February 25, 2009

Mozambique

MCC win all matches in Mozambique

Martin Williamson

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.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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