Huddersfield New College has revealed that our Cricket Academy has recently taken part in the annual MCC match which sees up and coming cricketing talent competing against established players, including former county cricketers.
Marylebone Cricket Club - or MCC – is one of the world’s most famous clubs. Founded in 1787, it is part of the ‘home of cricket’ – Lord’s.
Following a brief break due to the pandemic, the annual MCC fixture returned last week. Hosted at Honley Cricket Club, our Cricket Academy were given the opportunity to pitch against some fantastic players including MCC member players and former county cricketers such as John Sadler (Current Northants first team coach).
The HNC Cricket Academy shone. MCC batted first (as is tradition) they started strongly and by lunch they were 99/2 of 20 overs. After lunch Alex Midgley and Malachi Brook tied down MCC getting a vital breakthrough of the 2 settled batsman, from there the academy produced a spell of bowling that produced a further 4 wickets. The MCC declared on 174/8 leaving HNC with 20mins of batting before tea.
Best bowling figures (Alex Midgley 13-42-2, Malachi Brook 7-15-3, Liam Dyson 4-28-2) HNC’s innings started with the early loss of Connor Ambler just before the tea break, after tea Joe Hardcastle and Alex Midgley produced a great partnership of 74 runs off 74 balls taking, HNC close to the target. This partnership was then supported by another excellent contribution from Harry Moore and Toby Cliff putting on 55 runs off 68 balls securing victory with HNC ending up 175/4 winning by 6 wickets.
Jamie Marsden, Director of Sport comments: “This was an incredible effort and thoroughly deserved by the players, after lunch they responded to the challenge of taking the initiative away from MCC and showed composure and maturity in sealing the win. The fixture again showcased the outstanding talent and depth of talent on the cricket programme, considering we were without 5 key players, the efforts of Malachi Brook were very pleasing and he was acknowledged by the MCC as the player of the day in a short presentation after the match. The team was ably led by Alex Midgley who thrived with bat and ball under the challenge and his enthusiasm set the tone for the performance”.
Pete Lombard, Cricket Coach says: “To beat MCC is a great achievement given the level of established talent in the team. This is a fantastic example of the professional level opportunities available to our Cricket Academy who worked together as an exceptional team to win this match, against some incredible players. We would like to thank Honley Cricket Club for hosting this match, and for MCC for joining us and enabling our students to have this experience.”