Japan set to play at Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 18:59 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

JAPAN S national cricket team will be playing in Times Territory later this month. Knebworth Park Cricket Club is to host a match on Tuesday, May 20, between the Japanese side and an MCC XI spearheaded by former England Test hero Devon Malcolm. The match,

JAPAN'S national cricket team will be playing in Times Territory later this month.

Knebworth Park Cricket Club is to host a match on Tuesday, May 20, between the Japanese side and an MCC XI spearheaded by former England Test hero Devon Malcolm.

The match, which begins at 11am, will provide the Japan players with good practice ahead of the ICC tournament that is taking place in Jersey, where the visitors are hoping to advance their status up the world rankings.

They will be in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five competing against Germany, Mozambique, Nepal, Norway, USA, Vanuatu, Afghanistan, Botswana, Japan, Jersey, Bahamas and Singapore, with the eventual aim to progress through this into the next qualifier for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

And should they be able to cope with the devilish bowling from Devon, confidence will be high going into the ICC tournament in the Channel Islands.

The MCC team down to play at Old Knebworth Lane is: Devon Malcolm (Derbyshire, Northants, Leics and England); Jon Coles; Dominic Ralfs (Cambridgeshire CCC); Simon Birtwistle (Durham CCC); Adam Tarrant (Surrey 2nd XI); Ed Home (Shropshire CCC); Steve Livermore (Norfolk CCC); Chris Hollins (Oxford University CC); Patrick Goodwin; Jarrod Shearer; Tim O'Gorman (Derbyshire CCC).


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