Match Report for T20 game vs. MIC

This week’s match report begins with gratitude to a great club man who has decided to take his next step and move on to pastures new. Rich Clare – 9 Seasons, 2258 Runs, 144 Wickets, 63 catches. ‘Flix is a surface I have always loved, The Hirsch is a ground I have always loved’ – A quote from Rich Clare (originally by Steffi Graf and doctored for MCC) The weekend began with a Friday night curry which was enjoyed by over 30 members of MCC who turned up to wave off Rich Clare in what was a lovely evening (including a one day break) to celebrate the final weekend of cricket MCC will see this year.

Beers were had, curries were eaten and Dark and Stormies were consumed. After the hangover and a further sleep we arrived at the MIC ground to witness them rolling out the pitch in the most peculiar fashion (basically it wasn’t straight). As to whether they felt this was advantageous to their style of cricket is still beyond the majority of us, although they claim its so that nobody will hit a 6 into the children’s playground over 300 yards away…

We were also greeted by the travelling family of Westy, whose parents came along to cheer us on! We were also graced by a special guest appearance of Igor Sestan who, although he clearly came for a beer and an afternoon of chatter in the sun, actually ended up standing in as square leg umpire for the entire game – many thanks Igor!! MIC’s Kashif won the toss and decided to bat first on what can only be described as a flat plastic pitch! The majority of the MIC team were familiar to us and so we knew what we had to do!

The game started punctually at 13.11 and began with a maiden over from Naveen! After 8 great opening overs from Naveen and the Great Dane, MIC looked to be struggling with the opening pair both out in the low 10’s and MCC were on top. A chance in the bowling then brought Nirmal and Carrie into the action and unfortunately they were bowling to what seemed to be a very in form Kashif who rather courteously decided to start hitting the ball over the trees at a comfortable rate.

The attack then was remastered by Captain Weston who brought off Nirmal after his first over and introduced Amith whose second over then involved a 4, a 5 and 6 (the 5 coming from the ball hitting the helmet after an out swinger baffled the batsmen and wicket keeper! Nirmal was then reintroduced from the pavilion with Dan Garner getting his fist over from the Kinderspielplatz End. Both of them bowled with good success, Garner with particularly good figures of 2-6 off two. The MIC innings finished with Kashif 64 no. and MCC being left to chase 167 at just over 8 an over.

MCC started brightly with Westy clipping a lovely 4 and Manny clearing the trees. Unfortunately we lost the vital wicket of Westy for 8 as he was bowled trying to hit the ball back to the Hirsch. Amith and Manny then settled the ship with some great shot play and managed a partnership of 60. Amith then hit the ball in the air attempting his favoured leg clip, bringing Chris Carrie to the wicket. 3 balls later Chris was on his way back to the pavilion having chipped the ball to the leg side after a rather sprightly run 2.

Then, in classic MCC fashion the wickets began falling. Darren, also in his last MCC game, was already half way down the wicket before being sent back and was run out for 1. Moments later, after a glorious outside edge from Tom M, Manny was the next to fall after a well struck 53 off 46 balls. Naveen fell quickly too after trying to fend away some chin music and gloving behind. The two Toms then seemed to be settling in and keeping up with the run rate before Tom M (cant remember how he got out) and was quickly followed to the ant infested changing steps by Shazhad, who continued his form of either hitting 20 quickly or getting out on his 3rd ball (in this case the latter). Up stepped Garner with 35 still needed to win and although his dancing antics were enough to gain a few extra partnership runs from the wides he then was bowled as he attempted his ‘run across all the stumps and swing’ shot. Nirmal then faced a ball before missing one to the keeper and deciding not to make up his ground and getting himself rather comically run out. MCC ended up losing by 16 runs in the last over but as their scorer remarked ‘we have a great bowling attack’ (enter quote about where we and they finished in the league).

