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Superstars crush Eng to collect $20mn

cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2008 14:30 IST
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The Stanford Superstars made the quickest million dollars of any group of cricketers in history after thrashing England by 10 wickets in the Stanford Twenty20 finale in Coolidge.

Chasing a target of just 100 runs, the Superstars, a collection of experienced and promising West Indian players, pulverised England with more than seven overs to spare.

Superstars captain Chris Gayle had the privilege of hitting the winning runs, when he lofted Andrew Flintoff for the last of his five sixes in an unbeaten 65 off 45 balls over long-on to spark tumultuous celebrations around the Stanford Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The victory meant that all members of the Superstars XI became instant millionaires, pocketing exactly one million dollars each.

Meanwhile a further one million dollars was split between the Superstars squad players who didn't play yesterday and the victorious coaching staff.

The remaining prize money in the 20 million dollar pot will be shared between the the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

But the England team got nothing after losing this winner-takes-all clash.

There had been much talk from both within and outside the England camp about the correctness of a national side taking part in an 'exhibition' match for such a staggering sum.

And series backer Allen Stanford was forced to apologise after being pictured with Emily Prior, the pregnant wife of England wicket-keeper Matt, sitting on his knee during a warm-up match last weekend.

England captain Kevin Pietersen said the "nonsense" had been a distraction.