Friendly Vs TCC, 30 July

Tegernsee and MCC met for a 12-a-side 40 over friendly at the Hirschanger on 30 July, with MCC supplying 4 bodies to Tegernsee. Maxi won the toss, and elected to bat first on the new flicx under overcast skies.

Blades had the new pill, and took the maiden wicket on the new flicx third ball – clean bowling the newly embossed MCC stumps. MCC members Albert and Miller then put on a solid partnership, keeping out both Blades and Ferguson, and scoring 13 and 24 respectively. VC Clare donned the (iron) gloves for the first 20 overs – 0 byes on his watch – with the skipper noting a possible future as a goalkeeper.

Tegernsee squandered their solid start, with regular wickets falling in the middle overs. Dangermen Maxi and Yash were both dismissed cheaply – Wright bowling Maxi for 2, and Yash ran himself out for 3. Carr and Tazilder with 19 and 27* managed to recover things somewhat and set a Hirschanger-competitive 137. MCC used 11 bowlers, making a complete mess of the scorebook, with the wickets shared around. Jet took his first wicket for the club, having Robinson caught at slip.

MCC were in a evident hurry to reach Goldsack’s leaving do before the Augustiner Keller ran out of beer, and quickly slipped to 65/7. Weston fell to a good catch in the deep, Sear was bowled by Yash, Aamruth was adjudged caught behind, Sarma was run out in a mid pitch mix up with Wright, Igor didn’t trouble the scorers, Clare could have walked for his LBW, and Brunskill got out just as the buffet arrived. Through all this Wrighty kept his head, and Ferguson came out and smacked 45 not out off just 40 balls. The eighth wicket partnership was an unbeaten 74, putting the rest of us to shame.

Weston 8, Caught, 1 catch

Sear 5, Bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 1 wkt

Shankar 1, Caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1wkt

Wright 33*, 4 overs, 1 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts

Sarma 3, Run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 0 wkts

Sestan 0, Bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 1 wkt

Clare 9, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Brunskill 3, Caught, 0.4 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 1 wkt

Ferguson 45*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts

O’Meager DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt


MOM Wright, with Ferguson a close second

Match report vs Pak Orient, 2nd July

A match anticipated with some excitement, MCC needing to win to retain any hopes of being league champions should Serendib come a cropper and Pak Orient needing to win to be league champions provided they beat Serendib. There had been some heavy rain in the night on Friday and probable showers were forecast for Saturday and, around 11am, the heavens opened with a violent hailstorn. However at the start there was some cloud and some sun, temperatures around 20°C and there was one rain interruption only, during Pak Orients innings. Despite using the correct coin, skipper Weston lost the toss and Pak Orient chose to bat, their innings being started at 12.40.
At the agm two years ago there was a passionate discussion resulting in the club investing in some expensive bats to ensure our batters performed well. These were duly purchased and followed up with some new batting gloves, chest guards and thigh guards this year. The success of these measures are reflected in the stats and it was time to do something for the poor old bowlers. The committee recommended purchasing a new Flicx pitch because our bowlers are getting hammered with too many wides and no balls since umpires have started to call no-ball when a ball pitches off the matting, not, as was defined by Harit Khanna when he was umpiring coordinator, when the ball careers away after hitting the side of the matting. I think the reasoning behind the recommendation is to lay two mats alongside each other, thus doubling the width of the pitch and giving our bowlers a chance to bowl fewer than the 46 wides and 5 no-balls they bowled against Pak Orient. Extras, 52 of them, were far and away the highest score for Pak Orient, the second highest being 35 from Mateen. Had it not been for the extras all the MCC bowlers would have returned good figures but as it was, Wright was the pick or them with 3 for 24 in 4.4 overs. There was some very good fielding including a run-out of Anwar who can be dangerous and two superb catches by Van Dalsum. Pak Orient were all out for 180 after 39.4 overs.
Up until the 10th over the scores were virtually identical but thereafter MCC lost wickets regularly and were 72 for 6 after 20 overs whereas Pak Orient had been 86 for 1 at the same stage. Wright and O`Meagher were the only batters to make any sort of score with 22 and 28 respectively and there was a rather enjoyable 10th wicket partnership of 21 from Blades and O`Meagher. The captain tried nine bowlers as he had in the other two league matches we lost but MCC were all out for 125 after 33.1 overs. On the positive side the duck race received a little boost with two ducks in the innings, one of them a newcomer to the race.
So roll on the new Flicx pitch because the ball cannot be seen against the green background of our old Flicx, the umpires and visitors mock us for playing on such an unworthy specimen, we lose too much net practise time repairing it, the ball shoots and gives low bounce getting our batsmen out (not the opposition batsmen because we seem to have difficulty hitting the mat) and we bowl too many wides and no-balls on the old pitch. Once it is installed we will surely win every match.
These were among the reasons given to me for justifying the purchase of the new Flicx and please excuse my vicious  mickey taking as there has to be some fun in writing these damned match reports.

