Friendlies 2009

Friendlies 2009

Match Details MCC vs POCC April 5 away in Hasenbergl

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey lbw 3
Lovell b 22
Weston b 6
Van Giezen b 8
Furlonger b 7
Morgan b 5
Giles b 27
Hobbs b 16
Blades no 10
Rabbani no 2
Wilson dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 144 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Wilson 4 0 34 1
Blades 6 0 30 4
Weston 6 0 37 1
Rabbani 6 0 28 0
Hobbs 2 0 6 1
Garner 1 1 0 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost to friendly opener by 1 wkt.

Comments on the Match

“I know that spring is in the air, I’ll wake my friends and wish them cheer, with glorious news that spring is here”. It was time to collect the kit from the cellar and head to Hasenbergl in the north of Munich for a friendly against the Pak Orient. It was a beautiful sunny day, around 19°C and although there were cloudbursts in the west we were able to get in full 30 over game with no interruptions. Ah the joyful anticipation of hearing leather on willow or Lovell attempting to influence the umpire by exclaiming “bowled” every time we bowled a wide. He was pretty hoarse at the end of the match as we bowled 50 of them in 25 overs. MCC batted first and scored 144 for 8 from 30 overs, senior player Giles top scoring with 27, including a couple of uncharacteristic slogs to disturb the animals down in cow corner. Judith Durham was spotted in the bushes down the far end but she didn’t come over to chat at all, presumable being still embarrassed by her table dance during out recent visit to the Forschungsbrauerei. Pak Orient made 144 for 10 in 25 overs in reply – it was a bat 12, field 11 fixture – however our extras were the highest single score in the game and our fifty wides equalled the 50 not out for Pak Orient by Mateen. The English captain is always asked what positives he can take out of the most recent hammering so what can MCC take out of this? Giles passed his 2000 runs aggregate for the club and, although still fifth in the all-time run scorers table has a real chance to move up a couple of places. Jack Hobbs, sometimes erroneously referred to as Charles, made his highest score for the club to date and Bunty Blades had a 4-for. This takes him to joint equal second with Chris Langfelder in the all-time wicket takers list and Tony Jacobs will be having sleepless nights as the gap between first and second narrows…..

MCC Man of The Match

Gilo. Top scored and completed 2000 milestone for the club. Blades – 4 sticks now joint second in all time wkts for MCC. But still no Michelle.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient Sunday 19 April

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfreyman b 85
Mr Wright ct 28
Major Rabbani b 7
Barry Gibb b 0
Joel Garner b 6
6 cans Furlonger run out 30
Bunty Blades no 16
Hobbs eh? b 9
Wilmington Didge no 1
Scott dnb dnb
Fiedler dnb
TOTAL 35 Overs 231 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Rabbani 2 0 19 0
Gibb 5 0 28 2
Garner 6.5 0 43 4
Blades 8 0 52 0
Hobbs 2 0 13 1
Wilmington 1 0 11 0
Scott 8 0 31 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost a thriller by one solitary run.

Comments on the Match

from the Chairman..Sunday 19th was another beautiful spring day, well worth casting a few clouts although May has not even begun. What was scheduled to be a bat 13, field 11 fixture degenerated by the agreed start time to a standard 11 a side match of 35 overs. Arnab bailed at 3 in the morning by email and the general feeling was, we wish him luck and hope she was pretty. Jono Wright turned up to watch in very fetching colourful shorts – shades of the chairman’s camouflage kit here – and was roped in to play as two others had bailed by then. Pak Orient won the toss and decided to bat. Captain Palfrey – he’s a Tasmanian – gave a stirring pre-match pep talk underlining the need to bowl fewer wides than the previous week. I know he gave the talk for I was there substituting for Gus who was still suffering from several rounds Caiperinhos and didn’t arrive until eight overs had been played. Still the talk had some effect for this week the wides total was halved to 25 and this in five more overs. Garner took a four-for and, in general, everyone bowled well considering there have been no nets and it was only the second match of the season. We had one new player, Jan Fiedler, a slow bowler who learned his trade a school in Ireland. He neither bowled nor batted but fielded well and, as happens when you are new, the ball followed him everywhere. Didgeridoo Wilmington appeared again after 13 years and claimed a promotion in the batting order due to having played “I dreamed a dream” over 5000 times in his professional career. The captain duly put him in his place. MCC began well when we batted with Palfrey-man and Majid putting a good opening partnership together and later Palfrey and Gus had an even more aggressive partnership. In the end we lost by one run, Pak Orient scoring 232 for 10 in 34.5 overs and MCC scoring 231 for 7 in 35 overs with Blades and Palfrey both enjoying vastly differing fifties.

MCC Man of The Match

Palfrey

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Match Details MCC vs Saturday 2nd May v Serendib in English G

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey b 38
Weston ct 98
Di Perna b 0
Clare b 5
Garner ct 5
Furlonger no 1
Albert b 0
Algar b 0
Blades no 0
Scott dnb
Gibb dnb
TOTAL 38 Overs 167 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 6 0 16 1
Algar 2 0 16 0
Clare 4 0 19 1
Gibb 8 0 37 1
Garner 7 0 26 4
Scott 5.2 1 12 1
Weston 5 0 32 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won an exciting game by 5 runs.

Comments on the Match

Fresh from the tour to Ljubljana a working party of eight turned up early to repair the Flicx pitch before our first home game of the season against Serendib, or rather a team consisting of players from Serendib, Pak Orient, CCB and the MICs. Weston duly won the toss and chose to bat with himself and Palfrey putting on a splendid opening partnership of 123 before Palfrey fell for 38 in the 25th over. DiPerna playing his first match of the season chose to follow him one ball later and had great fun afterwards talking us through his innings ball-by-ball and describing the simply unplayable one. Weston finally went for 98 being caught on the boundary in the 37th over. Unfortunately, after Palfrey and Weston everything went pear-shaped and the score changed from 123 for 0 in 24 overs to 167 for 7 in 38 overs, only partly due to some really good bowling by Ravi who took 4 for 12 in 6 overs. That was too much for the Munich weather and the heavens opened for about 45 minutes so the game was reduced to 38 overs. Wickets fell pretty regularly but Serendib were always up with the run rate and needed only 6 runs off the final over to win. Fortunately Scott bowled a straight one and the batsman panicked and tried to hit him out of the ground finishing up bowled, middle stump, to complete a superb match. The wickets were spread around MCC`s bowlers with Garner taking his second four-for of the season making him the leading wicket taker so far. His first three wickets were a hat trick – stumped off a leg-side wide, bowled and caught at mid-on. For the post match celebrations, Bunty had done a little gardening and was the life and soul of the party at the Chinese Tower.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. Whet club batting general secretary.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB Sunday 10 May away in Z strasse

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey ct 13
Lovell ct 70
Giles b 7
Fudge b 4
Lewis lbw 0
Di Perna b 61
Weston no 40
Gibb ct 9
Blades b 2
Finch no 1
Garner dnb
TOTAL 35 Overs 259 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Palfrey 5 1 11 1
Blades 3 0 19 1
Finch 3 0 12 3
Garner 3 0 16 1
Weston 2 0 10 0
Lewis 6.3 0 22 3
Gibb 2 0 8 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won comprehensively by 139 runs.

Comments on the Match

A record 5th wicket partnership by Lovell (70) and Di Perna (61) of 124 set MCC up for a big score away at CCB. Short boundaries, a brisk outfield and it was help yourself at the buffet bar. Weston filled his boots late on with a faced 40 not out. Mcc racking up 259 in their 35 overs. In reply the home side were never in it. Pick of the bowlers were Finchy with 3-12 and debutant Lewis with 3-22 both with left arm darts from the top end. The only end. The end.

MCC Man of The Match

Lovell 70.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 11 June 2009 Johasenbergl

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Clare b 31
Giles b 8
Weston lbw 19
Lovell ct 56
Albert b 23
Palfrey ct 9
Lee b 3
George no 7
Jegannath no 7
Blades no 1
Rabbani dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 192 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Palfrey 6 0 16 2
Blades 6 0 26 0
Clare 4.1 0 43 0
Weston 3 0 35 5
Lee 2 0 24 0
Jegannath 2 0 36 0
Rabbani 2 0 16 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 2 wkts.

Comments on the Match

MCC totted up a competitive total with Lovell top scoring with 56. Some brutal hitting by some new POCC blood took the home team comfortably within reach of the total as the bowling became ragged. Weston salvaged something with 4 late wkts including a bizarre hat-trick. Shabash.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston – hat-trick.

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Match Details MCC vs Punjab CC 4/7/09 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey ct 35
Scott ct 18
Rabbani b 13
Gale b 15
Sobek b 10
Imran guest b 0
Miller b 6
Morning Maygar b 3
Mayston b 0
Blades no 10
Deol guest ct 1
TOTAL 26.3 Overs 116 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Maygar 3 0 11 2
Blades 4 0 27 1
Gale 1 0 1 0
Scott 4 0 18 2
Palfrey 3.3 0 19 3
Rabbani 4 0 23 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 1 wkt

Comments on the Match

With many members in Vienna for the annual mini-world-cup it proved to be an onerous task – in fact impossible – to get a full team out for the first friendly against the newly formed Punjab CC. However, Andy Mayston from Reading who has lived in Germany for 11 years but has never ever played cricket in his life turned out and we were able to get two players from Punjab to play for us as well as a welcome return from the incapacitated Alan Bail and our no3, Sobek – how we have missed his sitting outside the changing room dressed only in his jock strap. These two put on a good middle order partnership, filled with 9 iron heaves. The Punjabis were all young and athletic but chose to field after winning the toss. An excellent opening partnership of 60 between Palfrey and Scott followed by 20 for the second wicket between Scott and Rabbani seemed to suggest that a high MCC score was on the cards. After Rabbani fell for 11, the following scores were 3, 0, 0, 0, 3, 0, 10* and 1, three of the ducks being golden ones – bad shot selection there Geoffrey! Alan Bail and “falls-into-buses” Mayger, broke the ducks with three each and Blades played a magnificent rearguard in terms of the total score being 10 not out and featuring in 9th and 10th wicket stands of 10 and 14 respectively. The MCC score needs qualifying in that Gale was hampered by not wearing his Jock outside his trousers and Sobek went for a golden duck claiming he was too frightened of hitting the ball far and possibly injuring Gale’s six month old son Benjy on the cow boundary. Thanks to 33 extras MCC managed 116 – 10 after 26.3 overs. Our bowlers got off to the best possible start with “falls into buses” taking a wicket off his first ball, held at slip by Antarctic Scotty. Gale made an impressive return to bowling and was the only MCC bowler not to give any wides. Generally though Punjab was always up on the required run rate but lost wickets regularly so we were always in with a chance. After 19 overs they were 114 for 9 and with MCC bowling a total of 26 wides it was fitting that the final balls were 1, wide, wide, giving Punjab CC a one wicket victory after 20.1 overs. In fact we could have had them all out in the 19th over when Miller took a magnificent catch but put his foot over the boundary making nothing into a six. It had been a beautiful afternoon, 25 ° plus, lots of sunshine, and, considering the Friday training was cancelled because of flooding, we were extremely lucky to have got the game in at all. Also having only played some 45 overs total the game was finished before 4 pm so we were able to sit around and enjoy Helmut’s Augustiner before heading off for several Mass at the Chinese tower. There is no truth in the rumour that Blades, Bradley and Maygar were incapable and climbed in to the wrong bus to get to the Ostbahnhof.

MCC Man of The Match

Palfrey

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs Tourists from Exeter 19/7/09

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey ct 20
Jegannath lbw 28
Clare ct 48
Furlonger no 48
Sear no 69
Blades dnb
Wilson dnb
Maygar dnb
Miller dnb
Bushell dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 247 for 3

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 6 1 11 3
Maygar 5 0 10 1
Palfrey 1 0 2 0
Wilson 5 1 13 2
Sear 3 0 10 2
Miller 2.3 0 5 1
Bushell 2 0 7 1

Summary of Match Result

A comprehensive victory by MCC – 184 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc knocked up an imposing total with every batsman filling their faces at the buffet bar. Help yourself. In reply the tourists looked to have enjoyed a surfeit of Munich hospitality and were bowled out cheaply with Bunty Blades the pick of the bowlers.

MCC Man of The Match

Sear back to form with the bat, top scoring with 69no.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient August 16 away

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Furlonger b 17
Garner lbw 3
Metcalfe ct 11
Wilmington ro 11
Stevenson b 26
Palfrey ct 12
Blades b 5
Scott lbw 5
Finch b 0
Weston no 4
Weston b 3
TOTAL 29.2 Overs 134 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 6 0 30 0
Blades 6 0 36 3
Stevenson 4 0 31 3
Finch 2 0 10 0
Metcalfe 5 1 18 4
Palfrey 1 0 11 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost friendly by 4 runs.

Comments on the Match

In game 23 of the 2009 WSC friendly challenge Pak Orient won the toss and chose to bat. A 30 over match on a beautiful summer’s day in Johasenbergl – 28° and a blue/white Bavarian sky. MCC had had some difficulty getting a full team out to the extent that even the chairman brought his kit to the game. Fortunately an effervescent Aussie from Innsbruck, complete with Crocodile Dundee hat, and Ken Weston, father of club captain and Trentino late night flasher Daniel saved us from this embarrassment. Pak Orient lost wickets regularly with the first and second wicket partnerships of 32 and 45 respectively being the best they could do and were all out for 138 in 24 overs. Metcalfe taking a four-for with Blades and Crocodile Stevenson each taking three. Blades second wicket took him to 200 wickets aggregate for the club and he is now only a few behind leading wicket taker Tony Jacobs. In reply MCC got off to a brisk start with Furlonger being particularly aggressive before being bowled for 17 when the score was 26. Thereafter there was nothing much to write home about apart from a 53 run fourth wicket partnership between Didgeroo Dean and Crocodile again, Croc being the highest scorer with 26 and MCC finished with 134 all out in 29.2 overs.

