WIRRAL cricketers Chris Edwards and Jack Perry will fly back from Australia with England's Learning Disability squad having secured the Ashes in convincing fashion.

Having already won their series, captain Edwards' side closed out their campaign with an emphatic 45-run win over Australia in Brisbane, to record a 7-1 success.

A 20-over opening stand of 110 between run-machine Dan Bowser (76) and Jonny Gale (61) established a good platform, before the skipper, who plays for Caldy Cricket Club, hit 48 as England posted a daunting 251-8.

Led by Gavan Hicks – reaching 50 off 42 balls – Australia made a better fist of their reply, but wickets continued to fall around him. Alex Jervis (3-46) removed the engine room, dismissing Nat Young (8) and Joel Corbett (0) before removing Hicks, Australia’s last real hope, for 76 at 119-4 in the 23rd over. The hosts finished on 206-9, with skipper Edwards taking 3-25.

Earlier, England's Deaf side had also secured an Ashes win after taking an unbeatable 5-2 lead with one game left of a dramatic, keenly fought series.

“This has got to be one of our finest achievements yet, given the difficulties with preparation and lead-up time,” said Edwards.

“Jack Perry’s T20 100 and Alex Jervis’ bowling have been real highlights, and Dan Bowser just scores runs.

“We’ve had people put their hands up when they’ve needed to – and I’ve loved the start Tayler Young and Kester Sainsbury have given us with the new ball.”

“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. It should be some plane journey home – everyone thoroughly deserves their celebrations.”