Cricket: Pakistan left us in spin, admits England PD star Gordon Laidlaw

England's Physical Disability cricket squad included Gordon Laidlaw from Doncaster.
England's Physical Disability cricket squad included Gordon Laidlaw from Doncaster.

Gordon Laidlaw admits Pakistan left him in a spin in Dubai but insists he and his England teammates will be stronger for it.

The 33-year-old, from Adwick-le-Street, was part of a 15-strong England Physical Disability squad in Dubai last month for a six-match T20 and One Day International series with Pakistan.

And, although Laidlaw and England put up a strong fight at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, they ultimately lost both series’ 2-1.

Despite losing 4-2 overall, it was still an improvement on their maiden tour to Dubai to play Pakistan in 2012 when England’s squad, which included Laidlaw, arrived home having suffered a 4-1 defeat.

However that was of little consolation to Laidlaw who insists he and his teammates should have had more to show for their efforts in the United Arab Emirates.

“We competed well in every game, we just weren’t clinical enough and we went the wrong way late on in games,” said Laidlaw.

“What we have learned is that we have to keep that momentum going from the beginning of games right through to the end otherwise we won’t see games out.

“Two out of the three T20s we probably dominated but we only won one of them, we just didn’t quite get over the line which is frustrating.

“It is always good to play games against teams as good as Pakistan and that is how you get better, and I think in one of the T20 games they bowled 19 overs of spin.

“We just need to take our chances when they come and if we do that then I am convinced that we can beat them.”

England were in with a shout of winning both the T20 and One Day International series’ – Laidlaw shining as they pulled level at 1-1 in each before losing the deciding match.

He put on an opening stand of 72 with Alex Hammond in their T20 victory, while an unbeaten 35 also saw them home in the ODI – although Laidlaw is adamant it could have been even better still.

“I am fairly pleased with how I performed in Dubai and in every game I got a decent score,” added Laidlaw, who plays his club cricket for Rockingham.

“I was getting starts but I wasn’t able to see them through though. I would have liked a big score before the tour ended but it just wasn’t to be.

“It was still good to test myself, especially against spin, but I still think I should have scored more.”