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MCC to play Yorkshire Published: 06 March 2013

MCC to play Yorkshire

MCC have confirmed they will play Yorkshire at Headingley in June as part of the county's 150th anniversary celebrations.

MCC is honoured to have been invited to play

MCC will field a strong side against Andrew Gayle's Yorkshire on Wednesday 26 June in a 50-overs match.

The event is one of a number planned during 2013 by YCCC as one of the most famous county teams in the country celebrates an illustrious milestone.

Without parallel

Mike Griffith, MCC President, said: "MCC is honoured to have been invited to play against Yorkshire CCC as part of the county’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

"The day promises to be a wonderful occasion, and I am sure that we will be treated to some excellent cricket from both sides.

"Yorkshire’s contribution to the English game over the past 150 years is without parallel – it has produced some of this country’s finest cricketers and achieved unprecedented success in the domestic first-class game."

Yorkshire are the most successful English first-class county, with 31 County Championship titles in their locker.

Some of the game's finest cricketers have played for the White Rose county, including England greats Geoffrey Boycott, Fred Trueman and, more recently, Michael Vaughan.

"It was always said that a strong Yorkshire meant a strong England," added former Sussex captain Griffith.

"But the talent and passion for cricket in the county runs all the way down to the grass roots.

"It is fitting that MCC and Yorkshire, two cricket clubs with such rich histories and with members united by their love for the game, can come together to celebrate this achievement."

World-class talent

The match takes place three days after the ICC Champions Trophy final and Yorkshire's Chief Executive Chairman Colin Gaves expressed his hope that MCC can field an international strength side.

"We expect a very competitive match featuring some world-class talent," he said.

"Out of all the events planned in our sesquicentennial year, this will be the one where the vast majority of cricket fans from across the county can bask in the history and glory of our great club."

The fixture will be the first time the clubs have met in a list A limited overs match and the first time at Headingley.

MCC and Yorkshire have met on 153 occasions in first-class cricket, the last time was at North Marine Road in Scarborough back in 1987.

Tickets for the match are priced from £5 and can be purchased from www.yorkshireccc.com


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