In the back of the Gore’s Tours car, Phil Bowes found this interesting Little Memo.
After Des”s rather accurate historical reference in the last match report I wanted to start off by writing something witty and informative, unfortunately brains, beauty and banter are lacking from myself tonight so i shall start of with a blonde joke:
Did you hear about the blonde that put lipstick on her forehead so she could make up her mind?
Anyway. So on a wonderfully warm sunny morning a selection of MCC players (totalling to 9) made the rather pleasant 45 minute trip to Tegensee. Myself, i travelled in the car with Igor and the rather unfriendly smelling kit bag, where as the remainder caught the train. Rumour has it they also saw Darren and his mate wondering around the station trying to score a 9am beer. This has now been confirmed.
We met at the ground at around 12ish where, to our delight, we were greeted by Gandalf the Grey and Hermann ze German only to be informed that they had had 4 drop outs in the morning, something to do with beer and lake and thrashing Pak Orient the day before, we ended up loaning them one of our players out of the kindness of our hearts – young Marco Langwadt – leaving us to play an 8 vs 7 game (in our favour).
Captain Carr lost the toss and we ended up being sent out into the postage stamp sized field where even our 8 fielders made the pitch look small and we managed to plug a large majority of the gaps. Unfortunately the gaps that we, still slightly drunk, thought we had filled were rather rudely penetrated by their opening batsmen who managed to see off the opening spells of Ishtiaq, Seyer, Carr and Bu Bai without losing a wicket. After a couple of drinks breaks (overs 7 and 13) we finally made the breakthrough.
Igor Sestan, limbs flailing like a young Kareem Abdul Jabbar, took his first scalp when the young Chakry took one risk too many and spooked up the ball for a simple catch to Bu Bai who took a simple catch. Things went very badly downhill for Tegensee after that and they lost a very quick succession of wickets, another from Igor and 2 well taken wickets from Nirmal leaving them both with rather eye pleasing figures of 2-something. Christoph then came to the crease and proceeded to smash to ball over the smallest boundary with Bowes and Gattinger being the last bowling change of the day. Bowes, bowling a mixture of deadly pace and then proceeding to walk in from two paces due to being out of breath bowled Marco middle stump before removing Christoph with a well taken catch in the covers by Nirmal. First innings score for Tegensee of 180 off 24 overs.
During the break which consisted of some long jump practice and football we got underway with Bu Bai and Nirmal opening the batting against the 7 men of Tegensee. Bai was either caught behind or given out LBW, we are still unsure of Seyers decision, for 1 very early sending Igor in at number 3. Nirmal was ticking along very well at the other end and some brilliant cover drives later from Igor, who managed to pick out every single fielder and not a single gap, was out caught to one of the best one handed diving catches of the season. Bowes didn’t last much long being caught behind off what i can only describe as an unplayable ball (mostly because i am writing this). Ishy the destroyer came in next and we witness a fantastic partnership between him and Nirmal consisting of boundaries and some very solid running between the wicket.
After a solid rebuilding effort Nirmal then fell victim to the ever unpredictable German wickets and after fending off two pea-rollers was caught out by a great ball from one of their bowlers and was out caught behind for 59. Seyer was next man in and with MCC still needing 70 to win the nerves were going on the sideline. However Ishy was as composed as he has been all season and brought up his well deserved maiden MCC 50 by smashing a ball into the car park and putting a crater sized dent into the bonnet of a rather nice Audi SUV, which we later found out was being driven by some 22 year old children who stomped their feet and cried a little about it. Ishy and Seyer, who played extremely well for his 12, wrapped up the game leaving Ishy 61 not out and a close contest at the top of the batting list between himself and Darren.
We then proceeded to the beer garden on the river and had a lovely, well deserved beer.
I don’t have the score book so can’t write all the figures but it was a pleasure going out to Tegensee with MCC and i look forward to my next trip