MCC will be taking on the England Deaf team this Bank Holiday Monday as part of the club’s diverse out-match programme.
Three MCC sides will join the England Deaf team to play in a T20 tournament, with two semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final all taking place on the same day at Eversley Cricket Club in Hampshire.
The England Deaf squad is one of four impairment groups, sitting alongside the Physical Disability, Learning Disability and Visually Impaired squads, and aim to compete in a world competition, or an international series either at home or away, every year or at least every other year.
Underneath the national squad, there is a newly-developed Lions squad as the feeder to the seniors, and a small number of counties that have representative deaf squads, but the ECB are seeking to increase the amount of deaf cricket at grass roots level, as the environment provides significant social outcomes for our players.
The MCC Match Manager for Monday’s games is Phil Wise, who said of Monday’s fixtures: “The tournament should provide a great opportunity for the England players to test themselves. We are lucky to have out-matches like this which champion the advancement of the game in every sphere possible. The fact that 33 MCC players will be involved in something like this is fantastic.
“This will be my last year managing the fixture and it has been a real privilege to run the game over the last five years as the England Deaf side are a humble, talented and inspirational group of players.”
Tim Shutt, England Deaf Team Manager, said: "The MCC games have become an annual fixture and their commitment to this is hugely appreciated by the England Deaf team.
“The matches are generally part of tournament preparation or squad development and Phil Wise is always insistent that MCC play exactly the role we would like of them. Subsequently, they play the fixtures in an excellent spirit. Our lads thoroughly enjoy the fixtures.”
MCC is the most active cricket playing club in the world. Through the out-match Programme, MCC participate in over 500 fixtures annually. Traditionally, these fixture are hosted by schools (MCC play the top 100 cricket schools in the UK), or against cricket clubs that have invited MCC to play against them.
The semi-finals are due to begin at 11.30am on Monday, with the third-place play-off and final starting at 3.30pm.