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March 26, 2014
MCC 282 (Reece 85, Harrison 5-60) and 225 for 4 (Sehwag 109) beat Durham 248 (Panesar 5-63) and 257 (Stoneman 115) by six wickets
Virender Sehwag's century saw MCC cruise to victory in the Champion County match in the desert and condemn Durham to a losing start to 2014.
Sehwag's hundred at better than a run-a-ball ended a 16-month wait for a first-class century; his last coming against England in Ahmedabad in November 2012.
But he rediscovered his bludgeoning best in the second-innings with 18 fours and a six to see MCC to their potentially tricky target at almost four-and-a-half runs per over.
With Sehwag dominating, MCC needed only careful support from the other end and Samit Patel provided the job with an unbeaten 48.
But that knock also came in good time, with six fours from 61 balls as the pair dispelled any notion of struggling on a fourth day wicket with a stand of 105 in just 17.4 overs.
With both MCC openers dismissed before the close on day three, the final day was nicely poised but Sehwag rolled back the months to take the game away from Durham.
The English champions' only successes with the ball on day four came via a caught and bowled dismissal from Scott Borthwick to remove Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sehwag shortly after he completed his century.
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