CCB too strong for MCC Friendly XII (05 May 2018)

CCB beat MCC XII by 6 wickets

On a sunny Saturday morning, an MCC friendly bunch of 12 made the trip to face Cricket Club of Bayern Munich (CCB) who are based near West Park. The proposed start time of the game was 11am with the majority of the MCC members turning up close to the 10:30 meet time (Notably Sandhu being the first). When Hazza (skipper for the day) finally arrived, the coin was flipped, toss lost and MCC were put into bat. The actual start time was closer to 11:30 following delayed pitch building work, a vigorous warm up session and CCB taking to the field without realizing they didn’t own a ball.

Amit and Faraz opened the batting and it didn’t take long before the first wicket; Amit out for a duck with a contentious LBW on the 3rd ball. Faraz’s wicket soon followed through some superman-esque style slip catching off the edge of his bat. This brought to the crease Shashi who was the next wicket to fall for 2 runs after being caught at mid-on. The partnership between Shashi and Zeshan brought 27 runs from 5 overs to increase the run rate. Iyer was the next man in and out; bowled for 1 run. Zeshan then was the next wicket after playing well for 24 runs and was also bowled.

This was the start of a batting collapse which saw 5 wickets just yield 18 runs leaving MCC on 76-9 off 21 overs. The wickets were of Sumeet (LBW for 7), Bhamare (Bowled for 6), Giles (Stumped off a forward defensive for 3) and Joliffe (Caught at cover for 0). The 10th wicket partnership of Khanna and Sandhu was perhaps the surprise of the day and it lasted for 19 overs, more than doubling MCCs score with 88 runs added. Both batted resolutely, valuing their wicket and it was unfortunate that Sandhu’s wicket (Caught for 21) in the last over brought an end to what some say may be a record 10th wicket stand for MCC. Unfortunately, there wasn’t to be any more runs added to the total when 12th man Brooks left his skipper stranded on 44 after he was bowled without troubling the scorers. MCC ended up with a respectable 162.

Following a 20 minute break for teas, Giles led out 11 of the 12 to field with Khanna taking up scoring duties following his long stint in the middle. Brooks and Bhamare opened the bowling and some tight lines and pace kept the pressure on. At the end of Bhamare’s spell in the 10th over, CCB were restricted to 39 for the loss of 3 wickets. A wicket each for Brooks and Bhamare and some magic work in the field by Faraz resulting in a direct hit run-out.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t to be another wicket until the 29th over. Spells from Farhaz, Shashi, Zeeshan and Sumeet tried hard to break the partnership between Amit and Anup. They added c.100 runs to the board before Amit was caught in the deep from Sumeet’s bowling for a brilliant 69. No more wickets were to fall and Sandhu was hit for a maximum which sealed victory for CCB, Anup finishing on 45 not out.

MCC Batting
Bhalerao – 0
Ahmed – 3
Shaikh – 24
Gaikwad – 2
Iyer – 1
Sumeet – 7
Bhamare – 6
Giles – 3
Joliffe – 0
Khanna (c) – 44*
Sandhu – 21
Brooks – 0

MCC Bowling
Brooks – 1-31 off 8
Bhamare – 1-17 off 5
Ahmed – 0-30 off 6
Gaikwad 0-17 off 4
Shaikh 0-35 off 4
Sumeet 1-25 off 4
Sandhu 0-8 off 1

(Adrian Brooks)

A close loss for MCC 1st XI in their first league match of 2018 (05 May 2018)

MCC 1st XI 147-10 (37.4 overs) (M. Hoeck 23, Mah. Khan 21) defeated by Ernsgaden CC 148-8 (29.0 overs) (W. Khan 4-45, A. Dube 2-29)
MCC Man of the match: Waqas Khan

♫ “There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one” ♫

Conventional wisdom suggests that “The Animals” were referring to a well-frequented brothel in Lousiana all the way back then in 1964, although they could very well have been singing about playing cricket on a lively wicket that pops up as often as it skids flat. Simply consider that (quite plausibly) the lyrics “house” and “New Orleans” were muddled up with “Flicx pitch” and “the English gardens” respectively, and you will doubtlessly feel an incorrigible urge to don a grey jacket and black necktie with your MCC coloured kit, comb your hair like a mushroom and break out into song.

