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Saturday, July 18, 1998 Published at 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK

Sport: Cricket

Tendulkar lights up Diana memorial match

Chanderpaul's century gave the MCC early hope

Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar hit a lightning 125 to give a Rest of the World XI a six wicket victory over the MCC in the Diana memorial match at Lord's.

[ image: Sachin Tendulkar checks out Lord's before the memorial game]
Sachin Tendulkar checks out Lord's before the memorial game
Tendulkar starred in a match of dazzling strokeplay which the MCC hope will raise more than £1m for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

The one-day match was contested by players from all nine Test-playing nations.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unbeaten 127 had put the MCC in command as they batted first and amassed 261 for four in 50 overs

But the Rest of the World, captained by Tendulkar and featuring Aravinda de Silva, who hit 81, reached their target with 39 balls to spare.

Early wickets fell

Tendulkar took time to get going while wickets fell at the other end.

Javagal Srinath trapped Sanath Jayasuriya lbw with 10 on the board in the fourth over.

Then Allan Donald had Saeed Anwar caught at mid-on off his sixth delivery to reduce the Rest of the World to 54 for two.

But with new partner de Silva at the crease Tendulkar started to play his shots.

He was finally out, bowled by countryman Anil Kumble, for 125 off 114 balls.

By then the target was easily in sight, and not even the loss of de Silva for 81 could stop them.

Worcestershire pair Graeme Hick and Tom Moody steered the world side home, Hick hitting the winning runs with a huge four to long-off.

MCC hit big score

[ image: Earl Spencer enjoys the match, in memory of his sister, Diana]
Earl Spencer enjoys the match, in memory of his sister, Diana
Earlier the former England captain Mike Atherton led out the MCC side and looked in good form as he hit 28.

But with the score on 29 his partner Aamir Sohail edged a ball from Wasim Akram to wicketkeeper Andy Flower for the first wicket.

West Indian Chanderpaul joined Atherton and continued the quick scoring.

But when Atherton reached 28 he mishooked Chris Cairns, who had replaced Wasim at the pavilion end, and was caught at cover by substitute fielder Hamish Marshall.

Atherton's departure left MCC at 57 for two but Chanderpaul and Azharuddin shared a stand of 147 to put the MCC in command.

Azharuddin was finally bowled by Ian Bishop for 61 when the score was on 204.

Saurav Ganguly added a late 14 and Brian McMillan partnered Chanderpaul in the final run chase. McMillan was left unbeaten on seven.

Before the match captains Atherton and Tendulkar tossed up with an 1848 florin.

The coin was selected because the match coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr W G Grace, one of the sport's greatest players.

The match was broadcast live on the Lord's Website, with the BBC's Jon Agnew and Peter Baxter providing the commentary.

MCC v Rest of the World XI
MCC Won Toss
Rest of the World XI beat MCC by 6 wkts
MCC Innings
M A Atherton c Sub b Cairns 28
Aamir Sohail c Flower b Wasim Akram 12
S Chanderpaul not out 127
M Azharuddin b Bishop 61
S C Ganguly c Bishop b Moody 14
B M McMillan not out 7
Extras lb5 w5 nb2 12
Total 4 wkts Innings Complete (50 overs) 261
Fall: 1-29 2-57 3-204 4-226
Did Not Bat: I A Healy, A Kumble, J Srinath, A A Donald, G D McGrath.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 10 0 46 1
Bishop 10 0 63 1
Cairns 10 1 34 1
Mushtaq Ahmed 10 0 53 0
Moody 10 1 60 1

Rest of the World XI Innings S T Jayasuriya lbw b Srinath 8
S R Tendulkar b Kumble 125
Saeed Anwar c McGrath b Donald 14
P A de Silva c & b McGrath 82
G A Hick not out 21
T M Moody not out 2
Extras lb3 w3 nb4 10
Total 4 wkts (43.3 overs) 262
Fall: 1-10 2-54 3-231 4-240
Did Not Bat: A Flower, Wasim Akram, C L Cairns, I R Bishop, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Bowling: McGrath 10 0 50 1
Srinath 9 0 39 1
Donald 7 0 29 1
McMillan 4 0 27 0
Kumble 9.3 0 57 1
Aamir Sohail 2 0 37 0
Ganguly 2 0 20 0

Umpires: D R Shepherd and S Venkataraghavan

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