League 2004

Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa Sat 8 May in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell ct 35
Carr lbw 19
Asim ct 3
Sembian b 2
Sear ct 0
Power b 16
Khanna ct 13
Mcgree lbw 3
Blades * 13
Bostock ct 4
Scott * 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 145 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 3 12 2
Blades 8 2 22 2
Mcgree 6 2 9 2
Power 6 4 2 2
Carr 1 0 12 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON CONVINCINGLY BY 84 RUNS IN OPENING 2004 LEAGUE MATCH.

Comments on the Match

MCC won the toss and batted with weather worries in the air. It had properly p1ssed down all week so it was a major surprise to be playing at all. Luckily MCC borrowed a Luftwaffe helicopter to dry the sodden outfield which was handy. The Lufthansa opposition must have had a delayed flight as the match kicked off a trifle late due to their unfortunate collective tardiness. Anyway despite these early trials and tribulations MCC got off to a bright start with stalwart left hander Dave Carr impressing. Lovell and Carr put on 46 off 10 and were cruising. Carr then fell LBW to be quickly followed by the top/middle order. Lovell and Power regrouped slightly before Lovell finally fell reasonably knackered and stiff, top scoring with 35. Harry and Power got their heads down and re-grouped well and with Blades also reaching double figures MCC reached a battling score of 145-9 off their 40 overs. It was a handy score in the damp conditions. In reply Lufthansa were never at the races or the airport. Once Milan fell to a fine catch by Rowdyman Mcgree off 7 jumpers Scott it was Goodnight Irene and the fat tea lady was loosening her vocal chords and making her way to re-fill the tea urn. Lufthansa finally slumping tamely to 61 all out with all MCC bowlers among the wickets. Scott the pick of them with 2-12 off his 8.

MCC Man of The Match

Big Paul Scott – fine performance in opening spell of the year in definite 3 sweater conditions.

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Match Details MCC vs May 15 v MICC in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell b 17
Carr lbw 0
Houlahan b 25
Asim ct 30
Sembian ro 39
Power * 13
Khanna ct 0
Mcgree b 2
Blades * 6
Bostock dnb
Scott dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 139 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 37 2
Blades 8 1 20 1
Bostock 4 0 17 0
Mcgree 8 2 18 0
Power 7.2 1 24 4
Sembian 4 0 19 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 1 wkt.

Comments on the Match

Mcc lost the toss and after the usual point/endless deliberations were asked to bat first by the opposition. Dave Carr was given out early doors LBW to a massive inswinging delivery. Then in the face of miserly bowling Lovell and Hooligan could not get things going in the first twenty despite some sporadic 4/6’s and got really buggered down as MCC crawled along at just over 2 an over. Thankfully with their departure Asim and Sembian upped the tempo, enjoying a fine stand. Asim made 30 before being caught reverse sweeping a la Mike Gatting. Sembian was run out for 39 quick runs. Power added an unbeaten 13 at the death to take MCC up to 139-7 after 40 overs. In reply MICC lost early wickets to Scott and Blades but they looked to be cruising at 90 odd for 3 before their wheels started coming off. Power entered the fray and got amongst them taking 4 wickets. A brilliant running catch by Asim in the deep looked to have turned the match in MCC’s favour as MICC reached the last 2 overs needing 17 to win. Big Rafiq from MICC then proceeded to hit 3 HUGE sixes against the odds and the rest is history. 1 off Sembi and then 2 off Power’s first two balls of the last over. MICC won by 1 wkt in an exciting game with 4 balls to spare. Shabash as they say in Lahore, scheisse wie sagt man in Muenchen.

MCC Man of The Match

Steve Power – almost a match winning performance. Fine display nonetheless.

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Match Details MCC vs SERENDIP SSC 19 June in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Houlza ct 47
Scrimshaw ro 4
Asim ct 47
Sear b 17
Sembian b 4
Power ro 1
Mcgree b 0
Bostock lbw 6
Mitcham b 8
Blades b 1
Scott * 1
TOTAL 39.1 Overs 167 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 1 14 1
Blades 5 0 18 0
Bostock 8 0 20 3
Mcgree 4 0 21 2
Sembian 3 0 23 1
Power 2 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Match abandoned rain. SSC were 119-8 after 30 overs chasing 168 to win. On the 20 over BCV rule = MCC were 87-1 SSC were 50-6 Match will be allegedly replayed at a later date after a BCV ruling. All very bizarre.

Comments on the Match

Good batting from Todd, Asim and Sear took MCC up to 147-3 before the mother of all collapses. In reply SSC slipped to 56-7 and were never a threat. Rain came and conditions became slippy and dangerous, especially to the bowlers on the Flicx pitch. A bizarre/disappointing end to the game ensued summarising all that is good in Munich cricket. Game is to be replayed at a later date. Pointless.

