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Yorkshire are to receive a visit from Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Minister for International Development, on Monday.

Mr Mitchell will meet five members of the county’s academy who are about to travel to South Africa to play in a series of cricket matches.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Dominic Sharp, Gareth Phillips, Chris Marsden and Chavez Younes will tell the MP about the benefits of the fortnight’s tour to Cape Town.

He will also receive a tour of Yorkshire’s indoor cricket centre from its manager Andy Rowsell.

Mr Mitchell has worked hard to focus attention on how the UK Government manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and how policy can be further developed to get rid of extreme poverty.

The academy players will begin their tour on February 9 with a team of 13 Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association Academy players.

A highlight for the boys - led by association president Chris Hassell - will be a barbecue at the Paarl home of Geoff Boycott and his wife Rachael.

Geoff Boycott

Geoff Boycott will host a barbecue for the boys

The former Yorkshire and England batting maestro, now a member of Yorkshire's Management Board, was quick to extend the invitation once the tour had been finalised.

Seven of the boys will be 16 years old at the time of travel, and the remainder 17. Most were members of the Yorkshire team that won the England and Wales Cricket Board Under-17s Championship last season.

The tourists will play four one-day matches: against Paul Roos School XI at Stellenbosch; Wynberg Boys' High School; Paarl Boys' High School and Western Province Development XI at Langa Cricket Club.

Sandwiched in between these games the team will take part in a Twenty20 day-night competition under lights at the Newlands Test ground, when their opponents will be Western Province, Boland and Derbyshire.

The boys will have time for other activities including watching a one-day international at Newlands between South Africa and India, a full-day coach tour to Ratanga Junction, walking up Table Mountain and a cruise.

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