MCC Touring Programme

MCC undertakes numerous overseas tours to help develop the global game. MCC's touring programme currently takes in four men's tours a year, and one women's tour every other year

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Managed by Sinead Goodden and captained by Jennie Kitzinger, MCC left the UK in July 2018 to head to Belgium to take part in the All Stars Tournament in Brussels.

They played in a number of T20 and 40 over matches against players from Italy, Germany and Belgium as well as running coaching sessions and umpiring seminars.

MCC's Helen Pack detailed the tour in a blog which can be read below:

Friday 20th July

After the customary meet at Lord's, the squad led by Jennifer Kitzinger and managed by Sinead Goodden arrived in Brussels in the early evening.  We were introduced to the city by Anneke, who took us on a walking tour of the main sites including the Grand Place and the Manneken-Pis which helped us to sample the best local beers.  The traditional ‘spontaneously fermented’ variety of Lambic beer did not prove too popular, however.

Saturday 21st July

The journey to the Royal Brussels Cricket Club the following morning tested all the bus driver’s skills, in particular reversing down some very narrow lanes.  The welcome at the club was fantastic and it was great to see so many women from across Europe preparing for the games ahead.  Royal Brussels is the premier cricket club in Belgium and they had worked hard in preparation for the All Stars Tournament with MCC, Belgium, Italy, Munich and the German Development XI taking part.

Match 1 – MCC vs Italy (20 Overs) MCC won by 37 runs (MCC 151-2; Italy 114-5)

In a really competitive match that set the tone for a great day of cricket, MCC batted first, scoring 151 for 2 with retirements from Laura Macleod, Helen Pack and Saba Nasim.

The Italians bowled with good pace, getting bounce off the artificial wicket, but the odd lapse in the field helped to keep the run-rate up.

The Italians responded positively with a retirement from their opener N Obris and strong scores from the rest of the top four who peppered the boundary regularly, including a massive six of C Villiers-Smith (the first one she has ever been hit for apparently!).

However, three run outs from L Macleod, including a fantastic direct hit from point, pegged them back and they eventually fell 37 runs short.

Scorecard

Match 2 – MCC vs Germany Development XI (20 overs) MCC won by 58 runs (MCC 132-4; Germany Development 74-7)

A young and spirited German team fielded well, restricting MCC to just 132 for 4. A steady 26 from S Goodden saw her retire, alongside Charlotte Gallagher with a more aggressive 25.  Skipper Kitzinger helped to up the run rate at the end with a cameo 13 not out.  MCC were tight with their bowling, keeping the pressure on Germany throughout.  

Sybil Stacpoole was completely committed in the field, literally keeping her eye on the ball, and unfortunately had to leave the field, along with team paramedic Judy Wilmot half way through her final over.  Nasim finished the over and was miserly in the rest of her spell, conceding just 1 run in 3.3 overs.  

Opener K Vijayaraghavan made an excellent 27 retired, but unfortunately the Germans lost regular wickets and were never able to build any momentum, falling 58 runs short.  Wilmot with 2 for 14 off 3.3 was the pick of the MCC bowlers

During the evening the MCC team joined the Belgium team in the Royal Park for the Belgian National Day celebrations, including a fantastic fireworks display to celebrate the anniversary of the Coronation of King Philip.  It was great to be part of a significant national event and something all the players enjoyed.

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Sunday 22nd July

MCC ran a coaching session for all the players in the morning, well led by Saba Nasim.  We focussed on core fielding and bowling skills with an excellent power hitting demonstration from ex-England players Laura Macleod.  Despite some language barriers this session was well received and it was great to see the players showing off these skills in the remaining matches.

We then played a joint coached game, with six MCC members joining players from Munich and Italy in a 20 over game.

Match 3 – MCC Vs Belgium (20 overs) MCC won by 36 runs (MCC 128-0; Belgium 92-3)

Another steady batting display from MCC with openers Goodden and Charlotte Villiers-Smith vying to reach the retirement score first.  Charlotte won the race retiring on 30 (scorers?!) with Elysa Hubbard also scoring 20 not out.  This was a challenging but gettable total and Belgium started well with an opening stand of 48 between captain N Thrupp and P Kunda.  However tight bowling from Macleod and Nasim, who conceded only 14 runs in their seven overs, pushed the Belgians behind the rate and they never threatened the total.  Thrupp was the pick of the Belgian players conceding only 18 runs in her 4 overs alongside her 25 not out.

