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Sehwag stars as MCC romp to victory over Durham Published: 26 March 2014

Sehwag was the star for MCC
Sehwag was the star for MCC

Virender Sehwag scored a magnificent century as MCC eased to a six wicket victory over Durham on the final day of their Champion County fixture in Abu Dhabi.

MCC skipper Sehwag sent a reminder of his uniquely devestating talents as he romped to a sparkling ton off just 88 balls - an innings which featured 18 fours and one six.

Resuming on nine overnight, and with the match evenly balanced, the India batsman signalled his intent by striking three fours off Jamie Harrison in the first over.

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And despite losing Daniel Bell-Drummond to Scott Borthwick early on, Samit Patel proved a perfect partner for Sehwag in a stand of 105, as they virtually took the game beyond reigning County Champions Durham by the Lunch interval.

Sehwag reached the break on 95 not out - pausing to take a selfie with the MCC squad for his Twitter followers - and reached his first ton in any cricket since November 2012 shortly afterwards.

He departed for 109 to Harrison, but Patel - who finished unbeaten on a brisk 48 - and Prasanna Jayawardene saw the job off shortly afterwards.

Such a virtuoso display made a mockery of what had been a closely fought fixture up to that point.

MCC had begun the final day on 48/2, still 176 short of victory and in conditions where wickets had fallen in clusters throughout the match.

But Sehwag had other ideas, striking the ball magnificently throughout his knock and making sure that MCC secured victory just 45 minutes after the Lunch interval.

Sehwag: "I'm pleased"

The match brings to a close MCC's 2014 Champion County tour of the UAE, which also included participating in the Emirates T20 competition in Dubai.

Muttiah Muralitharan captained the Club in that competition, where they were beaten in the final by Sussex.

MCC President Mike Gatting on the Club's victory


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