Blewett, Hollioake have a day out at Oval

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Former Surrey favourite Adam Hollioake returned to his old County ground at The Oval and inspired the International XI to a six wicket victory over an Asian XI in the tsunami appeal Twenty20 match.

Hollioake - whose brother and fellow Surrey stalwart Ben was tragically killed in a car crash a few years ago - has spent the last few months on a beach in Western Australia but showed no rustiness as he took a hat-trick to end the Asian XI innings at 157 all out with five balls of it remaining.

His achievement earned a bonus of 100,000 pounds for the tsunami appeal which in all garnered at least 1.1million pounds for the victims and their families of the tidal wave that wrought destruction in Asia on December 26 last year.

"Quite a homecoming huh," smiled Hollioake.

"This is for club cricketers all over the place, who like to bowl occasionally."

Rahul Dravid had topscored with 62 for the Asian XI but it was nothing on Australian Greg Blewett's unbeaten 91 off 61 balls for the International XI, leaving him frustratingly short of becoming only the ninth player to hit a century in this abbreviated form of cricket.

Blewett, who is playing village cricket for Lashings having once been the jewel in the crown of the Australian batting top order, put aside the early departure of Stephen Fleming to a fantastic catch by Mohammad Kaif, to lash the ball all round the ground hitting five sixes and seven fours.

"I really enjoyed it as I haven't played in front of a full house like that for five years as I have been playing a few games for a village cricket side," he said.

"It was nice to play alongside old mates like Shane Warne and Brian Lara it was like old times."

Lara, who could muster only nine runs, said it was magnificent in the way cricket had come together to help the appeal.

"This was my third match and it was fantastic to raise so much money for the appeal.

"It is great that cricket has made such an effort."

Dravid too said it had been a massive effort by the sport, though, he joked that it had been an easier task batting in Twenty20 than captaining.

"I don't know where to place the fielders because of the manic nature of the batting!"

On December 26 last year a tsunami tidal wave which affected coastlines throughout Asia and caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands as well as massive destruction of property.

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