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Blackwell anticipates tough battle

MCC centurion Ian Blackwell tells Lord's TV MCC's bowlers must dig in early on day two of the Champion County clash with Lancashire in Abu Dhabu.

Blackwell made an unbeaten century as MCC posted a decent 266 in their first innings.

And despite taking two Lancashire wickets for 38 before the close, and with nightwatchman Gary Keedy at the crease, Blackwell is wary that life could be tough in the opening session.

"Hopefully we can remove Keedy early," said the 34-year-old, whose 102 matched his score for Durham against MCC in the 2009 Champion County match at Lord's.

"But it may be a tough first session tomorrow with temperatures maybe around 37 degrees so we're going to have to dig in and bowl in short spells.

"The wicket is offering some assistance for the bowlers as well though, so hopefully we can get some early wickets."

Blackwell rescued MCC from 73/4 shortly before lunch, putting on 95 with Moeen Ali and 58 with Niall O'Brien.

And the Durham all-rounder revealed a simple philosophy for batting in a tight situation.

"Personally, I think you've just got to be selfish," he added.

"I know it's a team game but if you do well yourself it's going to benefit the team."

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