MCC Man of The Match

Houlahan/Asim.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB July 3 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Sear b 0
Scrimshaw ct 9
Asim ct 8
Sembian ct 24
Gale ct 13
Power b 14
Carr ct 10
Parry b 6
Mcgree ct 3
Bostock no 13
Scott no 13
TOTAL 40 Overs 143 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 4 11 2
Bostock 5.2 2 11 1
Power 8 1 21 2
Mcgree 8 0 18 3
Gale 4 0 15 2
Carr 1 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won convincingly by 47 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc struggled to convince with the bat with only Sembian reaching the twenties. Good useful runs at the end between pacemen Bostock and Scott took the total up to 143 on the slow pitch. CCB were always behind the clock. Scott and Mcgree the pick of the bowlers. A comfortable league win for MCC.

MCC Man of The Match

Scott useful late runs and figures of 8-4-11-2 4 jumpers. 1 minging.

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Match Details MCC vs DCB SF Berlin Stragglers Olympic Stadium

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 10
Lovell ct 11
Appavu ct 0
Kev B ct 15
Sear ct 5
Power ct 25
Mcgree ct 25
Khanna lbw 0
Bostock ct 1
Blades no 0
Nichols lbw 0
TOTAL 37.1 Overs 101 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 4.3 2 7 0
Power 5 0 40 0
Blades 10 2 41 3
Sear 9.3 1 51 0
Mcgree 9.3 2 34 0
Kev B 3 0 24 1
Sembian 8 1 28 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost German championship semi-final in Olympic Stadium Berlin by 128 runs.

Comments on the Match

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. All systems go to Berlin for this German semi-final game. Some flew up early doors. Some got night trains. Some drove up in sports cars. Some took the 10 hour tranny trip from hell. Some attempted to drive to Berlin but broke down on the motorway. Berlin really is a great city and beats the shit out of Munich for pure life and vitality. Has its scummy rat-tat areas sure, but that’s the way it goes. Bradley had some serious apologising to do after delaying the van departure on account of not being able to find his camouflage shorts. The van trip was a smoky, beery and JD affair according to Nichols’ woman. The hostel possee were very impressed by the cleanliness of the GENERATOR. No complaints there. No-one shat the bed. And now for the cricket in this 50 over affair on the quick artificial at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. After losing the toss Mcc were always you felt up against it. Asked to field during the hottest day of the summer so far this year. Cause wasn’t helped by the skipper going down crocked during his opening spell. He was bowling well too which was a great pity. MCC then dropped a couple of catches, which didn’t help either. In the searing heat MCC stuck to their task manfully. Blades battled well with 3-41 and spin twins Sembian and Mcgree bowled nicely too. After a watermelon frenzy at tea MCC struggled in reply to their huge target. Lovell, Parry and Kev B all reached double figures but couldn’t go on. Power and Mcgree both made 25, quiet man with a wild six too. MCC dismissed for 101 with their German championship hopes in tatters. MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN: ”Guys, just for the record, I’d like to thank all the guys who made themselves available for the trip, we did our best I feel at the end of the day, and were beaten by a better team on the day. A special thanks goes out to Dave (for your van driving and umpiring efforts) Des (scoring) and Harry (for doing the accommodation bookings).”

MCC Man of The Match

Mcgree by a nose.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient in Johasenbergl August 15

MCC Performers

Batsman
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VD c&b 41
Lovell ct 31
Mcgree ct 24
Sembian ct 51
Gale ro 1
Power ct 5
Bostock * 12
Mitcham ct 8
Khanna * 2
Pryke dnb
Blades dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 206 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Power 5 0 40 0
Bostock 6 0 31 2
Blades 4.1 0 28 0
Pryke 3 0 21 2
Mcgree 6 2 28 0
Sembian 2 0 10 0
VD 4 0 31 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 5 WKTS.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss and batting MCC got off to a bright start with Lovell blazing 31 before being caught hooking. VD and Mcgree took the score to 83 at the 20 over break. VD fell C&B for 41 with Mcgree going soon after for 24. Sembian upped the tempo with a quickfire 51 including 5 shabash sixes. MCC finished on a healthy 206-7 off their full allocation. After another watermelon frenzy at tea MCC got off to a good start with Bostock claiming two early wickets, snaffled up quite marvellously by the Power at shortish leg. The game then was abruptly taken away from the away side as Ali rode his luck to cane 86. Despite some late wickets by debutant Stevie Pryke and VD it was never going to be enough as POCC cruised home with plenty of overs to spare and 5 wkts in hand.

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian. Why? Maybe he’ll do teas next week. That’s why.