Desmond Bradley.
Weston 2, caught
Ferguson 12, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 18 runs
Van Dalsum 11, caught, 2 catches
Wright 22 caught, 4.4 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 24 runs
Clare 0 caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 23 runs, 1 catch
Goldsack 1, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 35 runs
Rabbani 2, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 13 runs
Sear 6, caught, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 9 runs, 1 catch
O`Meagher 22, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 22 runs
Hobbs 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Blades 3*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 16 runs.

MOM Wright.

League Vs SSC, 26 June

Heavy rain during the night and early morning promised a soggy pitch and an important toss to enable the winner to chose to bowl first. Both sides were clearly up for the game and were all fully present in their whites by 12.30. The captain duly lost the toss and, surprise, surprise, MCC were asked to bat. Although the weather was pleasant now, over 20°C and sunny intervals, the outfield was wet and batting second would be an advantage. Scoring was difficult for MCC openers, Weston and Wright and Wright fell in the eigth over with only 19 runs on the board to be replaced by Van Dalsum. He and Weston slowly accumulated runs with rare boundaries and, at the halfway stage of the innings, MCC were 68 for 1. The team talk had obviously been to be more aggressive after the break but with the score on 81, Weston went for 35 in the 23rd over to be replaced by Ferguson. He played his usual steady innings and remained 29 not out at the end after facing 46 deliveries and scoring only one boundary. Van Dalsum went for 33 in the 26th over with Sear and Goldsack following in the 27th and 30th overs respectively for only a few runs. When Clare came in he started in his usual swashbuckling manner and scored 20 off the first seven balls faced. He hit the penultimate ball of the match for what was at first signalled a boundary four. The batsmen returned to their respective ends and the umpire then revoked the boundary and called it a single run. The next ball was bowled without the batsmen changing ends and Clare was clean bowled. However the scorers pointed out to the umpires that since a single had been called Clare should not have been facing. This led to massive complaints from Serendib on the usual, familiar lines before, finally, play restarted with Ferguson facing the last ball which he diplomatically fended away. MCC had reached 197 for 5 in the 40 overs, a reasonable but not excessive score.
Serendib opened with Milan Fernando and Dushanta and were welcomed in virtually every over with a ball begging to be hit out of the ground which Milan did invariably. He was out caught when he was on 20 but, unfortunately to front foot no-ball. He finally went in the eighteenth over having scored 86 from 58 balls including two fours and eleven sixes. At the halfway stage of the innings Serendib were 134 for 2. The only bowler to excert any real pressure was Wright who finished with 2 for 9 from eight overs, including three maidens and Serendib finished with 200 for 4 in 33.1 overs winning very comfortable.
Weston  LBW, 35
Wright  caught, 8, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 2 wkts, 9 runs
Van Dalsum caught, 33,
Ferguson 29*, 1 over 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 9 runs
Sear caught, 4, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 39 runs
Goldsack LBW, 2,4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 42 runs, 1 catch
Clare 66*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 20 runs, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB, 2.1 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 20 runs
Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 22 runs
Garner DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 34 runs
Fudge DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 5 runs

Shared by Clare and Wright both of whom gave MCC a chance of winning


Friendly vs PCC, 25th June

Rabbani  3, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 6 runs, 1 catch
Wright  13, caught, 1 catch
Fudge  8, caught,
Caspari 19*,
Weston 26*, 1 catch
Blades  DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 5 runs
Sestan DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 26 runs
O`Meagher DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 2 wkts, 17 runs, 1 catch
Robinson  DNB
Shankarappa  DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs
Ferguson  DNB, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 2 runs

MCC, 82 for 3, beat PUnjab CC, 81 for 9 by 7 wickets.