The Animals wearing the 1964 version of MCC coloured playing kit, including necktie.
(Picture: youtube)

Fast-forwarding some sixty-odd years and Bavarian league cricket was finally back. BCV law and order was off to a flying start when the umpire explicitly forbade smoking or drinking within the confines of the Sportanlage and dutifuly proceeded to inspect our still-as-yet-unissued Spielerpässe. Never mind; any form of Ausweiss seemed to suffice in this case. Toss won and full of beans, Captain Jon Deverill elected to bat and headed out to the said Flicx with Andrew Wembridge for the kickoff. The Ernsgaden opening bowling strategy seemed to centre around cleverly placing a short-fine leg and bowling short balls down the leg side, where Wembridge narrowly avoided being caught with his first scoring shot.

♫ “My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in New Orleans” ♫

Deverill fly-swatted a rank shortball outside off and was easily caught at point. Beginning his walk back to our non-existent pavillion, the umpire kindly informed him that he wasn’t out, as any ball bouncing over shoulder height was in fact a no ball. Sure, whatever, JD didn’t complain. At the time. Anyway, today’s new no ball rules apparently also decreed that we couldn’t run on this particular no-ball, and the openers were sent back to their respective ends.

A handful of runs (mainly wides) later, Wembridge was caught at fly slip off the shoulder of his bat to a ball which unfortunately failed to skid. The crowd were delighted to see unseren bayerischen Löwe Maximillian Hoeck back out at the crease and were even more delighted when he was dropped by the cover fieldsman before scoring a run.

Being caught in that nasty legside trap itself, the captain was replaced shortly thereafter by “Vroom Vroom” Varun Deshpande, who was trapped LBW for a duck after expecting the ball to actually bounce. Jonty Altmann and “Ding dong” Maxwell put on a very reasonable 25 run partnership, before one of Max’ lusty blows found itself stuck safely in opposition hands. He had hit five fours in his top-scoring knock of 23.

♫ ”Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he’ll be satisfied
Is when he’s all drunk” ♫

Mudussir Ayub joined his dreadlocked pal and managed to get off the mark when four leg byes down leg side were kindly not signaled by the umpire. Unfortunately, the kindness ended there as two balls later a clearly disdainful interpretation of law 36 rendered the talented Pakistani in disbelief as he trudged back off the field.

Recently-arrived Sarth Efrican Ivan Bekker indicating how many wickets had fallen as per the umpire’s new human scoreboard initiative. (Picture: A. Wembridge)

Mahmoud Khan showed us how to play cricket yet again as he and Altmann toughed out a disciplined 40 run partnership in exactly the style of batting required to settle a shaky innings. In the 30th over, he finally fell for 23 with the total on 107. Ali Khan’s disciplined innings was also well-noted. He and Altmann put on 27 before the nuggety left-hander was caught.

Jonty, having collected 15 runs at this point but obviously distraught at losing Ali, decided to go out the very next ball. MCC league debutants Aditya Dube and Pierre du Plessis put on a couple of runs but were each dismissed trying to get the ball away at all costs in the dying overs. Waqas remained 1* and MCC were dismissed for 147 having batted 37.4 overs. Okay. Not our greatest score, but the team are still ironing out (so to speak) a few wrinkles (in the new pitch) and it would have been difficult to say that anyone batted irresponsibly. Defendable? Sure. Bring ’em on.

♫ “Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun” ♫

Waqas opened the bowling from the city end with a loosening but bouncy over really getting some kick out of the pitch. The EGCC batsmen made it very clear that conventional opening batsman they were not. The bowler took advantage of this and struck in his second over, splattering ‘EGCC Usman’s’ wickets with a fuller ball. Pierre struck with the very next ball, where a slash found a thick edge to a perfectly positioned (!) fly slip, who swallowed it promptly. The fieldsman? Our very own Waqas Khan, being involved in back-to-back wickets.

