England Women completed a superb unbeaten tour of South Africa with victory in the T20 series, and several MCC players playing their part in the win.
World ODI champions England were in dominant form against South Africa, backing up their 3-0 ODI whitewash with a 2-0 win in the T20s, securing the series with a thumping seven-wicket victory in the third match. The second was abandoned due to rain.
The batters in particular made the most of some friendly South Africa bowling during the tour, with captain Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle making centuries in the 50 over ODI series.
MCC Young Cricketer Sarah Taylor also impressed in her new role at number three, averaging 41.66 in the ODIs and finishing top scorer in the T20 series.
Taylor’s former YC teammate Danni Wyatt was another being tested in a new position, opening the batting for the ODI series.
Despite some impressive starts though, the aggressive all-rounder's top score with the bat was just 37.
Her golden-arm off-breaks proved a useful tool for Edwards though, as Wyatt collected four cheap South Africa wickets from just seven overs at 9.75 runs apiece.
The tour will be a memorable one for years to come for former YC and new Loughborough MCC University student (opens in a new window), Georgia Elwiss, who made her international debut in the second ODI.
Opening bowler Elwiss made a nervous start to her England career, finishing that match with 0-43, but collected her first wicket in the final match of the series in an impressive spell.
Heather Knight, another graduate of the YC programme and current Cardiff MCCU student, was named player of the match in the third ODI fixture, steering England to victory with an unbeaten 55 – her second international half-century.
Also involved in South Africa was YC Susie Rowe – who played all three T20 matches – and ex-YC Beth Morgan, who was called into the squad for the injured Katherine Brunt.
Another Loughborough MCCU student, Tammy Beaumont, also made five appearances on the tour, keeping wicket in place of regular wicket-keeper Taylor in the third ODI.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson spoke of his pride at seeing so many players with MCC connections playing their part in a successful England team.
“England women have proven themselves to be the standout team in world cricket over the last few years and I’m delighted MCC is playing a part in that process,” said the former Essex and Hampshire all-rounder.
“I’m particularly delighted for Georgia, who has worked incredibly hard at her game during her time with the YCs.
“I hope this provides the springboard for her to carve a successful career at the top level.”