With the players still full of energy, after playing in over 30°C all day, we then replayed the Belgium Vs England World Cup football match which ended in a 4-4 draw.  Fortunately, the BBQ was then ready and we avoided the need for penalties and could enjoy a few well-earned Belgian beers.

Scorecard

Monday 23rd July

The morning started with a coached game, with the MCC pairing up with a Belgian or Italian player to face three overs each in an 18 over game.  The regulations were adapted to encourage positive play and it was great to see some of the power hitting coaching being put into practice.  Bev Nicholson hit the first and only MCC six of the tour, with Villiers-Smith and Gallagher demonstrating an excellent ability to retain the strike!

Match 4 - MCC Vs Belgium/Italy (35 overs) MCC won by 7 wickets

This was Belgium’s first ever longer format game and they were inserted to bat after MCC won the toss.  In a great team effort, with contributions all down the order, Belgium reached a creditable 173 for 9.

The MCC team were beginning to flag in the heat at the end of the tour and some uncharacteristic fielding mistakes saw us miss a few opportunities.  Wickets were spread around with Wilmot returning the best figures of 3 for 33 off 7 overs.  In response, a sublime batting display from Macleod with a rapid 43 and a steadier 50 retired from Nasim broke the back of the total, with skipper Kitzinger steering the team home in 25 overs.  The innings was punctuated by two great catches with R Lister taking Macleod out in the deep and a one-handed effort by N Fernando-Diminuarge to remove Helen Pack at backward point – great highlights for those two players.

Once the presentations and thank yous were made, the team headed into Brussels for their final meal.  A great night was had by all including some serious dodgem driving at the city fair.  Scorer Jules Farman seemed to find reverse more to her liking than going forward, which entertained the squad.

Scorecard

Tuesday 24th July

A quiet morning was spent exploring the city centre before catching the plane back to Heathrow. Fortunately, Jules hadn’t dressed as an air steward on the return flight and we managed to get her home safely without having to do the safety demonstration.

A great trip was had by all with old acquaintances reunited and new friends made. Hopefully women’s cricket across Europe is now a little bit stronger and more women have been inspired to pick up a bat and a ball.

MCC begun its 2018 touring programme when a thirteen-man squad of Playing Members from around the United Kingdom departs for Brazil and Chile.

The fifteen-day trip is the first of three overseas tours in 2018, with visits to Sweden and Kenya to follow. MCC took on the Brazilian, Chilean and Peruvian national sides during the trip, as well as several other fixtures against leading clubs in Brazil and Chile.

MCC last toured Brazil and Chile in March 2007. Cricket in these countries dates back to the 19th century but their admission to ICC competitions is much more recent; both became Associate Nations in 2002.

Date Format Opponent Result
Thurs 8th March 30 overs Prince of Wales CC MCC won by 169 runs
Sat 10th March T20 Chile National Team MCC won by 57 runs
Sat 10th March T20 Peru National Team MCC won by 133 runs
Tues 13th March 30 overs Brazil National Team  MCC won by 4 runs
Wed 14th March 30 overs Brazil National Team  MCC won by 86 runs
Sat 17th March 30 overs Carioca CC  MCC won by 103 runs
Sun 18th March T20 Carioca CC  MCC won by 64 runs

 

Michael Foster (Manager)

"My involvement in cricket commenced in Australia when my love for AFL football was superseded by my cricket ability which became my true passion. I have been very fortunate to represent Victoria, Australia and the MCC during my time playing the game however my love of the game has developed from my involvement with clubs in Australia and the UK.

"With 12 years at Richmond and St Kilda in Australia, stints in Yorkshire, West Herts, Brondesbury and for the last 12 years Reigate Priory Cricket Club, my love of the game and the people involved has become both deep and wide ranging.

"My playing involvement with the MCC commenced in 2003 and I have toured with the MCC regularly as a player, however this will be my first managerial experience which I am very excited about. My drive is to see the game played with passion and a competitive edge but always with respect and the understanding that we are custodians of the true spirit of the game."

Karl Pearson (Captain) – Sevenoaks Vine CC

"I'm a Right-Handed Opener/Top order batsman that can bowl medium pace seamers. A bits and pieces cricketer if ever there was! I am 43 years old, Married to Sara and have 2 children, Alfie 6 and Lilly 4! I thought my days would be up playing decent standard cricket when I reached 40 but I am managing to hang on in and in 2017 I have played 17 out of 18 matches in the 1st XI in the Kent Premier League!"

