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MCC complete fine victory over Yorkshire

A composed knock of 66 from captain Ian Bell helped MCC to a four wicket victory over Yorkshire in the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi.


Bell followed-up a fluent 44 in the first innings with an even better hand in the second, using every ounce of his vast experience to anchor what looked a tricky chase on a turning track.

His dismissal when well set left MCC still 57-runs short of their target with five wickets remaining, and Yorkshire would have sensed an opportunity to complete a second victory in two years in this match.

But Ben Foakes and Rikki Clarke, MCC's saviours with the bat in the first innings, once again combined forces well for the Club, putting on 47 for the sixth wicket to all but see their side home.

mcc win 300Yorkshire were earlier bowled out for 279 on the final morning, adding 40 to their overnight total of 239/7.

Their big hope, young all-rounder Will Rhodes, added just two to his total before being dismissed by Graham Onions for 43, but Jack Brooks (25) added 35 with Karl Carver (12*) for the last wicket, as Yorkshire took the lead past 250.

That total looked a long way off for MCC when they were 54/2, but Bell and the aggressive Tom Westley - who hit ten fours and a six in his 58 - took the game away from the White Rose County in a stand of 84.

Yorkshire continued to chip away with wickets, and might have even considered themselves slight favourites when Bell fell with the score on 199/5, but Foakes (32*) and Clarke (33) calmly secured the win for MCC.

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