Harit Khanna very James Cross after losing the top place in the bowling stats against Göppingen B

The MCC B team arrived in good time for the 15:30 start only to have to wait an hour because of the tardiness of MCC A. Surprisingly a number of the Serendib Breakaways also turned up thinking our friendly T20 against them arranged for 20th August was today. We also had a visit from Les Poulton who played one game for us back in 1991, scored 60 runs and took 2 wickets for 8, and who drifts along to see us once a year. The ex-treasurer and one half of the South Coast Mafia also came, not as some might think to pay the 5 euros match fees with which he absconded, but to complain about not being top of the bowling table arguing that there was no such thing as an “also bowled” statistic.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat opening himself with Ayub. They scored at a frenetic rate, Ayub falling for 32 in the seventh over with the score on 72. The rate was kept up until the tenth over when MCC B had scored 95 runs – sadly the fall of wickets was not entered in the scorebook. Sarma retired on 46, Wembridge went for 12 and Usman for 7. Then there were three run outs, Bhat, Alagh and a freshly shampooed and coconut-oiled Khanna. Alagh was determined not to surge further ahead in the duck race and creamed his first ball for a boundary four and later an even more spectacular six. Bhavsar went for five runs leaving Cross and Giles to be not out. Imtiaz who had cried off injured in the morning but then turned up wanting to play did not bat and MCC B finished with 149 for 8 down off their twenty overs

A quick turnaround and MCC opened the bowling with Bhavsar and Cross. Cross took a two-fer and displaced Khanna at the top of the bowling table (but not the South Coast Mafia). The first wicket fell to Bhavsar in the first over with the score on 6 and the second to Cross in the second over with the score on 12. In the fourth over with the score on 23 their third wicket fell but there was now a good 33 run fourth wicket partnership broken by Ayub. Another 21 runs later Wembridge got their highest scorer after being no-balled for changing his bowling speed. Seven runs later with the score on 84 Alagh got his wicket. Sarma got the first of his three wickets with the score on 96. There was then a useful partnership of 24 for the eighth wicket broken by the no-balling Wembridge. Khanna, who was asked to be removed as they couldn`t believe he was seriously bowling that way, and Sarma bowled the last overs, the final wicket falling to Sarma after 17.4 overs were bowled and the score on 132.

Julia`s cake, a real challenge to Lady Brunskill
Julia`s cake, a real challenge to Lady Brunskill

During this game we all feasted on the ample teas provided by Kantor together with a magnificent Brownie Cake baked by Julia and some South Afircan/Australian iced cordial provided by Wembridge as well as some hurried cool-fresh, hurried because it was 19:30 before the game finished and Helmut was unhappy. Therefore we were forced to retire to Fräulein Grüneis to sum up the day.

*Sarma, 46*, 2.4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 3 wkts

Ayub, 32, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Wembridge, 12, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 7 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Usman, 7 caught,

Bhat, 2, run out

Khanna, 5, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Alagh, 12, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt

Bhavsar, 5, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs,l 1 wkt

Giles, 3*

Cross, 5*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Imtiaz, DNB, 2 overs, o mdns 31 runs, 0 wkts

MCCB, 149 – 8 from 20 overs, beat Göggingen B, 132 – 10 from 17.2 overs by 17 runs.

MCC MOM: A. Sarma