London - Australia's Aaron Finch seized his chance to shine among some of
cricket's greatest players with a commanding innings of 181 not out as
MCC beat the Rest of the World in the Lord's bicentenary match on
Set 294 to win a one-day match marking the 200th
anniversary of the 'home of cricket', MCC finished on 296 for three with
25 balls to spare against an equally star-studded Rest of the World
Finch, already in England playing for Yorkshire, was
involved in partnerships with three of the best batsmen cricket has
known to cap a memorable Lord's debut for the 27-year-old Victoria
He put on 107 for the first wicket with Indian hero
Sachin Tendulkar, cricket's leading run-scorer in both Tests and
Finch then added 67 and 122 with two
contrasting West Indies left-handers in Brian Lara (23) and Shivnarine
Chanderpaul (37 not out) respectively.
However, one sadness for a
capacity crowd was that Rest of the World captain Shane Warne was unable
to bowl after his first ball batting saw the leg-spin legend suffer a
broken right hand when he was struck by an accidental beamer from fast
bowler Brett Lee, his former Australia team-mate.
Singh's blistering 132 off 134 balls took the Rest of the World to 293
for seven after they had collapsed to 68 for five following four wickets
for Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Tendulkar, who only retired
in November, gave his adoring fans in a capacity Lord's crowd plenty to
remember him by with the pick of his seven fours a straight drive down
the ground off current Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle.
the 'Little Master' fell to a familiar foe when, trying to cut Muttiah
Muralitharan, he got a bottom edge and was bowled by the Sri Lanka
off-spinner, Test cricket's most successful bowler.
Lara also showed his enduring class with a cracking drive behind point
off West Indies paceman Tino Best and a booming drive off Paul
Collingwood, both shots typical of the Trinidad star at his best.But
with MCC in cruise control mode, Durham captain and former England
all-rounder Collingwood proved an unlikely bowling hero with two wickets
in two balls.
Collingwood's medium-pacers saw Lara caught behind
by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, leading the Rest of the World in Warne's
absence, before he nipped one back to bowl Indian star Rahul Dravid off
the inside edge for a golden duck.
However, Chanderpaul survived the hat-trick ball.
Opening batsman Finch was quickly into his stride with pulled boundaries off Best and Siddle.
also hammered leg-spinner Shahid Afridi for six over deep square leg
and lofted Yuvraj's left-arm spin high over the long-on boundary.
single off Collingwood saw the 27-year-old Finch, yet to play Test
cricket but who made a Twenty20 world-record 156 against England at
Southampton last year, to a 96-ball century.
He eventually ended the match with a six off left-arm spinner Yuvraj.
In all, Finch faced 145 balls including 23 fours and six sixes.
after Warne won the toss, the Rest of the World collapsed from 54 for
one to 68 for five in the face of Ajmal's off-spin.
Fresh from his
12-wicket haul in a County Championship match for Worcestershire last
week, Ajmal had Adam Gilchrist (29) smartly stumped by Nottinghamshire
and ex-England wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Ajmal then had Tamim Iqbal lbw, and Kevin Pietersen stumped before clean bowling fellow Pakistani Afridi for a duck.
with MCC skipper Tendulkar then taking Ajmal off, Yuvraj revived the
innings against a bowling attack missing Pakistan seamer Umar Gul, who
only managed two overs before suffering a knee injury.