League vs Tegernsee, 1st May 2012

The Hischanger wasn`t available for our home fixture so we arranged to play the match in Tegernsee`s picturesque ground. A large party of nineteen or so gathered at the main station by the BOB ticket desk for the 10.15 train. Sobek brought a cooling box with food and he also had some ladies to share the onerous task of watching with him. However on the walk from the station to the ground he got diverted to the Tegernseeer Brauhaus and we didn`t see him or the ladies for some while afterwards. Nevetheless, Palfrey, who had missed the train but took a later one need not worry as he made a new friend in Sestan who took a cooler with eight cans of cool fresh in it. Scott had left his hotel in Hamburg at 7.30 am to head for the airport and arriving in Munich left for Tegernsee without going home first – there’s dedication for you. Veser and family also drove down as did Rabbani and Blades, complete with the kit.

Skipper Clare won the toss – be warned Weston – and chose to bat. It is a small, but beautiful ground with snow topped mountains in the background.

Veser and O’Meagher opened and put on a very good partnership against good Tegernsee bowling from Saleem and Govindar before Veser was out, caught behind, with the score on 51. Wright and Veser then put on 21 before O`Meagher, complete with a new bat from New Zealand, went for 23 in the 14th Over. Ferguson came and went, joining the duck race, after receiving what, from the square leg umpire’s position, looked to be a bummer of a decision. Then came hard  hitting Rabbani, who top scored with 38 before being LBW in the 21st over with the score on 175. Blades and Garner joined the duck race, Algar and Hobbs enjoyed some lusty hits, Hobbs sacrificing his wicket going for a second that wasn`t on in the 39th over and  MCC were all out for 205.

Ferguson and Blades opened the bowling for MCC and for me it was an unusual opportunity to see how our bowlers were as I usually stand in matches between other teams. Tegernsee were up with the run rate but, in the 6th over Blades struck twice and Tegernsee were 31 for 2. Ferguson got a wicket in the seventh over and Blades another in the 10th over leaving the score on 49 for 4. Garner and the long distance traveller Scott come on and bowled very tightly, the run rate dropped and the game looked to be in the bag and at the 20 over drinks break Tegernsee were 76 for 5. Blades had taken up a fielding position at  third man, close to the volley ball pit and the young amazons playing there – its a hard life for some. Rabbani came on in the 21st over for a short spell of four overs in which he took 2 for 24, Hobbs tried to repeat his performance from Bucharest but got hammered for three fours in a single over.  Tegernsee were all out for 142 after 32.5 overs despite a splendid defensive stand by Denish Ritigahapoln, who top scored with 36 not out.

After the match we stayed at the ground sampling Tegernseer helles until they ran out and had only Weissbier on offer. We then retired to the Brauhaus to admire the spectacle of Hobbs devouring a Haxe in under five minutes and took the 9 pm BOB back to Munich. By this time, Palfrey was reduced to a glassy stare, Algar slept all the way dreaming of long white clouds and the 12 runs he need to make his 1000 for the club. Sobek treated us to a hilarious German lesson and some yoga dancing in the isle.

All in all a wonderful day trip and, as skipper Clare remarked, perhaps we should arrange to play all our league matches against Tegernsee away.


Veser, 23, caught, 1 catch

O`Meagher, caught, 23

Wright, caught 14,

Ferguson, LBW, 0, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Rabbani, LBW, 38, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, bowled, 23

Algar, bowled 12

Garner, caught 0, 7.5 overs, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Hobbs, run out, 13, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, caught, 0, 8 over, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 4 wkts

Scott, not out, 1, 5 overs, 2 madns, 15 runs, 1 wkt.


MCC, 205 for 10 beat Tegernsee, 142- 10 by 53 runs


MCC MOM Rabbani.

Match report vs. Pak Orient, 15th April 2012

An awful day dawned, overcast, not raining but there had been rain in the night. An hour before the match captain Weston sent out a message that having talked to Pak Orient, the game was definitely on and scheduled for a 1230 start.

