Isle of Man side beat MCC on rainy tour

Touring side Marylebone Cricket Club were beaten by the Isle of Man national team in their last match of their traditional three-game summer tour of the island.

The Tourists narrowly beat the Island Under-17 team and King William’s College in their other two matches but were grateful for an extraordinary bowling spell from spinner Cillian McDonnell to snatch a win against a youngster KWC team.

The touring side opened their three-match tour against Isle of Man Under-17 side who used the game as useful preparation ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers in Guernsey.

MCC struck first and fly-half Luke Filer led the way with 89 runs on 122 balls, including two sixes and seven fours. Declaring shortly after 4 p.m. at 177 for 4, after Ramsey’s Toby Poole-Wilson had collected three wickets, the rules of the match left the Island U17s with around 37 overs, including 20 from 5 p.m. to win or save the game.

In the end, the juniors looked uncertain whether to play for a draw or go for victory and, after Dollin Jansen was out for 25 with the score of 93, only Henry Telford, who scored the best with 39, could provide plenty of resistance.

The Manx side were still in with a shout while Jacob Butler was in the crease, but he eventually ran out of partners and the Isle of Man finished 20 runs off the target with two overs to spare.

MCC’s Harry Brooks picked up seven wickets in a devastating 12-over spell.

King William’s College also led MCC from close range, but ultimately an extraordinary meltdown at bat, in the face of a remarkable left-arm bowling display from the aforementioned McDonnell, dashed the school team’s hopes.

Filer, once again opening the bat for MCC, again proved difficult to pull off, this time scoring 83 out of 178 for three, although accurate bowling from Poole-Wilson – who only conceded only 14 points on a seven over spell – limited MCC’s run rate.

Dollin Jansen and Henry Telford opened the line for Team KWC for their second appearance against the Tourists and, while Telford’s honesty saw him walk for a hold that even the MCC later admitted didn’t probably not found an advantage, Jansen’s excellent 80 gave the college team a great chance of a rare win.

But with victory in sight and MCC’s defensive players faltering in the unusually hot weather, Jansen slumped, which sparked a varsity batting slump for the college team, with the last seven wickets falling for just two runs, six of which – including a hat-trick – fell to spinner McDonnell.

King William’s College eventually ended the game with 25 runs short and just two overs before the game was scheduled to end.

The Isle of Man national team were due to play back-to-back 20-plus games on the final day of the tour.

In the first of two games of the day at over 20, the Island struck first and reached 153, with Sam Barnett leading with 32 and Adam McAuley, Carl Hartmann and Matt Ansell all contributing.

A clinical bowling and fielding performance, which included three catches and a stump from wicketkeeper Hartmann, plus three wickets each for Jacob Butler and Matt Ansell saw MCC all for 100, handing the Manx side a victory of 53 points.

The Isle of Man team then made a promising start in the second match.

They had already trapped opener Drummond with just three runs on the board in their second inning when rain caused Game 2 to be abandoned to end the tour prematurely.

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