MCC Man of The Match

Stevenson runs and wkts on deyboo.

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Vienna 2009

For those Vienna tour veterans among you, this report might not contain the high level of carnage you have come to expect from a jolly to the Austrian capital. However, don’t let your anticipation die just yet. What was lost on the social side was more than made up for on the field of play at the Viennese World Cup.

Hauptbahnhof. International Presse Stand. Friday 9:05am. Weston, Clare, Garner, Fudge, van G & Finch all turned up in high spirits, on time, totally sober and fully rested. Angus would not have approved! Greg Koch was already in Vienna, sent on ahead as a scouting party and to look after the needs of a 32 year old lady he’d met there some years before. What a gent!
In the whole duration of the 4+ hour train journey, a mere 1 beer was consumed by the MCC. Could this mean that winning the trophy was more important than Wien carnage? Angus would not have approved!

Figure 1 – MCC. Morgue Cricket Club?

Discussions on the train through the land of schnitzel & fritzl surrounded the 3rd pool game, which was due to start at 8:00 on the Saturday. This would have meant leaving the hostel at 7am. Angus would not have approved and neither did any of the 6 tourists. It was unanimously decided that we would seek to play the Saturday morning game on Friday.

With plenty of time to spare before the first pool game the preferred mode of transport was U-Bahn & bus to the ground. The sun was shining and upon arrival at Markomannenstrasse we could see the tournament was in full swing with Siva (the Austrian Richter) as ever more than happy to see the MCC.
As the Danish Sri Lankans were stuck in heavy traffic and heavy weather somewhere around the German-Austrian border our 8:00am game was duly brought forward.
Opening up against one of the 3 teams from Hungary, captain Weston won the toss and elected to bat. This turned out to be an excellent decision with Weston leading from the front with a quick fire 80-odd not out (which included a 100+ partnership with Vienna debutant Fudgey) and the MCC posting a daunting 160. Westy’s hitting lead the locals to set a fielder on the 3rd floor of the nearby building site to retrieve the ball. The target was never in danger of being gotten by the opposition. Game on, game one in the bag.
Second up were the New Zealanders and they too were dispatched with little fuss. Again batting first after winning the toss Westy managed a 60+ score this time (not out again) but was over-shadowed by Rich “Rick Flair” Clare who was hitting the cherry all over the place. He went big early and reaped the benefits.
No rest for the wicked with the Danish Sri Lankans now on the scene it was time for the MCC to field first. With only 76 needed and the sun long departed Westy hit a quick fire 40 before Rick Flair managed to trouble the scorers. The light was so bad that both Clare and Weston were struck on the scone. The opposing captain thinking it a fine time to bounce the batsmen. Cheers. When Weston and Clare departed, it was down to Fudgey and Dennis VG to bring the MCC home (though with the light so bad, not many spectators (or fielders?) witnessed the winning runs).

Figure 2 – Friday night sausagefest.

Wombats. A true Viennese institution and the best night’s sleep you can have anywhere for a mere 21€ with whisky cola going for under 3€ a pop.
Unfortunately, by ensuring a late morning start on the Saturday the MCC carnage brigade did not arrive at Wombats until close to 10:30pm. Therefore, even though exhausted from a hat trick of matches, there was little time to rest. Showers for all and a few quick beers/whisky colas/vodka redbulls in the bar and it was go go go. Let the games begin. Or not.
Having made it a staggering 30 metres from the hostel we stumbled into the local kebab house where Westy duly ordered whisky cola for all, but they had no license. Hunger suddenly outweighed the need for alcohol so it was Dürems all round. The friendly owner then produced 2 bottles of Ballentines and said the whisky was on him, we only had to buy the cola to go with it the cola had to be bought. 6€ for a dürem and 2 whisky-colas each, bargain!

Taxis were required to downtown with the U-bahn no longer running. Destination (of course) Schwedenplatz & the Bermuda Triangle. Already into the wee hours of Saturday Wien was not as pumping as expected. In the first bar (Gnadenlos) Fudge and Garner managed to entice a rather nice looking lady into conversation (from Innsbruck I believe) but that was as far as things went there and the MCC were on the move.
Due to Herr Koch looking after the further needs of said 32 year old, it was bestowed upon Herr Kapitain Weston to lead the way and taxis to Passage which was apparently the Viennese P1.
A couple of hours were killed dancing, drinking and watching the real Brüno prance around the dance floor (yes, that was the highlight of the evening!!!) then it was time to call it a night and head back to the Bats and a whole 4 hours sleep.

With qualification for the semis already almost a cert, it was decided to rest “The Flair” for the game against the Hungarians, which turned out to be a mistake as even though Westy starred again with the bat, the boys from Budapest made the meagre target of 86 with an over or so to spare and the loss of only 1 wicket. A wake up call for the MCC indeed.
The penultimate game of the round-robin phase (and the last on Saturday) saw the MCC chase down a total that no one can seem to remember, but again “the Flair” was there to see us home aided by VG (who was so pleased with his innings he dedicated it the club’s famous impala bat which had helped him score all those runs… even though he had actually used a different bat!). Oh, we do remember that the opposition were team NZ again (for the record).

Figure 3 – The Impala – Dennis’ favourite bat.

After finishing playing for the day, the MCC stayed for Siva’s world famous curry and a few Pittingers: Premium Schankbier. The MCC also fulfilled their umpiring requirements, although the Kiwi batsman thought Garner had perhaps had one too many Schankbiers after being triggered from square leg.

Figure 4 – Ghana with a Premium Shankbier. A must before going out to umpire.

Semi-final spot secured, no need to hold back tonight. Vienna at our mercy…
Unfortunately, not a lot to report on the usually large night antics of a Saturday in Vienna. Of the 6 team members who stayed at the Wombats, only 3 made it down for an after shower beer, then Fudgey & Finchy were left alone with one of the Hungarian teams who had ventured across town to spend a legendary night on the lash with the MCC, only to leave an hour later none the wiser as to why they were going home sober. By 0:30 the MCC were all soundly tucked up in bed. Well, except for Herr Koch who had finally got a pass out from his Viennese lover but instead of coming to the Wombats he decided an sms would suffice and that those of us who wanted to party on knew where he was.

For the 1st time in living memory, the MCC turned up for the final day of the Viennese World Cup totally rested, relaxed and sober! Siva could not believe his eyes and a few other teams were disappointed to say the least (they remembered the rabble that was last year on the Sunday I guess).
There was one casualty though. Herr Koch apparently had to leave Vienna earlier than planned as his ride was departing at midday, not 6pm, so the MCC were down to the bare bones of 6 players, all who now knew glory could be theirs from here on in.
The final group game saw the MCC play a 2nd team from Hungary and (yes you’ve guessed it) Westy and Clare open with the latter managing a 444461 over ensuring the out of form Kapitain was kept safely at the non-strikers end and 115 were scored in total. Hungary never looked like attaining the target and the MCC were certain that they had finished with the most points, however, this was not the case. Beaten into 2nd place by the Sri Lankans, the MCC would face the local Austrian boys in the semi-final.

The Austrians won the toss and batted first. Their young opener who had been dominating the pool games was bowled by Westy in the 2nd over, and the MCC took regular wickets to skittle them all out for 59. The MCC cantered home with Clare hitting a 6 onto the tin roof at deep square to secure the victory.

The final was against the Hungarian team who had so convincingly beaten the MCC the day prior. This time, however, the MCC got off to a flier batting first. Even with the early loss of the Flair, Westy and Fudgey managed to put on another 100+ stand and when Hungary came out to chase, the only concern the MCC had was time. The train to Munich was due to depart in just over an hour. Matters were not helped by Finch tearing ligaments in his ankle after 3 balls of the Hungarian innings. Even when Barbie came over to try to console young Finch, the devastation was too much. Oh, for those of you who don’t know who Barbie is, ask Finchie or check out his Facedbook page 😉
Victory assured, a quick photo session and speech from Siva and Westy and it was into the taxis and a dash for Westbahnhof. Arrival 18:00 hrs, train departure 18:15hrs. Knapp aber geschafft!

Figure 5 – Westy receiving the trophy from the amiable host Siva.

All in all it was a great team performance. Too many to bore you with here, but I am sure those who were there on this famous weekend shall never forget …
…Westy knocking the ball into the apartment blocks which are being built behind the pavilion, along with his 390 runs, only 2 outs, so an average of 195
…Rich Clare knocking a 6 over the fence and out onto the road and other various pull shots throughout the weekend
…Fudgey dropping catches for fun (2 off of Finchy’s bowling) and only taking a caught and bowled (stunner though)
…Van Giezen’s valiant effort behind the stumps and his belief in the impala
…Greg Koch’s wonderful catch at deep long on/cow corner and his Sunday Houdini act
…Garner’s arse which helped Finchy’s bowling action become a lot more accurate (don’t ask!) as well as him going to Austria to “live the dream” (buy a house, raise a family and keep them in the cellar)
…Finch managing to clean bowl a batsman who was trying to do the KP reverse (left handed) pull shot to an awful full toss.

Figure 6 – The Viennese world cup winning six. Back (left to right): Fudge, Garner, Finch. Front: Weston, Clare, van Giezen. AWOL: Koch.

As the taxis approached Westbahnhof, Westy noticed a conspicuous vagrant with black hair carrying a cricket bat and wearing a green t-shirt similar to that of Herr Koch. The same Herr Koch who should have been well within Munich’s city limits by now. Hmmmm, something suspicious there. Westy tried to call Herr Koch, who did not answer (surprise, surprise) so an sms was dispatched. Reply was cryptic to say the least. And his explanation when back in Munich… Your guess is as good as ours! (Greg, care to elaborate now?)

For the first time in the history of the tournament the trophy was allowed to leave Vienna so on the train ride home there were photos galore taken with the prized cup. Then it was time for sandwiches, sleep and reflections on a highly successful weekend for the MCC in Austria (well on the pitch at least). Would Angus have approved…?

League 2009

Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa May 23

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell ro 22
Palfrey b 7
Weston c 34
Di Perna b 4
Clare b 1
Algar b 8
Wright ct 3
Garner no 4
Gibb ro 0
Lewis st 0
Blades ro 0
TOTAL 27.3 Overs 111 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 6 0 22 1
Garner 4 0 17 0
Clare 4 0 17 1
Lewis 6 0 25 4
Gibb 4 0 15 3

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 16 runs.

Comments on the Match

Dachau Dan on debut. Inspector Lewis with 4-25 with his left arm darts.

MCC Man of The Match

Mcc subsided to 111 all out from a promising 50-1 in the 10th over. Lovell was run out when going well by a direct hit and Weston caught on fence. No-one else reached double figures in an innings which included 3 run outs. In reply the Lufthansa opener was also run out first ball in a moment of pure farce – Palfrey fooling him by dropping him. The introduction of spin with Lewis and Gibb turned the tide in MCC favour and aided by some keen fielding MCC ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end.

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Match Details MCC vs MICC May 30

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey b 7
Lovell 0 5
Wright ro 0
Weston ct 19
Clare ct 17
Lewis ct 4
Furlonger b 12
Garner b 0
Fudge ct 11
Blades b 6
Scott no 6
TOTAL 33 Overs 117 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 23 1
Blades 6 0 22 1
Lewis 8 0 25 1
Clare 3.1 0 15 1
Garner 2 0 23 0
Wright 2 0 9 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 7 wkts

Comments on the Match

MCC were comprehensively outplayed by home team MICC. MCC were inserted and skittled for 117 in the face of some good bowling. In reply MCC took some early wickets with some good bowling by Blades, Scott and Lewis but then around 5pm the buffet wagon arrived bringing with it an assortment of juicy full tosses, half trackers and general cafeteria fare…help yourself.

MCC Man of The Match

Des the scorer.

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Match Details MCC vs Tegernsee July 11 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Lewis b 11
Clare lbw 0
Weston lbw 0
Di Perna ro 76
Wright ct 11
Rabbani c&b 0
Van Giezen lbw 0
Sear b 49
Garner lbw 5
Jegannath no 6
Blades lbw 11
TOTAL 39.5 Overs 205 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 8 1 34 3
Clare 4 0 20 1
Sear 6 0 20 1
Rabbani 5 1 11 2
Lewis 4.2 0 14 1
Garner 2 0 11 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 92 runs.

Comments on the Match

MCC just managed to get 11 players out after Carr had injured his knee bowling his first ball at Friday nets. Fortunately 12th man Jegannath was on hand to fill the spot. Weston duly won the toss and chose to bat on an overcast day but at least no rain – not even in Patagonia. Lewis and Clare opened and put on a single for the 1st wicket followed by nothing for the second wicket. Things were not going well until Di Perna joined Lewis at the crease and a splendid 3rd wicket partnership of 51 ensued followed by another 40 for the fourth. Then came partnerships of 0, 0, 39, 42, 13 and 19. Di Perna finally falling for 76 and Sear for 49 to give a total of 205 for 10 in 38.5overs including total of 5 lbw decisions. The match qualified as a home fixture for Tegernsee and in true cricketing tradition they provided teas for both teams including some delicious smoked salmon sandwiches. All MCC bowlers were among the wickets, the pick of them being Rabbani with 2 for 11 off 5 overs. Blades took a three-for and has leapfrogged Gibb to lead the wickets taken so far with 16 followed by Gibb, Garner and Lewis all on 14. Tegernsee were all out for 113 in 29.2 overs.