So vicious was the combination of improperly stretched, new Flicx pitch and Waqas that batsman ‘03’ (in both number and batting position) hobbled off the ground after copping a crippling blow to the elbow. Ernsgaden seemed to have adjusted to both left-arm inswingers despite the injury, though a fumbled edge behind the stumps and the fumbled certain-runout of the non-striker at the other end did unfortunately contribute to the lack of wickets.

Mudussir Ayub was handed the ball and delivered a wide with his first. Resisting the urge let this dishearten him, he bowled the bloke the next ball. Maxi Hoeck came on for a trundle too but with limited success, being dragged after a rather sombre 18-runs from his second over. Aditya ‘Doobie’ Dube came on and struck in his first MCC league over, with Varun swallowing a wayward prod to cover. Waqas was reintroduced to the attack and bowled a very nice maiden; clever captain JD noticing that the injured batsman had returned and was shitting himself at the prospect of facing the thunderbolt Pakistani again.

♫ “Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain” ♫

The game still very much in the balance, Waqas bowled yet another bloke but the EGCC had seemingly changed their batting strategy to that of picking off slightly skew balls, rather than simply windmilling at every ball. Ali Lodhi Khan, wicket-keeping with masterful agility and conceding a mere 5 byes for the match, not to mentioned preventing 5-wides on more than one occasion, took a nice catch off the gloves from his namesake (the Khan part, not the Lodhi part), followed by another one off the same namesake but this time a short, rank, legside hurl. Four wickets for Waqas, who, credit to him, barely celebrated that wicket after conceding himself that it was a shit ball.

Not many runs to play with but living dangerously with only three wickets in hand, the feeble EGCC number nine (or shirt number 04) was trapped by Aditya LBW after he not only failed to play a shot, but failed to do anything beside hop on the spot. The tension rises another notch. Next ball. Aditya to the new batsman, who swatted it precisely to the chest of a perfectly positioned Wembridge at cow corner, who inexplicably dropped it. Murmurs resembling something like ‘he’s just dropped the World Cup’ resonated throughout the field from a few well-wishing team mates as well as the Twos who were excitedly cheering us on from the boundary, having returned from their smoky (vapey?) battle against CCB. C’est la vie. At least the beer was cold, as can be attested by Ivan Bekker, a South African whose extraordinary kindess had him ploughing through the scorebook for most of the afternoon, for which we are very grateful. Welcome aboard for the summer, boet.

Anyway, without much more of interest, EGCC made it over the line and the MCC sadly missed out on that first big league win of the season that we could all but taste. What was evident was a tight-knit team made their way off the field together without any remote feeling of despair – in fact, quite the contrary – a team who could feel that they were on the rise.

♫ “Well, there is a Flicx pitch in the English gardens
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one” ♫

Enjoying a curry with the usual suspects after the match. Not pictured: oddly enough, any form of curry. (Picture: The waiter at Sitar c/o I. Bekker.)

Wendi-Meg Breward

MCC joins the high society of Albir (19-21 Apr 2018)

Most runs scored: J. Deverill (106 runs); Most wickets taken: P. Scott, C. Barrett, A. Wembridge, V. Gattinger (2 wickets each); Most catches: V. Gattinger (3 catches)

MCC Praf of a tour: P. Toke

Not too long ago, on a wicket not too far far away….

Fully ready for some cricket and ready to blow off some steam, 12 MCC men made their way to Alicante via various methods of transportation. Craig Barrett and myself took an early morning flight via Madrid to Alicante. Turns out one of the aircrafts had some repairs written by Craig – much to his delight. As he was telling me various aircraft related anecdotes, I found myself contemplating whether I had lived life to the full and if it was still possible to escape the Barrett fixed aircraft. Luckily, we survived. Upon arrival, a car was hired, and we drove to the UNESCO site “la palmera de elche” to meet up with Mr and Mrs Wembridge. They had set off a week earlier and decided to drive to Alicante by car, visiting a plethora of UNESCO sites en route. After realising it was just a bunch of palm trees, it was decided that a bit of cricket would add some much-needed culture to the place. Wembridge decided to save his energy and be the umpire of the day, since he was still recovering from a bout of food poisoning after eating an Andorran seafood paella in the Pyrenees mountains!