MCC MOM Blades. 2 for 5.

vs Winterthur @ Zuoz, 18th June

MCC batted first in a 25 over innings play-off for third place in the tournament opening with Garner and Weston who put on 25 before Garner went for 11 in the 5th over. Turner came and went quickly being LBW for 1 in the 7th over with the score on 29 to be replaced by Hobbs. He and Weston put on 16 for the third wicket before Weston fell for 28 in the ninth over. Hobbs, Clare and Embleton were the fourth, fifth and sixth wickets making 7, 2 and 12 respectively leaving MCC six down for only 64 in the 14th over. Goldsack and Algar, then Fudge, put on 36 and 22 for for the seventh and eigth wickets and MCC finshed with 124 for nine from their 25 overs.
Winterthur put on 30 for the first wicket, which fell in the fifth over, 19 for the second, 12 for the third, 18 for the fourth, 31 for the fifth and 6 for the sixth and finished up with 128 for six down in the 22nd over. Fudge had a three-fer with Algar, Blades and Hobbs getting one each
Weston 28, LBW
Garner  11, caught, 1 catch
Turner, 1 LBW, 1 catch
Hobbs, 7, bowled, 3 overs,  mdns, 1 wkt, 17 runs
Embleton 2, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 28 runs
Clare 12, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 20 runs, 1 catch
Goldsack 12, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 16 runs
Algar 32, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs
Fudge 12*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 22 runs
Blades 1, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 1 ekt, 4 runs
Caspari DNB, 1 catch
MCC, 124 for 9 lost to Winterthur, 128 for 6 by 4 wickets.

MCC MOM  Fudge


vs Basel @ Zuoz, 18th June

During lunch at the Lyeuem the rain increased and it was a miserable start to the second match of the tournament against Basel who won the toss and put MCC in to bat. Scoring was difficult and the first wicket, Weston, fell for 8  with the total on 10 in the fourth over. Caspari joined Embleton at the crease and they put on 34 for the second wicket when Caspari went for 9 in the tenth over. Turner came and went having been run out for 0 after facing only two balls to be replaced by Clare who played very aggressively and upped the run rate, putting on 19 for the fourth wicket before Embleton went for 25 in the 13th over and then 46 with Fudge for the fifth wicket before being caught for 49 in the 18th over off the bowling of ex-club-captain Jai Singh who took 3 wickets for Basel. Fudge went for 22, LBW to Singh in the 19th over leaving Algar and Goldsack to take the total 133 in the 20 overs.
Conditions had now deteriorated to such an extent that is was agreed to postpone the Basel innings until the Sunday morning when the weather was forecasted to be better, no rain and sunny intervals. A bedraggled MCC went back to the Convict to shower, change into warm clothing and then go to the pizza parlour for an enjoyable dinner. Most then returned to the Convict to watch a cricket DVD but a couple of us went to the Dorta which was very full, a lot of fun and thus we had a late night returning to the Convict around 2 am
The Basel innings began at 9 am on Sunday with the weather just as forecasted so it was an advantage to bat then. MCC got off to a good start though and had them three down for only 18 in the 4th over. However John Gallon, now a twenty year old, who used to play for Hampshire colts when Pieterson and Warne were there  put on 79 for the fourth wicket before Niel went, LBW to Hobbs for 44 in the 16th over. MCC battled gamely but Basel were able to reach their target after 19.2 overs with 6 wickets down, Gallon being 40 not out.
Weston  8, bowled,
Embleton 25, LBW
Caspari  9, bowled
Turner 0, run out, 1 stumping
Clare, 49, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 18 runs
Fudge 22, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 25 runs
Algar 9*,
Goldsack 2*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 18 runs
Blades  DNB, 3.2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 15 runs
Garner  DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 32 runs, 1 catch
Hobbs   DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 25 runs

MCC 133 for six, lost to Basel 134 for 6 by 4 wickets.
MCC MOM  Clare


vs TCC @ Zuoz, 18th June

The party, including those playing for Tegernsee II arrived in drips and drabs throughout the day on Friday and checked into rooms of various standard in the Convict guesthouse. Some went for a pizza dinner, the remainder went to the Dorta and spent all their money in the restaurant there. The paupers with the pizzas sallied on to the Dorta afterwards for a few drinks and chat but, surprisingly for a Friday night, it was almost empty.  Basel were to travel up on Saturday morning, Lodi were staying in another village so it turned out to be an early night ready for the tournament to begin at 9.30 on Saturday morning. Heavy rain had begun late on Friday afternoon and it continued throughout the night but did ease off somewhat for the first matches to start. Because of the rain the organisers had decided to serve lunch up in the Lyceum Alpinum rather than set up a stand at the ground.
Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat in moderate rain which increased in intensity as the game progressed. Due to the conditions the match had been reduced to 20 overs per innings. MCC openers, Algar and Weston set off at a good pace putting on 51 before Algar went for 3 off 17 balls in the 7th over – a case of hogging the strike here methinks! Clare came to the crease and scored 10 off 10 balls but was out caught in the 11th over. Goldsack replaced him and put on 61 for the third wicket with Weston who fell in the 19th over for 82. Fudge went for 2, also in the 19th over, leaving Embleton and Goldsack to take the total to 144  in the 20 overs.
Tegernsee were always up with the run rate but lost wickets regularly, the first two falling in the seventh over, both to Garner with the score on 45 and 46 respectively. This was the highest partnership of their innings, the next best being the 5th and 6th wickets which put on 28 and 29 runs respectively. Garner and Goldsack alliterated in G and took three wickets each, Clare chipped in with two and Blades and Hobbs took one apiece.
A bedraggled MCC then retired to the Lyceum for a rather tasty lunch

