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A fourteen-man MCC touring party will hop across the Channel on 5 May for the Club’s third overseas trip of 2013.
Former Surrey and Nottinghamshire batsman, Darren Bicknell, will manage a diverse MCC group, comprised of Playing Members from across the country.
Taking charge of proceedings on the field will be Barnes Cricket Club’s Fraser Stewart, as MCC take on a range of French invitational teams and top club sides from across the nation in five limited overs matches.
Speaking about the tour, MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: “MCC is committed to increasing cricket’s international appeal, and developing the game across the world.
Similar to MCC, cricket in France has a long history, and I hope that this tour will contribute to the growing identity of France within the international cricketing community.
I am absolutely delighted that the Club can continue to support the development of cricket across the nation, and hope that the five scheduled fixtures organised during the six day tour itinerary will assist with raising playing standards.”
Records illustrate that cricket has been played in France since 1478, and MCC touring sides have visited the nation regularly from the mid-1800s.
Last summer, in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games, and to celebrate cricket’s only appearance during the Paris 1900 Olympics – when France won the silver medal – an MCC side featuring the BBC’s Chris Hollins played two matches against France – winning a Twenty20 fixture by 34 runs and drawing another contest.
Prior to the two-day trip last summer, MCC last visited France in August 2005 when, in addition to recording five wins and one defeat, the Club assisted with the development of the playing facilities at Standard Athletic Club (Meudon) and Dreux Cricket Club.
The 2013 touring party will get to make the most of these, during the second and third fixtures of the tour on the 7th and 8th of May respectively.
MCC will also be touring Cyprus, and Uganda and Rwanda in 2013.
|5 May||MCC v Association des Clubs de Cricket du Sud-Ouest (ACCSO) (30 overs)||Château Giscours|
|7 May||MCC v Standard Athletic Club (SAC) (40 overs)||Meudon|
|8 May||MCC v Dreux Cricket Club (DCC) (40 overs)||Dreux|
|9 May||MCC v Equipe De France (EDF) (20 overs)||Vincennes|
|9 May||MCC v Paris Universite Club (PUC) (20 overs)||Vincennes|
|10 May||MCC v Equipe De France (EDF) (20 overs)||Vincennes|
MCC tour party in full
Darren Bicknell – Manager – Former Surrey CCC and Nottinghamshire CCC
Fraser Stewart – Captain – Barnes CC
Naseer Chohan – Wraysbury CC
Andrew Clague – East Lancashire CC
Oliver Claysdon – Farnham Royal CC
Thomas Goodworth – Sevenoaks Vine CC
Jeremy Green – Preston Nomads CC
Alexander Griffiths – Richmond CC
Peter O’Donnell – Leinster CC
Ed Packard – Farnham Royal CC
Jonathan Riches – Standard Athletic Club
David Wigley – Old Northamptonians CC
Andrew Wilson – Kendal CC
Bob McLeod – Umpire