In the meanwhile it had begun to rain, not heavily but more than a drizzle. A few MCC stalwarts gathered outside the ground, wondering where the opposition were for 10 minutes or so when finally about eight of them arrived, having travelled up from Rosenheim. MCC numbers had now increased to eight, including a new, keen member, Tejas Jadwani who was getting a brilliant introduction to Munich cricketing weather. Unfortunately we had some five bail outs, disrespecting the cricketing tradition of turning up at the ground to experience the match being called off.

Ibrihim had sent an SMS advising he was on his way from Rosenheim and Wrighty confirmed he was coming too, bringing MCC up to ten. It continued to rain and the sensible thing would have been to cancel the fixture but the opposition were very keen, as many of them had travelled a fair distance to get there. Also O’Meagher stated that they played club cricket in the north of England in such weather and we didn`t want to be labelled a bunch of poofters, like the bail outs, by Yorkshire members of the club – eat dirt Steven Pryke!

So the match was on and captain Weston duly lost the toss, a very bad toss to loose in retrospect. The scorer settled down in his Zuoz attire – thick woollen shirt, long sleeved MCC sweater, a hoodie, a padded winter jacket, an MCC cap and a pair of gloves plus a battered umbrella and a flask of steaming tea.
Ferguson opened the bowling with a no-ball and demonstrated that it was going to be extremely difficult to control the ball at any pace. In fact MCC bowled 32 wide balls and 8 no-balls making an extra 6.4 overs to be bowled and endured by the freezing scorer whose tea flask had been shattered by a six hit towards the end of the Pak Orient innings. Pak Orient had scored at around 7 per over up until the half way stage when they turned up the screw and finished with 248 for 9 after the allotted 25 overs. It was very difficult to keep the score, all the fielders’s were dressed like Scott’s Antartic expedition and there was no scorer from the opposition to help. They even retired one batsman after he reached fifty and replaced him with Omar Khan without advising the scorer who enjoyed a vicious revenge when Omar asked how many he had scored, only to be told, none, because you were not listed in the batting order. MCC bowlers did their best under shocking conditions, the best probably being Ferguson who went for 34 off his five overs and only bowled three wides and one no-ball.

After a short break enjoyed in the warmth of the changing room, Sarma and Wright opened for MCC against the bowling of Suleiman and Sheraz. Suleiman had trouble controlling the ball, as had the majority of MCC’s bowlers and he put down seven wides in his two overs finishing with 0 – 24. He was replaced by Omar who showed that it was possible to control the ball but nevertheless, the MCC openers were very aggressive and scored at ten an over until Wright was out, caught off Omar’s bowling for 21 in the seventh over with the score on 57. Algar came and went, being run out without facing a ball – the second time in his career with MCC and Sarma went in the same over for 25, the score at the end of the eighth over being 60 for 3.

Ibrahim went for 1 in the ninth over and then O’Meagher and Weston put on the brakes. It was noticable that the Pak Orient bowlers were better able to control the ball than had the MCC bowlers and, in fact, they bowled only 16 wide balls and 0 no-balls in the allotted 25 overs. It was clear that Weston was completely out of sorts at the start of his innings, but at the end appeared to be back into form so we hope this is an omen for the games in Bucharest next week. He remained unbeaten, with 26 off 52 balls as did O’Meagher with 21 off 45 balls. MCC finished with 114 for 4 after 25 overs thus losing the match by 134 runs

Sarma, 25, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Wright, 21 caught,
Algar, 0, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 1 wkt
O’Meagher, 21*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 2 wkts
Ibrahim, 1, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Weston, 26*
Rabbani, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt
Jadwani, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt
Shakarappa, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts
Ferguson, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 1 wkt, 3 catches.

MCC, 114 for 4, lost to Pak Orient, 248 for 9, by 134 runs.
MCC man of the match, Ferguson, tight bowling, fewer wides and three catches.