Weston  82 caught, 1 stumping
Algar  3, bowled, 1 catch
Clare 10, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 21 runs, 2 catches
Goldsack 28*, 2.3 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 18 runs, 1 catch
Embleton 1*
Fudge 0, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 26 runs
Garner  DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 23 runs1 catch
Blades  DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 15 runs
Hobbs  DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 16 runs
Caspari DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 18 runs
Turner  DNB,

MCC 144 for 4 beat Tegernsee 141 for 10 by 3 runs.
MCC MOM Weston


League vs TCC 11 June

Weston  19, bowled
Lovell  21, caught
Ferguson 28, run out, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 3 wkts, 16 runs
Wright 8, bowled,
Clare 28, run out, 8.1 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 26 runs, 1 catch
Sear 27*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs
Rabbani 3*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 2 wkts, 3 runs
Goldsack DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 16 runs
Chakrabarthy DNB,
Garner  DNB, 6 overs, 0 Mdns, 2 wkts, 38 runs, 1 catch
Blades  DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 0 wkts, 24 runs

MCC 159 for 5 beat Tegernsee156 for 9 by 5 wickets
MCC MOM Ferguson


vs Lufthansa 5th June

Weston 13, bowled, 2 catches, 1 stumping
Sarma 17* , retired hurt, 0.1 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wicket, 0 runs, 1 catch
Van Dalsum 24, LBW
Ferguson 3, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 3 runs
Lovell 12*,
Wright 4, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 32 runs
Clare 16*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 10 runs, 1 cach
Sear DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Rabbani DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1wkt, 14 runs, 1 catch
Blades DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 21 runs,
Scott DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 20 runs

MCC 129 for 4 beat Lufthansa 128 for 10 by 6 wickets.
MCC MOM Blades with 3 for 21.


Match Report vs TCC 4th June

A friendly fixture against a very friendly team with five MCC members actually playing for the competition and MCC able to field only nine players. Howerever, full of confidence after the win over Erlangen last week we still thought we could do it. Tegernsee won the toss and chose to put MCC in to bat in what was agreed to be a 35 over innings.
Brunskill and Sestan opened putting on 9 before Brunskill fell for 2, caught by Tony Mayger, an MCC member. O`Meagher came in and took a long time to play himself in, scoring only 2 runs off 24 balls before playing some aggressive strokes and putting on 43 for the second wicket with Sestan who went for nine with the score on 51, the fifty coming up in fifty minutes. Algar joined his Kiwi partner and they put on 45 for the third wicket before Algar left for 23 having been caught off Mayger’s bowling, to the great delight of the Mayger family who were operating the scoreboard. Goldsack, yet another Kiwi, came in and they put on 82 for the fourth wicket before O`Meagher finally departed for 79 off 83 balls, caught by Lovell after 34.3 overs. Captain Weston came to the crease and scored 8 runs off the three balls available to him leaving MCC on 184 – 4 after 35 overs.
Shankarappa and Wright opened the bowling against Tilak and Hoeck who scored very quickly with Maxi Hoeck in particular playing some very impressive straight hits for six. They put on 87 before Tilak fell to the wily Hobbs for 18 in the 11th over. He was replaced by Jack to give us the interesting spectacle of Hobbs bowling to Jack. Maxi Hoeck went at last in the 17th over, again to Hobbs, having scored 72 runs off 46 balls, a truly remarkable innings and a joy to watch. The third and fourth wickets put on 3, 31 and 40 respectively with Lovell, another MCC member finishing not out on 27. The other MCC members, Robinson, Carr, Miller and Mayger did not get a bat as Tegernsee reached their target of 185 with five down in 32.3 overs.
Brunskill     2, caught,  2.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 6 runs
Sestan       9, LBW,
O`Meagher  79, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 15 runs
Algar    23, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 37 runs
Goldsack   23*,
Weston   8*  2 catches
Shankarappa  DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 54 runs
Wright  DNB,  7 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 35 runs
Hobbs, DNB,  7 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 29 runs

MCC, 184 for 4 lost to Tegernsee, 185 for 5 by 5 wickets.
MCC MOM O`Meagher