Written by Emma Elsom & Nicole Richards.

An early morning flight from Philadelphia to Toronto, followed by a quick check in at the Hilton Garden Hotel, and we were back out for some more sight-seeing. This time it was Toronto, home of the CN Tower.

It was a test of nerve, particularly for the authors, as we ascended the tower in a glass sided elevator to the top of the CN Tower giving spectacular views of the city.


Sinead Goodden, assisted by Marilyn Smith, was back in charge and guided the team around the city harbour.

The team also enjoyed an evening of hospitality at the Rogers Centre, watching the Blue Jays baseball team in action.

Both the hosts and the visitors concluded that, although it was a very enjoyable and educational evening, cricket is far more exciting than baseball!


The MCC completed two more successful T20 matches against CanAm followed by three further games against a Canada select XI.

Charlotte Edwards, Claire Taylor, Nicole Richards and Aylish Cranstone all hit half centuries, and Edwards hit a century in the final game.

Smith and Bev Nicholson led the way with the ball, but were well supported by the rest of the bowling attack as wickets were shared amongst them all.

The last few days of the tour included a visit to Niagara Falls (‘Journey behind the falls’ and ‘Maid in the Mist’) where the team shared the Spirit of Cricket on the viewing deck in front of the falls. 


Birthday girl Richards led the team out on the final game of the tour with a decisive win leaving MCC with a 100% record in Canada and the USA. 

During the second half of the tour there were several opportunities in which the MCC ran coaching sessions – including Edwards and Taylor running batting masterclasses. 

MCC are leaving behind a Canadian team who have not only improved their cricketing skills but are playing the game in the true spirit.


Source: https://www.lords.org/news/our-blogs/mcc-overseas-tours/mcc-in-usa-and-canada/ponchos-and-cricket-at-the-falls/