Cricket in “la palmera de elche” and Wembo taking tourism seriously.

After a short trip on the autopista, we arrived at our hotel in Albir. Following the check in, we were greeted by Messrs Deverill and Finch who were enjoying some pool-side sun with the “high society“ of Albir. Not too long after, the remainder of the squad had checked in, apart from Dave Carr who was on a late flight. Since all of our bellies were grumbling, we set out to find a place to eat for the evening. Having walked past dozens of places offering full English breakfast, it dawned on us that Albir might not be the most Spanish of places in Spain. Skipper Deverill who was not too impressed with the cuisine on offer, asked his smartphone “fine dining near me”. After being told the closest fine dining place was more than 20 miles away, we settled for some pizza. Finch reckoned Wembo could not manage a jumbo deep-dish Texan pizza but was soon proven wrong by the Australian who had polished off the whole thing (with tabasco!!! How is this humanly possible after food poisoning???), although he went missing for a couple of hours after departing the restaurant. The squad then wound down with a few cold beers and some questionable wine. Dave Carr finally arrived, and everyone got some sleep before the big match the next day.

Authentic Spanish cuisine

Hydrating before said big match

Friday Match 1:

The clubhouse

Bright and early, MCC descended upon the free breakfast to gather some strength. After imbibing what can only be described as an insult to coffee, some errands were run and MCC made its way to the local cricket ground. Many of us could have wept with joy upon arrival. A proper club-house with a picket fence, an electronic scoreboard, permanent nets, astro wicket, mountains in the background… the list goes on. We were in for a magnificent weekend! After getting to know the local club members a little, captain Deverill won the toss and decided to have a bat.

Messrs Deverill and Barrett warming up with some doubles cricket

Skipper Deverill and Craig Barrett opened the batting for MCC. It soon became very obvious that there was plenty of trusty bounce with plenty of runs to be had off the backfoot. The opening partnership was going very nicely, scoring freely with plenty of boundaries. It was going on so nicely, that after 20 overs Dave Carr started to get a little impatient since he was due to bat next. It was a pleasure to watch this partnership, not just for the sheer number of quality shots played, but for watching an opposition which truly respected the spirit of the game. The utter silence due to the lack of appealing when a ball hit the strikers pads that was clearly not LBW, was pure bliss. The skipper reached a masterfully crafted fifty much to MCC’s delight. Dave Carr then proceeded to sledge the skipper a little with the general message being “get off let me have a go”. J.D. kindly obliged by allowing himself to be stumped on 56 in the 24th over. The pad-rashed Dave Carr raced out to the middle to join the Englishman in the middle. The run-rate stagnated a little, due to some pin-point precision bowling by the opposing bowler in the form of an 84-year-old Jägermeister fuelled former county cricketer for Notts. Nevertheless, the Englishman Barrett having persevered to knock up a test-match-esque fifty (his maiden fifty for MCC, well done indeed Craig), kindly retired to allow Naveen to have a bat. Considering that the Englishman could have easily beaten his previous high score of 70-odd, this was truly a selfless act.

Craig’s spirit animal bathes in the sun during his innings.

George Michahelles giving a few putting lessons while Barrett batted

The cricket gods are obviously a right bunch of see you next Tuesdays and decided to punish MCC shortly after. Both Carr and Arunachalam were consequently caught within a single over to bring Wembridge and Bowes to the crease. Wembridge decided to get his eye in with a few dots and singles, whereas Bowes smashed a quickfire 22 off 14 balls including two fours and a six, before his stumps were obliterated. Pilot George Michaelles walked out to the middle to join the Australian. After some shouts from the side-lines that he should just have a f***ing slog, Wembridge obediently dispatched two deliveries out of the ground. Michahelles managed to get a single off his 9 balls faced which brought the MCC innings to a close on 220 runs with the Australian on 26* and the pilot on 1*. A serious highlight of the day was the teas provided by our most generous hosts. They were magnificent. Pork pies, cheese and pickle sandwiches, strawberries, ACTUAL tea…. I better stop here since just the sheer thought of the tees is making me rather peckish. Anyhow, MCC stocked up on some calories and took to the field shortly after.

