Stormy start for MCC

The MCC’s tour of Namibia has been hit by storms in the capital city of Windhoek.

The visitors were due to start a three-day match against the Namibian national side on Saturday but the major grounds in the capital are unplayable after recent heavy rain.

As a result, the game has been switched to the coastal town of Walvis Bay where the MCC opened their tour with a 94-run victory over an Invitation XI earlier in the week.

The MCC will now play a 50-over match against Namibia at the Sparta club, followed by two T20 matches at the same venue on Sunday.

They also played their most ecent tour match, a 50-over contest, against Namibia at Sparta but lost to the national side by seven wickets.

MCC laboured to 180 for eight with several batsmen, including Gloucestershire’s new recruit Will Gidman (23), getting starts without any topping 30. Bootle’s David Snellgrove and Norfolk’s David Adams were joint top scorers with 28 apiece.

The target posed few problems for Namibia, who eased home with 6.3 overs to spare against an attack that included Gloucestershire newcomer David Wade, Hampshire seamer David Griffiths, Warwickshire’s Darren Maddy and Sussex off-spinner Ollie Rayner.

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