Afridi makes early impression in final

Published: Sunday, September 2, 2001, 2:01 [IST]
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London: Big-hitting Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi proved his worth with the ball, taking three wickets for Leicestershire in the Trophy final against Somerset at Lord's on Saturday.
This match, the culmination of English cricket's senior knockout competition, is the last showpiece fixture of the season and Afridi once again showed he was the man for the big occasion. His three for 47 was the best return by any Leicestershire bowler as Somerset made a hefty 271 for five from its allotted 50 overs. Afridi's first victim was veteran opener Peter Bowler, bowled hitting across the line for 42, Somerset 107 for two. The West Country Club's captain, Australian Jamie Cox, had gone against conventional wisdom by deciding to bat first after winning the toss. But on 44 the Tasmanian could do nothing about an Afridi delivery that kept a touch low before knocking back his stumps. The 21-year-old Afridi, only playing for Leicestershire because first choice overseas player Australian Daniel Marsh suffered a broken cheekbone earlier in the season, was not finished. Left-hander Ian Blackwell had looked dangerous but on 15 he was bowled off the inside edge by Afridi. Somerset was then 132 for three but a well-paced innings of 60 not out from all-rounder Keith Parsons took his side to a score 30 runs in excess of what had seemed likely when it was 176 for five.

AFP Copyright AFP 2001

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