MCC complete their touring programme for 2017 next week as a 13-man squad departs for Tanzania.
The eleven-day tour, which will also include a match in Kenya, is the final of four overseas tours that have taken place this year, following trips to Mexico & Belize in March, Germany in June and China & Hong Kong in September and October.
MCC will be playing three T20 matches and two 50-over matches in Dar el Salaam, the former capital of Tanzania, and its largest city. All games will take place at the UDSM (University of Dar el Salaam) Sports Ground.
The squad will then move over the border to Kenya, where they will face a Kenya Select XI at the Nairobi Club, before returning to the UK. MCC’s players will also hold various coaching sessions with local youngsters during the trip.
Tim Kirk, who has played over 100 times for MCC over the past two decades, is managing the tour, whilst playing-wise there is a mix of both youth and experience amongst the squad.
MCC will be captained by Mike Coles, who also skippers Wiltshire in the Minor Counties Championship.
Ruel Brathwaite, who has played county cricket for both Durham and Hampshire, as well as representing West Indies, is also included whilst Steven Clark, Robert Cross, and James Hindson, formerly of Leicestershire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire respectively, are part of the squad.
James Dixon, who has represented England’s Deaf team since 2005, and former MCC Young Cricketer Scott McKechnie, Head Coach at Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong, are also included amongst a number of other playing members of MCC.
MCC’s Umpire for the trip is Roger Tolchard, who played Test and One-Day International cricket for England in the 1970’s.
Tanzania has a long association with cricket, dating back to 1890, when the game was first introduced to the region by British settlers.
The nation was granted Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council in 2001, and have since competed in the ICC World Cricket League. MCC last toured Tanzania in 2012.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said: “MCC are delighted to be able to support Tanzania Cricket’s development, and we have selected a squad that we hope will provide challenging opposition for the matches in both Tanzania and Kenya.
“The trip completes another successful schedule of MCC overseas tours for this year with another group of playing members getting the chance to represent the club globally, whilst helping to grow the game in areas less associated with cricket.”
Tim Kirk (Manager)
Mike Coles (Captain. Corsham CC)
Evert Bekker (Sevenoaks Vine CC)
Ruel Brathwaite (Cambridge Granta CC)
Steven Clark (Hampstead CC)
Robert Cross (Heywood CC)
James Dixon (Radcliffe CC)
Martin Donald (Kenilworth Wardens CC)
James Hindson (Caythorpe CC)
Simon Lambert (New Farnley CC)
Scott McKechnie (Kowloon CC)
Alistair Neale (Tenterden CC)
Sumeet Sharma (Finchley CC)
Tom Twiney (Teddington CC)
Roger Tolchard (Umpire)
Alan Jones (Scorer)
Friday 3rd November: vs. Tanzania Cricket Association Development XI (T20)
Saturday 4th November: vs. Chairman’s XI (50-over match)
Sunday 5th November: vs. DSM Clubs (50-over match)
Tuesday 7th November: vs. Tanzania Cricket Association Academy (T20)
Wednesday 8th November: vs. DSM Combined (T20)
Sunday 12th November: vs. Kenya Select XI
For updates and blogs from MCC's tour of Tanzania, please click HERE