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Cuckney cricketer on tour in Costa Rica and Mexico with MCC

Posted onPosted on 17th Apr
Cuckney cricketer on tour in Costa Rica and Mexico with MCC

Cuckney Cricket Club’s James Hawley has been selected for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as part of a 13-man squad that departed for Costa Rica and Mexico this week.

The 14-day tour, which will concentrate solely on T20 cricket, will see MCC compete in the Central American Cricket Championship. It is the first of three overseas trips for the club this year, with visits to Nepal and Sierra Leone planned for later in 2019.

Initially, the squad will travel to Costa Rica, playing three matches against the national team. All three games will be hosted at the Los Reyes Polo Club, located just outside the capital city, San José.

MCC will then head to Mexico, where they will take on the four nations – Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama – competing in the Central American Championship. This is the seventh edition of the tournament, which MCC won in 2017.

All the games in the tournament, which is played in a round-robin format, will be played at the Reforma Athletic Club. The matches between nations will be played as official T20Is, following ICC’s announcement that, from the beginning of 2019, T20 matches between all ICC Member countries would be granted T20I status.

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said: “MCC is delighted to be able to send a squad to the Central American Championship. It will be a competitive tournament and one in which we hope to compete successfully.

“The trip is the latest in the Club’s strong tradition for overseas tours, which provides Playing Members with an opportunity to represent the club globally, whilst helping to grow and develop the game in areas less associated with cricket.”