Robert stars in India

Framlingham College pupil and cricketer Robert Newton will return from India this week after representing an MCC schools team in the inaugural Spirit of Cricket Festival.

Framlingham College pupil and cricketer Robert Newton will return from India this week after representing an MCC schools team in the inaugural Spirit of Cricket Festival.

The MCC schools team is made up of schoolboys who played against the MCC during the 2007 season and who were nominated by MCC match managers as being excellent cricketers and good ambassadors for the game.

The 18 year-old aggressive batsman was selected for the prestigious side after catching the eye of selectors with a record breaking innings of 207 not out for Framlingham against the MCC last season.

The Spirit of Cricket Festival ran from March 27 to April 5 in Chandigarh and was arranged in conjunction with The Global Cricket School, Sachin Bajaj and Roger Knight.

The MMC schools team played fixtures against the Willows Cricket Club from New Zealand, The Punjab Cricket Association and a team from Sri Lanka.

This was Newton's second trip to the Indian subcontinent, having already attended a training camp there with Northamptonshire CCC earlier in the year, before joining up with the Framlingham College first team squad in preparation for the coming season.

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Newton has already accumulated close to 2,500 runs for his college side and will be looking to add to his tally when the new season begins in earnest on April 19.

Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the world's most famous cricket club and are charged with being the guardians of the laws of the game.

Each year they play over 500 matches, undertake numerous tours and sponsor the University Centres of Cricketing Excellence.

Famous graduates of the MCC young cricketers scheme include England's Ian Botham and Phil Tufnell, as well as Australia's Mark Waugh.

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