Thursday 8 December 2016

US journalists led by Piers Morgan beat British press in annual cricket contest

Published 06/09/2016 | 16:41

Piers Morgan bowling for the US team during the UK Press v US Press cricket match hosted by US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at his official residence, Winfield House in central London.
Piers Morgan bowling for the US team during the UK Press v US Press cricket match hosted by US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at his official residence, Winfield House in central London.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan played a starring role as he led a team of American journalists to victory over their British counterparts in an annual cricket match hosted by the American ambassador to the UK.

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Morgan, who captained the US in the grounds of Ambassador Matthew Barzun's residence in Regent's Park, London, took three wickets in three balls to wrap up the match for his team.

"Finally, I have done something that America won't find irritating in me," said Morgan, who comments regularly about US affairs on Twitter.

Morgan's team was far more powerful, with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen and West Indies bowler Tino Best in the line-up.

The UK team did boast former Hampshire captain Mark Nicholas, but he was out first ball without playing a shot.

UK captain, ITV news presenter Mark Austin, jokingly pointed out the non-US players in Morgan's team, and said to him afterwards: "If you have the gall to challenge us we will be back to do it again."

The US team scored 100 for six, with Best retiring after hitting 30 and Pietersen chipping up a friendly catch after crashing 25. The UK made 73 before surrendering to Morgan's gentle spin.

Afterwards, Ambassador Barzun presented the trophy - a miniature bottle of Tabasco in a presentation case - to a triumphant Morgan.

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