MCC Man of The Match

Di Perna top score and quick behind the stumps.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 25 July home

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Clare b 41
Furlonger b 9
Weston ro 15
Lovell ro 31
Di Perna ct 0
Wright ct 9
Sear no 22
Rabbani ro 10
Blades no 9
Scott dnb
Gibb dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 180 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 8 0 30 1
Weston 8 0 52 3
Wright 6 1 28 1
Scott 4 0 19 2
Clare 3 0 14 0
Gibb 4 0 28 0
Sear 1 0 8 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost league decider by 3 wickets

Comments on the Match

A rain affected game at home v the Pakistanis, four or five rain interruptions on the flicx pitch meant a stop start scenario for the batsman. Clare top scored ably supported by Lovell. Pak Orient fielded keenly hence the three run outs. A score of 180 was very competitive. Early wickets gave MCC the edge before a missed stumping swayed the match. Ali progressed serenely scoring a match winning 89* with MCC serving up some indifferent bowling.

MCC Man of The Match

Cloth – to dry the ball.

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Match Details MCC vs SSC Away July 26

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Clare c 0
Furlonger c 9
Weston b 63
Lovell c 6
Di Perna ro 30
Wright c 8
Sear ro 4
Fudge no 12
Blades b 4
Scott b 0
Gibb dnb inj
TOTAL 35.2 Overs 145 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 7 0 39 3
Scott 8 1 27 0
Fudge 4 0 37 2
Wright 5.5 0 45 1
Gibb 1 0 22 1
Weston 2 0 12 1
Clare 6 0 35 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost comprehensively by 100 runs. Also bowled Sear 6-0-35-0

Comments on the Match

A jaded performance from MCC after losing league decider the day before. Highlights only sub fielder 2 pot wilson’s keen display in the outfield. Barry Gibb went off injured with a busted quad. A nice catch by Gus at short cover, very unlike any Man City goalkeeper. Good catch by Clare on the boundary unfortunately ruined by a very Kiwi village celebration. Match best forgotten and put to bed.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston – nice batting while it lasted.

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Match Details MCC vs Tegernsee 8th August BCV T20 home

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston b 20
Sear ct 44
Furlonger ct 39
Clare no 51
Wright b 0
Rabbani no 39
Metcalfe dnb
Jegannath dnb
Blades dnb
Scott dnb
Scott
TOTAL 20 Overs 234 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 3 1 4 1
Blades 4 1 11 0
Rabbani 1 0 3 1
Sear 2 0 4 3
Wright 1 0 3 1
Jegannath 2 0 7 0
Garner 3 0 15 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 152 runs

Comments on the Match

Mcc posted a record T20 total racking up an imposing 231-4. Clare top scored with an unbeaten 51 ably supported by Maj Bishop Rabbani also unbeaten on 39. Runs and cans for Angus with 39 before he overheated. Sear opened up and weighed in with 44. In reply Tegernsee sauntered to 79 – 7 off their allocation with Sear the pick of the bowlers.

MCC Man of The Match

Sear, runs and wkts.

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Match Details MCC vs Serendip BCV T20 August 9 away

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston no 125
Sear b 0
Lovell ct 20
Furlonger b 5
Clare b 8
Wright b 1
Rabbani no 16
Scott dnb
Blades dnb
Fudge dnb
Garner dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 198 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 4 0 41 0
Blades 3.2 0 32 1
Clare 4 0 37 2
Fudge 1 0 12 2
Wright 1 0 2 1
Sear 4 0 32 2
Garner 2 0 18 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC won a tight game by 22 runs.

Comments on the Match

MCC were indebted to a delightful innings by Weston with an unbeaten 125 with some power hitting. Mini partnerships along the way with Lovell and Maj Bishop Rabbani meant MCC were able to post a competitive 198 on the postage stamp boundaries of Perlach. Bowlers came in for some tap and the home side had a chance to win before a stunning catch by Clare off Fudge tipped the balance. Fudgey took two wickets in his only over amongst the sundries. Catches win matches.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. Lovely innings. Chanceless.

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Budapest 2009

Friday: Day one: Location: MCC Mad House: Ambiance: Mustard: Everyone: The tour was being built up all season from the boys as a potential all time classic MCC away trip. Never mind side roads, off the beaten track – this was head first straight down the Autobahn without brakes, with a list of attendees that would have made Keith Richards wet the bed. Brilliant. The majority of the troops met, bright eyed and bushy tailed at Munich International Airport at 5amish. Early morning flights are known as the red eye flight and a certain Brisbane boy didn’t disappoint. To say there was a strong whiff of eau de carnage would be an understatement. We were stinking. The OCC `s (Old Cnut’s Club) soon settled in to their stride with Weissbiers and were seen bowling line and length all weekend. On arrival at Budapist International Airport, the OCC quickly decided that the best form off attack was more lash (and truck loads of it) ASAP. We made it to the hostel where we met a true trooper in the name of Adrian whose hostel he had kindly donated to the MCC fight and their weekend activities. Adrian led us to a local bar for “Breakfast” – for the OCC that was more lunatic soup, and for the girls it was OJs all round and a slice of toast. The girls soon realized that they had boarded the wrong flight for the all inclusive girls guide camping trip to Melton Mowbray, and sharply dispatched OJs for pints of local lunatic soup. All aboard. Next stop, you tell me pal. You know it makes sense. Adrian was leading the charge and did a great impression for someone that was meant to be working. The boys took in some more culture all afternoon and by this time Stephen Anthony (Budapest God) turned up for light refreshments by the Danlube.

Pre-carnage on the Danube.

Everyone was nicely poised at this stage, after all it was 2pm on a Friday, and we were in Eastern Europe, on a cricket tour, amongst friends, with a tour party that would have made Mick Jagger shit the bed. We were happy to hear that one of our boys had safely made the trip from Innsbruck to Budapist on the overnight CanFransico Express. Pants round the ankles, a shiner, an animal laugh, and enough love for everyone and their cans, Mr. Stevenson made his entrance. Things were never gonna be quite the same again. We thought we were thirsty. Fuck me. To be fair it is a fucking long way from Innsbruck to Buda. And to be fair he did board the overnight train with 12 cold fresh (bare minimum I might add), and to be fair he wasn’t going on a big, no expenses paid, all you can carpet munch lezza camping trip with the girl guides. This is the MCC. It’s what we do. This is how we roll. We’re here for business. We’re looking for a good time (you and your mother). If the Chairman found out that there was no tour debauchery we would never, ever, be invited to the closing of the Förschungs again for pints of Piss, er sorry I meant Pilsissimus (thanks Mr Lees). Forget your reserved tables. Shambles. The rest of Friday night was, as you can imagine, a fairly muted affair with most of us tucked up by 5am, absolutely reeling. Dig out your soul. Let’s not forget there was a cricket game to be played in 4 hours and we were representing not only the MCC, but the BCV and also German Cricket as a whole. I know that this was at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as our heads touched the pillows, and we dreamt of a sticky wicket with Steffi opening an all pace attack. Touch.

Animal Day 1. Too big, too early.

Saturday: Day two: Location: MCC Mad House in the storm of the Budapest eye: Ambiance: Mustard: Everyone: No shit. The boys were up and at them early doors as we met the Budapest lads outside the hostel and soon struck up an immediate respect. Two tokes and pass the duchy to the left hand side. And don’t forget the driver. Budapest God soon had a couple crates of cold fresh for the boys to sample. And boy did we sample, at 9am. It’s what we do. The long wait for the coach soon washed away along with our cares in the world, as Animal kindly pointed out that this was indeed the first house that Hitler ever had a wank in. Keith Richards called for his mummy at this stage but was told, politely, but firmly, to fuck off, pull his socks up and get the beers in.

Animal met the locals while we waited for the bus.

A luscious ground, loads of fit birds in bikinis, free bar, gammon goalposts, with a magnificent pavilion awaited us as we stepped off the coach. Well not really, but fuck it, it sounds good. MCC enjoyed generous hosts buffet, especially the Vice, who in the words of Richie Benaud, absolutely twatted the ball to all corners. Big Bird looked like a Big Bird possessed on Helles and went big and early. We’ve taught him well. Pintsmanship at its very best. With plenty on the board, the hosts were invited to show us their cover drives. Animal, down in the book as “right arm pissed” soon got stuck in to the Buda boys, and he bowled okay as well. Charles Hobbs was top notch, which is surprising considering he shaves his bollocks and the Bird caught a snorter in the gully. Handshakes, cans and Bob Dylan woodbines were swapped at the end of the game as everyone boarded the coach for the journey back.

Some cricket was played …

A quick can stop and a sprinkle of the sprinklers and we were back at the hostel before you can say Boycott beats his wife. Dave Gowers, a scrub of the nuts and a quick splash of eau de la shit faced for everyone and the boys were ready for action. And the action we were looking for was in house strippers. A quick whip round and some lovely young ladies turned up looking for a sausaging. Our boys were just looking for a strip show and the gammon soon disappeared as quickly as the JD and Coke’s that we were by now nailing. Usain Bolt drinking. Slurpers. A club overlooking Buda was next on the hit list. Bob Monk was quite possibly involved. Allegedly. Animal was seen throwing his jeans off the balcony but provided excellent fanny cover as the boys swooped in looking for anything female and with a dripping clunge. It’s a good job that we eventually stumbled out of there, as judging by the glint in Westy`s eyes, there would still be smoldering gash scattered around the rooftop now. A quick pint at the local strip club, even though the big bird was playing hard to get, she was still gagging for it though, and the boys made it home, all present and cunted officer.

Guess who?

Sunday: Day three: Location: MCC Mad House. Again. Ambiance: Mustard: Everyone: Again.

A sizzling 3 hours kip and it was up and at them to face the Hungarian champs on their own turf. And it was turf. Phil Turfnell. And the sun was shining, and we’d been on it for 2 days and the outfield wasn’t the best and ………. well we got a spanking. They were good and we were feeling the effects of Buda. Animal eventually got to the ground and soon had the lads pissing themselves with tales of being escorted out of a 5 star hotel after being woken up, in the foyer, asleep up a tree. We still had about 6hrs to kill after the game before we flew back home. There was some world class goulashing going on by everyone, dipping their bread, and generally looking and behaving like a bunch of lads who had enjoyed their Goulash all weekend. The grassy bank was turned in to a shrine for cuntedness and everyone took their rightful turn. Adrian, ever the perfect host, was knocking up some rather strong cigarettes in between the Goulash. Touch. With the time running out we said farewell to Goulash lady, Buda God, Adrian and Animal at the ground and headed back to the airport just as we had arrived – absolutely cunted and with a terrible thirst. Airside cans were enjoyed and we strolled on to the flight. Amazingly the pilot knew that it was Big Bird`s 30th birthday and gave him a shout. I know it, you know it, we all know it – it was our favorite MCC tour ever. Shove Zuoz up your arse and take your Fondue with you.

Top facts about Animal:

Animal can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.

When Animal jumps in the water he doesn’t get wet. The water gets Animaled.

Animal once nursed a baby elephant in to puberty.

If paper beats rock, rock beats scissors and scissors beats paper. Animal beats all of them.

Animal had the idea to sell his urine as a canned drink. We know this drink as Red Bull.

Animal can shit through the eye of a needle from six paces.

Animal can unscramble an egg.

Animal can gargle peanut butter

Animal sued Will Smith for making the film I am Legend without his permission

Animal can divide by zero

Animal can piss round corners

Animal knows where Osama Bin Laden is but doesn’t want to tell us

Animal ordered a Big Mac at Burger King and got one.

Animal is the 8th wonder of the world

Animal wasn’t born, he was hatched

Animal once shit a hammer

Animal turns shit in to wine. He’s not the messiah; he’s just a very naughty boy.

Animal once challenged Lance Armstrong to a “who has more testicles contest”…Animal won…by 5.

Animal can touch MC Hammer

Animal once tried to commit suicide ……..he tied a noose around his neck from a tree, drank poison, jumped off a cliff and shot himself! The bullet missed, hitting and snapping the noose, he hit the water so hard he threw up the poison on impact, and survived……..Animal is IMMORTAL!

Animal won the official world hide and seek championship in 1990 and is still yet to be found.

Animal lives on a diet of goat’s piss and petrol

Animal has the biggest collection of rocking horse shit in his back garden

Tour manager, tour reporter and most importantly, the man with the crate.

Summary 2009

MCC FIXTURES 2009

APRIL 5 FRIENDLY POCC AWAY Lost by 1 wkt

APRIL 19 FRIENDLY POCC AWAY Lost by 2 runs Palfrey 85 Furlonger 30 Garner 4-43

APRIL 24-26 MCC ANNUAL BOOT CAMP -LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Won by 64 runs Majid 59 Gibb 3-12

MAY 2 FRIENDLY HOME SSC Won by 5 runs Palfrey 38 Weston 98 Garner 4-26 including hat-trick

MAY 9 SSC 6ASIDE TOURNAMENT OUTDOORS Lost in group stages

MAY 10 FRIENDLY CCB AWAY Won by 139 runs Lovell 70 Di Perna 61 Weston 40* Lewis 3-22 Finch 3-12

MAY 16 LEAGUE POCC HOME Postponed Rain

MAY 23 LEAGUE HOME LSCC Won by 16 runs Weston 34 Lewis 4-25 Gibb 3-15

MAY 30 LEAGUE AWAY MICC Lost by 7 wkts

JUNE 6 LEAGUE SSC AWAY Postponed Rain

JUNE 11 FRIENDLY POCC AWAY Lost by 3 wkts Lovell 56 Weston 4-39

JUNE 19-21 ZUOZ INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT, SWITZERLAND – 3rd place

Lyceum Old Boys Won by 171 runs Weston 101 Lewis 71* Furlonger 40

Semi v Lodi Lost by 1 wkt Clare 45 Lovell 32 Wright 44 Gibb 3-43

3rd play play off v Lyceum School Won by 36 runs Gibb 86 Rabbani 59 & 3-11 Clare 3-28

JUNE 27 LEAGUE CCB HOME Won by 3 wkts Weston 71* Palfrey 3-22

JULY 3-5 VIENNA WORLD CUP 6aside TOURNAMENT, AUSTRIA Winners

JULY 4 FRIENDLY HOME PUNJAB CC Lost by 1 wkt Palfrey 35 & 3-19

JULY 11 LEAGUE HOME TEGERNSEE Won by 92 runs Di Perna 76 Sear 49 Blades 3-34

JULY 19 TOURING TEAM EXETER (UK) Won by 184 runs Clare 48 Furlonger 48* Sear 69* Blades 3-11

JULY 25 LEAGUE HOME POCC Lost by 3 wkts Clare 41 Lovell 31 Weston 3-52

JULY 26 SSC LEAGUE AWAY Lost by 100 runs Weston 63 Di Perna 30 Blades 3-39

AUGUST 8 BCV T20 TCC HOME Won by 152 runs Sear 44 & 3-4 Clare 51* Rabanni 39* Furlonger 39

AUGUST 9 BCV T20 SSC AWAY Won by 22 runs Weston 125*

AUGUST 16 FRIENDLY POCC AWAY Lost by 4 runs Stevenson 3-31 Blades 3-36 Metcalfe 4-18 AUGUST 22 BCV T20 LSCC Match abandoned RSP

AUGUST 29 FRIENDLY MICC HOME

SEPTEMBER 5 BCV T20 SEMI HOME CCB

SEPTEMBER 5 FRIENDLY T20 HOME LISVANE CC (WALES)

SEPTEMBER 11-13 BUDAPEST TOUR

SEPTEMBER 19 FRIENDLY HOME

SEPTEMBER 26/27 cut-off date BCV T20 FINAL

Friendlies 2008

Friendlies 2008

Match Details MCC vs PAK ORIENT APRIL 13 away in Hasenbergl

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston retd 51
Palfrey b 37
Di Perna ct 34
Arnab c&b 28
Furlonger * 12
Khanna b 12
Northover ro 1
Wilson * 0
Koch dnb dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 210 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Wilson 6 2 28 1
Northover 6 0 33 1
G Koch 3 0 24 1
Weston 4 0 21 3
Arnab 3 0 19 0
Khanna 4.2 1 13 2
Angus 2 1 1 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won opening game of season by 54 runs.

