Another beautiful spring day and clouts being cast with gay abondon before May is even in. So, fresh from our middling performance last week we returned to Eduard Spranger to take on the Pak Orient again. Captain Weston lost the toss and we were fielding – why does he try to win when not using the official Maria Theresa silver dollar?
Things began well with Scott (3 – 22) and Blades (1 – 10) in the first eight overs taking Pak Orient to 32 for 4 after eight. Thereafter it all went a bit pear-shaped for unfortunately one of the victims was not Khalid Butt who went on to make 144 before retiring and the Pak Orient finished up 275 all out in 37.4 overs. Best bowlers were Scott, Wright and Sear taking seven wickets between them. Second highest scorer for the Pak Orient with 47 was Mr. Wides.
Jet Brunskill and Weston put on 17 before Jet was bowled for 5. Then Weston and Lovell put on 31 for the second wicket before Weston departed bowled by the wily Mansoor for 24. There were only two more worthwhile parnerships, Lovell and Wright put on 39 for the 5th wicket and Hobbs and Goldsack put on 14 for the 9th. The highest score was made by Lovell with 38 including 5 fours and one six off 65 balls. MCC made a grand total of 122 for 10 in 29.1 overs.
Weston 24, bowled, 1 catch
Brunskill 5, bowled
Lovell 38, caught, 1 catch
Mayston 0, stumped, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 7 runs
OMeagher 0 bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 23 runs, 1 catch
Wright 5, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 27 runs, 1 catch
Algar 0, caught, 1.4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 23 runs
Hobbs 13, caught
Chakrabarthy 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 9 runs
Ferguson 5, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkrs, 38 runs
Scott DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdns, 3 wkts, 55 runs, 2 catches
Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 27 runs
Sear DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdns, 2 wkts, 49 runs
MCC lost by 153 runs.
As so many wanted to play it had been arranged beforehand that some players would bat only and other bowl only to give as many members as possible a chance to shine.
One final interesting statistic, the aggregate of the nine lowest scoring MCC batsmen is 35, 12 runs less than we gave away in wides. In fact in two games this year we have gifted 79 runs in wides.
MCC man of the match: Split, between Scott for his three wickets or Lovell for his 38 or wides for their 47.