Brian Lara's Leo Lions have registered their first victory in the Masters Champions League (MCL) in United Arab Emirates (UAE) as they defeated the Capricorn Commanders by 26 runs, thanks to Fidel Edwards who picked up 4 wickets to restrict Capricorns.
Leo captain Lara won the toss and elected to bat first. Former New Zealand opener Hamish Marshall got off to a good start as he scored 20 off 12 balls but then he got run out. South Africa's Robin Peterson and Herschelle Gibbs scored just 9 and 3 respectively.
Lara was dismissed after scoring 8 runs and when Brendon Taylor got out after scoring 24, Leo were 83/6 and looked to be struggling, but then New Zealand's James Franklin and Johan Botha had 66 runs partnership for seventh wicket, off just 47 balls.
Franklin scored 31 off 31 but Botha made the difference as he scored 42 off 29 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 3 fours. He helped his side reach 156/8 in 20 overs. In reply Ashwell Prince and Andrew Symonds gave their side a promising start with 63 runs partnership.
But the opening stand was broken when Symonds was dismissed by Zimbabwe's Heath Streak after scoring 21, whereas Prince scored 34. After them only their captain Paul Collingwood scored 19, in double figures as all others got out in single digits and they could score only 130/8 in 20 overs.