Lara turns back the hands of time
...Strokes half-century as MCC win exhibition match
LONDON, England (CMC) — West Indies batting legend Brian Lara rolled back the years with a sublime half-century to help the MCC defeat Hertfordshire by seven wickets in the Lord's Bicentenary Anniversary Day match here Sunday.
The 45-year-old left-hander appeared to have lost little of his touch as he stroked his way to 56, as MCC easily overhauled their target of 199 for the loss of just three wickets, getting home in the 33rd over of the 40 allotted.
Lara, the record-holder for the highest Test and first-class scores, faced just 36 deliveries and smashed eight fours and two sixes.
He was one of three batsmen getting half-centuries in the innings, with openers Jonathan Wileman top-scoring with 67 and Daryl Mitchell getting 64. They put on 104 for the first wicket.
Lara, who entered in the 20th over, dominated a 65-run, second-wicket stand with Mitchell.
He was finally out with MCC 10 runs away from their target, bowled by leg-spinner Kabir Toor.
Earlier, Jamie Southgate top-scored with 56 to help Hertfordshire to 198 for eight off their 40 overs.
Lara is also down to play for a star-studded MCC against a Rest of the World XI, in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's on July 5.
Veteran West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul will also represent the MCC, along with recently retired Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar who will captain the side.
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne will lead the Rest of the World XI, which includes West Indies fast bowler Tino Best.