22nd Jan, 2019

Dolly handed place in MCC line-up

Rob George 10th Feb, 2018

WORCESTERSHIRE opener Brett D’Oliveira has been included in the MCC side to face Essex in the prestigious annual first class Champion County match which is being staged this year in Barbados.

The Pears batsman had already been named, along with Joe Clarke, in the ECB North side to face the South in the three-match 50-over series in the Caribbean.

Now he will also feature in the MCC day-night fixture, regarded as the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season.

It will be played with the pink Duke ball under floodlights across four days at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

The match against Essex will take place between Tuesday, March 27 and Friday, March 30.

It is the third time in four years Worcestershire has been represented in this fixture.

Opener Daryl Mitchell was called up in 2015 to face Yorkshire after a prolific summer the previous year and room shared with the then England Test captain Alastair Cook. Last March Clarke and keeper Ben Cox were included in the MCC line-up against Middlesex.

D’Oliveira enjoyed a successful summer in 2017 in the Specsavers County Championship, scoring nearly 900 runs, and also impressed with his economical bowling in white ball cricket.

Bajan and former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards will lead the attack for MCC, with Daniel Bell-Drummond captaining the talented line-up.

The team also includes the vastly experienced former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

The 41-year-old has spent the winter as part of England’s coaching set-up on the Ashes tour to Australia and is soon to begin his 22nd year as a professional with Durham.

MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said, “This is a young, talented and exciting team which we’re very much looking forward to seeing take on Essex, and gaining exposure to the longer format of day-night cricket.

“This group boasts plenty of experience, not in only county cricket but also with several of the England sides.

“We are lucky to have Paul Collingwood and Fidel Edwards with us who are vastly experienced players at both international and domestic level.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them both in action when they will be able to pass on some of their knowledge to the younger players in the side.”

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