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Eckersley in Champion County squad

Eckersley in Champion County squad

Leicestershire wicket-keeper Ned Eckersley completes the MCC squad for the Champion County trip to the UAE in March, joining the likes of Rahul Dravid and Shaun Tait in a team captained by Dale Benkenstein.

Eckersley is the final name in a 13-man tour party which takes part in the Emirates Airline t20 competition in Dubai before playing reigning County Champions Warwickshire in a day-night, first-class match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Eckersley is a graduate of the MCC Young Cricketers scheme who joined Leicestershire after finishing his spell at Lord's in 2010.

He has been a regular with the gloves for the East Midlands county since making his debut in 2011, playing 23 first-class matches, 12 list A games and 14 t20 fixtures.

The 23-year-old has made two first-class centuries in his career to date and has an average of 32.94. Eckersley has also played t20 cricket in Zimbabwe.

MCC Squad

Name Team
Dale Benkenstein (captain) Durham
Jimmy Adams Hampshire
Joe Denly Middlesex
Rahul Dravid (t20 only) Rajasthan Royals & India
Simon Kerrigan Lancashire
Dawid Malan Middlesex
Sam Northeast Kent
Steve Kirby Kent
Alan Richardson Worecestershire
Shaun Tait (t20 only) Rajasthan Royals & Australia
Peter Trego Somerset
James Middlebrook Northamptonshire
Ned Eckersley Leicestershire


Date Match Location
Thu 21 & Fri 22 March Emirates Airline t20 Dubai
Sun 24 - Wed 27 March MCC v Warwickshire Abu Dhabi will feature extensive coverage of MCC's Champion County tour to the UAE.

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