Walsh rolls back years in Cardiff

Edward Jones
Sunday 12 January 2014 02:47

Courtney Walsh belied his 39 years with a five-wicket haul as the Rest Of The World overpowered Britain by seven wickets in the Inaugural DP Power Cricket match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The former West Indies bowler ripped the heart out of Britain's second-innings top order with 5 for 51 in front of a crowd of less than 4,000.

Having been put in, the British batters slogged too often, particularly during the first of their two 15-over innings. Matthew Maynard made 21, but Adam Hollioake was the only other Briton to reach double figures as the home side scrambled to a modest 133-8.

After a short break Saeed Anwar smashed his way to 26 from 10 balls before Andy Flower hit 45 as Rest Of The World made 179 for six, a lead of 46.

Enter Walsh, who ploughed through Britain's top order, seeing off Ronnie Irani, Maynard, Hollioake, Ali Brown and John Crawley. Britain still did better than their first innings, reaching 156 all out.

The Rest Of The World were left 112 for victory, and they got there with 14 balls to spare. Nathan Astle hitting 76.

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