St. Mary’s College welcomed cricketing royalty recently in the form of a team representing the MCC. Founded in 1787, MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) is the world’s most active cricket club, owner of the iconic Lord’s cricket ground and guardian of the laws of the game, so it was a real honour for St. Mary’s to play them for the sixth year in a row.
Unfortunately however, the London club were just too strong for the Crosby team in a match played in fine weather at the Northern Club’s Moor Park ground. St. Mary’s scored a total of 137 all out in reply to the MCC’s 203, but according to Coach John Armstrong, there were a number of very positive aspects to the performance. These included a good spell of spin bowling by Scott Snaylam who also top scored with an innings of 41. Another spin bowler - Cameron Lawrenson - also asked serious questions of the MCC batsmen, while there were other encouraging knocks from Paddy Travers (27) and Jamie Essex (22).
John Armstrong commented, “In previous matches against the MCC we have drafted in a few old boys to play for us, but this time we took the decision to only pick players from our current first team squad. Bearing this in mind, I think the lads did very well against a strong MCC side which included a number of players who have competed at a high level in the game. As ever though, playing the MCC was a great experience for our students, and once again the Northern Club were excellent hosts in terms of the quality of the wicket, facilities and refreshments. We’re very grateful to them,” added Mr Armstrong.
The St. Mary’s first XI now have a hectic season ahead of them with two busy spells of matches separated by a break for the summer exams. The team will also be heading off on tour to the North East at the end of June.