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Future stars for free at Lord's Published: 02 September 2011

MCC Schools take on English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) on Monday 5 September - the last free cricket at Lord's in 2011.

The annual clash between MCC Schools, selected from the best performers against MCC during the 2011 season, and the ESCA side is a unique chance to see some of the best young cricketers in the country.

The match involves many of the most talented school age players from up and down the country.

A number of internationals have played in the fixture over the years, including Andrew Flintoff and England’s double Ashes winning bowler James Anderson.

Talent pool

MCC Schools hold the current bragging rights, after recording a five wicket victory last season.

Their win was masterminded by an innings of 71 from wicket-keeper batsman Adam Rossington, who has played first-class and one-day cricket for Middlesex this summer.

ESCA’s 2010 crop meanwhile, featured Essex’s beanpole left-arm seamer Reece Topley who made an impressive start to 2011 in first-class cricket and has signed a new deal with the county.

Adam Ball, an 18-year-old all-rounder who made 36 at Lord’s, has also made a good start to his professional career with Kent this year, making 30 appearances in all forms of the game.

This year’s ESCA crop are coached by Zafar Ansari, a current Cambridge MCC Universities student who has played regularly for Surrey this summer.


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