All in all it was a rather nice day which ended up in Rosenpark Biergarten. I don’t have the scorebook so I can’t give exact scores. Phil

Match report vs Lufthansa 21st July 2013

A hot sunny day, 30°C plus and MCC gathered at the Hirschanger at 11:15 to ensure we all arrived at the ground in Attaching in good time not to risk forfeiting the match after last week’s affray against MBCC,Captain Sarma broke with etiquette and allowed the home captain to call at the toss, who called correctly and chose to bat. Blades and Ferguson opened the bowling and Blades in particular was very tight for his first six overs being 2 for 22 after six. Ferguson took a break after three overs having bowled seven wide balls and was replaced by Polisetty playing in his maiden league game. Blades was obviously tiring and should probably have taken a break rather than bowl his eight overs straight through as he went for 23 runs off the last two. Wickets fell pretty regularly and at 20 overs Lufthansa were 101 for 4 down. The hard dry outfield mad it difficult for the fielders and a rate of 5 runs per over was thought to be pretty good. Lufthansa were all out for 194 after 38.4 overs, Ferguson taking a three-for. After the innings break, Verser and O`Meagher opened the batting for MCC and got off to a good start with Veser looking particularly the part. Unfortunately after facing three highish bouncers he was bowled for 15 by one which kept very low, the score being now 31 for 1. Nest in was captain Sarma and together with O`Meagher they put on 53 for the second wicket. Weston came and went quickly as did Algar and at 20 overs MCC were 98 for 4 down. Polisetty went for a couple in the 22nd over to be replaced by Ferguson. Who top scored with 47 and finally fell in the 37th over leaving MCC on 176 for 9. For a while it looked as if Carrie and Blades would take us there but an awful mix-ip lead to a run out and MCC were all out for 178.

Veser, 15 bowled,

O`Meagher, 29, bowled

Sarma, 31 LBW, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts

Weston, 5 caught, 3 catches

Algar, 4, bowled

Polisetty, 2, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wickets, 1 catch

Ferguson, 47, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 49 runs, 3 wkts

Furlonger, 8, bowled

Rabbani, 9, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 1, run out, 6.4 overs, 1 mdn, 21 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 1*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

 

MCC, 178 -10, lost to Lufthansa, 194 – 10, by 16 runs MCC MOM Ferguson

Match report vs Pak Orient, Sunday 14th April

“Clear blue skies, temperatures around 18°C and MCC headed to Hasenbergl for what was expected to be the start of season thrashing by the Pak Orient. Captain for the day Blades had decided at practise on Friday that we would field first to make a decent game of it, provided we could get a team out at all. Fortunately we were able to get a couple more players from the nets and with Veser bringing a cricket playing friend along we were able to field just eleven players. At the DCB agm on Saturday afternoon Adschi stated that we had better have a strong team otherwise his members would crucify him. I told him not to worry as we had selected the strongest team we could get.

The game started punctually at 12:30 and, as new member Amit Bhalerao had informed us he would be late, a Pak Orient player, Shafiq, fielded for us. When Amit arrived it was agreed to play a bat and field 12-a-side game anyway. MCC bowled and fielded extremely well against a strong Pak Orient team, six catches were taken, two by keeper Van Giezen. There were probably another five catches put down but that is to be expected in the first game of the season. Ferguson with 2 for 14 off five and Garner with 0 for 17 off five were particularly parsimonious but everyone bowled well and only became expensive in the later big bashing overs. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 199 for 10.

During the innings break we had a small presentation and Bryan Ferguson handed over the best bowler cup of the recent BCV indoor championship to Paul Wasciewicz.

Veser and Ferguson opened the MCC innings, both looked in good form before Veser was caught behind for 18 in the 6th over and the total on 37. Bhalerao replaced him and immediately looked very relaxed although it was the first time he had played on a Flicx pitch. He and Ferguson put on 40 for the second wicket before Bhalerao was out LBW for 14. He was replaced by Praveen K P, Manny’s friend from Baden-Württenberg who, unfortunately, will not be available much for the remainder of the season. Ferguson was out shortly afterwards, top scoring with 30 and in came France’s finest, Nicholas Staub, who scored his first run ever in Munich cricket. Staub went for one  being bowled by the magnificently named Sher Khan, the first of three wickets for him. Van Giezen hit some lusty shots but went for six, again falling to Sher Khan. Garner was looking good but was run out for one after some poor calling and was replaced by Wasiewicz  who put on 15 with KP until KP became Sher Khan’s third victim, going for  23 in the 26th over. Wasiewicz and Blades put on 10 for the eighth wicket before Wasiewicz went for five, a very high no-ball having been dispatched for a superb boundary four. Blades and O`Connor put on an energetic 10 runs for the 9th wicket, Blades going for 13 with the score on 140. Shafiq had heard of the MCC duck race and wanted to be in it being bowled first ball playing the crossest of cross shots imaginable. Sestan, clearly a bit miffed because O`Connor won the race in 2012 decided to get in a head start and went for nought after facing thee balls. MCC finished on 142 for 11 and everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon in the spring sunshine.