Joe Barrs - Saffron Walden Cricket Club

"I have been fortunate enough to tour with the MCC to Uganda (2013) and to Africa again in 2016, as captain of the Namibia tour. I remain a passionate Club and Minor Counties cricketer (Cambridgeshire), captaining my Club side, Saffron Walden for the 3rd successive season in 2017. Having spent four years at the University of Exeter studying Politics and playing cricket, I moved to London in 2015 and began my career in the City for the Management Consultant, BearingPoint.

Away from cricket/work, I enjoy playing hockey, tennis, squash and golf. I also completed my first marathon and triathlon in 2017."

Rohan Bhome - Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club

"I qualified as a playing member of the MCC in 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed representing such a prestigious club. I grew up playing cricket in Essex and have played for Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club since the age of six as well as representing various representative sides. As a cricketer, I like playing competitively to try and win but in a good spirit. I enjoy bowling leg spin because invariably something is happening with either the batsmen hitting boundaries or wickets falling (often the former unfortunately!).

Away from cricket, I am a qualified doctor and work as a Psychiatrist, sharing my time between research and seeing patients. Other interests include a bit of travelling, reading and spending time with family."

Evan Flowers – North Middlesex CC

"I am 35, came to the UK as an overseas cricketer from Australia and joined North Middlesex in 2006. I began a strange love affair with London and its cricket culture, and have been here for 12 years. In parallel, I took up a career in London with a large international law firm, which is still my profession.

"I enjoy the mateship and hijinx of MCC tours. I would describe myself as a respectful but entertaining tourist. It would be a great honour to represent MCC abroad and help to spread the gospel of cricket."

Mark Fowler - Twyford House CC

"I have been a full playing member since 2010. Since qualifying I have made myself available for, and played in, lots of out matches each year. I have been match managing games since 2011. I am a top order batsman and bowl right arm off spin. I am a social and friendly person and think I would be a good addition to a tour party!"

Doug Mulholland- Hartlepool CC

"I am a PE teacher from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. For the dozen years I have played cricket as a professional in the North Yorkshire South Durham ECB Premier League.

"Other interests include Rugby Union in which I am currently 1st fifteen captain of Northallerton RUFC, two seasons ago playing at Twickenham in the final of the National Junior Vase."

William Rudge – Bristol CC

"I currently 1st team captain at Bristol CC. Live in Bristol, played for Gloucestershire for a number of years, now working in recruitment for myself. I have my own company, play football in the winter, Spurs Fan, love music and travelling."

Ajoy Soni – Harrow St Mary’s

"I play my club cricket in the Middlesex league for Harrow St Mary's as a top order batsman. I have been lucky enough to attend a few non-MCC international cricket tours to Uganda and Far East - both were great experiences.

"I work in strategy consultancy in London and enjoy a round of golf over the weekend."

Richard Soulsby – North Mymms CC

"I'm Richard Soulsby, originally from West Yorkshire but now playing my cricket in Hertfordshire for North Mymms CC. Away from cricket, I work as an asset manager for DLL, a Dutch leasing company based in Watford & my hobbies are golf and cycling. I'm looking forward to playing some good cricket with likeminded people and hopefully celebrating some hard earned victories."

Reinhardt Strydom - Phoenix Cricket Club - Dublin, Ireland

"I played for Ireland, Captained Ireland A, Leinster Lightning, clubs in Ireland, Boland Academy (SA), University of Stellenbosch (SA) & Hermanus CC (SA). LH Opening batsman and L-Arm off-spin. I'm easy going, laid back and enjoy meeting new people and making friends. Play cricket hard on the field within the spirit and afterwards socialise with opposition. Love coaching and enjoy helping young cricketers develop and improve whether they play with or against me, I will have chats with them and sometimes arrange session with them to help their game. Enjoy touring and visiting new places. If on the tours, i will be able to help and coach young cricketers from the opposition teams."

Fabian Taylor - Plumtree CC

"I play for Plumtree 1st XI in the Nottinghamshire Premier League having moved to West Bridgford, Nottingham two years ago. Previously I had played for Kibworth Cricket Club in the Leicestershire Leagues since a junior. I am Plumtree's 1st XI wicket keeper batting in the middle/lower order. I attended the University of Nottingham where I studied Spanish & Contemporary Chinese Studies which involved a year abroad in both Spain and China.

"Since finishing university over four years ago, I have worked in Financial Services and am now a Independent Financial Adviser working for Nelsons Solicitors in Nottingham. I have the UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification but have not done any coaching since finishing university due to exam commitments with work.  I am also a keen squash player playing for Rushcliffe Squash Club."

