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MCCU Kruger flies World Cup flag

Leeds/Bradford MCC University player Brad Kruger made his ICC World Cup debut for Netherlands in their five wicket defeat to hosts India.

With the Dutch batting first the 22-year-old all-rounder was the victim of a mix-up with captain Peter Borren and ended up run out for eight.

However, during India's innings Kruger took a stunning catch on the run at long-off to dismiss home favourite Sachin Tendulkar for 27 off the bowling of Pieter Seelar.

Playing in only his fifth One Day International, the South Africa born player took 0-23 as India successfully chased down 190.

MCCU at the World Cup

Kruger is one of two current MCCU cricketers currently plying their trade at the World Cup - with Kenya opener Seren Waters having played in all his side’s matches.

Waters has struggled for form as Kenya have lost all four games to date.

The 20-year-old Durham MCCU player has gained some vital experience though facing New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Canada.

Run getters

Three MCC affiliated batsmen have also been flying the flag for the Club in the sub-continent.

Ex-Durham MCCU batsman and England skipper Andrew Strauss is currently the tournament’s top scorer with 280 runs from four innings.

His magnificent 158 against India in the dramatic tied match in Bangalore is arguably the stand-out innings of the competition so far.

Two former MCC Young Cricketers (YC) could easily lay claim to have bettered Strauss’ efforts though.

Big hitters

Kevin O’Brien, a YC in 2004 and 2005, hit the fastest ever ton in a World Cup match when his remarkable 50-ball century and destruction of England’s bowling led Ireland to a three-wicket win.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, part of the scheme in 2002, then produced an equally phenomenal performance against Pakistan.

Taylor, possibly spurred on by O’Brien’s hitting, accelerated devastatingly at the tail of his innings as he smashed 131 not out on his 27th birthday.

Taylor hit 62 off his final 16 deliveries as he plundered seven sixes and four fours as New Zealand added 114 in their last six overs.

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