Imtiaz shines in rain disrupted match

Another T20 friendly against the Breakaways scheduled to start at 15:30 after the BCV T20 semi-final against Erlangen. However the best made plans of mice and men gang aft aglay and the game actually started at 16:20 so we knew we would earn Helmut`s displeasure. We are lucky this season to have the Breakaways always ready to play a game as next year, when they are in the league, their availability will be compromised.

The Breakaways won the toss and chose to bat, MCC opening the bowling with Mahmud Khan and Toke who both got tonked (or Toked?) – after four overs the score was 44 for 0. The two Khans Amin and Waqas took over the bowling and were much tighter, after 8 overs the score was 63 for 1 wicket. Next on were Ayub and Imtiaz who also kept it tight and were among the wickets too, Ayub finishing with two and Imtiaz with four. The final overs were bowled by Imtiaz and Usman Sandhu and the Breakaways finished with 111 for 9 down after 19 overs – they had ten players only.

After a short innings break MCC began their assault at 17:50 opening with Otmankhil, who had taken a good stumping to move to the top of the stumping table and Amin Khan of cross-batting fame. Otmankhil was in test match mode, Khan in T10 mode but throughout the innings we never came close to the run rate required. The first wicket fell at 29, Amin Khan going for 26 from 13 balls in the fourth over. Next to go in the 8th over was Otmankhil having scored 7 from 15 balls. At the crease now were Kerr, playing his first game for the club and Ayub, MOM in the earlier T20. Ayub went for 1 from 7 balls in the 10th over and Kerr for 9 from 14 balls in the 11th over with the score on 48. Usman and Mahmud Khan were now at the crease but not for long. Mahmud was run out in the 13th over having scored 5 from 11 balls while Usman was run out for 4 from 6 balls in the next over. Captain Alagh made a brief appearance scoring 2 from 2 balls and was followed in the same over by Imtiaz, also 2 from 2 balls, the score at the end of the 16th over being 68 for 8 wickets. After three balls of the next over the rain increased to heavy, Helmut returned after a day out and insisted we leave because it was already past 7pm so the game was abandoned.

Otmanknil, 7, LBW, 1 stumping

Khan Amin, 26, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 1 wkt

Kerr, 9, bowled, 1 catch

Ayub, 1, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs. 2 wkts

Sandhu, 5, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Khan Mahmud, 4, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Alagh, 2, bowled,

Toke, 5*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Imtiaz, 2, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 4 wkts

Butt, 3*

MCC, 71 – 8 in 16.3 overs nearly lost to Breakaways, 111 – 9 in 19 overs before the game was abandoned.

MCC MOM: Imtiaz (not usually awarded in an abandoned match but we would have lost by a large margin had Helmut not intervened).