Comments on the Match

The 2008 season kicked off with a friendly match against Pak Orient away. A late withdrawal and an alcohol fuelled Saturday night meant that we started the match with nine men. Skipper Westy won the toss and decided to have a bat. It was a good decison as he and Sgt. Pepper Palfrey got us off to a great start. Sgt. was enjoying swinging his new meat and slapping the ball around the park. Westy showed his class with some tasty looking strokes as the openers operated at seven runs an over. Eventually Sgt. was bowled after a quick fire 37. Westy made 51 and retired at the drinks break in the 15th over. Di Perna and Arnab were next in and kept the run rate ticking over very nicely. They looked in good nick but were eventually both out caught but not before they had stamped their mark on the game (Di Perna 34 and Arnab 28). The last few overs saw Furlonger (12 not out), Khanna (12)and Northover on debut (1) push the MCC to 210 off their allocated 30 overs (35 extras). Bob Boulder got a rare chance to shine with the bat and looked in a class of his own when he faced and survived the final ball. Even with nine men we felt that we had a decent enough score to defend and so it proved. The new ball combination of Boulder and Northover got stuck in to the hosts straight away. The Skipper decided to bowl the pair through and they both picked up a wicket a piece for their efforts. Debutant Greg Koch got the chance to shine with the ball and did not disapoint. Arnab held on to a catch in the covers to give him his first wicket for the MCC. Not content with a dazzling 50 the Skipper picked up 3 wickets of his own. The catching was of the highest standard throughout the match and Wilson, Northover and Koch held on to beauties. Khanna mopped up the tail with his leggies and picked up a two for. Di Perna kept well and had a hand in a stumping and a run out as the hosts were eventually skittled for 156. Special thanks also to Heather the scorer. The scorebook has never looked so tidy or so colourful.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. >Due.

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Match Details MCC vs Allen Overy UK MAY 3 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Lovell ct 5
Palfrey st 74
Weston c&b 8
Arnab ro 1
Algar b 0
Wright ct 20
Clare ct 5
Furlonger no 26
Miller b 0
Wilson b 9
Langfelder no 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 179 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Wilson 7 0 37 2
Weston 8 0 22 1
Clare 3 0 9 2
Langfelder 4.1 0 16 2
Algar 6 0 17 1
Wright 1 0 9 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC beat the Uk tourists by 65 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc opening home fixture at the Hirschanger brought over Uk tourists Alans Ovaries from the multi cultural cesspit that is London. MCC were denied any Friday night victims at the Chinese Tower as the naive tourists chose rather to stay near to the airport. Basics. And thus a refreshed touring team walked through the English Garden ready to take on Munich. Apparently they were somewhat suprised that we didnt have a grass pitch. MCC were asked to bat first on a slightly damp slippery when wet plastic bag. Lovell provided their opening bowler with his first ever wicket after honing his teutonic action in the Lords nets over the winter. Weston hit a full bunger buffet ball straight to a fielder. Palfrey was alleged to have ran Arnab out for missing the train back from LJ. Algar proved that a week was a long time in cricket with a blob after 83 in LJ. Wright hit a few lusty blows in his 20 before he went weather watching. Amongst all this Palfrey batted serenely before the pressure of Angus’s 2Mass bet that he would score at least 75 got the better of him. The big can man himself Furlonger – how can we sleep when our cans are burning? – with a well made 26 ensured MCC posted a respectable total of 179 in their 40overs. In reply the highlight was a fantastic catch by Weston in the gully area. Diving upwards and taking a popped delivery behind his heid. Tremendous effort that. Veteran Chris Langfelder, a late addition to the team at literally the eleventh hour, ensured a comfortable victory with two quick wickets around the drinks break.

MCC Man of The Match

Mark Firestarter Palfrey. 74 well made runs. A white wine sort of a day.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB MAY 4 away

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston b 71
Arnab ct 45
Wright b 0
Furlonger ct 2
Sear b 23
Wilson b 14
Miller ro 1
Koch b 0
Morgan ct 12
Northover ct 1
Scott no 3
TOTAL 39.5 Overs 212 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 1 26 2
Wilson 8 0 27 0
Northover 6.2 0 25 4
Sear 6 0 28 2
Koch 4 0 35 1
Furlonger 3 0 33 1
Arnab 2 0 26 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 20 runs.

Comments on the Match

Pre season friendlies are about improving fitness and team spirit. The outcome of the match is sometimes irrelevant. Whilst improving fitness and spirit on a mild Sunday afternoon, the following occured: Scott and Wilson sent down mean and economical over after over and took a few wickets between them. Ross and Sear tried to do the former, but settled for the latter, Ross spectacularly so with a quadruple haul. Arnab and Gus ensured we had a target to chase. Wright improved his fitness. Greg Koch and Jessica offered glimmers of hope for the season with some accurate bowling and a key wicket interspersed between some pretty loose stuff. When it was the MCCs turn to rest on the sidelines the events that unfolded 40 yards from the suntrapped spots the majority of us occupied included: Westy excercising his swing to such effect that this friendly might result in some worried captains in the Bavarian League this year. Arnab not only anchored the innings but anchored whilst scoring. No Tavare here. Wright failed to improve his fitness further. Gus ensured we had a target to chase. Sear improved fitness but increased short term heart attack risk by running like a cnut. Wilson familiarised himself with the middle. 3rd longest stay out there on this day. Ship steadier. Morgan hit a few lusty blows. Greg, Ross and Scott wanted nothing more than not to trouble Senor Bradly too much. The result is, as previously stated, irrelevant, but for those who are interested, we did in fact not win.

MCC Man of The Match

Ross Northover 4 wkts on debut after injury layoff.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB MAY 17 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Angus b 10
Arnab ro 15
di Perna no 44
Majid ct 28
Clare no 12
Hobbs dnb
Northover dnb
Palfrey dnb
Weston dnb
Wilson dnb
Lovell dnb
TOTAL 27.1 Overs 138 for 3

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Majid 5 0 18 2
Wilson 8 0 32 2
Weston 6.5 0 24 3
Northover 8 2 16 2
Clare 4 1 15 0
Hobbs 2 0 14 1
Furlonger 1 0 10 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 7 wickets early dors.

Comments on the Match

A comfortable victory against CCB in this friendly in the English Garden. After losing the toss MCC were reluctantly asked to field. After some erratic opening overs bowlers settled into their straps. Major Majid picked up a couple of scalps on debut. 2pot Wilson similar if not better. Northover was miserly and nagging as most Brummies are. Weston picked up three wickets somehow with his liquorice allsorts and lollipops. Hobbs also took a wicket on debut. Some good catches again and the visitors descended to 135all out. The two LJ victims Angus and Arnab got the MCC off to a slow possibly slightly unsteady start reminiscent of their night train back from Slovenia. All aboard. No. The victory was never in danger though as Rich di Perna (44no) and Majid with a few lusty blows (28) and Clare Rich (12no) took the team home to a 7 wicket victory and to a very early kick off in the Chinese Tower. Bourbon Train. Choo choo.

MCC Man of The Match

Majid on debut.

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Match Details MCC vs ANZACSAFFAS OR SIMILAR May 31

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Arnab 25
Morgan 18
Sobek ro 5
Tattu 3
Northover 1
Williams 0
Albert 8
Majid 16
Gale no 26
Finch 6
Scott 4
TOTAL 30.4 Overs 157 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 31 0
Gale 7 1 21 0
Finch 6 0 39 2
Majid 5 0 21 2
Sobek 3 0 30 0
Arnab 3 0 21 1
Northover 6 0 42 0

Summary of Match Result

SA-Anzacs 232 for 4 in 40 overs. Tasman Palfrey 101* Two Pot Wilson 31 Blind Man Clare 0 Trentino Flasher Weston 66 Hamish Puddy 0 Kit Bag Carrier Wright 8* Bio Fuel Koch DNB Tübingen Terror Coles DNB Slinger Langfelder DNB Jack Hobbs DNB Sajid Haircut Rabbani DNB Extras 27 MCC lost by 75 runs

Comments on the Match

On a glorious day the match got under way after delaying tactics by the MCC, who were awaiting the arrival of their strike bowler from Ikea. Scott bowled his usual repertoire of jaffas and wides and Gale kept things tight but the Anzac trio of Palfrey, Wilson and later Westy P1 made hay. Fielding was lethargic, catching poor, extras aplenty. Tasman Palfrey was dropped early on but he regained composure to secure a splendid ton, batting through the Anzac innings. Majid arrived in time to bowl at the death, limiting the total to mere manic proportions. After a solid start from the MCC, wickets tumbled and a win never looked likely. A few heaves towards the end ensured a degree of respectability but the MCC were still way shy of their target when bowled out. The Anzacsaffers shared the wickets between them and headed for a triumphant mass or 5.

MCC Man of The Match

The erratic Mark Palfrey. 101 not out.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 20/20 June 1

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston b 0
Algar ct 37
Wright b 13
Majid b 24
Tattu b 10
Fudge no 22
Sajid ct 3
Lovell ct 3
Giles no 2
Finch dnb
Langfelder dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 131 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sajid 4 0 37 2
Langfelder 2 0 16 0
Finch 1 0 12 0
Weston 1 0 7 0
Wright 1.1 1 1 0
Majid 1 0 16 0
Algar 1 0 16 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 5 wkts also bowled Tattu 1-0-3-0 Fudge 1-0-23-0

Comments on the Match

On a stinking hot day in the sticks MCC were taken to the Pakistani sword with a resounding 5 wicket butchering. Lovell won the toss as usual and a great start ensured with Weston falling for a golden. Weston’s P1 buddy Wright did not enjoy his innings especially the running aspect. Algar batted well and would have got more if his bat wasnt so brittle. Majid battled nicely and there were runs for Matt Fudge on debut at end of innings as MCC closed on 131 for 7 in their 20overs. This could have been enough after the hosts slumped to 10-2 early with two catches by Buckets Green Overralls Giles both off bowling of Sajid. But then the bowling went haywire, the batting became brutal and Finch threw a hissy fit in a unmemorable performance all round.

MCC Man of The Match

The moist cake.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 25over match 7 JUNE

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Palfrey ro 43
Wright ct 24
Wilson b 5
Rabbani. M ct 10
Clare st 22
Morgan ct 1
van Giezen no 11
Sobek b 10
Albert no 1
Scott dnb
Rabbani.S dnb
TOTAL 25 Overs 155 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 5 0 43 0
Wilson 5 0 44 0
Rabbani.M 5 1 28 1
Rabbani.S 1 0 9 0
Wright 2 0 13 0
Clare 5 0 20 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 6wkts in 25over match.

Comments on the Match

With a soggy outfield, a slippery pitch and a sense of more bad weather to come, MCC went in to bat in a reduced, 25 over match. Palfrey (43) led the way in the batting, as is becoming the norm, putting together a 50 partnership with Wrighty (24). The boundary was being troubled but not battered and after contributions from Clare (22) Dennis (11), Majid (10) and Sobek (10) the lads scraped together a total of 155. An early wicket brought signs of promise however, it wasn’t to be. Dinner jacket Jim took to the bowling attack and carted a buffet of sixes and fours. Clare bagged a pair but it wasn’t the MCCs day as the Pak Orient managed to reel in the total in 23 overs. A generous birthday present for Mr. Bhatti and the lads continued to make him feel at home by helping to polish of some curry and plenty cans from the keg of Augustiner.

MCC Man of The Match

Sgt Palfrey. Erratic.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB 20/20 Game 1 June 28 in Eng Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston ct 25
Northover ct 16
Sobek b 18
Majid ro 0
Venkat ct 28
Tattu lbw 0
Giles b 5
Hobbs ro 2
Miller no 2
Maygar b 1
Weatherall no 0
TOTAL 20 Overs 115 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Maid 3 0 26 1
Northover 4 0 29 3
Venkat 3 0 13 0
Maygar 3 0 18 1
Weatherall 2 0 29 0
Hobbs 3 0 24 3
Tattu 2 0 12 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost 20 20 by 43 runs. Game 1.

