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Namibia impress MCC tourists

Darren Maddy’s MCC tourists struggled as they took on both the best of Namibia cricket and the worst of its weather on the Club’s first overseas tour of 2011.

Namibia impressed in their five limited overs clashes with a strong MCC outfit, winning each match.

MCC recorded just a single victory on the tour, a comprehensive 94-run win in their opening match against a Namibia Invitational Coastal XI.

The three week trip was marred by some inclement weather in south west Africa, which forced numerous cancelled and rearranged fixtures and put pay to a proposed three day clash with a Namibia XI.

In spite of the weather, MCC Tour Manager Jim Love was pleased with the overall success of the tour.

He said: "We want to try and improve Namibian cricket.

"We weren’t just there to bring playing side of things, we bring a bit more than that.

"We’ve brought a little bit of experience and have talked to the Namibia players. Hopefully they have appreciated us being here."

Helping Namibia improve

Since qualifying for the ICC World Cup in South Africa in 2003, Namibia have been surpassed by the likes of ICC Affiliate nations Ireland and Afghanistan in the international pecking order.

They currently play in Cricket South Africa’s Provincial Three-Day Challenge competition and are reigning ICC Intercontinental Shield champions, having beaten the UAE in the 2010 final.

The country has ambitions of reaching the ICC Intercontinental Cup level and becoming an ICC Affiliate rather than their current status as an ICC Associate.

MCC has pledged to send strong sides on tour to aspiring nations such as Namibia as they seek to spread the Spirit of Cricket across the globe.

The players also hosted coaching sessions for young Namibians during their tour.

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