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YCs pass Lancashire challenge

Mark Alleyne, MCC Head Coach, has told Lord's TV his MCC Young Cricketers have relished their chance to take on county champions Lancashire in Abu Dhabi.

The YCs took on Lancashire in a two-day match on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery Ground, with the Red Rose county predictably having the better of a drawn two-day match.

MCC opening bowler Tom Hampton took three first innings wickets, while Stuart Poynter made a half century with the bat.

And Alleyne was delighted with the overall efforts of his side, who proved a more than capable opponent for Peter Moores' experienced Lancashire outfit.

"I'm extremely happy with our performance on this trip," said the former Gloucestershire and England all-rounder.

"Not only have they impressed physically, but on the pitch they've been fantastic with some really top performances.

"These guys are the top team in England at the moment, so we can watch how they go about their preparation and how they transfer that onto the pitch."

The YCs also take on the Combined MCC Universities in a three-day match before returning to England to prepare for their ECB Second XI campaign, which starts in April.

The MCCUs have played against 2009 county champions in Dubai in preparation for their clash against the YCs.

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