Comments on the Match

Debuts – Tony Magyar and Venkat MCC lost the toss were put into the field to graze as CCB made 158-9 of their 20 overs. Westy shared out the bowling duties amongst the team. The pick of the bowlers was Ross with 3-29 and Charlie Anzacsaffer Hobbs with 3-24. The hightlight of the fielding was a fine running catch by the stand-in skipper – Westy. With nearly 8 an over to win Ross and Westy got the MCC off to a good start before Westy holed out in the cow area – scoopage. Ross soon followed with a lazy shot to mid wicket – catching practice. This brought Majid to the crease to bat with the club number 3 Sobek who was not willing to sacrifice his wicket this week and duly run out the most dangerous batsman remaining. As the wickets tumbled MCC fell way behind the run rate and it was a case of batting the overs out to get some respectability back to the match. Venkat hit some nice late blows mostly over cover.

MCC Man of The Match

Ross Northover runs and wkts.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB 20/20 Game 2 June 28 in Eng Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Tattu ro 11
Giles b 15
Maygar b 4
Miller b 2
Hobbs b 6
Venkat ct 2
Majid ro 34
Sobek ct 8
Northover no 4
Weston no 4
Weatherall dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 111 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Venkat 4 0 8 2
Weston 4 0 21 3
Majid 3 0 28 1
Northover 3.2 0 20 0
Hobbs 2 0 9 0
Tattu 1 0 13 0
Maygar 1 0 9 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 4 wkts game 2 20/20

Comments on the Match

MCC suprisingly won the toss although it was only a formaility as the skippers had agreed prior to the toss to do the opposite of game 1. The batting order was reversed and the MCC stuttered towards a total until Majid came in and added some valuable runs to help post 111 for 8 of the allotted overs. Looking light on the runs side the MCC needed to bowl CCB out to stand a chance of winning. An early breakthrough came from Weston, then Venkat grabbed his first pole for the club when makeshift wicketkeeper – Sobek – snared a rising edge. At 25 – 5 of 7 overs this game had plenty of life. Like previous Twenty20s we let the game out of our grasp as catches were spilled, fielding went to pieces and CCB eased home in the 19th over to win by 4 wickets.

MCC Man of The Match

Majid.

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Match Details MCC vs SSC JULY 6 in Neuperlach

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Algar ro 33
Lovell b 78
Sobek b 38
Majid b 46
Miller b 11
Maygar no 1
Blades b 4
Scott dnb
Sear dnb
Giles dnb
awol 2pot dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 222 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 5 0 33 1
Sear 2 0 23 1
Majid 1 0 15 0
Blades 1 0 2 1

Summary of Match Result

Match abandoned with MCC holding all the aces with SSC 73-3 chasing 223.

Comments on the Match

MCC won the toss and batted. All the top four filled their boots with Algar (33) putting on 68 for the first wicket with the captain Lovell before Algar was run out to a direct hit. Club No 3 Sobek (38) played his leg side shots well and made his alleged high score for the club putting on 80 with Lovell. Lovell fell tired for 78 before Majid took up the attack with some nice hits in his 46. Miller also notched up double figures. Rain was unfortunately brewing this side of the Forschungsbrewery and despite repeated attempts (on and off with the covers) and 2 nice slip catches from the skipper the game had to be abandoned and the masses flowed later in the aforementioned brewery to round off the damp weekend.

MCC Man of The Match

The inclement weather won the day.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient Sat 19 July in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Lovell b 48
Albertz retd hurt 7
Sobek ct 6
Embleton b 0
Hazza b 1
Wright b 0
Angus Beef b 35
Arnab ct 8
Gibbs no 6
Scott b 8
Ross b 0
TOTAL 34.4 Overs 151 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 44 1
Northover 8 0 34 3
Embleton 8 0 34 2
Hazza 1 0 12 0
Wright 8 0 51 1
Gibbs 6.2 0 32 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost friendly by 58runs.

Comments on the Match

Having lost the toss MCC were asked to graze in the lush English Garden. Overall too many catches went down starting from the 2nd over and as a result when that happens against Pakistani opposition you are going to be punished and spend alot of futile time chasing leather. Predictably Pak Orient comfortably reached 200. Embleton and Ross were the pick of the bowlers with Herschelle Gibbs also bowling a useful late spell. Mcc got off to good start before Albertz had to be stretchered off with an injured side. There then followed the traditional MCC collapse with Sobers, Ben, Hazza and Wright all falling to the inspired bowling of Waqar. Angus joined the skipper for some cans and they put on 81 to bring MCC up to scratch and in with a sneaky chance. However Lovell (48) and Gus (35) both fell in quick succession with about 70 needed and the innings subsided in reasonably morgue like fashion.

MCC Man of The Match

The weather.

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Match Details MCC vs MICC at Westpark Pampas Park 20 July

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Lovell ct 8
Embleton lbw 44
Majid ct 22
Angus b 14
Giles ct 15
Miller b 23
Pryke no 1
Mitcham no 0
Weatherall dnb
Cunt awol
Cunt2 awol
TOTAL 28.3 Overs 156 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Embleton 6 0 36 0
Majid 6 0 27 1
Giles 3 0 43 0
Weatherall 4 0 49 0
Pryke 6 0 29 3
Angus 5 0 80 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost to be fair. However some cynics have suggested that we would have won on 15over rule. Pods.

Comments on the Match

Thanks to the nine fearless souls that braved the Westpark pampas grass and minute postage stamp boundaries. With weather worries around the match was immediately reduced to 30ov. Unfortunately for various pointless reasons we also only had 9men and lost the toss and fielded. One didnt really need fielders in some positions as the pampas grass was so deep the ball was getting stuck and in danger of getting lost by ones ankle. Thus MCC were able to restrict the home side early doors with good bowling by Ben, Pryke and Majid. After 15overs the home side were going nowhere. Obviously after that point we were a couple of bowlers short and there was not much to do other than watch the ball disappear and spend fckin hours looking for it. Pointless. Seriously though thanks to Doug, Dave and Gus for braving it and seeing the funny side of it. 3 hours for 30overs of bowling. 1 hour and 3 mins spent looking for stray red objects and sending people on bikes to go look behind the ground. Maybe the pampas grass could be grown higher to prevent this? In reply Ben Embleton top scored with a well made 44 before he was happily triggered by the only honest man in the club Bob Mitcham. Majid hit a few lusty blows alongside Scott Miller. Giles fell agonisingly short of his 2000 runs for the Morgue CC. This will have to wait until September Mr Gharles. Pods.

MCC Man of The Match

Pryke, sutcliffe. Yorkshire. First spell of year rewarded with three cheap sticks on day.

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Match Details MCC vs Medbourne, Sat 26 July in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Morgan Caught 15
Van Giezen Bowled 18
Sobek Caught 4
Miller Bowled 16
Khanna Bowled 23
Williams, U Bowled 0
Algar Caught 4
Gale Bowled 21
Rabbani, M Caught 24
Fudge Caught 6
Scott Not Out 3
TOTAL 31.5 Overs 149 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 2 8 1
Rabbani, M 6 1 7 1
Fudge 5 1 23 1
Gale 4 2 2 3
Algar 3 1 12 0
Van Giezen 3 0 16 1
Sobek 0.2 0 0 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 80 runs.

Comments on the Match

With the skipper and vice away it was left to Garfield Sobers to take over the helm and the MCC ran out comfortable winners against the UK touring team from Medbourne. With the weather peaking at 28c and humid the MCC were delighted to win toss to have an early bat. At 93-7 it was looking quite perilous for the hosts until Moo and Madjid hit some lusty blows and put on 45 for the 8th wicket. At the top of the order Morgue, Cans Giezen, Kans Khanna and Mule Miller all got a start but were unable to kick on. Jan Ullrich was unable to score his first run for the club but hung around for 16 balls and took part in the third highest partnership with Kans Khanna – 21 for the 5th wicket. At 149 ao in the 32nd over, (an excellent fielding display from Medbourne) it was looking like an under par score but an excellent opening spell from Steve Harmison Scott and Mad Madjid, 19 runs from first 15 overs, brought the hosts back into the game. Finger of Fudge and Moo continued the good bowling and picked up more wickets to put the MCC firmly in control. As the game petered out Algar, Cans Giezen and Garfield Sobers all got a chance to turn their arms over. Medbourne ao for 69 in the 30th over. Highlights of MCC fielding: the winning catch by the Mule Miller, run out by Cans Giezen and Garfield Sobers. A good team effort against a very sociable guys from the UK. A pleasure to host them in the English Garden and take them to the tower for a few beers.

MCC Man of The Match

Moo Gale, third highest scorer and excellent bowling. Madjid runs him close for same reason but three wickets for two runs makes sure he gets the nod.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB T20 Game 1 Saturday August 30

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Hoeck ro 3
Backstadt lbw 25
Clare b 16
Majid b 1
Maygar b 2
Garner ro 8
Mai b 1
Golding b 0
Weston b 13
Sobek ro 0
Wright no 5
TOTAL 19.1 Overs 105 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Mai 2 0 14 0
Majid 2 0 5 1
Garner 2 0 26 0
Maygar 2 0 26 0
Weston 4 0 15 1
Wright 3 0 27 0
Clare 0.4 0 5 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 8 wickets.

Comments on the Match

Saturday was a stinking hot day for a double header 20/20 in the Hirschanger vs CCB. We were fielding 3 real-life young Germans which is possibly some sort of club record. MCC batted first in the first game and were cruising at 49/1 after 7 overs with Bachstadt and Clare peppering the leg side. Then the wheels well and truly came off with everyone out either bowled or run out by Weston. Sobek particularly happy about this. Only a last wicket stand between wet-clubbers Westy and Wrighty pushed the total over 100. The fielding and bowling were similarly poor and CCB cruised to the target with 8 wickets and 5 overs to spare. Low point of the game and praps entire season was 4 consecutive dropped catches off Wrighty’s bowling. I kid you not. Comedy club value.

MCC Man of The Match

The teas

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

Batsman
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TOTAL Overs for

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W

Summary of Match Result

Comments on the Match

MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs CCB T20 game2 August 30

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston b 34
Majid ct 27
Sobek no 12
Garner no 10
Maygar dnb
Hoeck dnb
Backstadt dnb
Mai dnb
Golding dnb
Wright dnb
Clare dnb
TOTAL few Overs 93 for 2

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Clare 4 0 16 1
Mai 4 0 18 1
Weston 4 0 29 2
Hoeck 3 0 14 2
Golding 1 0 9 1
Wright 1 0 2 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won second t20 by 8 wkts

Comments on the Match

MCC were a different unit in the field in the second game after a couple of cans and semmels each. CCB were all out for 92 with the wickets spread around with Golding, Bachstadt and Hoeck taking maiden wickets for the club. The batting order was rearranged for the second dig and Majid and Weston raced towards the target as it was nearly bourbon hour and didnt want to waste QDT. (Quality Drinking time). Both fell within sight of the target, but Sobek finished off proceedings including a six over cow.

MCC Man of The Match

Westons whet club founding member. New Membership applications by email or alternatively via facedbook.

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Match Details MCC vs Nationwide UK Sep 13 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Lovell ct 0
Wright ct 42
Majid b 55
Gibb b 2
Garner no 11
Khanna no 13
Fudge dnb
Miller dnb
Hobbs dnb
Maygar dnb
Clare dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 135 for 4

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Clare 4 1 4 1
Fudge 3 0 14 0
Garner 2 0 12 1
Maygar 3 0 17 0
Hobbs 2 0 6 3
Miller 1 0 6 1
Wright 1 0 6 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won 20/20 by 53 runs. Mcc won 10over thrash by 5 wickets.

Comments on the Match

The onset of rather moist weather put this fixture in serious doubt. However the weather gods opened a window allowing the game to go ahead in cold but dry overhead conditions. Outfield was still rather wet though due to previous precipitation. Mcc batted first with the skipper collecting his second September blob. Due. Wright and Majid both went big and batted well putting on 77 for the 2nd wicket in 11overs. Garner and Hazza finished off the innings well as MCC finished on a satisfactory 135-4 off 20. In reply the tourists were always up against it, struggling on the alien pitch to get their bearings. They made a brave fist of it but fell short on 82-8. Pick of the bowlers was Hobbs just back from Cameroon. He had to be taken off just in case he got 5 wickets. There then followed a 10over thrash as the weather permitted. 1 over per bowler. Here the visitors racked up 47 which the MCC knocked off in the last over. Fudge top scoring. Thanks go to the touring party from Swindon Nationwide, a good bunch. Cheers.

MCC Man of The Match

Majid

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Match Details MCC vs Munich Australians Sep 20, 25over match

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Algar b 32
Clare b 12
Majid b 11
Van Giezen b 0
Lovell no 49
Sobek b 21
Hobbs b 0
Furlonger ro 3
Miller no 2
Scott dnb
Gibb dnb
TOTAL 25 Overs 144 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gibb 4.4 1 27 1
Scott 2 0 22 0
Clare 1 0 16 0
Hobbs 2 0 12 1
Van Giezen 1 0 19 0
Majid 2 0 19 0
Algar 4 0 27 2

Summary of Match Result

Australians won by 4 wkts.

Comments on the Match

A depleted Australian line up seriously bolstered with some talented ringers and ball tickled merchants were too good for a strong MCC side in a 25over match up. Mcc racked up a good score in their 25overs. This score was brutally set upon by Weston, Di Perna and associated tickle merchants as the Aussies won easy with time to spare to attend the Oktoberfest orgy. The right hander Tom Scollay was quite possibly the best right hander ever to grace the flicx pitch.

MCC Man of The Match

Lovell.

