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MCC "punished" admits Ramprakash

MCC captain Mark Ramprakash admitted his side were punished for their second innings collapse in the Champion County defeat to Lancashire in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking to Lord's TV after the conclusion of the match, which the county champions won by six wickets, the former England batsman was honest in his appraisal of a batting performance where the last eight MCC wickets fell for just 28.

"We played poorly in the final session yesterday where we lost lots of wickets and we got punished," said Ramprakash.

MCC had taken a 67-run lead into the second innings of the match, after Ian Blackwell's century was backed up by a disciplined bowling performance.

But Ramprakash, who chastised his own shot selection in being dismissed for just six, bemoaned a wasted opportunity to take advantage of their excellent start.

He added: "There was some very rusty batting and one awful shot by the captain which ruined all the hard work of the first innings.

"That was very disappointing; having done the first half of the match really well we were punished for one bad session."


Ramprakash had positive words of encouragement for the pink-ball, first-class format which he experienced for the first time in Abu Dhabi.

"I really enjoyed it," said the 42-year-old, who has now played in 26 first-class domestic seasons.

"I must admit I was a little bit sceptical as to whether first-class cricket could be played from sunlight through twilight and then into the night time.

"But it worked perfectly well. The pitch was excellent despite the low scores, there was no problem seeing the ball. Conditions were excellent for good cricket."

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