MCC Champion County match, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai (day three)
MCC 265 & 221-1: Sibley 102*, Rhodes 88
Surrey 520: Pope 251, Smith 127; Parry 3-54
MCC Course by 34 runs
Scorecard
Play resumes at 06:00 GMT on Wednesday – Tune live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website and app

England batsman Ollie Pope started the 20-19 campaign with a career-best 251 before Surrey’s bowlers struggled in their Champion County match with MCC.

The 21-year-old, who obtained two Test caps , added 68 to his overnight 183 to help Surrey hit 520 all out.

Teen age debutant Jamie Smith was removed first on for 127 by MCC captain Stuart Broad (2-83) at Dubai, ending a fifth-wicket rack of 266 together with Pope.

Dom Sibley’s unbeaten 102 then took MCC into 221-1 at stumps, a deficit of 34.

Warwickshire openers Will Rhodes and Sibley wear 190 to the first wicket at MCC’s next innings before Rhodes was bowled by Scott Borthwick for 88 overdue on.

Early in the day Pope, who didn’t play on England’s summer time tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies, gave a reminder of his own talent as he brought a maiden double-century.

In the middle of a sandstorm, Pope moved to the fee after death 200 and proceeded to 250 by launch Dom Bess for back to back maximums.

He was eventually dismissed in the next over when he skied Rhodes into Sibley at mid-off, having hit 23 fours and six sixes in a sublime 297-ball innings.

However, MCC’s strength with the bat next time about means that the game is now likely to finish in a draw. Mark Church, BBC Radio London at Dubai

Following conclusion of the match on Wednesday, Surrey sponsor Durham University on Thursday, 4 April, and then start the defence of their County Championship title against Essex at The Oval per week later.

Diagnosis

This really could be the consequence that Ollie Pope has made that you have a tendency to forget that this is simply the start of his next first class season.

He looked every inch the England batsman, so he assembled his 251 against an extremely superior MCC attack including Stuart B road.

Every time he walks into the middle he looks confident and this innings was full of positive footwork along with stroke play.

Every test that has been put in front of him he has passed and it is simply a question of time before he’s pulling on an England top again.

He has also established within Dubai that he could bat in every states including sand, because most of his dual cent was made in the midst of a sandstorm.

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