MCC win all matches in Mozambique
MCC rounded off a successful tour of Mozambique with two victories – against Association of Mozambique Cricket’s (AMC) Chairman’s XI and President’s XI - to give them a 100% record over the six games.
Batting first on the Valentine’s Day fixture against the AMC Chairman’s XI, MCC constructed a couple of half-century partnerships to reach a total of 197 for 8 in 40 overs, Alex Harris top scoring with 42. Hampson was the pick of the bowlers for the AMC Chairman’s XI, returning figures of 3 for 25.
In reply, the AMC Chairman’s XI were hampered by some more excellent tight bowling from Tom Kopelman who accounted for the top three batsman in taking 3 for 13.
Despite some middle order resistance from Mann (35) and Amir (18), six MCC bowlers took wickets and dismissed their opposition for 104 in 29.3 overs, to win by 93 runs. The next day, against the AMC President’s XI, MCC went five better to win by 98 runs. Amir Farooque’s 40 got them off to a good start but he received little in the way of support until captain Toby Bailey came to the crease at No. 7, and scored 45.
Unfortunately the President’s XI did not put up the same resistance with the bat as the Chairman’s XI, and only three made double figures en route to being bowled out for 69 in 17.3 overs. Kopelman was again the star of the show, taking 3 for 14.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa