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MCC select inaugural U19 Women’s side to play in the UAE

  • Fourteen-strong MCC Women’s U19 squad announced
  • First time in the Club’s 226 year history that an age group women’s side has been selected
  • MCC and Sport Arabia combine to deliver the first U19 Women’s ARCH Trophy in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of a wider MCC Spirit of Cricket Festival in the UAE

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced that a fourteen-strong MCC U19 Women’s squad will represent the Club in the inaugural U19 Women’s ARCH Trophy in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd February.  The tournament is being delivered by sports tour company Sport Arabia and forms part of a wider MCC Spirit of Cricket Festival, which will culminate in the coveted MCC v Champion County match from Sunday 24th – Wednesday 27th March.

It is the first time in MCC’s 226 year history that the Club will have fielded an age group women’s side, with players being selected in partnership with the ECB – directly from the England Women’s Development Programme.  The move represents the latest stage in MCC’s ongoing work with the ECB to support the continued growth of women’s cricket in England.

During the six day tournament the MCC U19 Women’s side will play three 50-over group matches against Durham, Devon and Essex Women’s U19s.  The final of the competition will take place at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi – where MCC will play Warwickshire CCC in the traditional Champion County fixture at the end of March.

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that MCC is working alongside Sport Arabia to deliver the first annual U19 Women’s ARCH Trophy in Dubai and the UAE this month, as part of a wider MCC Spirit of Cricket Festival.

“At the start of 2012 MCC collaborated with the ECB to enhance and expand the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme, and the selection of an MCC Women’s U19 side – for the first time in the Club’s history – to take part in this competition represents the latest development in this partnership.  The opportunity to play cricket in other parts of the world is a central focus of MCC’s involvement in youth cricket, and it is excellent that we are now able to accommodate this for an U19 Women’s team through our ongoing relationships with Sport Arabia and the ECB.”

ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:

“The U19 Women’s ARCH Trophy is a brilliant new initiative for 2013 which will give a large number of girls the opportunity to experience an overseas cricket tour for the first time.  There’s nothing like touring to learn more about the game and about playing as a team, so it will be excellent preparation for the 2013 county age group season.  I wish all the participants a successful tour.

“I am delighted that nearly every member of the England Women’s U19 Development Programme will be participating in the tournament, either with their county or as part of the MCC squad.”

Sport Arabia Director, Roger Myall, said:

"We are delighted in the uptake and interest in year one of this event and fully expect that the 2013 tournament will act as a springboard for the continued development the women's game.  In particular, we look forward to continuing our relationship with MCC, and further promoting the MCC Spirit of Cricket message."

Full scorecards from all matches will be available to view online through the digital scoring provider CricHQ.

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Notes to editors:

MCC U19 Women’s team in full:

Holly Armitage (Yorkshire)

Izzy Collis (Sussex)

Abigail Freeborn (Sussex)

Grace Gibbs (Kent)

Cordelia Griffith (Essex)

Alex Hartley (Lancashire)

Georgia Hennessey (Worcestershire)

Georgia Holmes (Cumbria)

Marie Kelly (Warwickshire)

Sophie Luff (Somerset)

Charlotte Pape (Kent)

Lily Reynolds (Cambridgeshire)

Linsey Smith (Berkshire)

Jess Watson (Yorkshire)


About MCC:

Founded in 1787, MCC is the world’s most famous and active cricket playing club.  As well as fulfilling over 500 fixtures every year, in the UK and overseas, it also owns and maintains Lord’s Cricket Ground.

MCC was the first cricketing organisation in the world to pay female cricketers as professionals through the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers scheme in 2003.  Over the last nine years the scheme has helped to develop some of the most promising women’s players in England – including ICC World Cup winners Caroline Atkins, Beth Morgan and Sarah Taylor.

At the start of 2012 MCC collaborated with the ECB to enhance and expand the MCC Women’s YCs programme, and the selection of a bespoke MCC Women’s U19 squad for the first time represents the most recent development in this partnership.

About Sport Arabia:

Sport Arabia is the UK’s leading sports tours company, specialising in Dubai and the UAE.  It established the “ARCH” (ARabian CHallenge) Trophy concept six years ago, and has subsequently brought over 50 teams together from countries around the world to compete in cricket, netball and hockey sports tournaments.  2013 will be the first time Sport Arabia has collaborated with MCC to deliver a cricket competition specifically for U19 Women.


For further information on this story please contact:


Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074



Sport Arabia

Roger Myall

Director, Sport Arabia Ltd

Mobile (UK): +44 (0) 7976 685024

Mobile (UAE): +971 (0) 55 623 7435

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