A thirteen-strong MCC Women’s touring party, captained by former England Women’s Academy batsman, Beth Wild, will leave for the Netherlands on Monday 16 July, for the Club’s third overseas tour of 2012.
The MCC Women’s squad incorporates a diverse mix of youth and experience – with tour manager and MCC stalwart, Jude Wilmot, heading on her third successive MCC overseas tour, while first-year Durham and Loughborough MCC Universities students, Elysa Hubbard and Emily Starr, will be touring with the Club for the first time.
In addition, former MCC Young Cricketer and Essex Women’s opening batsman, Laura Boorman, will be looking to take the challenge to the Dutch bowlers, and set the tone at the top of the batting order. The rest of the squad consists of MCC Women’s Playing Members from across the UK.
During the short six-day tour the MCC players will pit their skills against a KNCB (the national governing body for cricket in the Netherlands) ‘A’ side in a 45-over match, before taking on the full Dutch national women’s side in a 50-over match and two Twenty20 clashes.
All of the fixtures will be played at Kampong Cricket Club in Utrecht, and will use a pink ball, further aiding MCC’s ongoing research portfolio into using different coloured cricket balls. The players will also deliver a special coaching session for local primary schools, under the guidance of MCC squad member, and ECB Level 3 cricket coach, Jennifer Laycock.
Speaking about the tour, MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, discussed the Club's work to promote Women's cricket.
"MCC is a strong supporter of women’s cricket, and is committed to developing the women’s game in the UK and across the world," said Stephenson.
"The Club’s partnership with the ECB to enhance and expand the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme this year, in addition to our ongoing relationship with Chance to Shine, and the delivery of girls-only training camps throughout the summer, are two examples of this work close to home.
"The women’s overseas touring programme adds an international dimension to this commitment. To this end, the MCC Women’s touring party to the Netherlands contains several experienced coaches, who will be able to pass on their skills to young local girls interested in playing the game."
The Netherlands Women’s national team currently participates in the ECB Women’s County Championship Division 2.
MCC Women last toured Holland in 2001. Since the inaugural MCC Women’s Out-Match fixture in 1999, MCC Women’s squads have toured Sri Lanka, the Channel Islands, Luxembourg, and most recently, in 2010, Trinidad and Tobago.
An MCC men’s tour party is currently playing in Canada, and MCC men’s teams will also be touring Italy and Tanzania in 2012.