English cricket’s brightest young prospects went head-to-head in a 50 over match of the highest quality yesterday when MCC Schools took on the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) at Lord’s. It was the fifth successive year that the fixture has been played at the Home of Cricket and the second time that the ESCA side has emerged victorious.
Upon winning the toss, MCC Schools captain, Jeremy Lawlor, had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a perfect day for cricket at Lord’s. Two early wickets for ESCA forced the MCC youngsters onto the back-foot, reducing them to 28-2, however a 148-run partnership between Jack Mynott (55) and Monmouth’s Lawlor (119), laid the foundations for a competitive total of 262-7 from their 50 overs.
In reply, ESCA lost the early wicket of Jay Weatherley for a duck, but in a remarkably similar fashion to MCC’s innings earlier in the day, the students managed to steadily rebuild through a second wicket partnership of 148 between Harry Dearden (94) and Haseeb Hameed (70). Mosun Hussain (45*) and Rob Jones (41*) then proceeded to bat with great fluency to finish the match at a canter, helping ESCA to cross the line with 26 balls to spare.
Prior to the start of play, both teams were introduced to MCC President, Mike Griffith, and the ESCA players were presented with a playing cap by former England bowler, Angus Fraser.
Commenting on the fixture, MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:
“The MCC Schools v ESCA match is a highlight in the fixture list at Lord’s. It is always a joy to watch, and from the standard that was on show today, it is clear that there is a wealth of exciting young talent coming through the ranks. Jeremy played exceptionally well today and really led from the front; I hope he enjoyed the experience.
“Playing at Lord’s for the first time is a very special feeling, and I very much look forward to welcoming back many of the players from today’s match in the years to come, when they are here to play Test and First-Class cricket.”
The MCC Schools side is comprised of boys picked for outstanding performances against MCC in the 280 school matches the Club played this summer. The ESCA team meanwhile was selected from the best performances at the 2013 Bunbury ESCA under 15s festival. Since the first Bunbury Festival in 1987, 208 former “Bunburys” have progressed into First Class cricket, and 60 have gone on to play for England – including current players, Alistair Cook, Ian Bell and Matt Prior.
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Notes to editors:
MCC is the world’s most active cricket-playing club, and each season fulfills an out-match programme that consists of nearly 500 fixtures at home and abroad, against teams ranging from schools to international sides. In 2013 MCC played against 280 schools, with an average of 23 school matches contested across the country each week throughout the summer term.
MCC Schools team:
Henry Blofield (Shrewsbury School)
Robin Collins (Dr. Challoner’s School)
Ryan Davies (St. Lawrence College)
Tom Dinnis (Plymouth College)
Otto Esse (Uppingham School)
Ben Graves (Oundle School)
Andrew Jackson (Cheadle Hulme School)
Jeremy Lawlor (Monmouth School)
Jack Mynott (Dauntsey’s School)
Chris Pepper (The Perse School)
Piers Richardson (Kent College)
Sam Wyatt-Haines (Blundell’s School)
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