 

Veser, 18, caught, 1 catch

Ferguson, 30, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 2 wkts

Bhalerao, 14, LBW,

Praveen KP, 23, caught, 1 catch

Staub, 1, bowled

Van Giezen, 6, bowled, 2 catches

Garner, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Wasiewicz, 5, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 13, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts

O’Connor, 0 not out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Shafiq*, 0, bowled

Sestan, 0, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 4 wkts.

 

MCC, 142 – 11, lost to Pak Orient, 199 – 10 by 57 runs

 

MCC MOM, Sestan, 4 wickets, leader in the duck race, leading wide boy.”

Match report, 15th September vs Effigies

Effigies are a team from London who play six or seven games a season, one of them a touring match and, in true Richard Clare mode, they go to a different country every year and to date have never returned, not, I would add because of their unruly behaviour. They have toured to countries where MCC has not yet been such as Estonia, France, Iceland and Malta.

They provided two umpires for both innings, one of them (Bob Eaton) played for the British Lions in Bulawayo during the South African tour of 1974 and the other (Hugh Ellerton) was wearing a pair of deckchair design trousers owned at one time by Elton John. How he came by them no-one knows and no-one really wishes to know.

As the Effigies had suffered from a number of baillages three MCC members – O`Connor, Soundararajan and Jadwani – volunteered to play for them to make a game of two ten-a-side teams.

Captain Clare won the toss and chose to bat in a 30 over friendly and sent in O`Meagher and Fudge to begin the innings. Fudge started well but was soon out in the fourth over having scored 5 from 7 balls and made way for keeper Garner who hung around until the ninth over before being bowled for 6 off 13 balls. In came Wright for his last innings at the Hirschanger before returning to Australia. He and O`Meagher put on a good partnership of 31 for the third wicket but eventually Wright went for 14 off 20 balls with the total on 68. Captain Clare came to the crease and put on 27 for the fourth wicket together with O`Meagher but was bowled by West for 21 in the 18th over. Hobbs shared a partnership of 19 for the fifth wicket before being caught for 7 off 17 in the 23rd over. Next in was Michahelles for his first innnings ever. He faced five balls before being bowled by Jadwani and joining the duck race – three balls more than I faced to get the same score in my first game for the MCC. Blades and O`Meagher put on another 11 for the seventh wicket but Blades was caught O`Connor in the 27th over with the score on 127. Scott joined O`Meagher and they put on an unbeated 30 runs for the eight wicket, Scott doubling his aggregate and average for the season and O`Meagher cementing his place at the top of the batting statistics. Throughout the innings O`Connor had showed that Sarma cannot be complacent about his title of master sledger

Plentiful teas were provided by Jadwani and O’Connor and included some uncooked eggs, a definite first in the MCC catering history.

After the break, Scott and Blades opened the bowling for MCC and bowled their full allocations straight off, Blades taking two wickets and, after 12 overs, Effigies were 45 for 2 (MCC had been 56 for 2 at the same stage). Clare and Wright took over for three overs each, kept the run-rate below that required and after 18 overs Effigies were 80 for 2 (MCC had been 95 for 4 down). Kavi, fresh from his 3 for 2 last week came on with Garner but was tonked for 24 off 2 overs – cricket can be a soul destroying game. After 22 overs Effigies were 120 for 2 (MCC had been 109 for 4) so the captain brought on a very nervous secret weapon named Hobbs. He and Garner almost did it, Effigies losing another four wickets, one of them the Effigies top scorer, caught by Michahelles, a superb catch in his first game,  before scoring the winning run off 29.3 overs.

An enjoyable, friendly, but competitive match, with some wonderful sledging by O`Connor, finished at around 5.30 pm allowing us plenty of time to attack Helmut`s cool fresh before retiring to the Chinese Tower.

