Newbery Ambassador stars for MCC in Suriname and Panama May 18 2015

Newbery Ambassador Luke Blackaby recently took his Kudos2 and Newbery kit on an MCC tour of Suriname and Panama.

Luke was one of the stars of the tour, scoring 67 against Peru in the first game of the 5th Central American Twenty20 Championships before playing a vital part in victories against Panama 'A', Brazil and Mexico in the semi-final. His figures in the semi-final are scarcely believable; he took two wickets in four overs for zero runs scored, before leading the run chase, carrying his bat on an unbeaten 34 to book MCC's place in the final. Sadly the hosts proved too strong and his 51 n/o couldn't prevent MCC losing the final by 16 runs.

After the tournament, Luke won an individual match award and was mentioned in dispatches as one of five outstanding cricketers over the whole tournament. He said:

"Firstly I would like to thank Newbery for their support during my two weeks away with the MCC touring Suriname and Panama. While the MCC narrowly missed out on winning the Championship, losing in the final to the hosts, Panama, it was an incredible and unforgettable experience.

"The equipment provided from Newbery was of the highest quality, the pads and gloves were comfortable and durable in humid conditions and, needless to say, the bat was incredible. On a personal note, during the two weeks I managed to score in excess of 220 runs in 7 innings and take 6 wickets in 12 overs, which was very satisfying."

You can read the full story of the tour on the MCC's official blog.