George Thurstance – Flitwick CC

"I am a person who is committed both on and off the field to cricket and everything that surrounds it. I believe it is important to uphold the ethos of the MCC and the tour itself whilst embracing the experience of the hosting nation. I am a team player and enjoy the experiencing success within this team environment.

"I have represented various teams during my career including Bedfordshire CCC for the past 6 seasons where have been vice-captain as of the start of last year. I am also captain of my home club Flitwick whom I re-joined after representing the Cardiff and Glamorgan MCCU whilst at Cardiff University.

"I am more than comfortable coaching all age groups as I have been involved in coaching at various crickets clubs from small children to adults. This has made me comfortable acting responsibly in the position of a role model."

Oliver Uffindal – Ombersley CC

"I am a cricket and football coach having been coaching since I was 16. I have spent time playing in Australia, taking part in 5 seasons of club cricket in the WASTCA in Perth. I remain in the game and currently work with Activate delivering cricket coaching programmes through the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and Wallop in conjunction with Michael Vaughan."

Phil Higgins (Umpire)

“I joined the MCC in 1978, so I this is now my 40th year as a member. As I am retired I manage to get up to Lord’s many times which I much enjoy.

"I played cricket for many years (over 50 years), not at a particularly high standard, but I did play some games for the Mote 1st XI in the early 70’s when they were a strong club side.

"I took up umpiring in 2000 when I was still playing a bit of cricket. I joined the Kent League Umpires Panel in 2005, and stood in my first Premier League game in 2006. Since then every season most of the games I have umpired in the League have been in the Premier League.

In the last 8 years I have been fortunate to be selected most years to Umpire a Kent 1st XI pre season warm up game against another County, great to watch the professionals close up from the best seat in the house."

MCC continued their touring programme for 2018 during October when a 13-man squad departed for Kenya.

The twelve-day tour was the Club's penultimate tour of the year, with visits already made to Brazil, Chile and Sweden in 2018.

 

Date Opponent Format Result
Oct 5 Kenya Kongonis T20 MCC won by 18 runs
Oct 6 League Select XI 50 over MCC won by 74 runs
Oct 7 Riff Valley Sports Club 50 over MCC won by 96 runs
Oct 11 Kenya U19 T20 MCC won by 4 wickets
Oct 12 Kenya Two Day  MCC won by 10 wickets
Oct 14 Kenya 50 over MCC won by 49 runs
Oct 15 Kenya T20 MCC lost by 25 runs

 

MCC complete their touring programme for 2018 during November and December when a 13-man squad of Playing Members from around the United Kingdom departs for Thailand.

The twelve-day trip is the last of four overseas tours which have taken place this year, following trips to Brazil and Chile, Sweden and Kenya.

MCC will play a variety of 50 and 20-over fixtures during the trip. The squad will arrive in Bangkok later this week, and the tour will open with a 50-over match against a Thailand XI, at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Lat Krabang, towards the east of the city.

Two further 50-over matches against the same opposition will bookend a T20 match against a Thailand Invitational XI.

The squad will then depart for Chiang Mai, in the north of the country, where they will play 50 overs a side against a Chiang Mai XI at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School Ground.

Their final match will be against a Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club at the historic Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, which has hosted cricket since 1899.

During the course of the tour, the squad will undertake coaching sessions with local youth cricketers and schoolchildren.

Full reports from each match can be found below.

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Date Format Opponent Result
Sat 24th Nov 50 overs Thailand XI MCC won by 42 runs
Sun 25th Nov T20 Thailand Invitational XI MCC won by six wickets
Sun 25th Nov T10 Thailand Invitational XI MCC won by nine wickets
Tues 27th Nov T20 Thailand XI Thailand won by four wickets
Tues 27th Nov T20 Thailand XI  MCC won by four wickets
Thurs 29th Nov 50 overs Chiangmai XI MCC won by 199 runs
Sat 1st Dec 50 overs Chiangmai Lanna MCC won by 15 runs

 

Dean Morrison (Manager)

Dean played First Grade cricket in Brisbane for Toombul District CC and Northern Suburbs District CC until moving to the UK in 2003. He had earlier represented Queensland’s age group teams, and went on to play for Jersey between 2008 to 2014 in their ICC tournaments. He previously toured Uganda with MCC in 2013.

Chris Holt (Captain) (Burnley CC)

Chris is a slow left-arm and top order batsman currently playing for Burnley CC in the Lancashire League as a club professional. During the week, he is an Independent Financial Advisor.

John Barrett (Oxford CC)

John has played for Oxford CC since 2005, captaining the 1st XI for the past two years, and is also the treasurer of the club. He runs a property company with his brother and is also a keen skier.