Match report, 1st April vs Pak Orient Friendly

The first game of the season and we trundled off to Hasenbergl again as we have been doing for the past few seasons. It was a beautiful spring day, sunshine but rather cool with the temperature around 10°C. MCC had dropped from 15 players to ten, Amruth moving from “playing” to a “maybe” in the morning and Ibrahimi simply not turning up. Nevertheless, spirits were high although captain Weston spurned the assistance of Maria Theresa and lost the toss, and thus gave us the opportunity to field first.

The opposition had several new players and also Omar Khan appears to be back having left the Munich Boys; the beautifully named Sher Khan, who took six wickets against us in the last game of the 2011 season was playing too.

The MCC opening and first change bowlers were pretty tight and they took wickets too. The first five wickets fell with the score on 10, 45, 67, 76 and 76 and, after 18 overs, Pak Orient were 86 for 5. However, after the drinks break Pak Orient went into big-hitting mode, helped by a couple of dropped catches. Awal Khan, one of their new players, finished on 130* having hit 18 fours and 4 sixes, more than many of us hit in a complete season. Pak Orient were eight down for 287, including 34 wides after their 35 overs.

Sarma and Ferguson opened the batting for MCC and put on 54 for the first wicket before Sarma was out for 25, bowled by Sheraz in the 10th over. Veser and Ferguson continued scoring at a fast rate until Ferguson was out for 31, stumped by Aslam off Omar Khan’s bowling in the 16th over. After 18 overs MCC were 120 for 2 and still thinking of winning the match. The good scoring rate continued until the 24th over when Weston was out for 22, bowled by Awal Khan. Wright came and went quickly, only just troubling the scorers as they say, to be replaced by Rabbani. He and Veser continued the good work until Rabbani went for 14 in the 28th over, bowled by Waqar who introduced Caspari to the duck race for 2012 off the next ball.

MCC were now regretting having only ten players but were pleasantly surprised when Happy Hooch Turner turned up, dressed like Johnny Cash, having been out for a bike ride. Like a real cricketer he had his whites in the saddle bag and was persuaded to change from his skin-hugging attire into cricket clothes, ready to bat at number eleven. Albert and Sestan made some useful runs and really enjoyed themselves before Blades with Turner took MCC to 220 for 9 from their 35 overs.

So with over 500 runs scored, everyone getting a bat and a bowl, the first friendly of the season finished with MCC losing by 67 runs but everyone had an enjoyable day in the spring sunshine.

Sarma, 25, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 65 runs, 3 wkts, 3 catches
Ferguson, 31, stumped, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 50 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Veser, 73*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts.
Weston, 22, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt,
Wright, 1, caught, 1 catch
Rabbani 14, bowled, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 27 runs, 2 wkts
Caspari, 0, bowled,
Albert, 3, bowled,
Sestan, 6, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 53 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, 6*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Turner, 1*

Pak Orient, 287 for 8 beat MCC, 220 for 9 by 67 runs

MCC man of the match: Manfred Veser.

Friendly vs Pak Orient, 24th September

A beautiful autumn day with clear blue skies and the temperature just above 20°C awaited us for the last game of the season at the picturesque Hirschanger. Captain for the day Rabbani lost the toss and MCC were asked to field. Club captain Weston stayed only long enough to take some video films then had to leave to change into his toy boy kit for an excursion to the Oktoberfest. Naveed and Matheen opened the batting for Pak Orient and faced Scott and Blades. The run rate was kept under control, the score being 32 for 0 after seven overs but, significantly, 11 of the runs were wides. The two openers fell in the ninth and 13th overs respectively but numbers three and four both scored rapidly and turned in the highest scores of the match. One of them, a new player on the scene, went under the glorious name of Sher Khan and was the cause of many Kipling quotes. Khan finished on 54 from 61 balls before being caught by Fudge off Rabbani`s bowling and his partner, Sheraz, scored 64 from 51 balls before retiring. Fudge had taken an excellent catch in the deep having earlier treated us to a beautiful ballet dancing sketch – at least that is how Sestan defined it – also on the boundary while missing another catch completely. Basit, playing again for Pak Orient, made 31 not out but none of the other batters made any significant scores. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 243 for 8 including 51 extras leaving MCC needing only seven an over to win.
Fudge had provided the teas and as it was the last game of the season we decided we would offer teas to the opposition too. They promptly ate everything and Fudge had to leave for the supermarket again to purchase some snacks for the MCC players.
Palfrey and Veser opened MCC`s innings, Palfrey giving only a single chance in his innings on the third ball he faced leaving MCC on 0 for 1 after three balls. Sarma replaced him and he and Veser put on 69 runs for the second wicket, Veser going for 35 from 32 balls in the 12th over. That, unfortunately for MCC, was it with only Sear of the remaining batsmen reaching double figures. A couple joined in the duck race and MCC were all all out for 102 after 25.4 overs. The main destoyers were two slow spin bowlers, the infamous Sher Khan (1 – 18 from 7) and Hashim (5 – 14 from 7).