 

O`Meagher, 68*

Fudge, 5, caught

Garner, 6 bowled, 5.3 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 1 wkt

Wright, 14, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Clare, 21, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts

Hobbs, 7, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts

Michahelles, 0, bowled, 1 catch

Blades, 6, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Scott, 12*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts,

Kavi, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts.

 

MCC, 157 for 7 lost to Effigies, 158 for 6 by 3 wickets.

 

MCC MOM O`Meagher

Match report, 8th September vs Munich Boys

MCC, resplendent in their new leisure kit, turned out in force to play a bat 12 field 11 fixture against the Munich Boys at the Hirschanger. Some thought that batting wearing sunglasses under the helmet was going a little too far but, as Basil Fawlty said “you wouldn`t understand dear, its called style”.
Be that as it may, captain Weston duly used Maria Theresa to win the toss and decided to field first. Blades and O`Connor opened the attack for MCC and forged ahead with the wide count; after six overs the Munich Boys were 34 for 0 of which 13 were wides. Apparently the ball was swinging profusely. Rabbani and Weston took over the attack, bowling slightly fewer wides and two wickets fell in Weston’s first over, one a run out, the other clean bowled. After 14 overs the score was 94 for 2 and on came Hobbs, terrified that he would bowl pies and ruin his position at the top of the bowling table. He was sporting a 60`s style Django moustache hoping to scare the batsmen into giving away their wickets. His first over went for 17, including two sixes and a four so pleas for a safety razor were heard. Wright, at the other end, bowled economically taking a wicket in his first, second and fourth overs. With Hobbs taking one in his second and bowling a little tighter, things were looking slightly better but, after 24 over overs when Hobbs and Wright were replaced by Wasiewicz and Kavi, the score was 177 for six down. The problem for MCC was that Khan, who had been dropped when he had only a few runs on the board, went on to score 123 before being stumped by Van Giezen off Kavi, having hit 8 fours and 10 sixes. Khan was in fact the eleventh wicket to fall (bat 12, field 11) and Munich Boys finished on 230 for 11 after 29.4 overs leaving MCC needing slightly under 8 runs per over to win.
After a splendid tea provided by Brunskill, MCC opened with Brunskill and Wright. The target of 8 an over quickly disappeared over the horizon and, after six overs MCC were 19 for 1, Wright having been bowled for 12. Rabbani and Brunskill put on another 9 runs for the second wicket before Brunskill was bowled for 4. He was replaced by the shades wearing Caspari who rather unfortunately played across a straight ball and went to join the duck race. Rabbani and Van Giezen put on 10 runs before Rabbani went for 12, stumped by Ali. In came Miller who went first ball after getting a real bummer of a caught behind decision but, like a good Kiwi, he didn`t hang around to protest. In came Hobbs, very relieved not to have been toppled from the top of the table and proceeded to top score with 18 off 31 balls including 2 fours. Wasiewicz had replaced Van Giezen who went for 9 and O`Connor now came in for Hobbs after he and Van Giezen had put on 26, the highest partnership of the innings. O`Connor had another of those simply unplayable balls and went first ball, clean bowled by a snorter from Amir. In came Kavi, determined to face more than 1 ball and not move up the duck race table. In fact he and Wasiewicz put on an unbeaten 22 for the 9th wicket scoring 11 and 15 respectively. MCC finshed on 99 for seven after 30 overs, slightly short of the 231 required.
Brunskill, 4, bowled
Wright, 12, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 3 wkts
Rabbani, 12, stumped, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts
Caspari, 0, bowled, 1 catch
Van Giezen, 9, bowled, 1 stumping
Miller, 0, caught
Hobbs, 18, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 1 wkt
Wasiewicz, 15*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
O`Connor, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Kavi, 11*, 2.4 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch
Weston, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Blades, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 12 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 99 for 8, lost to MBCC, 230 for 11, by 131 runs.

MCC MOM Wright.

Match report, 1st September T20 semi-final vs Lufthansa

It was a “is it or is it not” sort of day. There had been heavy rain for some 70 hours by Saturday morning and rain showers were forecasted throughout the day. Around 10:30 Roshan of Lufthansa rang to confirm that we were coming and most of us met at 12:30 at the Hirschanger to collect the kit and join the traffic jams on the way to Attaching near the airport. Rumours that half the Lufthansa team would not show up because they were on strike were unfounded. As we travelled more to the north the weather improved, the roads were dry and it was clear we would get in a full game.