Daniel Brown (Cheadle CC)

Daniel has worked at the accountancy firm PwC in Manchester since September 2015. Before that, he took a year out to play cricket in Melbourne for Berwick CC. He plays for Cheadle CC in Cheshire and took over as 1st XI captain in 2017.

James Brown (Wimbledon CC)

James works at the ECB in the Commercial Department. He has played for Wimbledon’s 1st XI for six years, and during this time he has been lucky enough to play in the T20 finals three times.

Ross Clarke (Hoddesdon CC)

Ross currently plays for Hoddesdon CC in the Saracens Hertfordshire Championship, and previously played for Hinckley Town in the Leicestershire Premier League. He progressed through the Leicestershire age groups and academy system.

Christopher Glasper (Ealing CC)

An opening bowler who is originally from the North East, Chris now plays for Ealing CC 1st XI in the Middlesex Premier League. He has played for MCC for five years, experiencing some amazing venues, and enjoys playing the game in the right spirit.

Gregory Holmes (Cardiff CC)

Greg hails from Cardiff and currently works for Deloitte, since returning from a winter away in Australia, playing and coaching cricket. He has toured with MCC previously to Nepal and has captained Cardiff CC for the last three years, winning the league and Welsh Cup last season.

Christopher James (Eastcote CC)

A London firefighter who loves cricket, Christopher has played for Eastcote CC as a wicketkeeper-batsman from a young age, and progressed through the ranks to 1st XI captain, skippering the side for three seasons. He has also represented Middlesex’s age group teams and 2nd XI.

Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians CC)

Richard combines playing Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire with his role as Head of Cricket at The Leys School in Cambridge. He has forged a career in coaching cricket and still loves to play in the Northamptonshire League, alongside his county commitments.

Richard Lawrence (Phoenix CC)

New Zealander Richard plays for Phoenix CC in Dublin, and was selected for the MCC tour to Menorca in 2016. Twelve months later, he enjoyed a stellar summer, scoring a league century, an unbeaten 98 and two hundreds for MCC despite a curtailed season.

Jean-Paul Rees (Pontarddulais CC)

Jean-Paul opens the batting for Pontarddulais 1st XI in the South Wales Premier league, although hopes to stand down to the 2nd XI to aid the development of young players. He has previously played for Landore CC, Gowerton CC and Ynysygerwn CC in the South Wales Cricket Association and captained the representative team. He has also featured for Wales, the British Police XI and Wales’ Over 40’s.

Ryan Driver

Ryan began his career with Truro CC as a youngster, working his way up to various teams to play in the 1st XI as a 15 year-old. He represented Cornwall Minor Counties for a number of years and was snapped by Worcestershire in 1997. Stints at Lancashire and Derbyshire followed, as well as a season in Auckland, and he also went on to captain Jersey.

Luke Smith (Sutton CC)

Luke is a top-order or opening batsman and has played for Sutton CC 1st XI in the Surrey Championship for the last four seasons. The first three were in the Premier League and last summer they were in Division One, when they became the first ever Sutton team to go through the season unbeaten, winning the league and gaining promotion.

Past Tours

As part of its active playing programme, which involves its teams playing around 500 matches a year, MCC undertakes numerous overseas tours.

In planning these trips, MCC works closely with the International Cricket Council. This helps to maximise the tours' effectiveness in increasing cricket's international appeal and assisting national teams' move towards one-day international or even Test status.

MCC's touring programme currently takes in four men's tours a year, and one women's tour every other year.

MCC Touring Programme for 2017

15 - 29 March - Mexico & Belize    
28 May - 2 June - Germany    
27 September - 8 October - China & Hong Kong  
November- Tanzania    

MCC Touring Programme for 2016

2-14 February - Bahrain/Oman  
7-12 August - Netherlands    
8-22 September - USA
8 - 22 September - USA & Canada (Women's Tour)    
4 - 13 November - Namibia    

MCC Touring Programme for 2015

March - Suriname & Panama  
July - Denmark    
September - Menorca    
October/November - Nepal    
December/January 2016 - South Africa    

MCC Touring programme 2014

8 -22 Feburary - Singapore & Malaysia
5 -11 June - Finland
22 September - 4 October - Botswana
11- 26 October - China & Hong Kong (Women)
29 October - 10 November - Japan

MCC Touring programme 2013

20 February - 5 March  - Argentina
16-27 April - Cayman Islands
5-10 May - France
26 September - 5 October - Cyprus
3-16 October - Uganda