Harry Brook starred with a blistering 41 not out off 22 balls as Lahore Qalandars won their first Pakistan Super League title, beating defending champions Multan Sultans in the final.
Yorkshire’s loyalties were split.
The Qalandars are a team who the county are now linked with, alongside South African side the Titans, and include young batting tyro Brook and new overseas fast bowler Haris Rauf. But Multan fielded David Willey and also new coach Ottis Gibson as their bowling consultant.
Brook crashed three sixes in a late burst, helping the Qalandars recover from 25-3 to post 180-5 and delight a sold out home crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium.
In reply, the Sultans lost regular wickets and fell to 138 all out in the final over, losing by 42 runs.
Captain Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed three wickets and Rauf one.
Earlier, Willey finished with 1-42 from his four overs, though his figures were spoilt somewhat during Brook’s assault.
Both Brook and Willey had profitable tournaments.
Brook scored 264 runs in 10 appearances, including a best of 102 not out – his maiden career T20 century. He averaged 52.8.
Vikings T20 captain Willey claimed 13 wickets in eight games, including a best of 3-22.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be double final Sunday success for our new partners, with the Titans losing to Boland in Cricket South Africa’s T20 Challenge showpiece.
A low-scoring affair saw the Titans, chasing 139, fall to 123-9 in Port Elizabeth.