Jones and Dring play for the MCC on tour in Finland

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Spalding Cricket Club batsman Chris Dring and Market Deeping opener Chris Jones flew out to Finland last week after being selected by the world-famous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Dring and Jones were part of a 12-strong group led by York Cricket Club captain Robert Flack.

Also on the tour is Market Deeping umpire Peter Clubb.

They left Lord’s early on Thursday morning for a four-match tourwhich began with a Twenty20 fixture against the Finland national team.

Next of the agenda was a 40-over match against a Cricket Finland Chairman’s XI in a 40-over match – which was a prelude to the Finland versus Denmark Under 19s Twenty20 match.

The final game of the MCC tour was a 50-over match against the Denmark Under 19 side.

With those matches out of the way, the MCC squad were today due to give coaching sessions to local young cricketers before taking on Finland in the final game of the tour, a Twenty20 match.

All matches on the tour were at the Kerava National Cricket Ground, which has recently finished a period of renovation.

Today’s match will see the official opening of the ground’s new pavilion.

Lord Mervyn King, president of MCC’s partner charity Chance to Shine, will be present to officially open the pavilion today along with MCC World Cricket committee chair Mike Brearley.

The full MCC squad touring Finland is:

Robert Ibbotson (Manager), Robert Flack (York CC, Captain), Temoor Alam (Horton House CC), Glen Aukett (The Mote CC), Neil Bolton (Clitheroe CC), Chris Dring (Spalding CC), Aamir Farooque (West Bromwich Dartmouth CC), Joshua Marquet (Clitheroe CC), Adam Potter (East Moseley CC), Ted Williamson (Terenure CC), Robert Wood (Newtown Linford CC), Chris Jones (Market Deeping CC), Andrew Graham (Barrow CC), Peter Clubb (Umpire, Market Deeping CC)

n The MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of the game.

Founded in 1787, it issued the first code of laws in 1788 and moved to its current home in 1814.

There are 18,000 full and 5,000 associate members of the MCC.

The MCC’s first overseas tour was to Australia in 1903/04 under Pelham Warner’s captaincy.

The tour was the result of four years of negotiations between MCC and Melbourne CC, whose Secretary, Major Ben Wardill, believed that future tours from England should come under the aegis of the MCC.

It was also thought in both countries that the MCC, being effectively the governing authority of English cricket, would be able to raise a stronger side than any private venture since only an MCC side would be seen as ‘official’.

England sides toured as the MCC from that 1903/04 tour until the Centenary Test at Melbourne in 1977.

Touring teams continued to wear MCC colours until the New Zealand tour in 1997, but were known as “England XI” in non-international matches.