The MCC tour got off to a flying start in Cyprus this weekend, with two victories over their Cypriot hosts.

The team, which includes cricketing giants including ICC European Development Manager Richard Holdsworth, Warwickshire CCC Academy Director Richard Cox, and the former England Captain Mike Gatting, is playing three matches in a week-long tour of the island.

The first match was played against the Cyprus National Team on Saturday at Dhekelia Garrison. Batting first the MCC side made 197-5 from 40 overs. C Corlett reached 93 and Mike Gatting was the second highest scorer with 44. In a close finish, MCC managed to bowl out the Cypriots for 193 on the second to last ball of the 40th over.

On Sunday at Happy Valley Ground in Episkopi the MCC side triumphed once again beating a Cyprus Island XI by 30 runs. The visitors made 169-9 from 40 overs, to which R Holdsworth contributed a highest score of 53 and C Salmons added 47. The islanders were all out for 139, MCC's J Hughes picked up excellent bowing figures, 6-24.

The touring side will today give a free coaching session to young Cypriot cricketers before facing its third and final opposition - a British Forces Combined Services Team at the Happy Valley ground on Wednesday.