Cairns proves too much for Europe

MCC 165 for 5 (Cairns 61*) beat European XI 162 (Cairns 3-26) by five wickets

MCC eased to a five-wicket win in their match against a European XI at Rotterdam, thanks largely to the allround efforts of Chris Cairns who smacked an unbeaten 61 after taking 3 for 26.

MCC were wobbling on 97 for 5 before Cairns drew on his experience to launch a measured counterattack with Rob Turner, the pair adding an unbeaten 68 for the sixth wicket. Cairns was steady rather than spectacular, but still managed to score at better than a run-a-ball.

Trent Johnston was the pick of the European bowlers, taking 1 for 16 from nine overs.