WIRRAL cricketer Chris Edwards’ England Men Learning Disability team have enjoyed a strong start to their tri-series in South Africa.

After the opening two days of the competition, they have won their two opening fixtures - a 65-run victory over Australia over the weekend and an 81-run victory over hosts South Africa on Monday - inspired by a record ton from Dan Bowser.

In the first game Dan Bowser (62) and Ronnie Jackson (74) put on 129 for the opening wicket as England posted 171-5. Australia were restricted to 108-6 in reply, 2-11 for Kieron McKinney and 2-13 for Edwards.

A record knock of 121 from just 67 balls from opening batter Bowser drove England Men LD to their second win in two days on Monday.

This was the highest score by an England LD player in an IT20, surpassing the 115 Bowser himself scored against Australia in March 2015.

Bowser continued his fine form to put on 159 with Jonny Gale (59no) and the wickets were shared around, with Kieron McKinney taking 2-15.

England play Australia on November 14 and November 17 before another game with South Africa again on November 18.