Somerset tames Afridi on way to title

Published: Monday, September 3, 2001, 15:23 [IST]
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London: Somerset restricted Leicestershire's big-hitting Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi to just 20 runs as it won the Trophy final at Lord's on Saturday by 41 runs.
The most destructive one-day batsman in the global game was caught behind off Somerset paceman Richard Johnson. Trevor Ward (54) and Darren Maddy (49) kept Leicestershire on target as they looked to overhaul Somerset's hefty 271 for five. But from 102 for two, all-rounder Keith Parsons, who top-scored for Somerset with an unbeaten 60, dismissed Ward and Leicestershire captain Vince Wells in six balls. Leicestershire was sliding towards 230 all out and Somerset was on the way to its first trophy since winning this competition 18 years ago when Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner were all key players. Earlier, Afridi starred with the ball, his three for 47 the best return by any Leicestershire bowler. Afridi's first victim was veteran opener Peter Bowler, dismissed hitting across the line for 42, Somerset 107 for two. The west county 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 from Parsons took his side to a score 30 runs in excess of what had seemed likely when they were 176 for five.

Afridi makes early impression in final
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