Palfrey 0, caught
Veser 35, bowled
Sarma 26, bowled, 1 stumping
Hobbs 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts
O`Meagher 1, run out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 2 wkts,
Sear 12, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 50 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 1, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Rabbani 5, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Sestan 1, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 4 wkts
Scott 0*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 102 for 10, lost to Pak Orient by 141 runs.


BCV T20 semi-final vs Serendib 17th September

After the strenuous tours to Trento and Prague it was back to the Hirschanger for the BCV T20 semi-final against Serendib who had thrashed us by six wickets in the league. The school summer-holidays were over so we had been able to get some good preparation with a Friday afternoon training session. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bowl on a slightly damp playing area after some heavy rain during the night. The usual Serendib opening pair of Berenger and Milan Fernando came out to face Blades and Sear as the opening bowlers for MCC. Things started to look good, Berenger falling to Blades off the second ball of the match and Sear following up with a maiden in his first over. After five overs Serendib were 21 for 1 and MCC were happy. Unfortunately thereafter the Serendib batsmen, Fernando and Basit, both began to score regularly and of the remaining 15 overs, eight went for double figures. These two batsmen scored 148 runs between them, Fernando finally falling, caught and bowled to Sear, in the 19th over having hit 120 from 59 balls, including 5 fours and 11 sixes. The captain had tried nine bowlers during the innings, Lovell being the only one not to be asked to bowl apart from the captain/wicket keeper himself. Serendib finished on 177 for 7 from their 20 overs, leaving MCC a little shell shocked but still able to enjoy the splendid tea provided by the non-bowling Lovell.
Weston and Lovell opened the MCC innings and got off to a good start. After five overs the score was 33 for 0 and well ahead of the equivalent opposition score. Weston fell in the 6th over for 19  to be followed by Lovell for 35 in the 10th over with the score on 73. The Serendib bowlers seemed to bowl a better length than had MCC and there were far fewer balls able to be lofted over the boundary for six. Throughout the innings MCC were only able to post three overs with double figures and despite a determined, spirited effort, the target set by Serendib was simply too high, the last MCC wicket falling in the 20th over with the score on 134.

Weston 19, caught, 1 catch
Lovell 35, bowled
Sarma 20, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts
Clare 15, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts
Sear 3, bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 3 wkts, 2 catches
Rabbani 13, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 0, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Ferguson 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt
Wright 1, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Garner 12, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 134 – 10, lost to Serendib, 177 – 7, by 43 runs.

MCC MOM Lovell, highest score and excellent teas.

3/4 Sep – Trentino Tour – Semi Finalists

3rd September, first round, first match.

