MCC v Nottinghamshire, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day March 29, 2011

MCC ease to 174-run victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

MCC 218 (Malan 71, Patel 4-42) and 357 (Dravid 106, Davies 64) beat Nottinghamshire 108 (Kirby 5-29, Hassan 4-45) and 293 (Franks 73, Mullaney 62, Brown 55, Read 51, Roland-Jones 3-49) by 174 runs

MCC wrapped up a 174-run victory with a day to spare against Nottinghamshire despite a better second innings from the county champions who were eventually bowled out for 293 in Abu Dhabi. Paul Franks top-scored with 73 but they were never in the hunt for the target after the top order was blown away.

Rahul Dravid earlier became a useful quiz question for the future as he scored the first century of the English season. He was last-man out for 106 with MCC making 357 as Luke Fletcher claimed another four-wicket haul.

MCC soon made inroads into Nottinghamshire despite being without Steve Kirby following his match-ending foot injury. Hamid Hassan was again impressive removing Mark Wagh and Alex Hales in his opening spell, while Toby Roland-Jones also claimed a brace to leave the county side in tatters on 21 for 4.

Finally, though, they put up some resistance with four batsmen passing fifty. It started as Ali Brown (55) and Chris Read (51) added 111 for the fifth wicket until Roland-Jones returned to trap Read lbw. The end looked to be nigh when Gary Keedy struck in the following over to claim his first scalp of the game when Brown departed.

But Franks and Steve Mullaney (62) put bat to ball during an entertaining seventh-wicket stand of 129 which gave MCC's bowlers harder work. Keedy and Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder, were given lengthy spells to rest the quicks and it was Keedy who broke through to end Mullaney's effort.

Nabi then enjoyed some late success with the wickets of Fletcher and Brett Hutton before the final man, Franks, fell to the deserving Hassan as he completed a match haul of seven wickets.

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  • Amit on April 1, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Well if the pink ball was unplayable for a certain period of time, so be it! How long will cricket continue pampering its willow-wielders over its subaltern cherry-hurlers? If the pink balls evens the contest between bat and ball, that only going to be good for the game.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Like Hameed Hassan, Shahpoor Zadran who is another Afghan fast bowler deserves places in county championships!! Along with Muhammad Nabi, Sami Shenwari is one capable spinner as well which should be incorporated in some county teams in England or may be in India, SA or Aus. Then we got Muhammad Shehzad who was 2nd only to RTD among associates, he deserves to be playing cricket at some high level in Eng, Ind, Aus or SA. Peace

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    It will be great if the IPL allows teams to take in Associate nations player not through the capped 4 a team international players but treat them like domestic players. The argument against it is that you might deprive local players but maybe a cap here might work too? There is no chance for an Afghani player to get into IPL teams with the current rules.

  • Ross on March 30, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    The significance of this game is the continuing trial of the pink ball. Listening to Chris Read's comments yesterday he was saying that the new ball at twilight was moving about significantly and was almost unplayable for a spell. This is borne out by the uneven nature of the scorecard with the top orders struggling and the lower order thriving. However tempting the idea of day/night Tests, we need to make sure that everything is right before such a radical innovation and on the evidence so far there are still problems with the pink ball.

  • Zabihullah on March 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    I am really happy the way these two Afghan guys played at MCC among International players, importantly we have to thank MCC organisers and managers who gave them the apportunity to play and shine thier talent. Me as an Afghan and cricket fan would like to request Dravid, to recommend some Afghan players in IPL auction, they can be proved very handy. And it will be a useful support in the development and promotion of cricket in Afghanistan.....Please let afghan players play in Indain county cricket so we can improve and become best cricket nation in Asia.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    congrats to all afghans and gr8 super star cricketer for Afghanistan Hamid Hassan and dravid ur always greatest batsman

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Well played MCC. And kudos to Hamid Hassan for getting 7 wickets in the match, this performance should yield you a county contract, because you deserve it bro. Though I expected more from Nabi but anyway he was not that bad. I wish they keep performing good in coming twenty20s against the counties. Best of luck.

  • Dravid on March 30, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Congrats Dravid...! You just proved you still have a lot to give :) Show RCB that they were wrong in dropping you!

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Congrates to all Afghans for the impressive performances of our beloved Heroes among the High quality players in UAE. I personally would like to congrate our Heroes as well & thank them from the bottom of my heart for their performances & hard work through wich they have always kept our heads HIGH in the world of cricket. We love you & wish u all the very best in the future.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Hamid Hassan the star of Afghan Cricket took 7 wickets for MCC to led victory over Nottinghamshire in England Domestic, the another star of Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi also proved to be best while he took 2 wickets for MCC.

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