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KANE Williamson’s unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day’s work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord’s overnight.

IF Australia is unlikely to host football’s World Cup in the foreseeable future, then maybe 2015 will be looked back on as the year that brought the next best thing

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MCC Victorian representatives

Andrew McDonald on his way to scoring 134 off 146 balls in the First XI match against Melbourne Uni.The MCC has a long, proud tradition of providing first-class players from its club ranks.

MCC players have represented Victoria in either Sheffield Shield, Pura Cup, limited overs or Twenty20 cricket while a playing member of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Currently, the MCC has two players - Michael Hill and Alex Keath - who are contracted to the Victorian Bushrangers.