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Wanstead’s Akram skippers MCC to success

PUBLISHED: 11:58 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 27 April 2016

Wanstead's Arfan Akram captained the MCC against Wales at Lord's

Wanstead's Arfan Akram captained the MCC against Wales at Lord's

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Local cricket leads famous club to victory against Wales

Wanstead & Snaresbrook’s Arfan Akram captained the MCC squad to a five-wicket victory on Tuesday against Wales at Lord’s.

Wales batted first after winning the toss and were bowled all out for 242 with two deliveries remaining, and the MCC chased down the total in 45.3 overs.

After his first match as captain of the historic London club, Akram said the experience of leading the MCC at the Home of Cricket was a dream come true.

He added, “It was a huge honour to walk out on the sacred, lush green of Lord’s Cricket Ground with my MCC blazer and Baggy Hat on to do the toss as captain.”

The side had only met at 9pm the night before and Akram was impressed at how well they worked together, with the bowling unit won praised as all six took wickets, with Jack Barrs leading the way with three wickets.

Terblanche was expensive in his first few overs, but the skipper stuck with him and Terblanche finished with two wickets and an excellent economy of just 3.50.

Welsh opener Inward was dismissed for 16 runs, but his side still got off to a solid start as Williams scored 36 with six boundaries and Hassan starred with 75 runs.

After Williams’ dismissal, however, the MCC bowlers knocked back the run rate as they took three more wickets for the loss of just 59 runs.

But Wales put up a large total thanks to a quick fifty from Norman, who reached 52 from just 25 balls, striking seven fours and three maximums.

The MCC did not get off to an ideal start in the chase as Strydom was bowled first ball and Akram departed for five runs.

But Michael Payne came in first wicket and proved to be a rock, scoring 117 runs not out in a brilliant innings which featured 13 fours and three sixes.

Payne’s partners provided solid support, started with Shepperson, who scored 39 runs from 51 deliveries.

After his dismissal, Smart came to the crease and contributed 30 runs to a century partnership with Payne. Terblanche also proved solid with the bat, reaching 27 runs.

Terblanche was caught out to put the MCC at 236-5 but it was too late for Wales as Payne saw off the remaining runs to propel the MCC over the line.

Akram lauded Payne’s efforts, saying “To chase 242, it is obvious that you need someone to bat through. Michael Payne did exactly that, a quite magnificent victory.”

With one win as MCC skipper under his belt, Akram will turn his attention to the MCC’s three-day match against an Ireland A team at Bready Cricket Club in late May.

Akram said, “I am of course looking forward to skippering the MCC again. It really is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to captain the MCC, let’s hope it will mean another victory and some runs also!”


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