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Vienna 2008

Tour report Vienna, 4 – 6 July 2008

A typically motley crew assembled on Friday morning 9 a.m. in München Hbf in front of Starbucks. The twisted firestarter Palfrey was a surprise last minute replacement for Lovell who doesnt love the shorter form of the game enough. Tour organiser Mr Finch looked to have everything under control. Gus thoughtfully brought some cans for the trip. Westy managed to drag his relatives and mates from Pasha nightclub just in time for departure. New guy Viscount Venkat was given a long lost welcome on the platform. All in all ten fine bodies of men on the train to play a six-a-side tournament – The Annual Viennese 6aside mini World Cup tournament.

Soon after getting under way the guy with the buffet cart was harassed. Performing well under pressure he managed to produce a number of cold fresh Budweisers. Obviously he was not working for his commission though as he failed to show again. Somehow we still managed a steady flow of cans through the trip.

In Vienna Finchie’s plan for taking the U-Bahn and then a bus to the ground was quickly discarded. A fleet of taxis took us safely to the Vienna Cricket Stadium. Just the one stop for some cans.

First match

Format of the game was 6-a-side, 8 over matches with a max 2 overs per bowler. For the first match MCC decided to field first to get a feeling of the game. Venkat and Richie did well with the ball. Although the slow bowling of Westy just outside off seemed to be the most effective. MCC managed to keep the opposition down to 80 runs, which was no problem for the MCC. Opening stand by Palfers and Westy took us a long way and with Clare Rich in good nick this year he was able to finish things off. MCC top of the league.

Second match

As we had 10 players, some new players got a chance in the spotlight. After cans all day Gus was still fit enough to bowl (2 no-balls off a 2 step run-up) and field (third man, shambles). We played against a strong Dutch / Sri Lankan side, that managed to score over 90 runs. This proved to be a big challenge. All batsmen had to chip in, in the end Venkat managed to hit some very important sixes over deep square leg and into the car parked on the street (car owner pissed off, but Palfrey tried to convince him in Japanese, Korean and Chinese that this was ok). This won us the game in the final over. Thrilling win!

After the excellent first matches, a number of choice cans were well deserved. Again the U-Bahn seemed unfeasible, so taxis were ordered to the Wombat, our hostel of choice. Quick registration (David Gower was here) and a split in an English / Kiwi / Aussie / Dutch room and a Aussie / English / Kiwi / India room, freshening up and off to the Wombat bar. Quite a few cans, Palfers chair dance/breakage, vodka / red bull, pizzas, fussball and pool-games later the Wombat was getting too much of a sauna and we decided to move off into town. We did lose a few players to grassy Korean wickets and being completely clunted.

Off to the Bermuda Triangle where the best bars were supposed to be. First bar (Bermuda Brau) proved to be a disappointment, and after a very quick drink we continued our quest to the Gnadenlos bar in one of Austria’s famous bunkers. Just a few bourbon cokes, spiced up with a little bourbon, was enough to get the lads dancing and involved. However, as we still had an important match the following morning, most left in time for a snack and a good night’s rest. Captain Westy still found the time to bother the locals with surveys, get completely lost, meet with Miss Germany 1998, put some meet between the buns, sending 20 text messages to the team that he was going to miss Saturday’s game and Palfers should be captain.

Third match

As we lost Richie and Kiwi to see the Kiwis beating Australia in the Rugby and Captain Westy was still missing (AWOL), we were actually lucky to have 6 players for the match. We had to play a strong Pakistani side, one of the favourites for the tournament. We still managed to make it a close match, thanks to good bowling from Palfers (4 wickets) and Dennis (4 balls, 3 wides, 1 wicket), good umpiring by Wolfgang, good batting from Ryan. Finchie made it out to the middle for the first time, but just missed out on facing a ball as we were all out 10 runs short. Still some bonus points as we bowled the others all out. Some dubious tactics by the Pakistanis as their best batsman was suddenly too injured to field (bowled and fielded just fine the next day) and they only used 4 bowlers. All allowed in the rules, but clearly not in the spirit of the game. As Steffi was walking by in her new bikini, the arguments were soon completely forgotten.

After the match and a few cold fresh cans, we again failed to get to the U-Bahn. Still got back to the hostel, only to find Kiwi still missing on his brunch date. Most of the team was then off into town, to enjoy the beautiful city centre, the sunshine and a few fresh cans. After a very short sightseeing tour we ended up on the terrace of Hotel Europa for a quiet afternoon, including 39 cans, 5 bourbons, 10 Sambucas, not giving the homeless man money, but offering him a Sambuca, which he smashed back, then offered a second, said no, then hand out raised with a terrible thirst for round 2, got stuck in to it, downed faster than the last, licking his lips, a cheeky wink, and walking away with a spring in his step. Gus entertained the crowd with his now famous Indonesian olive oil story, and the Committee then convened to discuss the behaviour of captain Westy after missing the crucial morning match, putting him on probation for the next match. Finally satisfied with the number of cans, Palfers decided to lie down in the middle of Vienna main street in front of a nice Arab lady that had to walk around him.

As the sightseeing tour took a lot out of us, the dinner in the famous Schnitzel Paradise restaurant was skipped and instead we retreated to the Hostel for some R & R. As Kiwi finally returned from his brunch he could join the fun in the Wombat Sauna and the company of some well travelled girl from NZ: “we were in Belgrade, Hungary yesterday, and we’re going to Vienna in a couple of days”. As the bar was really getting too hot, we moved once again to the Gnadenlos, this time convincing a few of the (young) backpacker girls to come with us. Big night, good fun, “VVS never drank so much beer”, Ryan getting emotionally involved, a few cans and finally all safely back in the Hostel for a few hours sleep. Venkat could feel the effects of a few days on tour with the boys now, and was completely done.

Fourth match

After almost getting half the team killed by a reckless taxidriver, we decided to select our strongest team possible in the field to ensure our place in the semi-final. Meanwhile Finchie was off changing our train tickets so we actually could play the final should it come to that. In the end a convincing win, thanks to good bowling from Dippa, big hits from Westy making up for Saturday’s shambles. We had now qualified for the semis and were actually the tournament favourites. Then the bad news came, we could not catch a later train (despite some good efforts from Kiwi) and could not play the final. As it was no use to win a semi and then pull out, we forfeited our place in the semis to the later winners Sri Lanka Orange, had a few cold and fresh cans, said our thanks to the organisers that did a wonderful job and were off to the Westbahnhof for our train back home, thinking of how we would have won in Vienna (it means nothing to me).
Fairly uneventful trip back home, KFC reluctantly provided some chicken wings for the road, six sweaty guys in a single smelly compartment with the doors closed sleeping convinced most people to ignore us. Just a few cold cans for Gus listening to the ball-by-ball updates of the Wimbledon final and then back in München.

Cricket was the winner, we could have been, but we had a train to catch

Reporter : Dennish

League 2008

Match Details MCC vs MICC MAY 10

MCC Performers

Batsman
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PALFREY lbw 39
LOVELL b 33
WESTON ct 36
DI PERNA lbw 6
VD ct 14
ALGAR B 8
WRIGHT ro 12
SEAR ct 4
CLARE ct 14
ARNAB NO 0
GALE dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 209 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Clare 7 0 41 2
Sear 4 0 18 0
Weston 7.2 1 35 2
Gale 8 0 11 2
Algar 4 0 19 1
Wright 2 0 13 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON OPENING LEAGUE MATCH BY 69 RUNS.

Comments on the Match

Mcc won the toss and is often the norm on a stinking hot Munich May day elected to bat first. With MICC opening bowler stuck in traffic Palfrey and Lovell got the innings off to a rattling start with 89 for the first wicket. Palfrey top scored with 39, Lovell went for 33 and Weston 36 as MCC subsided somewhat from a promising position after 30overs. Mcc finished with 209-9 off their full allocation, maybe not enough considering the start provided. Catches win matches they say and with good snaffles for Weston and Lovell to remove two good batsman it was always gonna be MCCs day in the field. Key Bowler though was Alex Gale with 2 wkts for 11 in his 8 overs with his right arm slow floaters onto the matting tape. There were also 2 victims each for Wright, Clare Rich and Weston P1 in a comprehensive victory for MCC.

MCC Man of The Match

ALEX GALE 8overs 2-11. And turned up on time with a coffee cup in hand.

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Match Details MCC vs SSC May 24

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey lbw 17
Weston b 20
Lovell b 9
Di Perna lbw 13
Furlonger b 16
Arnab ct 7
Dennis ct 7
Sear b 5
Wilson lbw 1
Ross no 1
Scott b 1
TOTAL 34 Overs 124 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Wilson 8 0 21 0
Northover 8 1 43 4
Scott 8 0 27 1
Sear 6.5 0 19 3
Weston 7 0 30 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost 2nd league match by 19 runs.

Comments on the Match

A pretty p1ss poor performance – perhaps a tad complacent – even with 5 changes from the opening league fixture. Having lost the toss Mcc missed a couple of catches in the field and bowled the normal feast of wides to gift the Sri Lankans unnecessary extra runs. Sundries being top score. That said 143 should never be a winning total. From a seemingly comfortable position at drinks MCC were quickly descending in their tri-annual collapse. Losing by 19 runs. But well played SSC. Next up are Lufthansa in a must win game which they will all be from now on in. Pods. And the teas were sh1thouse too.

MCC Man of The Match

The weather.

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Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa 14 June 2008 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey lbw 0
Di Perna b 14
Algar lbw 105
Clare retd hurt 33
Gale ro 2
Majid b 28
Wright b 4
Sear b 2
Lovell no 6
Furlonger ro 2
Scott no 2
TOTAL 40 Overs 217 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 7 0 26 1
Sear 5 0 28 1
Gale 3 0 8 2
Majid 5 0 17 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON BY 138 runs

Comments on the Match

MCC got the league campaign back on track with a dominating lashing of Lufthansa. The toss was forfeited after the tardy arrival of the opposition due to the usual delays with the baggage. It proved a Kiwi run fest with Algar blazing a maiden league ton. Clare Rich chipped in with 33 before chipping a ball into his face and being rushed to the infirmary. Majid on league debut with 28 hit a few late large blows as MCC closed on 217 after 40overs. In reality the only danger were the elements and getting p1ssed on from a great height. However Lufthansa plummeted to 79-7 off 20 overs and decided not to bat on after the break due to poor flying conditions.

MCC Man of The Match

Algar. Grunter. 105.

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Match Details MCC vs Campbell Inv. Zuoz Intl Cricket Fest

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey no 103
Lovell ct 15
Weston ct 1
Algar ct 12
Majid lbw 3
Clare ct 58
Gale b 14
Furlonger no 1
Scott dnb
Sobek dnb
Northover dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 232 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 3 1 9 0
Northover 4 0 31 0
Majid 2 0 13 1
Gale 3 0 23 2
Clare 4.1 0 11 5
Sobek 2 0 21 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 120 runs v Campbell Invitation Eleven from London, England.

Comments on the Match

see ZUOZ tour page 2008 for full details but great batting from Palfreyman and Clare Rich saw MCC to a very competitive total. Clare destroyed the London teams innings with 4 wkts in 6 balls before ending up with a deserved Michelle. Gale turned after securing a brilliant return catch off possibly their best batsmen.

MCC Man of The Match

Clare Rich, great all round performance. Harsh on Palfrey but fair enough really for not wearing club cap while batting.

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Match Details MCC vs Winterthur Zuoz Intl Fest June 21

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey ct 5
Wilson ct 2
Weston ct 26
Algar lbw 30
Gale ct 64
Lovell b 13
Clare b 12
Majid lbw 2
Furlonger no 13
Giles no 6
Blades dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 213 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 6 0 25 1
Algar 5 0 30 1
Clare 5 0 37 0
Majid 5 0 38 1
Gale 6 1 26 3
Wilson 3 0 24 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won semi by 28 runs.

Comments on the Match

see main Zuoz webpage for full details but another good batting performance with the enigma that is Gale top scoring well supported in valuable partnerships all through the batting list. Gale also starred with the ball including a fine catch running back into the swirling force nine gale.

MCC Man of The Match

Gale. Suspended ban.

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Match Details MCC vs Basel Fawlty in Final Zuoz Intl Fest

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey ct 8
Lovell ct 20
Weston ct 0
Furlonger b 19
Algar ct 11
Clare ct 42
Wilson ct 12
Gale no 21
Majid ct 4
Blades no 3
Northover dnb
TOTAL 29.5 Overs 155 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 5 0 21 1
Algar 6 1 16 3
Majid 6 0 33 1
Clare 6 0 29 3
Gale 4 0 20 0
Wilson 3 0 25 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 2 wkts in a fantastic game of cricket. But would we say that if we lost?

Comments on the Match

see main Zuoz tour page for full details but a epic close finish. Mcc won the toss and inserted the opposition who they had been stuffed by on the last two visits. Algar and Clare were the pick of the bowlers as Basel were restricted to 151 off 30overs. 3 fine catches from keeper Weston too. In reply MCC got off to a shaky start and were 75-5 at the halfway mark. Living on a prayer. A good partnership by the Kiwis Wilson and Clare edged MCC closer but at 142-8 the game was in the balance. Gale kept his heid before it came down to the last over with Bunty Blades on strike and just four to win. 2 off the first ball but then followed 3 dot balls. Gripping stuff. Who would keep their bottle? Another swing and a miss but a wicket keeper fumble too as the batsman tried to scamper a single to tie the game. But hang on what happened to the ball? Yes that red and sometimes round thing. It somehow hit the fckin helmet lodged behind the vocal keeper. 5 penalty runs and the game was won. Bizarre stuff. Couldnt have scripted it Richie. Marvellous.