Paul Scott and Jonty Altmann opened the bowling for MCC. The former’s first over went for five, whereas the latter’s first over was a maiden owing to some – as the opposing batsman later said – proper banana balls. Scott struck in the first over to open his account as the semi-centurion Barrett gobbled one at point. Though the next 10ish overs did not bring any wickets, they were rather economical and more importantly not a single wide bowled until the 11th over. It should be noted though, with it being proper cricket and all, a legside ball was not automatically a wide. This is also largely due to the luxury of us having a quality umpire for both matches – not a single complaint was made about the umpiring in both matches. Maybe we can all chip him and get him to do a crash-course on what is LBW and what not….

MCC in the field.

Anyways, strayed a little off topic there. Back to the match. The opposition’s number three reached 53, and as was convention for this weekend, retired after reaching his half century. With the set batsman gone, Ian Finch removed the other opener due to a superb catch by Veith – which would prove to be his speciality of the tour. Wembridge removed the oppositions number four, with their number five also retiring after reaching 50. Scott took a catch of Barrets bowling and Wembridge took a second wicket as the striker holed out to our resident Rastafarian. Arunachalam managed Nav-igate one through bat and pad and the remaining strikers were kind enough to hang around to the end of their innings to save the Jägermeister fuelled bowling machine from brushing the dust off his bat. MCC won by 8 runs and all was good. Both teams shared plenty of beer at the close of play to quench our considerable thirst. Most importantly, having bowled less the 10 wides, the skipper got a round in for the whole squad (hear, hear). Feeling rather peckish, the hunt for a suitable restaurant began again. A steakhouse was chosen to be worthy of our thoroughly deserved victory feast. Owing to some superb wine (at last) served by our waiter Simon (who surprise, surprise was also British), the exact details of the remainder of the night are not entirely clear so we’ll skip ahead to the part where we all went to bed thoroughly content after a superb day out.

Wembridge asks the skipper to pull his finger

Nav is taught some cross-seam bowling as Finch wonders why Scott has an invisible glass

MCC match 1 stats:
1. J. Deverill, 56, stumped
2. C. Barrett, 50*, retired not out, 8 overs, 38 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
3. D. Carr, 17, caught, 2 overs, 25 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
4. N. Arunachalam, 9, caught, 6 overs, 24 runs, 1 wkt
5. P. Bowes, 22, bowled
6. A. Wembridge, 26*, 8 overs, 43 runs, 2 wkts
7. G. Michahelles, 1*
8. J. Altmann, DNB, 6 overs, 32 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
9. V. Gattinger, DNB, 1 catch
10. P. Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 20 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
11. I. Finch, DNB, 2 overs, 24 runs, 1 wkt
MCC, 220 – 5 in 40.0 overs, beat Alicante Alfas, 212 – 9 in 40 overs, by 8 runs
MCC extras: 14 (2nb 6w!!!! 2b 4lb)
MCC MOM: C. Barrett

Saturday Match 2:
As the sun rose, there were some seriously sore heads in dire need of some proper coffee. Not willing to make the same mistake twice, some made their way to a café across the road for a proper breakfast, while some were clearly too hungover to remember the previous mornings breakfast calamity and suffered through it again. After some naps, Thai massages and errands run, eventually everyone made it to the ground. The opposition was playing their first team for this match. Nevertheless, the skipper confidently walked to the crease for the toss, which unfortunately was lost and MCC was put in the field.