A very hot and humid day in Trento, with temperatures in the middle thirties, saw captain Weston lose the toss against Trentino and being asked to field. The opposition appeared to be mainly of Pakistani  heritage with their known preference for tonking the ball around with massive swinging hits. The rules of the tournament were that players had to retire on reaching 25 and the opening Trentino batsman, a gentleman with a rather solid figure, retired when he had reached 31 – he should actually have retired one ball and four runs earlier. That was his final contribution to the game for he neither fielded nor bowled but was replaced by another, more athletic player. The four MCC bowlers used went for around 10 runs per over, the exception being Wright who took one for 13 in his two overs. The cummulative Trentino scores at the end of each over were 0 -12, 0 – 22, 0 – 32, 1 – 34, 1 – 45, 1 – 54, 1 – 67 and 2 – 78.
Weston and Clare opened the batting for MCC and the scoring was slow, the first boundary coming in the third over with the 15th ball of the innings. After the seventh over things were looking gloomy, MCC reaching only 60 for 2. However Wright did some marvellous tonking before being run out spectacularly after easily making his ground and Sarma and Turner then took us to 78 with an exciting two runs off the last ball of the innings.
MCC`s cummulative scores after each over were 0 – 5, 0 – 10, 0 – 24, 0 – 32, 1 – 40, 2 – 50, 2 – 60, 3 – 78.

Weston  24, caught, 1 catch
Clare 13, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Wright 23, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Sarma 8*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts
Turner 4*,
Fudge DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 78 for 3, tied with Trentino, 78 for 2.

3rd September, first round second match
Captain Weston lost the toss and MCC were put in to bat by Indomita, a team from Trento consisting mainly of Italians but not including Guido “Hitta ze Rabbish” Ronconi. Weston and Fudge opened the innings and scored at a rapid rate, Fudge falling in the third over with the score on 34. Embleton at number three was the only MCC batsman having to retire during the weekend after he scored 26. Some powerful hitting and aggressive running took MCC to  a good score, the cummulative scores after each over being 0 – 11, 0 – 33, 1  – 41, 1 – 48, 1 – 63, 1 – 81, 2 – 89, 3 – 94.
Clare and Embleton opened the bowling, Embleton taking a wicket with only his second ball. In the first over Clare had run out the other opening batsman with a quick gather-and-throw off his own bowling. The scoring was kept to a moderate rate and Indomita were three wickets down after the alloted eight overs. The cummulative scores were:
1 – 6, 2 – 10, 2 – 18, 3 – 23, 3 – 24, 3 – 31, 3 – 38, 3 – 46

Weston 22, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 23, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts
Embleton 26* retired, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 2 wkts,
Turner 12, caught, 1 catch
Sarma 3*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts
Clare 2*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 94 – 3, beat Indomita, 46 – 3 by 48 runs.

4th September, semi-final

Having competed well in the first round matches, MCC were not quite up to standard for this match – was it the long wait for the ice cream, the excess of vino, the impressive views in the Piazza or the excertions of the Pink Flamingo? I guess we will never know.
Captain Weston made it three in a row for the toss and MCC were asked to field by Trento. Clare opened the bowling and after taking a wicket off his third ball things were looking up. Embleton, his opening bowling partner also had a good first over but thereafter it went pear-shaped. Trento finished with 105 from their eight overs, two of their batsmen retiring having reached 25. The cummulative scores were.
1 – 3, 1 – 16, 1 – 32, 1 – 47, 1 – 58, 2 – 79, 2 – 89, 2 – 105.
Weston and Clare opened for MCC and found scoring to be very difficult, in fact only one boundary was scored in the complete MCC innings whereas Trento had scored 17. Weston top scored with 19 but after 6 overs the match was finished, the cummulative scores being:
0 – 6, 0 – 16, 1 – 23, 1 – 34, 3 – 45, 5 – 52.

Weston 19, bowled, 1 catch
Clare 7, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt
Embleton 4, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts
Wright 2, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Sarma 6, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 1 wkt
Turner 1*

MCC, 52 – 5, lost to Trento, 105 – 2 by 53 runs.

