Winning streak for MCC in Denmark

Wed, Jul 9, 2008 4:09 PM

The Club's first match was a 50-over game against the Denmark Under 19s. After winning the toss MCC rattled up 350 all out from their 50 overs.

Mark Wright scored an impressive 119, ably assisted by captain Darren Bicknell's 51.

Despite Boldt's impressive, unbeaten 113 the young home team fell some way short of the target, restricted to just 218-6 from their alloted overs. Two wickets for Wright completed a good day's work for him.

The second match of the tour was a Twenty20 match against a Copenhagen Select XI. It came after a day spent coaching the Denmark under 13s, 15s and 17s sides.

MCC batted first again, scoring 153-8. Wright was, once again, the star with the ball, taking 3/26 as the local side ended agonisingly close to their goal, stuck on 146-7 - MCC winning by seven runs.

Tour and tour party

Bicknell with MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson Bicknell, the former Surrey and Nottinghamshire batsman, has been a notable success on the field for MCC this year, having scored 134 not out against Scotland at Lord's for a 'pink ball' trial in April. This will be his first MCC tour as captain.

Joining Bicknell in the MCC squad will be all-rounders Mark Wright – the MCC Young Cricketers coach - and Liam O'Driscoll, representing MCC Universities.

MCC's tour will consist of two 50-over matches against the full Denmark team, a 50-over contest against Denmark Under 19 and a Twenty20 game against a Copenhagen Select XI.

Familiar faces

Taking a mid-season break from the MCC Young Cricketers programme, Mark Wright will also lead the tourists in coaching the Denmark under 13, 15 and 17 teams.

MCC's Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "Denmark are familiar opponents for us and a nation who have been consistently improving for a number of years.

"Hopefully, by sending a strong MCC side, we will help to further develop the game in Denmark and give their emerging players the advanced coaching and opposition which will help their game.

Freddie Klokker in his 'YC' days at Lord's MCC are likely to come up against some familiar faces. Off-spinning all-rounder Michael Pedersen and wicket-keeper batsman Freddie Klokker should feature against the Club. Both are former MCC Young Cricketers, with Klokker currently on the books of Derbyshire.

Denmark compete in the top tier of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Europe development programme, playing frequent matches against Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. Excluding England, there are 30 European member countries of the ICC in total.

MCC plays some 500 matches all over the world each year, and contributes opposition, coaching and financial aid in the name of promoting the game wherever it goes. Once again on an overseas tour, MCC will leave behind a grant of $2,500 and the ICC will donate $1,250 to develop facilities and coaching programmes in Denmark.

MCC last toured Denmark in 2002.

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