Another friendly at the glorious Hirschanger against CCB almost didn`t happen as on Thursday they advised they had only 7 players and would have to cancel if we did not help them out. This led to groveling appeals to Tegernsee during Friday and coercion of three new MCC players at the Friday nets. On Saturday then CCB, now referred to as CCB United, arrived with eight plus Krishna from Tegernsee and we gave them Pankaj Saini, Badrinath SN and Chris Lobo making them 12 in total. MCC had 12 too with Sestan known to be available only for the first innings. Nirmal Konchada arrived late and was promptly assigned to the United team making it 13 against 12 with all batting but only 11 fielders at any one time.
Untied won the toss and chose to bat, their openers Krishna and Lobo facing the wrath of Sestan and Raubenheimer. Raubenheimer bowled his new club mate Lobo in his second over and Sestan, who had bowled two very tight opening overs went haywire in his third with no balls, wides, longhop boundaries etc. but somehow managed to bowl Krishna. New member Badri was bowled by old member Miller – always good for a wicket is Scott- after doggedly defending 29 balls. The third new member, Pankaj was superbly run out by Algar/Clare after 26 balls. In all MCC used 10 bowlers to take the 12 United wickets for 151 in the 32nd over, including 36 wides.
After teas provided by Arunachalam and cakes by Franz Spiess MCC opened with Weston and keeper Parameswaran and they put on 32 before Parameswaran went LBW for 5, followed shortly after by Weston. Aranachalam and Alagh added only one to the score before Alagh was run out without facing a ball – actually the keeper broke the wicket before gathering the ball but the umpire was unsighted so bad luck Manev. Clare played his famous shot for six over square but went for 8 after facing five balls. Algar and Nielsen both looked good but didn`t score many and MCC were 90 for 7 down in the 19th over. Penjuri and Blades put on 27 for the eighth wicket, Penjuri demonstrating his crab-like, Chanderpaul defence admirably. Blades and Raubenheimer stayed together for 4 overs with Raubenheimer finishing 1 not out. Great defense there Michael but think about upping the scoring rate. Miller was the last wicket to fall to a caught and bowled from Konchada, clearly extracting revenge for being pressed into the United team.
Weston, 23, bowled
Parameswaran, 5, LBW, 1 catch
Arunachalam, 14, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts
Alagh, 0 run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Clare, 8, caught, 3 overs, 2 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Algar, 6, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 1 wkt
Nielsen, 7, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 3 wkts
Penjuri, 10, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Blades, 12, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt
Raubenheimer, 1*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt
Miller, 1. caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts.
MCC, 124 for 10, lost to CCB United, 151 for 12 by 27 runs.
MCC MOM: Nielsen
Thanks to those who answered our call for help, especially the three new members who turned out for the opposition and made it a very enjoyable match in perfect weather.