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MCC youngsters head to the UAE Published: 14 March 2012

MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) and a combined MCC Universities (MCCU) team are returning to the UAE for a joint training camp to prepare for the 2012 season.

Following a successful of the inaugural tour in 2011, both sides will be based in the UAE from 17-28 March.

In addition to training in the world class facilities available at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, both teams will have the opportunity to test their skills against experienced professional county opposition in a mix of forty over and multi-day cricket.

The YCs will play against the current County Champions, Lancashire, in a two-day match in Abu Dhabi, before the MCCU side take on 2009 County Championship winners, Durham, in a 40-over clash at 7he Sevens Cricket Ground in Dubai.

The tour will conclude with a three-day fixture between the two sides on the new Nursery Ground at the Zayed Stadium.

Contest

MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne - who leads the YC side with his predecessor Clive Radley in charge of the MCCUs - spoke of his excitement at seeing his new squad up against county opposition.

"The contest out in the middle is sure to be a stern challenge for the guys, but perhaps more significantly the matches will give all of the YCs and MCCU players a close-up look at how the pros prepare, and the intensity at which they train," said the former England all-rounder.

"The whole experience will demonstrate exactly what is required to play First-Class cricket, and I hope that they make the most of the opportunity – in addition to taking advantage of the superb facilities available at the Zayed Stadium."

Spin challenge

At the same time as the YCs and MCCU team are battling it out on the field in the UAE, MCCU spinners, Charlie Walker (Oxford MCCU) and Nathaniel Watkins (Durham MCCU), will be a short journey across the Indian Ocean, at the Global Cricket School in Mumbai.

The spin duo will be working under the guidance of expert coaches to fine tune their bowling, and batting against a turning ball.

The initiative represents MCC’s continued focus on developing young spin bowling talent, following all six MCCUs linking up with the Brian Johnston Elite Spin Bowling Programme this winter.

Squads
MCC Universities
Name
Team
 
Ben Ackland
Cambridge MCCU
 
Dean Bell
Cambridge MCCU
 
Luke Blackaby
Durham MCCU
 
Harry Bush
Leeds/Bradford MCCU
 
Jack Leach
Cardiff MCCU
 
Sam Mount
Cardiff MCCU
 
Nitesh Patel
 
Loughborough MCCU
 
Luis Reece
Leeds/Bradford MCCU
 
Josh Smith
Durham MCCU
 
Adam Sollieux
Loughborough MCCU
 
Will Tavare
Loughborough MCCU
 
Pete Turnbull
Cambridge MCCU
 
Rob Woolley
 
Cambridge MCCU
 

MCC YCs

Name
Club
 
Andrew Clarke
Teddington CC
 
Adam Dobb
Mansfield Hoisery Mills CC
 
Liam Gough
Stowe School
 
Dan Hampton
Gerrards Cross CC
 
Thomas Hampton
Gerrards Cross CC
 
Jamie Hoddle
Reading CC
 
Adam Hose
Ventnor CC
 
Thomas Lewis
Leamington CC
 
Scott Mckechnie
Hartley CC
 
Dipayan Paul
Blackheath CC
 
James Porter
Bishop's Stortford CC
 
Staurt Poynter
Sunbury CC
 
Jordan Rollings
Brighton & Hove CC
 
Billy Root
Sheffield Collegiate CC
 
James Southgate
Welwyn Garden City CC
 
Charles Wootton
Sileby Town CC
 


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