A fifteen man MCC touring party departed from Lord’s yesterday evening for a ten day tour to Limassol, Cyprus. It is the fourth and penultimate overseas tour for the Club in 2013, and encompasses three 50 over matches alongside two Twenty20 fixtures against a mix of opposition, including a clash against the Cypriot national side on Saturday (28th September).
Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club’s Matthew Root – father of England opening batsman, Joe Root – will control proceedings on the field for the Club. Root will captain a diverse MCC side, which comprises of MCC Playing Members from across the country.
MCC have embarked on one previous tour to Cyprus, six years ago in October 2007. On that occasion the Club played and won three limited overs fixtures, including a four run victory against the national team. In that match former England Captain and MCC President designate, Mike Gatting, struck a powerful 44 to help lead the way for the Club.
Speaking about the 2013 tour to Cyprus, MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:
“When MCC first toured Cyprus in 2007, the national side had only just made its first appearance in Division 4 of the ICC European Cricket Championships. Since then the Cyprus Cricket Association has done a wonderful job developing the game across the nation, and it is particularly encouraging to see the growth that is happening at a grassroots level. There appears to be a real passion for cricket in Cyprus, and I hope that MCC’s visit will help to further increase the game’s appeal there and generate further interest in the sport.”
The destination of MCC overseas tours is constantly under discussion, with criteria ultimately focussing on where the Club can assist with the development of the game and spread the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a new audience. Cyprus has been carefully identified as an area which will currently benefit from an MCC tour, and during the ten days MCC aims to help with the ongoing expansion of cricket across the nation, which was granted Affiliate Membership of the ICC in 1999.
The final MCC overseas tour of 2013 will depart to Uganda and Rwanda in October.
For further information about the tour including match results please visit: www.lords.org.
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Saturday 28th September: MCC v Cyprus National XI (50 overs)
Sunday 29th September: MCC v Joint Forces XI (50 overs)
Tuesday 1st October: MCC v Cyprus National XI (50 overs)
Thursday 3rd October: MCC v Joint Forces XI (20 overs)
Friday 4th October: MCC v British Forces Cyprus (format TBC)
MCC tour party in full:
Jolyon Griffiths – Manager – St. Margretsbury CC
Matthew Root – Captain – Sheffield Collegiate CC
Harvey Anderson – Bankfoot CC
Patrick Coughlin – Sawston CC
Andrew Hele – Barton CC
David Henderson – Portsmouth CC
Robert Jones – Guildford CC
Nishel Patel – Uxbridge CC
Tom Savill – Dulwich CC
Timothy Smith – Saffron Walden CC
Anthony Sparks – Northop CC
Ben Stephens – Colchester & East Essex CC
Alistair Wilkinson – Kenilworth Wardens CC
Andrew Woodward – Milford Hall CC
Barry Toombs – Umpire
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