MCC Young Cricketer, Glen Querl, has enjoyed a great start to the season including a call-up to the new 'Unicorns' side in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
The MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) enjoyed victories over MCC in both the men’s and women’s matches on Wednesday by five and seven wickets respectively.
With an unbeaten 50 and a bowling return of 3-26, it marked another successful outing for the YCs’ all-rounder.
This is Querl's second year in the YCs scheme - he finished with 20 wickets in the Second Eleven Championship in his debut season.
Querl was also called up by the new Unicorns team, an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) side made up of players without county contracts, taking part in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
On his Unicorns debut, against Sussex, Querl took the wickets of fellow Zimbabwean Murray Goodwin and also Chris Nash as the Unicorns lost by 44 runs.
Also in the Unicorns side were Querl’s YC team-mates from last year - Jackson Thompson (who scored 43) and Jonathan Miles (who took a wicket). Current YC Ned Eckersley is also in the squad.
'In the shop window'
"The Unicorns games are an excellent step up - not only because the quality of the opposition and the intensity of the match, but also because it gives me the experience of playing in front of bigger crowds." Querl said.
He may have played in front of the proverbial man and his dog on Wednesday but he’s still to be convinced there’s anywhere better to play cricket than Lord’s:
"The MCC match was my sixth appearance - I’ve played three times for Harrow here, and three for the YCs - but it’s still the same feeling; you can’t beat Lord’s."
And what has Querl taken from his time on the MCC staff?
"When I came I was something of a ‘bits and pieces’ player - not quite sure of my role.
"Mark Alleyne [MCC Head Coach] has taught me what my role is and how best to focus on what I’m doing, which has made the job of preparing and playing easier.
"We also know, every time we play we’re putting ourselves in the shop window for the counties.
"The massive benefit of playing for the YCs is that you get to play against the counties week in, week out - whereas if you’re at a county academy, you’re likely to have to wait your turn to give someone else a go. The YCs get a lot of exposure.
With that in mind Querl’s aim is to turn exposure, runs and wickets into a county contract this season.