AZ-Sports crowned World Champions 2013
Congratulations to AZ Sports who were crowned LMS World Champions after beating Team Manchester in a thriller at Lords.
Chasing 201 to win off 20 overs, AZ recovered from 0-1 off 1 ball as Ali Khan was brilliantly caught on the cover boundary by Team Manchester's captain Mo Ali. They reached 10 overs on 87, needing 114 from the final 10 overs. A brilliant 50 from Shahid Yousaf enabled the middle order to play with freedom, with Salmin Qadir taking just 6 balls to reach 24.
However Team Manchester continued to take wickets and with 20 needed off the last 3 overs, Team Manchester needed 3 more wickets to win. A couple of dot balls where followed by 2 boundaries and the equation now stood at 8 off 2 overs. Mo Ali then bowled Ahman Khwaja which brought Shahid Yousaf back to the crease at the non strikers end. Najaf Shah batting at 8 stole the strike going into the last over with AZ needing 4 off the final over.
Anwar Haq to bowl the final over.
4 needed off 3 balls for AZ sports to win the Â£10,000 and be crowned LMS World Champs.
3rd ball of the over - Najaf Shah tries to hit off spinner out of the Nursey Ground to win the game but is decieved in the flight and his stumped.
4 needed off 2 balls with Shahid Yousaf the Last Man Stands.
Haq to bowl.... Short... Yousaf pulls.... 4 runs!!! AZ win!!
Congratulations to both teams on a terrific final. Both teams showed why they are now number 1 & 2 in the world. AZ Sports Team Manager made the announcement after the presentation that Â£200 had been put behind the bar for teams to enjoy and a donation of Â£1000 will be made to theÂ Ahmaddiya Muslim association. A great gesture by the team!!!
To watch the final again in full visitÂ www.lastmanstands.com/tvÂ with highlights of the final appearing soon.