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Peters praises "brilliant" Dravid

Stephen Peters praised MCC’s star batsman Rahul Dravid he turned an overnight 81 into a high-class century - piling the pressure on Nottinghamshire in the Champion County match.

Dravid bounced back from a duck on day one to guide his side to 300-5 at stumps in Abu Dhabi, an imposing 410 runs ahead of Notts.

Peters himself made 57, one of four MCC batsmen to pass 50, and put on 106 for the second wicket with Stephen Moore.

Dravid, alongside England wicket-keeper Steven Davies, then cemented MCC’s strong position with a fifth wicket partnership of 121 before Davies fell for 64.

Top class

Northamptonshire batsman Peters said he was savoring his early season opportunity with MCC and playing alongside Dravid in particular.

"I’m enjoying being here this week and playing for MCC with the likes of Rahul Dravid." said the 32-year-old.

"Watching him bat this afternoon was absolutely brilliant, he’s a really top-class player."

Old friends

Peters and Moore steadied MCC and put on the first 100 partnership of the match after captain Chris Rogers fell early in the second innings.

The pair are former opening partners from their time at Worcestershire and negotiating the new ball with Moore was a trip down memory lane for Peters.

"I enjoyed batting with Stephen Moore again." he added.

"We opened the batting together for a couple of years at Worcestershire so it was renewing old acquaintances and it was really good fun.

"He’s a good player and he played really well."

Changing conditions

Eighteen wickets fell on the opening day of the match, as the pitch offered excessive sideways movement for the seamers.

Day two saw just seven wickets fall and, though due care was needed by the MCC batsman in their second innings, Peters admitted things had got easier.

He said:"There is a bit of grass on the pitch but it settled down today and was a bit easier for batting."

"We certainly had the best conditions for batting during the afternoon and for most of the day.

"There was still the odd ball in there which did something and we’ll be confident of bowling them out like we did in the first innings."

Kirby blow

MCC will have to do without their first innings talisman, fast bowler Steve Kirby, in the second innings after he withdrew from the match through injury.

Kirby took 2-29 on the opening day but was unable to take the field on day two.

The Somerset fast bowler took a blow on the left foot on day one and will return home to England for further assessment.

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