Clean sweep for the MCC
In pouring rain the MCC beat Denmark with a 5 wicket margin by scoring the winning runs (4 byes actually) in the final over before hurrying off to catch the plane home. The MCC remained undefeated on this short tour and hence took revenge for their last visit to Denmark in 2002 where they lost all their matches. Denmark, however weren't hanging their heads after this defeat as it was part of the squad's preparations for the coming Championships and it gave the new faces a chance to show themselves.
Four new faces appeared in Thursday's team as injury problems piled up, Troels Thogersen, Rizwan Mahmood, Rohit Kinayia and Jacob Larsen. The Danes won the toss and decided to bat on a new pitch which was certainly more green than the day before but it didn't give the bowlers very much assistance. Troels Thogersen opened the batting with Overgaard and they put on 50 before both fell in quick succession. Carsten Pedersen and Soren Vestergaard took over and built up slowly the Danish innings going for security first. Soren was caught with 140 on the board and Rizwan came in and his aggressive style patched up the scoring rate slightly. The final scramble for runs at the end meant that Denmark ended on 227 for 5 after 50 overs.
But was this enough on Svanholm's large ground? Difficult to say but the MCC got off to a good start only losing Wright to a mistimed drive. Holman and Rao added 115 for the second wicket before Troels Thogersen broke through and removed both batsmen, but this only led to Bicknell coming to the crease and holding the one end. The Danish bowlers pressurized the other end as Lomas was bowled and Vigar was trapped lbw but Bicknell stood firm in the falling rain and the MCC got home in the last over winning by 5 wickets.
Even though the Danes lost there is optimism for the coming challenges although the problem for the management is getting the players fit for fight. We saw a good spirit in the fielding and the team is functioning well.