MCC Man of The Match

Clare Rich, Man of Tournament.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient June 29 away in Johasenbergl

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Palfrey ct 29
Lovell ct 20
Algar b 16
Di P ct 2
Weston no 108
Clare lbw 12
Gale ct 13
Sear ct 5
Majid b 9
Wilson ct 2
Blades no 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 257 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Blades 5 0 28 2
Wilson 5 0 33 1
Weston 6 0 28 3
Gale 4 0 35 2
Clare 5 0 33 1
Sear 1 0 5 1
Majid 1 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 79 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc kept their league title hopes alive with an ultimately convincing victory against the unpredictable Pakistanis of the Orient (POCC). Winning the toss Lovell had no hesitation in batting first in the blazing hot Johasenbergl heat. With temperatures in the 90s even the locals were getting hot and bothered. Lovell and Palfrey knocked up 52 for the first wkt before both fell disappointingly. Algar fell to a grubber and DI P holed out on the fence. Clare fell lbw before Gale and Weston put on 49th for the 6th wkt. Gale adjudged ct behind. Majid and Weston added another important 48th for the 8th wkt. Weston progressing serenely to an unbeaten 108 off 86 balls. Well supported in last man stand of 21 by Blades (0*). MCC finishing on a respectable 257-9 off their allocation of 40overs. It was clear to most cricketing sages that on a high scoring ground MCC would have to bowl out the home side..to defend that total would be nigh on impossible. All bowlers chipped in with wkts but at 170-7 off 25 overs the game was in the balance. Sear gained the vital 8th wkt with a good catch from Algar before Gale performed the last rites to improve his battered figures. A good all round performance. Something similar required in last league game v CCB with the BCV league title at stake allegedly.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston unbeaten ton and wkts too. Due.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB 2nd August in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Gale b 12
Lovell b 9
Algar lbw 18
Weston b 13
Van Dalsum lbw 10
Clare b 4
Angus ct 3
Sear b 0
Wright b 7
Northover no 6
Scott b 11
TOTAL 39.2 Overs 128 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 7 0 28 1
Sear 6 0 18 0
Clare 7.2 0 26 2
Gale 8 2 17 2
Northover 2 0 14 0
Algar 4 0 20 1
Wright 5 0 25 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 22 runs.

Comments on the Match

MCC lost final league game to CCB by 22 runs. Losing the toss and fielding first MCC restricted the visitors to 150 bowling them out in the last of their 40overs. Gale was the pick of the bowlers with another economical spell. In a similar morgue scenario as to previous defeat to SSC, MCC never looked comfortable chasing these runs. Algar top scoring behind the prolific Extras. From 82-3 off 19overs MCC subsided to 93-7 off 29 overs and the game quickly slipped out of reach against a keen CCB side who held their catches and fielded better. The MCC then headed to the Chinese Tower to re-enact the morgue scenario and practise their off the ball touch rugby skills.

MCC Man of The Match

Gale.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB BCV 2020 cup Sat 9 August home

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston lbw 87
Lovell b 4
Venkat st 3
Palfrey ct 33
Morgan b 1
Clare no 6
Wright ct 5
Angus no 1
Sobek dnb
Garner dnb
Scott dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 170 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 4 0 20 1
Venkat 4 0 11 2
Wright 4 0 18 2
Clare 2.2 0 17 1
Garner 4 0 27 2
Sobek 1 0 4 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 67 runs.

Comments on the Match

MCC went into opening 2020 fixture looking to avenge defeat in 40 over league game the week before. Winning the toss and batting always seems to help the MCC and this match was no different. Weston won the match for MCC with some large hitting, getting down on his knee and finding elevation by scooping the ball to the boundary. CCB will regret dropping him on 25 at deep mid off. He then made hay before becoming faint on 87. He was well supported in a century partnership by the erratic Palfreyman. MCC closed on an excellent 170 which MCC will never ever surpass on our home ground. Called it. Vienna Tourist Venkat enjoyed his home debut and was the pick of the bowlers. Also two wkts for Wright and another debutee Dan ‘Joel’ Garner. This week MCC take on POCC looking to top the group.

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. Due.

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Match Details MCC vs POCC Sat 16 August home BCV Cup 20 20

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston ct 6
Lovell ct 3
Di Perna ct 55
Fudge b 0
Clare b 9
Sear ct 14
Van Dalsum no 32
Van Giezen no 14
Garner dnb
Gibb dnb
Scott dnb
TOTAL 20 Overs 152 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Clare 3 1 8 3
Weston 4 0 17 2
Scott 4 0 32 1
Gibb 2 0 11 1
Sear 2 0 4 0
Garner 1.4 0 11 2

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won comprehensively by 69 runs.

Comments on the Match

MCC and POCC were playing to top their 20/20 group and, more importantly for the MCC, avoid an away semi in Beirut or similar. MCC won the toss and obviously batted first. collapse. Cue a first innings collapse as MCC slipped to 17/3 as Lovell was out hit pitch, Westy skied one, and Fudge missed a straight one. The two Richs, Clare and Di Perna, steadied the ship and put on 46. Sear and Di Perna put on another good stand before both were caught by one of the 9 fielders on the boundary. The two Dutchmen, van Dalsum and van Giezen, then proceeded to mow an unbroken 46 off the last 4 overs to lift the MCC to 152/6. Skip decided to open the bowling with spin and dibbly dobblers a la NZ 1992 with Weston and Clare. POCC praps went too big, too early against the slower stuff and fell to 31/5 with Clare grabbing 3 and Weston 2. Spreadsheet. Not quite game over with some big hitters lurking down the order but Scott (1), Gibb (1), Sear and Garner (2) all then bowled well and were duly backed up by the fielders as POCC were all out for 83. Di Perna capped off a fine day with a stumping off Joel Garner to go with his two catches and 55. MoM.

MCC Man of The Match

Di Perna. Marriage has praps given him a new lease of life.

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Match Details MCC vs 2020 semi final v SSC Sep 13 Eng Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston b 51
Lovell ct 0
Di Perna lbw 4
Venkat b 3
Algar ct 6
Majid b 1
Clare ct 0
Wright b 23
Sobek ct 3
Gibb no 4
Garner b 4
TOTAL 20 Overs 121 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Weston 4 0 23 1
Venkat 4 0 10 0
Wright 4 1 11 2
Gibb 4 0 13 4
Majid 2 0 18 0
Clare 1 0 14 0
Algar 1 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 18 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc steamed into the final with a pretty convincing victory v SSC. Despite losing early wickets all around him Weston survived the carnage and mullered a lovely half century before leaving a straight arm ball. Wright with a match winning 23 was the only other batsman to make it into double digits. His duet with Barry Gibb ultimately proved the difference runs wise and their combo also reaped rewards with the ball. The opposition found themselves up against it early and lost wickets regularly. Gibbo had the outstanding figures of 4-13 with his dibblies – well supported by Wright with 2-11. SSC simply could not get these bowlers away in the middle overs after Weston and Venkat had tied things up early. Despite a late spell of bowling yips MCC held on to reach the final where they play POCC on Sep 27 in the English Garden.

MCC Man of The Match

Jon Wright for all round effort. Runs at end proved the difference. It was made for Wrighty.

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Match Details MCC vs BCV T20 CUP FINAL V PAK ORIENT 27-9

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weston ct 19
Algar b 5
Di Perna no 33
Wright no 6
Majid dnb
Lovell dnb
Sear dnb
Clare dnb
Garner dnb
Venkat Koka dnb
Gibb dnb
TOTAL 12.3 Overs 72 for 2

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Venkat 3 0 11 1
Clare 3 0 15 1
Gibb 2.3 0 17 2
Sear 3 0 9 4
Weston 2 0 10 1
Wright 3 0 9 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON T20 BCV CUP FINAL BY 8 WKTS.

Comments on the Match

MCC produced a clinical performance to see off Pak Orient in the T20 cup final at the Hirschanger. Losing the toss MCC were asked to field by Waqar on a lovely late Oktoberfest day. Pak Orient got off to a solid start and looked in no trouble at 20odd for no loss. Pak Orient then suddenly crumbled with wickets falling at regular intervals to all bowlers, backed up by keen fielding. The highlight was mid innings Dan Sears all bowled hat trick. Something I have never seen. All bowled all comprehensive. This left the Pak Orient innnings in tatters and they quickly subsided to 71 all out. In reply MCC were never in trouble and coasted to victory with Di Perna and Wright seeing them home to win by 8 wkts. MCC’s first cup title in a long time – see stats.

MCC Man of The Match

Dan Sear, hat trick all bowled.

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Ljubljana 2008

LJ MAJOR CANNING BOOT CAMP TOUR APRIL 25-27 2008

Neither child nor pensioner were to get in the way of a Slovenia bound canning session as two full booths on Friday’s 1526 from Munich to ljubbly jubbly Ljubljana were hastily evacuated in the name of…well … cans. It was immediately clear to any tour virgins that the MCC were here for business.

As the cattle truck rolled on serenely towards Austria, the atmosphere was chilled but the beers were even colder and fresher. It therefore wasn’t long before the lads began to warm up and improve the repertoire of pointless banter. Managing to get the basics right the full squad made a successful change in Salzburg and no bodies were left behind. But the friendly inspectors of train number two were less than happy to see us and an occasional whiff of smoke in the air had tempers brewing and idle threats of eins-zwei-drei, ‘Polizei’ thrown idly about the carriage. To the MCC however, there were bigger problems at hand. Supplies of cold fresh were running dangerously low.

There was obviously only one place to turn for refuge at such a moment and that was the buffet bar. Basics. To the luck of the general public said buffet bar was completely empty and the team migrated to the good hands of comedy duo, Davor and Reg. The big Croatian, Davor, was in charge of continuous (cold) refreshments and moustache-clad stand-up; whilst in the kitchen, Reggie (the overweight Elton John) sweated it out, cigarette in mouth, working hard to provide grub for the sensible and not to flash his ash on the eggs. With ball in hand, Davor’s eyes lit up and we thought we may have a potential pace-man in the ranks. However the big fella was just plotting ways to kill his mother-in-law with the shiny red pill in Zagreb.

After hours of banter it was a fairly sauced crew that spilled onto the platform at Ljubljana station as the MCC sought out the cobblestone way to the aptly named Alibi hostel. Manageable for most it was only Cpt Morgan who seemed to have difficulties as he got into an altercation with his bag and swiftly head butted the kerb.

Reception was harassed, rooms were issued and bags were stored before the lads left their Alibis behind and headed out for fresh cans. It was on to the Cutty Sark Pub for more banter and a hint of the Palfrey fireworks as LJ skipper Tom joined the festivities to make sure we were all getting sufficiently lashed. It was a bit of a sausage fest to say the least and only the Finnish Senior Citizens Association (FSCA) seemed to benefit from the night. Upon further questioning it was apparent to Angus that the young ladies of LJ didn’t know when the last bus to Manchester was, so it was time for more B52’s.

The Kiwis headed off early with the intention of some late night tucker and some pre-game shut-eye but the latter was to prove hard to come by. Not able to find his room key, Morgan pulled up stumps in the Kiwi quarters while Gus found his way to the balcony and sung the sweet serenade of the B52s to the streets of Slovenia.

Lovell, Wrighty and LJ Tom powered on to ‘AS’, a stones through from the Cutty Sark, while Arnab managed get himself ejected and traded his phone for directions back to the hostel.

Glazed eyes opened to a beautiful day and the lads found sustenance on the side of the Ljubljana River before summoning taxis for the trek to the ground. Still no key from Morgan. But Angus was able to advise over the airwaves that Taxi 32 had indeed finally ran out of cans.

With the beautiful Slovene mountains looking on, Palfrey and Arnab headed to the middle as the LJ team took to the field. Following his form from the night before, Arnab headed back with zilch whilst Palfrey looked like he was in for the long haul. The outfield was slow, twos were hard to come by and the pace of LJ opener, Eve, was a bit much for Di Perna who was rolled for 5. This brought Wrighty to the middle who displayed a mix of cow corner 6’s and weather watching and the concentration only lasted for a cheeky 31.

As Algar came to the crease, things really began to light up and a barrage of boundaries flew from the bat. Palfrey’s backbone innings got the MCC past the hundred mark before he headed back to the sheds with a valuable 38. Harry played good support as Grant continued to pile on the runs and LJ seemed to be strapped for ideas on how to stop the onslaught. So it was to the debutant that they turned. LJ born, Simon was given a few tips on the correct bowling action before stepping up to launch down a delivery that even the Yankees would’ve been proud of. Eventually finding his line and length the villager managed to slide one through Algar to end his great knock of 83. Five 6’s, eight 4’s, all class.

The debutant went on to take 3 scalps as Clare, Gus, Morgan and last man jack Lovell fell for a couple each and Wilson was the only man left standing as LJ managed to claim all 10 MCC wickets for the first time. MCC all out for 237.

As the VCPTTPD (Village Car Park Time Trials for Pointless Driving) took place in the ground side parking lot, the lads woke Arnab from his sleep to head out for a field. Keen for a quick finish and early cans, but that was not be. Despite a few early wickets and great spells from Mikey and Clare, the LJ run rate was painfully slow and the Terrible Thirst Canno Meter (TTCM) was rapidly on the rise.

Hazza bagged a couple off his legendary short disco run and Grant bowled with plenty of zip but the lads were stinging for an ale and the innings dragged on. Captain Lovell decided to release the weapon and keyless Morgan stepped up to the plate and delivered some great pies with prizes. Palfrey’s over can only be put down as comical and Clare Rich dropped a sitter that would have sealed the innings but it wasn’t until the final over that MCC managed to take the last scalp and roll LJ for a grand total of 120. Hats off to a LJ Tom captains knock of 45. It should’ve been wrapped up earlier. Somehow we even managed to bowl 41overs. Naively only Algar spotted this though but only bothered to inform us after his 5th can much later on. Cheers mate.

