Lara's struggles continue
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):
Brian Lara's struggles with the bat continued, while former West Indies team-mate Fidel Edwards bowled a poor final over, as their Leo Lions went down by four wickets to Virgo Super Kings in the Masters Champions League yesterday.
Promoting himself to the opening slot, the left-handed Lara managed just one before he was stumped off left-arm spinner Murali Karthik with the sixth delivery of the game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Lara, who is captaining the side, now has scores of eight, nought and one in his three innings. New Zealander James Franklyn top-scored with 44 from 33 balls with two fours and two sixes, while South African Johan Botha chipped in with 27 from 24 deliveries with two fours and a six.
Lions were wandering at 102 for seven in the 17th over when Franklyn and Zimbabwean Heath Streak (21 not out) arrived to add 44 off 20 balls in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership.
In reply, Pakistani Azhar Mahmood lashed 48 from 28 balls with four fours and two sixes, while Neil McKenzie got 30 off 34 deliveries, to put Super Kings on course for victory.
However, they still needed 15 off the last over and Edwards managed allowed just seven runs from the first four deliveries.
Englishman James Foster then turned the game on its head when he blasted a six and a four off the last two deliveries, to deliver Virgo Kings a dramatic win.
Edwards went wicket-less from his four overs which cost 41 runs.