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Rupert Wyman 2nd Nov 2008 - 3:43

Stanford Twenty20 a disaster for England

England travelled to the Caribbean to face Allen Stanford's select XI in a match designed to stop England players wanting to join the riches of the Indian Premier League. The winning players earnt $1,000,000 each from a total prize fund of $20,000,000.

Many criticised the game and those critics appear to be vindicated with England's performance certainly lacking. In the end England lost by the widest margin possible, as they fell to a 10 wicket defeat to the Stanford Superstars. England could only muster 99 runs in their innings. The Superstars easily knocked up the low total with over seven overs spare.

Captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on 65 with his team-mate Darren Sammy picking up the man of the match after figures of 2-13 off four overs. England's top scorer was Samit Patel with 22 and only two others managed to get double figures.

The Stanford Series has left more questions than answers as the players leave the Caribbean without a penny and to compensate themselves will surely look to secure a lucrative IPL contract. England will hope that they perform far better during their upcoming tour of India.


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