MCC player of the tournament, the pink flamingo

Friendly vs CCB, 20th August 2011

A combination of MCC and Tegernsee took on a combination of CCB and Punjab in a 30 over friendly at the Hirschanger. CCB won the toss and chose to bat and got off to a disastrous start losing their first two wickets, both for ducks, for a total of 6 in four overs. Blades`s first two overs were wicket maidens. The enthusiastic Yash from Tegernsee was his opening bowling partner. Captain Weston had obviously decided to give the Tegernsee players most of the bowling and have MCC players leading the batting, the bowling split being 18:12 in favour of the Tegernsee players. The bowling was pretty reasonable but the fourth and fifth wicket partnerships of 47 and 71 respectfully were hard to break. When the 5th wicket fell for 137 in the 24th over the captain had already resorted to bowling number three who outperformed a Caspari in his second over. After 30 overs CCB were 192 for 6, including 28 extras. Clare took his 20th catch of the season, an astonishing performance for an outfield player. Keeper Albert took a stumping and was so thrilled believing it to be his first ever for the club that he left without paying his match fee. In fact it was his third stumping so the excitement was unnecessary but don´t worry Wolfgang, we will only charge you one match fee.
Weston and Wright opened the batting for MCC but Weston departed after three balls determined to compete in the duck race. Number three Sobek put on 29 with Wright for the second wicket, this being the highest partnership of the innings, the next being 25 for the fifth wicket between Clare and Blades. MCC were all out for 103 after 21 overs.

Weston 0, bowled, 1 catch
Wright 23, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Sobek 6, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Blades 4, caught, 4 overs, 2 mdns, 11 runs, 3 wkts
*M. Matthew 0, LBW, 3 0vers, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Clare 17, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Furlonger 25*
*T. Sharma 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt
*J. Streibl 0, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 43 runs, 2 wkts
*Y. Govendar 6, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Albert 1, caught, 1 stumping.

MCC, 103 for 10 in 21 overs, lost to CCB, 182 for 7 in 30 overs, by 79 runs.

MCC MOM Furlonger.

BCV T20 cup vs Pak Orient, 13th August 2011

The first round of the T20 cup and MCC eager to regain the cup we won in the first two years of the competition after losing heavily to Punjab CC in the first round last season. Pak Orient fielded only 10 players although they had a full team including a 12th man in their team list. Again it is not entered in the scorebook but since Pak Orient batted first I imagine they won the toss. Blades opened the bowling and removed Salman for a duck with his third ball but Pak Orient continued to score at six runs an over up to and including the 7th over when they lost their second wicket to Garner`s bowling. Thereafter MCC took wickets regularly thanks to some good, tight bowling all round and the run rate for the remaining 12 overs of the innings sank to around 3 per over, Pak Orient being all out for 81 in 19.1 overs.
Weston and Sarma opened the batting an put on a rapid 43 before Weston went for 28 in the 5th over. Sarma went for 5 in the next over but Clare, Ferguson and Furlonger continued the rapid scoring and victory was never in doubt coming after 11.5 overs, so it is on to the semi-final at the Hirschanger against Serendib on 17th September.

Weston 28, bowled
Sarma 5, caught
Clare 12, bowled, 3 0vers, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts
Ferguson 14*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 2 wkts
Furlonger 12*
Blades DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt
Garner DNB, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 13 runs, 3 wkts
Sear DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Wright DNB, 2,1 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 2 wkts
Carr DNB, 1 catch
Shankarappa DNB

MCC, 84 for 3 in 11.5 overs, beat Pak Orient, 81 for 9 in 19.1 overs by 7 wickets.

MCC MOM Ferguson

Match report vs MICs, 6th August

With one team, including the vice captain, away on tour in the greater London area and the captain checking up on the quality of huge quantities Bacardi and coke in the West Indies it was left to Blades to captain the side against the MICs at the Hirschanger. Getting a team together was not easy and only 10 players, including the first game for MCC for Manfred Veser, actually turned out. It isn`t recorded in the scorebook but since MCC batted first I imagine we won the toss. That was about the only thing we did right apart from some spirited defence by Sear and elder statesman Carr.  MCC were bowled out for 85, 31 of them extras, in 32 overs. Some real progress was made in the 2011 duck race though.
The MICs needed only 15 overs to knock off the runs, the best bowler being Wright with 2 for 13 off 4 overs. The bowling seems to have been quite tight with only 8 wides being bowled in the 15 overs, this being about half the normal rate this season. The one advantage of losing a game so quickly is it results in an early visit to the Chinese tower.

