

"It's just been a real pleasure to be in amongst it. Cheshire Cricket Board have been fantastic as delivery partners, and at each of the clubs we've had wonderful hospitality.

"The clubs and their members couldn't do enough for us, and the feedback I get is that they've enjoyed the experience of hosting international cricket, with everything that comes with it.

"It's been another big step forward for the development and profile of disability cricket. And I think the sport of cricket should take a bit of credit for the way we treat the Learning Disability game."

South Africa made 105 for six from their 20 overs, thanks largely to some exuberant hitting from Mzwandile Mhlongo, who launched two sixes in the last over to end with 19 from nine balls.

Ronnie Jackson, from Rainham in Essex, had made an early new-ball breakthrough, and Callum Rigby also relished the chance to impress near his Shropshire base.

Another Essex man, Matt Cowdery, claimed two wickets with consecutive balls before Mhlongo denied him a hat-trick, and Surrey pace ace Tayler Young again bowled with hostility and control to keep the run rate down late in South Africa's innings.

Jonny Gale claimed a wicket in his only over and captain Chris Edwards was typically tidy in his four-over spell.

Gale fell in the second over of England's reply, but Jackson underlined his all-round value by making 21 from 15 balls with four fours.