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Brentwood batsman to tour Singapore and Malaysia

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Brentwood batsman Gareth James has been selected in the MCC squad to tour Singapore and Malaysia this month.

James joins a squad of 13 which will be led by Bob Baxter and captained by ex-Lancashire batsman Mark Chilton.

The 29-year-old has also represented the Cambridge MCC Universities side as well Essex and Derbyshire 2nd XI.

The current party departed for Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning and will play five games in an action-packed tour, starting with a 50-over match against Malaysia Cricket Association at the Kinrara Oval.

This game will kick off a round-robin tournament between MCC, Malaysia Cricket Association and Singapore Cricket Association, with the top two sides meeting again in a final on Sunday February 16.

The tour will finish with the showpiece 50-over match against Singapore Cricket Club at Padang Cricket Ground, before an evening reception.

MCC President Mike Gatting, who was present to give the party a pre-tour send-off, said: “Gareth is part of a very strong MCC squad that we are sending out to Singapore and Malaysia – some with minor counties and MCC University playing experience.

“I’m sure this tour will prove extremely beneficial to Eddie, our squad and the increasing number of cricketers in Singapore and Malaysia.

“MCC has visited these two great countries on a number of occasions in the past, and I’m confident our presence there can help continue to develop the game of cricket in 2014.”

The full MCC squad to tour Singapore and Malaysia is: Bob Baxter (coach), Mark Chilton (Bowdon), Eddie Ballard (Bishops Stortford & Hertfordshire), Andrew Clarke (MCC Young Cricketers), Edward Kilbee (Goatacre & Wiltshire, George Harper (High Wycombe & Buckinghamshire), Harry Horsley (Coventry & North Warwickshire), Gareth James (Brentwood & Cambridge MCCU), Luke Jarvis (East Bierly), James Kerr (Carlton), Jonathan McLean (Radlett & Berkshire), Jack Porter (Richmond), Angus Stewart (Preston Nomads & Sussex Academy), Reinhardt Strydom (Dublin & Ireland), Michael Burns (umpire).

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