International stars of the future have a golden opportunity to impress at the Home of Cricket when MCC schools take on the English School’s Cricket Association (ESCA) on Monday 13 September.
There will be live audio commentary of this match available, free, online on Lords.org, as well as within the Ground on headsets which may be borrowed by blind or partially sighted spectators.
The annual fixture identifies some of the finest young talent from across the country as chosen by the MCC and ESCA, organizers of the renowned Bunbury youth festival.
Previous ESCA sides have included the likes of Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson and are seen as an important stepping stone for young players with international pedigree.
This year’s crop includes ESCA captain Harry Ramsden, who played in last season’s 19-run win and has represented MCC schools in the past.
ESCA’s Shiv Thakor also has experience on both sides of the fence, playing for ESCA last year and making 50 against them for England under-15’s in 2008.
Another returning for a second MCC v ESCA game is Fabian Cowdrey, grandson of former MCC president and legendary England batsman Colin.
Big spikes to fill
Schoolmates Wilfred Marriott, Alex Hearne and Nick Gubbins also have the rare experience of playing against each other at Lord’s.
Marriott is included in the MCC side, selected from performances against the club during it's 250 school matches each season, while Hearne and Gubbins play for ESCA.
Both players attend Radley College whose famous cricketing alumni include Ted Dexter and current England captain Andrew Strauss.
With free entry for all come and see the future of cricket in the beautiful, traditional setting of Lord's.