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MCC batsman Dawid Malan described his 71 in tricky conditions against Nottinghamshire on day one of the Champion County clash as 'a great experience.'
The batsman was top scorer as MCC made 218 all out on a green pitch heavily favouring the bowlers in Abu Dhabi.
Nottinghamshire were then reduced to 108 all out early on day two, thanks to some excellent seam bowling from MCC, with Steve Kirby taking 5-29.
The match is being played as a day/night encounter with pink balls.
Despite admitting conditions had been very bowler-friendly, Malan, who played for MCC against Durham in last season’s Champion County fixture defended the pink ball.
"The pink ball is fine." said Malan.
"I did find it a little difficult at twilight but I think the more people get to practice in these conditions and actually face the pink ball the more it could potentially become better."
Malan, a former MCC Young Cricketer, plays his first competitive match for Middlesex at Lord’s starting on 14 April and is relishing the chance to prepare for the new season.
He added: "It’s a great opportunity to get out in these conditions.
"Whereas last year it was very batsman friendly this was quite similar to what you’d expect to find in England.
"It’s great to have a hit and face some good bowling."
Malan’s sentiments were echoed by MCC’s bowling star Kirby.
The experienced Somerset paceman found plenty of sideways movement from the track and looked in excellent form as he helped MCC into a strong position.
Kirby said: "I felt really good and it was nice to hit some decent rhythms.
"There is no better preparation for the start of the season. All the bowling unit have bowled nicely."
Kirby offered some praise for Malan’s knock - which included 13 fours in a 113-ball stay.
"The way Dawid batted in our innings was absolutely brilliant." added the 33-year-old.
"The pitch started soft and they’d left it pretty green so to get 71 on that wicket was a great effort."