Maria Theresa did her stuff and captain Weston chose to field first, feeling our bowlers would contain them to an easily chaseable score as in the previous rounds of the competition. The opening pair of Scott and Blades did well, Scott being particuarly impressive with figures of 2 for 11 from his four overs. At the half-way stage after 10 overs Lufthansa were 35 for 2 and looking really concerned. Six bowlers were used to prevent the batters from settling, Wright and Ferguson being held back for the death bowling. There were a couple of lusty hits for six but, after 20 overs, Lufthansa were 101 for 7 and MCC feeling pretty satsfied with themselves.

Veser and Weston opened the batting for MCC, Veser facing a tight first over from Adlt. Weston faced three balls from Malik before mistiming the fourth ball, which went very high and deep to extra cover, and falling to a superb running catch by Ruwan thus re-entering the duck race. Sarma replaced him at the crease and together with Veser made batting look fairly easy and, at the half-way stage, MCC were 53 for 1 and well on the way to victory. Sarma went for 26 in the 13th over to be replaced by Ferguson who faced three balls before joining his captain in the duck race in the 14th over. Two balls later Veser went, caught in the deep for 33 to be followed, one ball later, by Wright and, after 15 overs, MCC were 74 for 5 needing another 28 runs off five overs to win. Furlonger and Fudge fought well and put on 18 for the sixth wicket taking the score to 92 after 18.2 overs, Fudge being caught in the deep for 12. Two balls later Hobbs was run out for a duck, going for a suicidal run trying to keep the scoreboard moving. Two overs to go and MCC needed 10 to win with only three wickets left. Gill faced three balls before being bowled for a duck and the score now 93 for 8 with three balls to go. The next ball Blades and Furlonger went for a second run that was too much for Furlonger so MCC were now 94 for 9 and two balls to go. Scott and Blades took another single and MCC finshed on 95 for 9 after 20 overs

 

Veser, 33, caught, 1 catch

Weston, 0, caught

Sarma, 26, caught

Ferguson, 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Wright, 2, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 1 wkt

Fudge, 12, caught

Furlonger, 6, run out

Hobbs, 0, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 1 wkt

Gill, 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Blades, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts

Scott, 0*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 11 runs, 2 wkts

 

MCC, 95 for 9, lost to Lufthansa, 101 for 7 by 6 runs

 

MCC MOM Scott/Veser

Saturday 25th August vs Pak Orient

With four other league clubs playing in T20 knockout matches this weekend it was back to our old friends Pak Orient for a friendly match – no arrogant messages about putting out a good team from them, they like to stuff us by as many as possible. Heavy overnight and early morning rain made an abandonment a distinct possibility but the heavens cleared and we were ready for a 1 pm start. Captain Weston, bleary eyed and hung over from leaping around in his army boots in a disco until 4am and burning up 1700 calories in the activity, won the toss and chose to field. I think this decision was based on giving opener O`Meagher, who seemed to have celebrated Friday night even more than Weston, some breathing space before batting.

The wonderfully named Sher Khan and Janan opened for Pak Orient to face MCC opening bowlers Gill and O`Connor. They batted as if there was no tomorrow and, after 9 overs, were 94 for 1. Jadwani had replaced O`Connor but his style was also very much to the batters liking – they even complained he was throwing but as they were tonking him for fours the protest was not taken seriously by the umpires.  After 12 overs, with the score on 112, the skipper brought on the first of his secret weapons and Hobbs bowled a modest first over going for only 7 runs. After the drinks break, Clare who had kept wicket and not given a bye or dropped a catch, was replaced by Turner who arrived just in time for the drinks. Sobek now joined Hobbs and his first four balls were “w”s – wicket, wide, wide, wide. Why on earth he was allowed another over no-one knows but the captain. However, the concatenation of the lightning fast Turner behind the stumps and the donkey-drop tempters from the two slow bowlers was simply breathtaking. From 129 for 2 after 15 overs, Pak Orient subsided to 168 all out after 26.4 overs, Sobek with a three-for, Hobbs with a six-for, including a hattrick. However the bleary eyed captain fell down on his counting and allowed Hobbs to bowl 7.4 overs when he should have been restricted to five. As so often in our matches the wide count was very high – the third highest score but the ball was very wet and slippery.