Scorecard

Munich CC Vs Ljubljana

1-Innings Match Played At Valburga, 26-Apr-2008, Friendly

Munich CC Win by 117 runs

Munich CC 1st Innings 237/10 (Overs 40)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Bls

4s

6s

Palfrey

c Kauèiè,S

b Jakofcic,E

38

0

0

0

Arnab

b Eve,B

0

0

0

0

Di Perna

b Eve,B

5

0

0

0

Wright,J

b Jakofcic,E

31

0

0

0

Algar

b Kauèiè,S

83

0

0

0

Khanna,H

c Jakofcic,U

b Eve,B

16

0

0

0

Claire,R

b Eve,B

4

0

0

0

Furlonger

c Jakofcic,U

b Kauèiè,S

2

0

0

0

Wilson

not out

4

0

0

0

Morgan

run out Blaznik,U

7

0

0

0

Lovell,M*

c Jakofcic,E

b Kauèiè,S

2

0

0

0

extras

(b4 lb2 w34 nb5)

45

TOTAL

10 wickets for

237

Bowler

O

M

R

W

wd

nb

Eve,B

8

1

17

4

Blaznik,U

8

0

37

0

Jakofcic,E

8

0

46

2

Kaluranitilake,L

5

0

36

0

Jakofcic,U

2

0

29

0

Charlesworth,M

2

0

22

0

Kauèiè,S

5

0

32

3

O’Dowd,M

2

0

17

0

Ljubljana 1st Innings 120/10 All Out (Overs 41)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Bls

4s

6s

Charlesworth,M

b Wilson

4

0

1

0

Eve,B

b Claire,R

3

0

0

0

Jakofcic,E

c Morgan

b Arnab

7

0

0

0

Furness,T*

not out

45

0

3

0

Kaluranitilake,L

b Claire,R

1

0

0

0

Farrell,D+

c Lovell,M

b Khanna,H

7

0

0

0

O’Dowd,M

b Khanna,H

0

0

0

0

Blaznik,U

lbw

b Furlonger

3

0

0

0

Zidar,J

lbw

b Morgan

3

0

0

0

Jakofcic,U

c Lovell,M

b Morgan

4

0

0

0

Kauèiè,S

b Wright,J

6

0

0

0

extras

(b2 lb1 w31 nb3)

37

TOTAL

10 wickets for

120

Bowler

O

M

R

W

wd

nb

Wilson

8

0

22

1

Wright,J

7

1

21

1

Claire,R

6

3

10

2

Arnab

2

0

7

1

Khanna,H

8

0

17

2

Algar

4

0

14

0

Furlonger

2

0

10

1

Morgan

3

0

12

2

Palfrey

1

0

5

0

So it was onto the nearby lake for a couple of crates and the MCC bade a farewell to their fine LJ hosts and ventured back to touch base with the Alibi. A quick freshen up and the lads hit the streets to line their belly with more pizza before seeking out the much talked about Bachus Centre.

Not far from the banks of the LJ river, Bachus looked a little plain from the outside. But a few steps through the door and the lads found themselves in a three floor club and bar with plenty going on. It wasn’t long before the Palfrey fireworks got started, twisted firestarter, the instigator and the friendships of locals were soon won and lost with some erratic dance moves on display. Wrighty decided to follow the trusty lead of Gus’s fiery B52’s and light up his Zambuca, resulting only in a flaming right hand a slight smell of burnt skin in the air. Shenanigans ensued but all of the lads made it home eventually, with bank balances being the only real casualties of the night. Rumors of Arnabs dust-up with a school kid are yet to be confirmed…

Managing to roll out of the hostel in time for check out, Wilson, Clare and co headed up to the castle for some sightseeing whilst the less energetic turned to brekky beers for entertainment. Arnab used his final chances to harass the reception staff while Angus got the new girl drinking on the job. Basics.

Up for a bit of sightseeing themselves, the core group of canners headed to the main square of LJ…and…well that was about it. The call of Zambuca was sounded across the cobblestones and was answered with echoes as the singles shots came back as doubles. Round after round passed, Wrighty befriended the ice-cream girls, and the clock ticked on towards 4pm and the departure of the Munich bound cattle train.

Unsurprisingly the train departure time of 1600 came by much sooner than expected and there was a mad frenzied dash to collect gear from the hostel and head to the station. Tripping over kit bags and staggering past street stalls the team managed to make it to the station and clamber aboard. Once the frenzy had settled however, it was clear that the MCC was incomplete despite Morgans best efforts. With a face full of Big Mac and ketchup to his elbows, Arnab stumbled from the golden arches only to see the train pull leisurely away from the platform, his bag and passport safely on board. Angus too had failed at the basics and also found himself stranded in LJ, but like a trooper returned to the bar for few settlers to think about where he went wrong. As the two casualties were boarding their overnight train from LJ the main group pulled into Munich Hauptbahnhof and ten shadows slinked off into the night. Morgan found his LJ hostel room key at circa 2300 that night whilst entering his Munich flat. Alibi needed for that.

Thanks for the good times Ljubljana. ‘Your chics are hot. Your water’s not’.

Winterthur 2008

Winterthur 8aside tournament August 22-24 2008, Switzerland
Morning Munich, Morning Major…
The trip began on the train (Swiss bound cattle truck) with Westy tucking into a succulent greasy
bird – perhaps not the first time for him – according to The Major.
The club kit was evenly distributed throughout the touring party and all responsible managed to get
their kit off the train – including the showjumping helm. However, for some reason, Lovell’s bat was
left and probably still is, wedged in on the train. For which the rest of the touring party (the
irresponsible?!) were blamed. Lovell then sat outside the hotel and toe punted over a chair knowing
he only had himself to blame. Shank list top 5 candidate.
The night saw a swift start with Clare wasting no time and cracking straight into two birds in the
hotel bar – one fit and one not. “Westy’s Whet Club” so christened by Luke and consisting of Westy,
Rob Shaw, Clare and Wrighty slipped off to Zurich at some point and reported to have spent
obscene amounts of cash on a bottle of vodka  – 1226 Swiss francs or roughly
750 Euros. Topped up with 200 Euro bottles of vodka they returned on the first train Saturday
morning and turned up on time for a breakfast of Big Mac and fries. Breakfast of champions.
Meanwhile…
Friday night ended at a much more sensible hour for the English contingent (lightweights?). Sobek
was first out at around 12am with the Major and Joel Garner following on a few hours later.
Despite having separate rooms, Clare Rich had taken the key to the Major’s room with him to
Zurich so that left a rather uncomfortable request for asylum with Garner. Some time later, Lovell
strolled in and proceeded to shamelessly strip down to his y-fronts and climb into the bed between
the sleeping duo as the rather attractive but large chunk of meat in the sandwich.05:30 and the MCC club captain’s foghorn impressions rudely woke up the Major who decided to
vacate the stench of the threesome for his own ‘bed’ because Rich MUST be back by now. Wrong.
After five minutes of banging, kicking and rattling the door handle of room 32 there was still no
answer. “Are you sure there’s someone in there friend?” asked a disgruntled neighbour. The Major
then gave up and was forced to rejoin Garner and Lovell to wrestle back possession of his sleeping
bag.
Game 1: Winterthur v. MCC
Good weather had been ordered last Tuesday and horribly failed to turn up with a moist day on
Saturday. Munich were stitched up with an early doors sparrow fart game against the hosts
Winterthur who decided to bat first. MCC were shocking in the field with catches going down all
over the shop. Shaw dropped one off Garner, Garner dropped one off Shaw – honours even.
Fortunately Winterthur amassed only 69 runs which were promptly dispatched by openers
“Wheton” (47*) and Lovell (20*)
Charitable Athletics
The 6 hour wait between matches was admirably filled by making the most of the impressive
adjoining Wintertur sporting facilities that included a running track and 5 aside football pitches.
Sheltering in the stands from severely deteriorating weather, Greg aka Rog the Peasant aka Patrick
Bateman (first seen that day resplendent in club blazor sweeping twigs from the pitch), bravely
entered himself in an event that involved running round the track for charity in aid of the citizens of
Malawi. www.tearfund.ch
At the gun he fired out the blocks for an impressive first 400m leaving the field of mostly old men
and young girls for dead. For every franc raised one gruelling lap had to be completed.Dictionary definition of peasant: “…a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little
financial means.” See above peasant entertaining equally peasant crowd with refrains of “I say
‘BACKSIDE’, you say…?!”
Suitable running gear in the form of Ethiopian Mink was unavailable (new item in next seasons
merchandising brochure naturally with MCC logo, colour: Tabby, massive margin) so 21 laps of the
track were completed in official club kit (even bigger margin) to the big ups of the very vocal
commentary team who plainly loved the MCC for their effort.
The 21 lap burden was shared between MCC members including a race that ended with Lovell
revealing an uncanny natural talent for the Olympic Walking event on the final straight. All MCC
members put in what would have been scintillating lap times, were they timed, in comparison to the
other entries who admittedly were all probably running about one hundred laps each in aid of
charity.
New respect was gained for Olympic athletes who didn’t win their medals sitting down and Number
4, the big unit, who picked it up each time he went past only to look closer to the edge of death on
the next lap.
The 21 Swiss francs raised at one franc a lap for 21 laps seems a paltry sum to be sending to
Malawi for basic survival necessities when slightly more effort in the form of an extra 1205 laps
could have got the entire nation one bottle of champagne…to share between them…
Game 2: MCC v. Prague
The Creature: “Morning Major!”After an all day wait Munich’s second game against Prague, led by The Creature was quickly
monsooned off after only 5 overs so play was packed in and shelter taken. The start of the match
was tossed over by Lovell and The Creature. Once the winning captain had decided what to do,
Mark gracefully extended his hand to said Creature who instantly turned his back and walked away
ignorantly snubbing a rather bemused looking Lovell whose face was a picture.
Westy’s ‘Whet Club’ would have to go some to out-wet das Wetter…
Wagamamas was the restaurant of choice after the day’s biathlon and proved to be quality, if a little
draughty. One word…dumplings…no not Anna…
Paddy “there’s something wrong with this beer mate” O’Briens was the meeting point for the other
teams so a flat pint was duly supped in a bar which was admittedly, “well designed for a Trotters
bar”.
Winterthur timely hosted a massive music festival that weekend and entertainment was provided by
a ska band who fair rocked it with “I say Venkat…you say Koka”. The hotel bar, in the centre of
town, right where the festival took place was the next stop.
Major Bruce Forsyth turned out to be “one of those touchy feely types” He nonchalantly struck his
favourite pose whilst prowling for a Brucie bonus along the edge of the dancefloor.Major Bruce
Meanwhile photographic evidence shows Rog the Peasant disappearing to throw some shapes on
the DF with a hands in the air attitude to life. Mullered, he trained it later back to Zurich in the
small hours only to nobly and commendably arrive on time for the next day’s sport attired in
trademark blazer and freshly ironed whites. The Great Gatsby doesn’t even come close.
After leaving Rog it was a desperate attempt to find somewhere interesting to carry on the drinking.
First up was Coyote bar with fake palm trees dotted tackily around the place. A pathetic attempt to
copy the theme of the slightly more famous Coyote Ugly. It wasn’t long before a body double for
Big Daddy pulled his burly frame onto the bar, sat on his knees only to have his head viciously
pulled back – by butt antlers that wanted the back door taking out of. His mouth was mercilessly
filled with what probably was scented water from a vodka bottle to the lashed up cheers from his
fellow builder workmates.
Only one place remained open after we left Coyote and that was the poncy cafe bar by the station.
We had a beer in there watching the Marathon before calling it a night and heading back to base.
Surprisingly the hotel bar was still fairly lively but after a desperate attempt to purchase one last
beer to quench the eternal thirst, we were told the bar was closed and therefore no other option was
left but to get some sleep…
Day 2, Game 2 Continued…
The game versus Prague was resumed at the ungodly hour of 09:30 on Sunday morning. Turned out
nice again as the ordered good weather eventually turned up. Prague set the respectable target of
114 for MCC to win thanks in no small part to Garner whose true bowling figures shall remain
secret due to poor low resolution shots of the scorebook…but rest assured he went for more runs
than a severe case of Backsidewatersir over the gas works.Munich therefore faced (in both senses of the word) a tough chase when openers Weston and Lovell
were out before enforced retirement, for 31 and 25 respectively. Wrighty, supported by Clare, put
on a gritty display to bring it down to the wire and retire on 40. Shaw then came in, smashed a 1 and
Sobek finished off in nonchalant style with a 6 as MCC coasted home in the last over.
Having qualified for the final and being rather spent from the sporting efforts the night and day
before only the Major took part in any extra curricular sporting activities by shooting some hoops
and proving himself to be an all round sportsman – despite being a Millwall fan. The rest of the
team flaked it out in the now beautiful sunshine and half watched the other teams battle it out in the
heat.
The Final: MCC v. Freiburg
Having trained all their lives for this match and loaded up on curry the MCC hobbled out to field
first in the welcome sunshine apart from Lovell who assumed his fielding position in the comfy
deck chair.
Freiburg batted well as “Darth Vader” so named by the touring English team for his long hair and
batting helm combination retired on 41 and Shane got a valuable 34. Garner redeemed himself with
the best bowling figures for MCC…funny, the resolution of the photo for that page of the scorebook
was fine…Freiburg posted an imposing total leaving MCC 123 to win.
MCC started batting well with Weston swatting the opening bowling long into the houses on 5
occasions and once long and straight aiming no doubt for the pink bibbed, hand clapping football
team?! The hosts cringed each time he faced and ended up out of match quality cricket balls and
probably a lawsuit on their hands.
Lovell was out frustrated caught on the fence off the bowling of Darth Vader for 20. MCC kept the
dot balls down but chipping away the ones and twos was never going to win it. It went close in the
end but the bowling quality of Freiburg was high enough to maintain a reasonable line and length
for this type of game and it was impossible to shuffle across and chip sixes over the gas works when
needed.
The day ended with a trophy presentation to the Freiburg captain who was gracious in victory and
thanks from the hosts to generous applause.
MCC left for the train shortly after and a journey back to sunny Munich which was mostly spent in
the buffet car observing the waiter who obviously had one or two pages stuck together. No kit was
left behind on the return leg and all got home with no apparent reports of death or serious injury but
one of severe backside water.
…exactly. Did you know: there’s three croissants in a basket?