Chris Hollins, the BBC frontman and former first-class cricketer, is part of the MCC team taking on France in memory of the only ever Olympic cricket match.
Hollins may be best known for foxtrotting his way to victory in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, but he is also an excellent cricketer who played eight first-class matches for Oxford University. He is the proud owner of a first-class average of 51.87, including one century and two half centuries.
MCC will be playing two matches against France – a T20 game on Saturday 16 June and a 50-over contest on Sunday 17 June – at Chateau de Thoiry.
MCC plays more than 450 matches each year, and just as thoughts at Lord’s will be turning to the Olympic Archery competition that the Ground is hosting in July and August, the Anglo-French encounter also has an Olympic theme.
France are currently the Olympic cricket silver medal holders, having lost to none other than England the last time the sport featured in the Olympics – back in 1900 in Paris – although admittedly only two teams took part and all the French players were English.
The MCC side that is setting out to maintain English pre-eminence over France on the cricket field will be captained by Steve Livermore, who chairs the Club’s Players & Fixtures sub-committee, and also features former Somerset wicket-keeper Rob Turner.
The matches will also form part of France’s preparations for the qualification tournament for Division Eight of the ICC World Cricket League, which runs from 20-23 June.