Bourne cricketer Charlie Hopkins jets off for MCC tour of Japan

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Bourne Cricket Club bowler Charlie Hopkins is part of a 13-man squad from Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) which has embarked on a tour of Japan.

MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of the game. Founded in 1787, it issued the first code of Laws in 1788 and moved to its current home in 1814. There are 18,000 full and 5,000 associate members of MCC.

Hopkins has been selected alongside Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell in a squad which will be managed by former England captain John Emburey.

The group departed for the 13-day tour on Tuesday and will play eight matches against a number of teams, taking in Chiba, Yokohama, Akishima, and Sano along the way.

The players will also be giving coaching sessions to local children who would not usually have access to training facilities and coaches with professional backgrounds.

The full MCC squad tour ing Japan is: John Emburey (Manager), Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire CCC, Captain), Ben Scott (Middlesex CCC), Michael Krause (Willingdon CC), Tyler Griffin (Gore Court CC), Mark Tipping (Norfolk CCC & Norwich CC), Jonathan Riches (Standard Athletic CC), Mark Sullivan (Heanor Town CC), Vishal Sethi (Brentham CC), Edward Lowe (Guildford CC), Rudra Singh (Hyde CC), Thomas Philp (Halstead CC), Gareth Fisher (Colchester & East Essex CC), Charlie Hopkins (Bourne CC), Jon Reed (Umpire).

The full fixture list for the MCC tour of Japan is as follows:

1st November: MCC v East Kanto XI (50 overs), Chiba.

2nd November: MCC v YC (20 overs), Yokohama; MCC v AC (20 overs), Yokohama.

3rd November: MCC v West Kanto XI (20 overs), Akishima; MCC v Japan (20 overs), Akishima.

5th November: MCC v Akishima University XI (20 overs), Akishima.

8th November: MCC v Japan (50 overs), Sano.

9th November: MCC v Japan (20 overs), Sano; MCC v North Kanto XI (20 overs), Sano.