Hick takes England Masters to title

England Masters 160 for 2 (Hick 67*, Ramprakash 51*) beat South Africa Masters (Benkenstein 52, Klusener 43, Malcolm 3-17) by eight wickets

England Masters were winners of the inaugural Cricket Legends of Barbados International Cup. They comprehensively defeated South Africa Masters by eight wickets with one over to spare to take the Cup and the US$50,000 prize money.

Graeme Hick, who was Man of the Series, was at the forefront of the victory with a breathtaking, unbeaten 67. He and acting captain Mark Ramprakash, who chipped in with an attacking 51 not out, put on a wonderful 116 in 14. 2 overs for the third wicket.

Ramprakash finished the tournament in grand style, driving through extra cover for a boundary. He hit two fours and one six, while Hick smashed three fours and three sixes.

Graham Thorpe made a quick 32 from 19 deliveries with five fours and one six to give the innings the early impetus before he skied a catch to cover.

The South Africans were put into bat and made 156 for five. They were reduced to 38 for 3, but Dale Benkenstein (52) and Lance Klusener (43) pulled things around with a stand of 71 in 9.2 overs for the fourth wicket.

Benkenstein hit two fours and a pair of sixes, while Klusener lashed two huge sixes in John Emburey's final over.

Pat Symcox (18) and Adrian Kupier (15) and added 33 vital runs for the sixth wicket in 3.1 overs. In the end, another 20 might have made the difference.

Fast bowler Devon Malcolm picked up the first three wickets to claim three for 17 from four overs and was named Man of the Match.

Eng Masters 2nd innings Partnerships

1st20PAJ DeFreitasGP Thorpe
2nd24MR RamprakashGP Thorpe
3rd116GA HickMR Ramprakash

Cricket Legends of Barbados Cup