Must have been a damn good massage

MCC opened the bowling again with Scott and Altmann. The first over was fairly economical with the batsmen deciding to get their eyes in first. From the second over onwards, they launched an all-out attack on the MCC bowlers and with the score on 67-0 at a run rate of 6.1 after 11 overs, the skipper took matters in his own hands. Deverills first two overs went for 9. At the other end, Scott was bowling his last over and put in the extra effort to finally pick up the first wicket for MCC. The next over was a fairly entertaining one – for both sides. Captain Deverills first four balls went for 6,4,3, and 4 but he removed the in-form batsman as Gattinger took a fantastic catch at deep square leg. Next, Barrett and Arunachalam bowled in tandem. The Englishman struck in his first over as Gattinger took yet another belter of a catch at deep square leg! In the next over, one of these fantastically odd moments occurred which cricket produces from time to time. Nav bowls his delivery. The striker smashes it back at him. Has he caught it? No, No, No he has dropped it. But wait a minute. What is this? It fell on to the stumps!!! Nav realised that the non-striker (who had not even faced a ball) was dutifully backing up and was therefore out of his crease. Exuberantly, he appealed for a run out, and a rather confused umpire consequently gave the non-striker out without having faced a single delivery. Wembridge bowled two overs and then Finch and Gattinger were tasked with getting a wicket. The former was carted for a few sixes, whereas the latter applied his catching form to his bowling and had the striker caught on 56 by the keeper. Dave Carr struck with his very first delivery, having the batsman caught on 41 by his fellow countryman Wembridge. The on fire Gattinger trapped one LBW, after which another batsman retired on 50. The pilot crash landed the oppositions innings after Jonty Altmann took a sensational running catch. If this had been the IPL it would surely have to have been the Vodafone-McDonalds-Durex-Bridgestone-Kookaburra-Super-Mega-catch of the match or something along those lines… Anyway, the opposition were bowled out after 38.3 overs having posted a mammoth 331 runs – gulp –

An omen for the MCC innings?

MCC tucked into some delicious teas again as we pondered whether this target could be chased. Sufficiently nourished, Jonty and Wembo arrived at the crease to open the batting. The opposition started with some pacey length balls with Jonty on strike for the first over. The scorecard reads: dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, wicket – caught as the Australian popped one up to bring up what was not going to be the only duck of MCC’s innings. The batsmen managed to cross to put skipper Deverill on strike for the next over. In exuberant fashion, Deverill drove through the covers to score 10 off the second over. Wembridge got a single, after which my scoring pencil was in severe danger of being blunted by the amount of dot balls. 14 dot balls later, the Australian departed having been caught in the eight over. His replacement Naveen, having scored a boundary off his 5 deliveries faced, was then also caught to bring the thai-massaged Paul Scott to the crease. What followed was a wonderful partnership of 68 off 12 overs which was a true pleasure to watch. At one end skipper Deverill was making us all look silly by continuously cover driving for four. At the other end Scott batted on defiantly. And to his and our great surprise he also drove one through the covers for four as he middled a forward defence. The skipper reached 50 and retired to let Ian Finch have a go. Scott was obviously missing hiss skipper, and having scored 16 well earnt runs, was bowled to reunite him with his batting partner. In came Phil Bowes to join his fellow compatriot. Maybe someone told Finch to duck any bouncers. Obviously, there must have been a bit of a misunderstanding resulting in a 6-ball duck for Finch. As Craig Barrett was getting his eye in, Phil Bowes decided it was time to attack. He did maintain his above 100% strike rate, albeit he was caught on 8 after an entertaining 8-ball cameo.

Craig: “Right Veith, no tennis ball shots please”

Veith Gattinger, hellbent on applying his fielding form to his batting, joined Craig at the crease. What followed was some very crafty spin bowling, which became the undoing of Barrett as one snuck through bat and pad to splatter the bails over astro wicket. Dave Carr then came and went without struggling the scoreboard to bring up MCCs third duck of the day. Michahelles and Gattinger were the last men standing for MCC. The former blocked his only delivery faced that day, whereas the latter was bowled after smashing a four and a six. MCCs innings collapsed to 118-10 after 31.3 overs. It was definitely time for some beer.

Bowes attempting to get a duck of his own to the befuddlement of a random bystander

Veith receives an Alicante Alfas cricket ball for man of the match, as Scott attempts to count how ducks MCC got. The random bystander still lurking in the background.

