Durston to lead MCC squad in South Africa

Thursday 10th December 2015
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Wes Durston will captain the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad on their tour of South Africa this winter.

The MCC, managed by former England paceman and current national selector Angus Fraser, will play five 50-over fixtures and one two-day game during a two-week period, from December 27 to January 10.

Durston, who was named as Derbyshire’s NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year in 2015, will lead a number of experienced county cricketers including Owais Shah (Hampshire), Neil Dexter (Leicestershire) and Chris Wright (Warwickshire).

Jonathan Marsden, who was a summer contracted player at Derbyshire in 2014, is also part of the 14-man squad who will get the chance to play on Test grounds at Durban and Cape Town.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “This is the Club’s final tour of the year and it promises to be a fantastic one.

“We have picked a very talented squad with plenty of current and former professionals involved, as we are expecting a very high standard of cricket.

“We will be playing two matches on 6th day Test match pitches at Kingsmead and Newlands, which I’m sure will be an enjoyable experience for all the players.

“Most importantly, they will be ambassadors for MCC and its work in a major Test playing nation, and I’m sure they will be a credit to the Club.”

Full squad

Name Club
Angus Fraser (Manager) Middlesex CCC
Wes Durston (Captain) Derbyshire CCC
Neil Dexter Leicestershire CCC
Ned Eckersley Leicestershire CCC
Chris Wright Warwickshire CCC
Owais Shah Hampshire CCC
John Simpson Middlesex CCC
Charlie Morris Worcestershire CCC
Matthew Hunn Kent CCC
Chris Peploe Ealing CC
Tom Rash Suffolk CCC
George Thurstance Bedfordshire CCC
Graham Grace Eastern Province CC
Jonathan Marsden Oxford MCCU
Andre Geldenhuys Stellenbosch CC
Jeff Evans (Umpire)
Pete Waxman (Physio)

Tour itinerary

Date Match Venue
30 December MCC v Crusaders (50 overs) Crusaders Club
31 December MCC v KwaZulu-Natal XI (50 overs) Kingsmead
3-4 January MCC v Western Province Cricket Association XI (2 days) Vineyard Oval
6 January MCC v St Augustine’s CC (40 overs) Basil D’Oliveira Sports Complex
7 January MCC v Western Province Academy (50 overs) Newlands
8 January MCC v Western Province XI (50 overs) Boland Park

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