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Spirit of Cricket day

More than 80 schoolchildren will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of the greats and play cricket at Lord’s on day two of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test between Pakistan and Australia.

MCC may be sponsoring the Test match under the Spirit of Cricket banner, but at the other end of the cricketing spectrum the Club partners with Chance to Shine to teach children in some 4,000 schools to ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’.

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Kings Worth Primary School in Winchester, Arnett Hills Junior Mixed and Infant School in Rickmansworth, and St Meryl School just outside Watford will be demonstrating their batting, bowling and catching skills during the lunch interval.

They are not the only schoolchildren enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime cricketing experience thanks to MCC and Chance to Shine this week.

On Monday, as part of MCC’s sponsorship of the Pakistan v Australia Test and Twenty20 series, children at Essendine Primary School in Maida Vale were treated to a coaching session with Pakistan vice-captain Salman Butt and team-mate Yasir Hameed.

Children in a Leeds school will also benefit from some coaching and tips from a Pakistani player on Tuesday 20 July, the day before the second MCC Spirit of Cricket Test at Headingley.

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