Somerset’s Kirby delighted with MCC selections

19:23 21 January 2013

Somerset CCs Steve Kirby

Somerset CCs Steve Kirby

Archant

Steve Kirby’s winter training received a boost with the news that he will be jetting off to warmer climes before too long after being selected by the MCC for their tour to Argentina in February and for the opening fixture against the champion county in Abu Dhabi.

The 35 year old paceman, who has taken 131 wickets in all forms of cricket for Somerset since joining from near neighbours Gloucestershire before the start of the 2011 season, has been back training hard in the gym and the indoor school since returning just after Christmas.

Steve is delighted to be making the trip as he explained: “I have done quite a few tours with the MCC in the past so when I was approached to go on the tour to Argentina I was delighted to accept and I am really looking forward to it.”

“I think the way that the MCC go about promoting cricket around the world in all countries is fantastic and for me it’s great preparation for me because I’m able to get outside on the grass, hopefully in the sunshine and play some cricket which will hold me is good stead going into pre-season.”

“I then go out with the MCC to play against the champion county before the First Class season kicks off back here. We have several pre-season games here at the County Ground as well as all in all I am gearing up for what will hopefully be a good season.”

Steve gave a bit more detail about his trip to South America, which is a first for him and the game against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi.

“We go out to Buenos Aires on February 20th and during the time we are out in Argentina we play 6 one day games before returning on March 3rd. I have worked really hard this winter on my fitness up to now and I look forward to getting outside and bowling off my full run up.”

“Darren Maddy, who I was at Leicester with, and a couple of other professionals on the circuit are going so I am really looking forward to it. There should be some good cricket in a great climate and a chance to meet some interesting people.”

Steve added: “The MCC squad for the four day match against Warwickshire is going out to Abu Dhabi on March 21st ahead of the game on 24th so there will be a couple of training days before we go into the match. There is also a Twenty20 tournament out there so it should be an interesting few days before I come back to Taunton ready for the start of our 2013 campaign.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 14:42
Parade des Figaros lors de l inauguration de la Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard cachemire 2015 - Bordeaux le 22/05/2015

The Bank Holiday weekend marked a spectacular opening to the 46th edition of the Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire in Bordeaux.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:41

Visitors to this year’s popular Nunney International Horse Trials, which take place from June 19 to June 21, will be able to buy reduced priced tickets if they purchase them in advance via the website, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:40
Point to point generic picture

Darren Edwards has been runner up for the Devon and Cornwall jockeys’ championship twice in recent years but looks all set to lift that title for the first time this season, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Tue, 20:28
Cricket - generic picture

The Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club Community League continued over the Bank holiday weekend and saw victories for The Gentlemen, who defeated Withy Dads and also for the Robins, who saw off The Doctors.

Read more
Tue, 20:07
Speedway. Somerset Rebels versus Berwick.

On Friday it took until the last third of the meeting before the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels eventually broke free of the Scunthorpe Scorpions, before finally going on to record what appeared to be a relatively comfortable victory, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Tue, 16:15
The Centenary Vase at East Devon

The Centenary Vase was the trophy played for at East Devon on Bank Holiday Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Tue, 16:14

The seniors played their monthly stableford last Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Tue, 16:14
Cricket - generic picture

Following a chastening two-run defeat to Exwick the previous Saturday, Topsham St James headed to the beautiful ground at Stokeinteignhead for the first time for the first time in a Saturday match, writes Matt Williams.

Read more
Tue, 16:14
Kite surfing competition in Exmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Rerf exsp 5377-26-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth is going to be awash with some of the world’s top kit surfers heading to the Town to take part in an annual kitesurfing competition organised by Edge Watersports.

Read more
Tue, 16:14
golf generic picture

Time to give special mention to two of Woodbury’s top golfers and their progress of late.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder