North Mymms’ Richard Soulsby selected for overseas MCC tour to South America
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2018
A cricketer from North Mymms has been selected for a MCC tour to a part of the world not normally associated with the sound of leather on willow.
Richard Soulsby is part of a 13-man squad who are travelling to Chile and Brazil for a two-week trip.
It is the first of three overseas tours for the world’s most active cricket club ahead of visits to Sweden and Kenya later in the year.
The team will take on the Brazilian, Chilean and Peruvian national sides as well as several other fixtures against leading clubs in Brazil and Chile, with all matches following the T20 format.
The squad’s first taste of action is tomorrow (Thursday) in the Chilean capital of Santiago against the Prince of Wales Country Club, before fixtures against the national teams of both Chile and Peru.
They will also partake in nets and training sessions with the Chilean national women’s team.
The squad will then fly to Brazil and the city of Sao Paulo, where they will play Sao Paolo Cricket Club followed by the Brazil national team.
Rio de Janeiro is the final stop on the tour, where Carioca Cricket Club will be their opponents for four T20 matches spread across two successive days.
Many of the players on the tour will be of ECB Premier League standard, with a number of the party also having had experience at County and Minor County level.
MCC last toured Brazil and Chile in March 2007. Cricket in these countries dates back to the 19th century but their admission to ICC competitions is much more recent; both became Associate Nations in 2002. They have since competed in the ICC World Cricket League Americas section, which is part of the ICC structure for Associate and Affiliate Nations to progress up the global ladder.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: “We have selected a squad that we believe will provide challenging opposition for the matches in Brazil and Chile, and we are hopeful that this tour will aid the development of cricket in both countries.
“The trip marks the beginning of an exciting schedule of MCC overseas tours this year with another group of playing members getting the chance to represent the club.”