KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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MCC Young Cricketers Danielle Wyatt, Fran Wilson and Heather Knight gained some invaluable international experience on England’s successful tour of Sri Lanka.
The trio played in England’s Twenty20 International series and One Day International series wins over the Sri Lankans with Wilson making her debut.
England were largely expected to dominate against their hosts but found the going tough in difficult conditions - with matches postponed and rearranged because of poor weather.
They managed to escape unbeaten and with two series wins however, though Sri Lanka tested the reigning World Champions in both the ODI and T20 fixtures.
England scraped their way to a narrow five wicket win in the opening fixture but there was disappointment for Knight and debutant Wilson, who both made ducks.
The second ODI was abandoned, securing England’s narrowest of series victories.
It will be remembered however, for captain and MCC Spirit of Cricket ambassador Charlotte Edwards becoming the most capped female international of all time in her 142nd appearance.
The tourists were more dominant in the three game T20 series, with all three YC’s selected for each game.
Wyatt, 19, in particular impressed, taking 2-18 in the second match before making 27 as an opener and collecting 1-9 from two overs in the third.
World class scheme
MCC has several female cricketers on the Young Cricketers programme, allowing them a rare opportunity to train and develop their talents full-time.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson believes the quality of the scheme means it is tailor made for producing international standard cricketers.
He said: "It is brilliant to see three of the current MCC Young Cricketers performing for England Women on the world stage, and I hope that they have enjoyed the experience in Sri Lanka.
"The players continue a strong tradition of YC’s representing their country, which is testament to the top level coaching, high quality playing programme, and access to world class facilities provided by the scheme."