After teas MCC opened the batting with O`Meagher and Clare. Two wicket maidens later the score was 0 for 2 and Weston and Hobbs were at the crease. Weston went for 9 with the total score on10 but then Hobbs and Turner put on 23 for the 4th wicket, Turner facing 24 balls, keeping his end up in scoring his 3 runs. Next in was new member Anil Kavi who hadn`t played for two years. He decided the only prize worth going for so late in the season was the duck race and went after facing one ball. Now came the other secret weapon, Sobek, who put on 12 for the 6th wicket with Hobbs and another 12 for the seventh wicket with Gill. Gill went for 2 and in came Soundararajan, determined to improve on his performance of last week. Sobek went for 10, the only double figure score so far after the umpire tried desperately to find a reason why he couldn’t give hime out LBW and this introduced a nervous Jadwani to the struggle. He and Soundararajan put on 10 for the 9th wicket before Soundararajan fell for 4 and allowed number eleven, O`Connor, his chance to shine. This he did excellently remaining on 8 not out and putting on 30 for the 10th wicket in a partnership with Jadwani who top scored with 19.

MCC finshed on 89 all out after 26.4 overs so were soundly beaten but had a wonderful day with many memorable happenings. We sat around sampling Helmut’s cool fresh until 7pm then decided to go for one more at the kiosk in poofters alley. At 7:30 the heavens opened with torrential rain for almost two hours so we were forced to extend the one more into two more and so on while`st watching the rivirs of muddy water streaming past.

 

O`Meagher, caught

Clare, 0, caught, 1 catch

Weston, 9 bowled

Hobbs, 8, bowled, 7.4 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 6 wkts, 1 hat-trick

Turner, 3, bowled, 4 stumpings

Kavi, 0, bowled

Sobek, 10, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 3 wkts

Gill, 2, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 54 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Soundararajan, 4, caught

Jadwani, 19, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts

O`Connor, 8*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 0 wkts

 

MCC, 89 all out lost to Pak Orient, 168 all out, by 79 runs.

MCC MOM: Hobbs

 

Match report vs MIC, 18th August 2012

Finally, summer had arrived with temperatures over 30°C, clear blue skies, three crates of cool fresh in the changing room fridge, plenty of shade for the scorers to sit and mock the perspiring fielders all day long and an opposition whom we had stuffed in a recent fixture with a very friendly MCC team but who had written that they hoped we would put out a “proper” team against them for this match. So we were more than up for it, to the extent that captain Weston actually won the toss and chose to bat in a 35 over fixture.

Sarma and Clare opened the batting to face Johnson, he of Sir Richard Turnbull fame, and George, and scored at a healthy 7 runs an over until Clare went for 38 off 37 balls in the eleventh over with the score on 69. Weston and Sarma put on another 54 for the second wicket, Weston hitting some almighty sixes and powerful fours in his 34 off 19 balls. Sarma and Hobbs took the score to 187 with a third wicket partnership of 64 before Sarma, who had really looked to be on a hundred played across a straight one and was clean bowled for 75 off 75 balls, the score now being 197 for 3 down. Soundarajan departed five runs later after joining in the duck race having faced eight balls. Wright came to join Hobbs, who was having the time of his life, and scored 8 off 10 balls allowing Fudge to come to the crease. Hobbs fell for 39 off 43 balls in the next over, this being his highest score for MCC, to be replaced by O`Connor who decided not to be upstaged in the duck race and went after facing one ball only. In came Sestan, the Croatian Killer to meet the hattrick ball with a straight bat and survived the rest of Johnsons double wicket maiden over. Sestan and Fudge put on 23 for the eigth wicket, Sestan being run out on the very last ball of the innings – remember to ground your bat Igor – and MCC finished on 240 for 8 after the 35 overs.

After a splendid tea provided by Fudge, complete with his infamous boiled eggs, MCC toook the field and opened with Gill and Jadwani who hadn`t batted in MCC`s innings. Gill struck with his fourth ball, getting the MIC opener Srini for a duck, LBW. In his second over he got the MIC captain Obaid, clean bowled for 4 and in his third over, Jadwani got Pramod clean bowled for 2. MIC were now 30 for 3 after 5.5 overs and in trouble but Kashif was at the crease and he was a joy to behold. He finished on 128 off 114 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes, being out finally, caught Fudge, bowled Wright with the score on 196 for 9. Sestan, who bowled very well and took 3 for 40 almost got him caught behind off a ball that the umpire called a wide despite a convincing appeal by all those close around the bat.  MIC were all out for 197 after 31,3 overs only Amit with 16 scoring above 10 runs and the victorious team enjoyed a swim in the Eisbach, loads of Helmut`s cool fresh then repaired to the Chinese Tower to discuss tactics until around midnight.

