Twenty20 king steals the show
Adam Hollioake stole the show on his return to the Oval taking a hat-trick for the International XI as they beat an Asian side by six wickets.
Adam Hollioake stole the show on his return to the Oval taking a hat-trick for the International XI as they beat an Asian side by six wickets in the Tsunami Relief Twenty20 match which raised over £1million tonight.
The former Surrey captain helped restrict the Asian XI to 157 before former Test batsman Greg Blewett gave the beleaguered Australians a reminder of his talents by smashing 91 not out from 61 balls with seven fours and five sixes.
Hollioake, who retired from county cricket last year after leading the county to three championships and the inaugural domestic Twenty20 title, flew in from Australia on Sunday especially for this match.
He has been looking after his property business in Perth and, a keen boxing fan, has been involved in ultimate fighting in Australia suffering a broken nose and a ripped big toe nail in the process.
He showed no signs of jet lag as he dismissed Rahul Dravid, Chaminda Vaas and Anil Kumble in successive balls as the Asian XI were bowled out for 157.
Hollioake's feat netted £100,000 for the appeal which Surrey hoped would be swelled by more than a million pounds as a result of the match.
Surrey's ground sponsor, the insurance company Brit, had pledged £250 for every run scored, £2,000 for every four and £5,000 for every six scored - as well as covering the costs of putting on the match.
They also forked out for the Hollioake hat-trick, which sent the Surrey supporting members of the 23,000 sell-out crowd at the newly-developed Oval home happy.
Alec Stewart, who was managing the International XI, had dubbed Hollioake the 'King of Twenty20' and he lived up to his billing with his hat-trick.
His first two victims were caught in the deep as Hollioake mixed up his pace and Kumble was well taken by a diving Scott Styris at midwicket off the first ball of the 20th over.
Dravid top-scored for the Asia XI with 62 and Sanath Jayasuriya got them off to a flier with 27 from 15 balls but a steady loss of wickets stemmed the flow of runs.
Blewett went off with all guns blazing getting to 50 from 37 balls and was joined by Scott Styris (39 not out from 18 balls) in a match-turning partnership of 67 for the fifth wicket to see the International XI home.