MCC in the pink
MCC defeated LV= County Championship Division One winners Nottinghamshire by 174 runs inside three days in Abu Dhabi.
Chris Rogers’ side, who held a 110-run first-innings advantage, today set Notts 468 for victory at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium thanks principally to India Test batsman Rahul Dravid’s century.
Seamers Hamid Hassan and Toby Roland-Jones each struck twice to reduce the county to 21 for four, ending any realistic hope Chris Read’s under-strength team had of victory.
Notts’ middle order rallied with Ali Brown, Read, Steven Mullaney and Paul Franks firing fifties. However, MCC dismissed their opponents just before the close under lights in this experimental first-class fixture.
It represents MCC’s first win in a champion county game with the pink ball after they lost to Durham last year - the first time the traditional domestic season curtain-raiser was played in the United Arab Emirates.
Dravid, unbeaten on 81 overnight in a total of 300 for five, went to three figures this morning before MCC were dismissed for 357.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi added 27 to his overnight two in a 58-run stand with Dravid before becoming seamer Luke Fletcher’s third victim of the innings.
Fletcher, who finished with 4-63, quickly removed Roland-Jones for nought and Franks had Gary Keedy leg before.
Dravid was last out, with Steve Kirby absent hurt due to a foot injury that has forced him to return home, bowled by Samit Patel for 106 from 183 balls featuring 21 fours.
Hamid Hassan - an international team-mate of Nabi - and Roland-Jones wreaked havoc with the new ball in the first 10 overs of Notts' chase. Hassan had Mark Wagh caught behind and Neil Edwards was lbw to Roland-Jones. Hassan then bowled Alex Hales and Roland-Jones trapped Patel in front.
Brown and Read responded with a 111-run alliance that spanned 25 overs until Read suffered the same fate as Patel on 51. MCC snared both set batsmen as Brown became the third consecutive leg before victim - this time to left-arm spinner Keedy - for 55 in the next over.
Mullaney and Franks bettered Brown and Read’s partnership by 19 runs in a little more than 30 overs before Keedy sent the former on his way for 62.
Off-spinner Nabi then struck twice in as many overs to get rid of Fletcher and Brett Hutton, and Franks became the seventh lbw victim of the innings - to Hassan on 73.
Hassan finished wit 3-82 and the economical Roland-Jones 3-49 from 17 overs while Keedy took 2-80 and Nabi 2-56.