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MCC in Cyprus: Winning in the sun

MCC in Cyprus: Winning in the sun

After a couple of days to acclimatise and gel as a team, the squad were delighted to arrive at Happy Valley for Saturday's first game with some cloud cover and a gentle breeze.

Our hosts were already warming up and looked keen, if slightly wary of an immaculately kitted out MCC side led by Matthew Root in England attire.

As the sun established its presence and the heat intensified the MCC innings ebbed and flowed - a temporary wobble due to the loss of early wickets being quickly forgotten as the tail wagged and with 300 on the board at the end of the 50 overs we were able to set attacking fields.

The early bowling sliced through the opposition and with one or two unfortunate run-outs the game finished with a comfortable MCC victory.

This was followed by a social drink at a nearby Beach Bar where the teams mingled well - reflecting on the game and looking forward to Tuesday's second encounter.

Cyprus is offering plenty to keep the party occupied from dawn until bedtime, although one or two of the younger members of the party still seem to be struggling with a little jet-lag. 

Fine food and drink has been sourced and sampled and many of the party are off to Aphrodite Hills for a day of golf on Monday.  

Sunday's game against the Combined Forces is underway with the MCC building a formidable total - the Tour Manager's colourful Club blazer befitting the impressive hospitality led by the Forces' Major General.

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