Veser 1, caught
Wright 1 bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 13 runs, 2 wkts
Furlonger 0, bowled, 1 catch
Brunskill 7, caught
Miller 7, bowled
Garner 2, bowled, 2 overs, 2 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts
Carr 16, caught,
Sear 20, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Blades 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts
Sestan 0*,
MCC, 85 for 9 in 32 overs, lost to MICs, 89 for 3 in 15 overs, by 7 wickets

Munich CC UK Tour – Day Three v Richmond, August 7 in Richmond, London

After a quiet night acquiring some new club kit in Tottenham, the MCC made their way to Old Deer Park, home of Richmond cricket club, former stomping ground of Mr white line fever – Mark O’Meagher. The toss was negotiated by the captains with Richmond to bat first in a 40 over affair.

After a gentle pre-match lolly warm-up, the MCC took the field raring to go. Scott and Fudge opened up for the MCC, and Scott had two early wickets: one in the pink for Turner and another one in the buckets for Clare at slip. Unfortunately, after 9.1 overs the heavens opened, with the game evenly poised at 37/2. There was a forced break of several hours, which was spent watching football and county cricket, and  enjoying the teas. Samosas. Eventually the weather cleared, and a T20 was agreed upon, with Richmond to start their innings anew in the absence of Herrn Duckworth & Lewis.

MOM opened up in the T20, and his former team-mate Harding-Smith dispatched him back over his head for 6 first ball. Needless to say MOM didn’t pitch any more up. Fudge, schnell aber wahnsinn, started at the other end with an 11 ball over and was promptly removed from the attack. It was quickly apparent that this was not a friendly against Tegernsee or Punjab, with Harding-Smith and first drop Roberts carting it everywhere, albeit helped by some generous MCC catching attempts. MOM had an early wicket caught behind, but Rabbani, van Dalsum and Turner’s mate mate Cameron Moore probably don’t want to see their bowling figures. Clare eventually bowled Roberts for 42 and picked up a second next over. Harding-Smith fell for 83 to Fudgy’s bowling in the last over, and Fudgy had a second next ball. Richmond finished 178/5 off their 20 overs.

MCC went out with the intention to go down swinging. Rabbani, MOM, and Turner all hit a couple of lusty blows, but couldn’t carry on, and MCC sank to 75/5 after 11 overs. Lovell and Clare then put on 74 for the sixth wicket in 8.2 overs, attacking the spinners. Clare was bowled in the last over, and Harry fell in the same manner next ball. van Dalsum kept his head, and hit a single off the penultimate delivery to give Lovell, on 47, the strike for the last ball. The two MCC veterans somehow managed to scarper a 3 off the last ball to bring up a well deserved half century for Lovell. MCC ended on 153/7 – 26 short.

Special thanks goes to Richmond for hosting us on a beautiful ground and making sure we did get a game despite the weather, and to MOM for lining up the fixture. Post-match involved a couple of quiet beers with both teams at the ground, followed by a chicken tikka masala or similar at the local curry house. The VC and Treasurer finished with a post-post-match/pre-flight night cap at Jim Belushi’s bar/hostel with the conversation coming to the conclusion that it had indeed been a quality tour.

40 over

Owens DNB
Turner DNB, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB
o’Meagher DNB
Fudge DNB, 4.1 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts
Lovell DNB
Clare DNB, 1 catch
Khanna DNB
van Dalsum DNB
Giles DNB
Scott DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts


Owens 6, caught
Turner 10, bowled, 1 catch
Rabbani 20, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts
o’Meagher 16, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt
Fudge 5, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wkts
Lovell 50*
Clare 23, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 2 wkts
Khanna 0, bowled
van Dalsum 1*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Giles DNB
Moore DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts