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Last Updated: Monday, 20 June, 2005, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
Blewett, Hollioake hit high notes
Tsunami Appeal Twenty20 match, The Brit Oval
International XI 161-4 beat Asia XI 157 by six wickets

Greg Blewett was in inspired form
Adam Hollioake came out of retirement to take a hat-trick and Greg Blewett showed the beleaguered Australian tourists what they were missing.

The unpredictable took place at The Oval as an International XI beat a star-studded Asia XI by six wickets.

Hollioake took 3-16 as Asia were bowled out for 157 in 19.1 overs in an entertaining Tsunami Relief Twenty20 match on a balmy night in south London.

But Blewett's stirring 91 not out took the Internationals home in 18.1 overs.

More than 1.1 million pounds was raised to aid victims of last December's tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The game ebbed and flowed and delighted a record 23,000 crowd at The Oval, whose sponsor Brit Insurance had done so much to make the occasion possible.

Blewett needed a partner to get his team home, as players of the ilk of Stephen Fleming, Brian Lara, Andy Flower and Chris Cairns were all dismissed cheaply.

And that partner came in the shape of New Zealand and Middlesex all-rounder Scott Styris.

Adam Hollioake celebrates a wicket
It was the worst hat-trick you'll ever see
Adam Hollioake

The pair came together with the score 94-4 and the overs running out fast.

But while former Aussie international Blewett continued his big-hitting, Styris walloped 39 not out off just 18 balls.

The pair blitzed a volley of sixes and fours off the likes of premier spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Harbhajan Singh after Anil Kumble (1-19 in four overs) had put his team in the driving-seat.

The Asia XI had been in good shape half way through their innings but were unable to kick on once skipper Rahul Dravid had been well held by Fleming off the bowling of Hollioake.

Afterwards, Styris said: "It was absolutely awesome.

"It was an away game for us with all the Asian supporters here.

"Greg Blewett is a very good striker of the cricket ball and we saw that today."

Blewett said: "It's an honour to play with some of these guys and hitting Murali for a six - I can tell the grandchildren that one."

Dravid said: "It was a fantastic occasion and it was great to see such a big crowd coming to see us.

"It's an honour to share a dressnig-room with some of the guys you are normally competing against."

Hollioake modestly described his hat-trick as "the worst you'll ever see."


Asia XI: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wicket-keeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Chaminda Vaas, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan.

International XI: Brian Lara (captain), Graeme Smith, Stephen Fleming, Andy Flower (wicket-keeper), Adam Hollioake, Chris Cairns, Shaun Pollock, Heath Streak, Dominic Thornely, Shane Warne, Makhaya Ntini.


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