Note to Gill: It is extremely bad form to swim without your togs and even more so to swim with a bottle of cool fresh in your hand.

 

Sarma, 75, bowled

Clare, 38, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Weston, 34, caught

Hobbs, 39, bowled, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 run, 1 wkt

Soundarajan, 0, caught

Wright, 8, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Fudge, 18*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs. 1 wkt, 1 catch

O`Connor, 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 3 wkts

Jadwani, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 1 wkt

Gill, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

 

MCC, 240 for 8, best MIC 197 for 10, by 43 runs.

 

MCC MOM Sarma.

League vs FVSE Erlangen 7th July 2012

MCC were very excited about hosting the match with the current league leaders at the Hirschanger, having beaten them in a thrilling friendly at their ground in Erlangen last season. Captain Weston was winging in from KL on the Friday evening and, in fact, joined us at the Chinese Tower to discuss pre-match strategy after commandeering the internet connections on the flight home via Dubai to order us to mow the shi** out of the pitch before laying the Flicx at Friday`s practise session, in order to give our quickies all the help we could.

Later on Friday the heavens opened with torrential rain and the rain continued until around 08:30 on Saturday morning. The Erlangen team had already telephoned and texted asking what would be expected in the afternoon and were told, no problems, we will get the match in. As often happens in Munich, by the time the game began the clouds had blown away and we had a beautiful, hot, sunny afternoon.

Captain Weston used Maria Theresa to lose the toss but remained certain we would win the match as the correct coin was used. Superstition reigns supreme in some quarters.

FVSE chose to bat and opened with Satish and Bilal to face MCC`s opening pair, Scott and Ferguson. The outfield was still wet and it was difficult to score any boundaries even if the ball was hit well which was apparently difficult to achieve, the first wicket, Bilal, falling to Ferguson for 8 in the 6th over with the score on 16. Ferguson also accounted for Satish who went for 9 in the 8th over with the total now 21. Wyanand a South African and Wasif scored very slowly but FVSE lost no more wickets before the drinks break when the score was 50 for 2 after 80 minutes. FSVE appeared to be following the traditional ODI philosophy of saving wickets for a big charge towards the end. Wyanand was bowled for 16 by Clare in the 27th over with the total on 75. In the 32nd over Garner, the man of many voices (thank goodness for that “o”) had Akmal out caught by Rabbani for 19 and the score was now 102 for 4 down. In the 33rd over Wasif was finally out for 42, LBW to Clare and the score was now 113 for 5 down. There was a rather comical run out with Captain Gursher and Subjahit both just about at the same end.

FSVE finished up on 149 all out after 38 overs which, considering the difficult batting conditions at the start, was a very competitive total.

After enjoying a Sarma-special tea MCC openers Veser and O`Meagher took the field, O`Meagher hoping to be among the runs again and MCC requiring 3.75 runs per over to win the match. The bowling was tight and scoring difficult although Veser hit a cracking boundary six off his seventh ball. O`Meagher though was having problems and fell for 5 in the 9th over having faced 24 balls with the score on 25. Sarma and Veser pushed the score to 46 before Veser was out caught for 26 in the 16th over. Weston went for 2 in the same over and at the drinks break MCC were 70 for 3 needing just 4 runs per over from the remaining 20 overs. Ferguson and Sarma carried on at just about the required run-rate until Sarma went, bowled for 28 in the 26th over with the score on 89. Clare and Ferguson had a partnership of 39, Clare being bowled for 16 in the 34th over, the score now 128 for 5 and 22 runs needed off 6 overs. When Ferguson was bowled for 29 in the next over MCC were 129 for 6. Rabbani stayed only a short while and after 37 overs MCC were 132 for 7 down and needing 18 to win off 3 overs. Furlonger and Gill put on 11 for the 8th wicket but Gill was bowled for 3 in the 39th over to be replaced by the man of many voices who played dot and a 1 to keep the strike for the final over with MCC needing 7 runs for victory. The first two balls of the final over were wides, greeted with great enjoyment by the spectators then a single to leave Furlonger facing, needing 4 runs from 5 balls. He upped his strike rate and took a single off the first ball so leaving Garner needing 3 off 4. The first ball was met with a massive swipe to be a dot ball, 3 runs needed of 3 balls. Then, joy of joys, Big Bird tonked the penultimate ball for a massive six over square leg and MCC had won a thrilling match with 2 balls to spare. Helmuth`s cool fresh took a hammering in the after match celebrations before we retired to the Chinese Tower for a post match strategy discussion. There was some dispute over the score book, Rabbani claiming he had scored a single and not moved up the duck race table. This claim was, of course, rejected until Rabbani drove the chairman home and passed over a sealed brown envelope so he is credited with 1 run and Furlonger finished up with 6 not out rather than 7 not out.

