Bicknell wickets in vain

The MCC suffered two more defeats at the hands of Namibia’s national side in the latest matches on their southern Africa tour.

Two Twenty20 matches were played at the Sparta club in Walvis Bay as replacements for the scheduled three-day game against Namibia in storm-hit Windhoek.

Having been outplayed in two 50 over matches by Nambia, an experienced MCC side came up short in both Twenty20 contests despite an unlikely bowling display from former Nottinghamshire batsman Darren Bicknell in the first game.

Bicknell, who now plays for the Belvoir cricket club in Nottinghamshire, took five for 28 in his four overs with his occasional left arm spin as Namibia were dismissed for 128 from the last ball of their 20 overs.

The MCC batting failed again, however, in a low scoring contest. Six batsmen made double figures but only Bicknell topped 20 and the tourists fell 26 short.

They fared only a little better second time around. Thanks to an unbeaten 36 from Bedfordshire wicketkeeper George Arblaster and 20 from Bicknell, who batted higher up the order, the tourists made 115 for six. But Nambia eased home by four wickets, and with seven balls to spare, 50 0f their runs coming from the experienced George Williams.

Sussex off-spinner Ollie Rayner took three for 14 for the MCC, who end their tour with two one-day matches against Namibia Colts.

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