MCC returned to the beautiful clubhouse to join our hosts for some thoroughly deserved beverages. Some kind words were spoken by both captains, and gifts were exchanged. During the imbibement of considerable quantities of beer, Deverill and Barrett realised they were tied on who was going to get the most catches, runs, wickets (one of the former, I can’t really remember). They decided to settle this with a good fashioned bowl off. Consequently, MCC returned to the scene of the crime – aka the middle – to settle the affair. At least 30 balls later, neither had managed to hit the stumps.

Thoroughly enjoyable company

Wembridge had had enough of this and declared: “hold my beer you ****, watch me”. He runs in. He releases the ball. He bowls a beamer!!! Oh no, its gone over the stumps! Then, it missed the beer behind the stumps and smashed into Bowes’ vape machine causing some considerable damage. We all collapsed in a heap of laughter as the bewildered Bowes inspected the damage. The bowl off resumed and the stumps were still not being hit. I got bored of this, went to the loo, got myself a new drink and still- no stumps hit! Halfway through my drink one of them finally hit the stumps (I think it was Craig, but I had lost interest at this point and didn’t pay too much attention – sorry). Some more beer later, we realised that we had drunkenly booked a Tapas place the night before. We said our farewells and made our way to the Tapas place. The food was delicious. Finally, some good Spanish food! Following a fantastic meal, we made our way back through the streets of Albir where we encountered Simon (our waiter from the night before) who was rather busy preventing his misses going Connor McGregor on one of her customers. Classy scenes! We found a shabby place with a pool table and after some ridiculously expensive games of pool, we passed out in our beds praying for the hangovers not to be too severe the next day.

Oops. *cough*

Nom Nom Nom

MCC match 2 stats:
1. J. Altmann, 0, caught, 5 overs, 25 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
2. A. Wembridge, 1, caught, 2 overs, 20 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
3. J. Deverill, 50*, retired not out, 3 overs, 30 runs, 1 wkt
4. N. Arunachalam, 4, caught, 4 overs, 31 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch, 1 legendary runout
5. P. Scott, 16, bowled, 8 overs, 44 runs, 1 wkt
6. I. Finch, 0, caught, 4 overs, 41 runs, 0 wkts
7. P. Bowes, 8, caught, 1 catch
8. C. Barrett, 4, bowled, 5 overs, 44 runs, 1 wkt
9. V. Gattinger, 10, bowled, 4 overs, 46 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches
10. D. Carr, 0, caught, 2 overs, 32 runs, 1 wkt
11. G. Michahelles, 0*, 1.3 overs, 9 runs, 1 wkt
MCC, 118 – 10 in 31.3 overs, lost to Alicante Alfas, 331 – 10 in 38.3 overs, by 213 runs
MCC extras: 18 (2nb 8w!!!! 4b 4lb)
MCC MOM: V. Gattinger

Something in the air that night, the stars were bright, etcetera…

Sunday Recovery day, and the departure:

Some MCC members had to depart rather early, while the others were still not quite ready to emerge from their rooms. In general, it was a fairly low-key day. There was a trip to the beautiful town of Altea. Altmann, Bowes and Jolliffe embraced their inner child and had some good old-fashioned water park fun with slides and some catching practise in the pool. Some dinner was had and then some more pool and air-hockey were played, after which we all decided to get some long overdue rest. The following day there was some time to kill before our flight and we found a mini-golf place to ensure we looked like proper sunburnt English tourists upon our return to Munich. All in all, it was very memorable tour. I thank each and every one of you for pleasant memories that I will forever cherish.

