MCC tourists' 100% record in Pacific
MCC Media release
Touring in Fiji and Samoa, MCC have made an excellent start to their programme of matches and coaching.
Three wins from three matches have been added to by well-received coaching clinics.
Worcestershire's Josh Knappett is one of the players on the tour with first-class experience under his belt and his 170 runs against the Samoan Prime Minister's XI set the standard in the first match, MCC closing on an imposing 339-8.
Steve Atherton took 3-21 in the Samoan's reply of 221-7, helping MCC to a comfortable 118 run victory.
Another first-class player keen to make an impression is Gloucestershire's Tom Stayt.
After a season beset by injury Stayt was delighted to take his place on the tour and play some cricket.
His figures of 3-22 helped restrict a Samoan Development XI to 167-8 in MCC's second tour match.
Glamorgan's Mike Powell notched a useful 43 but was outdone by MCC team-mate Richard Wilkinson's impressive 48* as the Club clinched a five-wicket win.
The third and final match in Samoa was a low scoring affair.
Skittled for just 150 all out (Wilkinson top scored again, with a useful 43 runs) MCC looked to be on the rack against another Samoan Prime Minister's XI.
However, Wilkinson showed he has as much alent with the ball in hand as well as the bat, taking 3-20, ably assisted by another three wicket haul for Atherton (3-7).
The PM's team were all out for 93, meaning another victory for MCC, by 57 runs.
The squad now skip across the Pacific to Fiji for another three 50-over matches and more coaching for local cricketers.