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Down but not Finnished

MCC in action against Finland in a T20
MCC in action against Finland in a T20

Three games in three days has taken it's toll on the MCC team, and despite the various aches and pains that come from a lot of cricket in a row, bruised pride from our three defeats is the one that hurts the most.

Cricket Finland have looked after us superbly all week. Their small band of hard-working volunteers have done a fantastic job on the cricket ground in Kerava, which is a facility to be proud of. Finnish cricket is on the up - as us MCC tourists know all too well.

The Finnish sides and Danish Under 19 XI have made our ageing side work hard in the field and shown how to get full value for their shots by going aerial from ball one. Shots that would be glorious cover driven fours in the UK for our batsmen have struggled to reach the boundary thanks to the lush Scandinavian outfield.

Monday's rest day saw the majority of the touring party take the ferry to Suomenlinna, a small island just outside Helsinki harbour. A day's rest and recuperation was just what was required after three heavy defeats as we soaked up the sun and then drowned a few sorrows in the island brewery.

Tomorrow sees a coaching session for some local youngsters, as well as the official opening of the Kerava pavilion by the mayor. After the opening ceremony we have our final fixture - a second T20 against Finland's national side. Our skipper, Robert Flack, has demanded a big improvement and we are all determined to salvage some pride with a win.

Onwards and upwards!

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