MCC tour stats:
J. Deverill, 106 runs, 8 overs, 38 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
C. Barrett, 54 runs, 13 overs, 82 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
D. Carr, 17 runs, 4 overs, 57 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
N. Arunachalam, 13 runs, 10 overs, 55 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch, 1 legendary runout
P. Bowes, 30 runs, 1 catch
A. Wembridge, 27 runs, 10 overs, 63 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
G. Michahelles, 1 run, 1.3 overs, 9 runs, 1 wkt
J. Altmann, 0 runs, 11 overs, 57 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches
V. Gattinger, 1o runs, 4 overs, 46 runs, 2 wkts 3 catches
P. Scott, 16 runs, 16 overs, 64 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
I. Finch, 0 runs, 6 overs, 65 runs, 1 wkt
MCC extras: 32 (4nb 14w 6b 8lb)
Most runs scored: J. Deverill (106 runs)
Most wickets taken: P. Scott, C. Barrett, A. Wembridge, V. Gattinger (2 wickets each)
Most catches: V. Gattinger (3 catches)
MCC Praf of a tour: P. Toke

So long, and thanks for all the fish….
J. D. Jolliffe

MCC registers first home victory of the season against Serendib (21 Apr 2018)

MCC didn’t have to wait long to have the revenge game against Serendib after the former’s defeat in the away game on the previous weekend. This time it was home game against Serendib who was missing their star player Roshan. Most of the team arrived on time and was waiting for captain Toke to show up with the ground keys. MCC won the toss and decided to bat which wasn’t a surprise at all given the nice sunny day.

Openers Arun and Mahmoud countered the uneven bounce with relative ease and got off to quick start. Partnership was broken in the 8th over with 38 runs on the board when Arun was adjudged LBW to a ball which kept significantly low. The uneven bounce continued and the new batsman Rahul lasted for two balls dismissed to a rising delivery caught behind. The pitch was playing some tricks and cautious batting was the need of the hour. Mudussir and Mahmood battled for following 6 overs playing with great restraint and accumulating 1’s & 2’s to keep the scoreboard ticking. At Stroke of Drinks break, MCC lost opener Mahmoud to another “gazunder” and Varun Deshpande who was deceived in flight by the crafty Prabash taking the score to 86 for 4 in 20 overs. Club Member and GCTV cameraman Jabez was interviewing players along the sidelines while telecasting the match proceedings live on Facebook with live commentary.

Pakistani Duo, Mudussir and Obaid, resumed the play after drinks with quick singles and an occasional boundary. Mudussir bought up another well constructed fifty for MCC by smashing 20 runs from Prabash over. Just when the partnership was threatening to take the game away from Serendib, Mudussir was dismissed for a well played 56 in the 27th over. Obaid and Shashi departed soon after to send some jitters in the MCC camp. Thankfully Prafull and new recruit Zeeshan steadied the ship and stopped the fall of wickets. They were however not able to up the scoring rate at more than 6 runs an over. MCC was able to play out the 40 overs and post a respectable total of 191 after 40 overs.

The posted total was formidable score especially given the uneven nature of the new Flicx wicket. MCC was hoping to get rid of the star player Milan, who smashed 140 runs in the previous encounter. New MCC recruit Pierre Du Plessis responded in the very first over to get the price scalp caught by Mahmoud who was waiting at mid wicket for this catch. From the other end Maiwand was working his way into hostile spell combined with good speed and accuracy to take 2 crucial wickets. Mahmoud and Mudussir were bought as first and second change respectively continued the good work by bowling accurately. Mahmoud snapped three wickets while Mudussir took one wicket in his first spell in which he switched from bowling sharp in-swingers to loopy leggies! Injured Serenbid captain Peter started to stich a good partnership by hitting Prafull and Zeeshan for some boundaries just before the drinks break taking the score to 107 for 6 in 20 overs. Captain Toke decided to bring back his main bowlers ,Pierre and Mudussir, which yielded in immediate results. Pierre got the dangerous looking Peter caught at midoff by fellow pacer Maiwand while Mudussir polished the tail with some sharp in swingers to restrict Serendib to 127 runs in 25 overs. After round of interviews for the GCTV the MCC retired to the Fraulein Grüneis for a quick round to celebrate what was a good win at home.

Match Summary

MCC won the toss and elected to bat

Mudussir 56 out caught, 3 for 15 in 7 overs

Mahmoud 32 lbw, 3 for 25 in 5 overs

Pierre , 2 for 27 in 6 overs

Maiwand , 2 for 26 in 4 overs

MCC won the game by 64 runs

Man of the Match : Mudussir Ayub