 

Veser, 26, caught

O`Meagher, 5, caught, 1 catch

Sarma, 28, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts,

Weston, 2, bowled, 2 catches

Ferguson, 29, bowled, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 18 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 16, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs. 2 wkts

Rabbani, 1, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Furlonger, 6*,

Gill, 3, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Garner, 8*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 4 wickets

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

 

MCC, 153 for 8, beat FSVE Erlangen, 149 all out, by 2 wickets

 

MCC MOM Ferguson

League vs CC Bavaria 5th May

The first game at the Hirschanger this season and a league match against CC Bavaria who have put the kybosh on our league aspirations in three out of four seasons since 2008. What would it be like this year?

The weather in the days leading up to the match had been poor for cricket, a lot of rain and rain was forecast for later in the day. Club captain Weston was making Berlin unsafe so club vice-captain Clare was again skipper for the day. Clare duly won the toss and perhaps surprisingly chose to field first. Clearly the threat of rain and the opportunity to keep the opposition contained to a small twenty over score swayed him.

The move seemed to pay off, all MCC bowlers bowling tightly, and, at 20 overs, the CC Bavaria score was 78 for 2. There was a rain shower making the outfield even wetter but thereafter the weather improved. After around 32 overs the batsmen insisted that the wet outfield has caused the ball to soak up moisture and become too heavy. Although there was no deformation nor any damage to the seam, the umpire finally allowed the ball to be changed and the batsmen were soon profitting from it. After the match I checked with the lawmakers at Lords and was advised that should the ball soak up too much water and become heavier than the weight defined in the laws then it should be changed. However this is something that very rarely, if ever, happens. Should umpires now have to carry a miniature set of scales with them? After 38 overs CC Bavaria were 191 for 5 but some poor bowling at the death allowed them to increase this to 229 for 6 after the 40 overs.

At the start of the MCC innings it was clear that there would be no twenty overs decision, to win we would have to beat their score of 229. Openers O`Meagher and Veser bagan the chase but Veser soon departed for 4 with the score on 9 to be replaced by Sarma. They put on 69 for the second wicket at a fair run rate, Sarma finally being caught for 31 with the score on 78. Rabbani came and went quickly having been run out slowly and was replaced by Algar. He and O`Meagher took the score to 100 for 3 after 20 overs, Algar passing his 1000 accumulated runs milestone on the way. MCC continued to score at a healthy rate but also lost wickets fairly regularly, among them skipper Clare who decided to join the duck race. Pick of the batsmen was Wright, who finished on 52, his first fifty anywhere less than a 90 minute flight from Munich. After 38 overs MCC were 201 for 9 and almost made it when Wright was out caught on the boundary in the final over. Had it carried to be a boundary six we would have needed only nine runs from five balls. In the end a very exciting match and CC Bavaria continue to be the bane of our league title aspirations.

 

Veser, 4, caught

O`Meagher, 37, caught

Sarma, 31, caught, 1 catch

Rabbani, 2, run-out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Algar, 17, bowled

Ferguson, 14, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, 0, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 1 wkt

Wright, 52, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 2 wkts

Turner, 12, caught, 2 stumpings

Garner, 3, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 2*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 1 wkt

 

MCC, 214 for 10, lost to CC Bavaria, 229 for 6, by 15 runs.

 

MCC MOM Wright