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Match Details MCC vs CUP SEMI V PAK ORIENT home Aug 21

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry b 37
Carr b 1
Sembian ct 49
Sear ct 9
Gale b 38
Lovell ct 20
Mcgree b 0
Mitcham b 8
Pryke * 7
Finch b 0
Blades * 1
TOTAL 35 Overs 191 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sear 4.1 0 17 3
Blades 7 1 23 1
Mcgree 7 0 23 2
Sembian 7 0 28 1
Pryke 4 1 6 1
Gale 1 1 0 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC reach cup final with resounding 89 run victory.

Comments on the Match

Skipper for the day Blades reports: ”Good morning MCC Members. On Saturday the MCC advanced to the Cup final after a courageous performance against POCC. In a rain affected match reduced to 35 overs MCC scored 191/9 after winning the toss and batting first at home in the English Garden. Some superb batting by Sembian,Matt,Gale and Lovell helped us to this total. I witnessed some truly amazing sixes during this innings. Gales six over cover,Lovos crowd killer over cover and Bob Mitchums hook over square leg to name but a few. They were all out the very next ball afer hitting these sixes. Funny that. We then bowled the POCC all out for 102 after new opener Dan Seared through the top order with 2 quick wickets.(Sorry Dan,I couldnt resist!) Another real tight ass spell from Quiet man Mcgree and Sembian quashed any hope of the visitors winning on the twenty over rule (editors note: if it still exists?). Pryke,Blades and Gale then mopped up the bunnies to catapult us into the final. Some great catches too from Pryke, Dan and especially Blades on the fence, grabbing one low just off the deck diving forward. Marvellous stuff. Good stuff too from Carr to run out dangerman Waqar. A big thanx to all the players for a great effort, especially given the fact that they had stuffed us in the league just a few days prior to this rematch. Usual appreciation goes out to Hammo and the Richter for scoring. Good work. Final to be played sometime in September before it starts snowing.”

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian. Blitztering display of hitting to lift run-rate early doors.

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Match Details MCC vs Munich South Africans, 4th Sept

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 6
Mitchem lbw 10
Houlahan ct 30
Welthagen st 4
Appavu ct 70
Gale ct 4
Bostock b 43
Blades ct 2
Sharma, N b 21
Sharma, P ** 3
Hamilton, M run out 1
TOTAL 40 Overs 208 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sharma, N 4 0 20 2
Blades 6 3 4 1
Hamilton 4 0 21 0
Houlahan 4 1 4 1
Gale 4 1 8 2
Bostock 2 1 2 2
Parry 3.3 0 20 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by a massive 115 runs, having made 208 all out in 40 overs. Munich South Africans replied making a paltry 93 all out (batting 12 men) in 32.3 overs.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss in fantastic batting conditions MCC lost early wkts (despite a whirlwind knock of 30 from Houzzzza) to be 88/5 in the 22nd over. Sembi and Kiwi then put on 76 for the 6th wkt in 10 overs to give the lower order a good finishing platform. Sembian out in the 32nd over for a well made 70. Nav Snake Sharma (in his first match of the season) played some crunching lofted off drives on his way to 21 at the end. The SA’s innings started in the worst possible fashion losing 2 early wkts without a run on the board! Not much more to mention apart from that all the bowlers ended up with attractive figures with Sharma.N, Gale and Kiwi picking up 2 sticks each, Blades, Parry and Houzzzza picking up 1 a piece. All in all a good day out, the match played in great spirit, and a fine evening in the Beer Garden afterwards…

MCC Man of The Match

Sembi for his 70 and the Sharma Bros for outstanding Teas!…

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Match Details MCC vs SSC , September 11, English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 5
McGree ct 0
Appavu b 26
Lovell st 73
Carr not out 44
Lepani b 0
Bostock not out 2
Mitchem dnb
Blades dnb
Pryke dnb
Finch dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 182 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 6 2 13 3
Blades 5 0 13 0
McGree 5 1 25 2
Pryke 4 0 17 2
Lepani 2.5 0 2 2
Finch 2 0 11 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 99 runs having made 182/5 in 40 overs. SSC restricted to 83 all out 24.5 overs. *This match was re-played due to the “rain abandoned” league match from 19.06*

Comments on the Match

Kiwi won the toss (again..) and decided to bat in overcast conditions. The decision seemed to have backfired with both openers gone with 13 on the board. Lovell and Sembi steadied the ship putting on 65 in quick time, Sembi out for 26. What followed can only be described as a partnership of massive, epic, season swinging proportions. Lovell and Carr put on exactly 100 for the 4th wkt (Des a record?) Both players (clearly short of a recent gallop..) batted superbly to set up – what turned out to be – a substantial winning total. 182 seemed a big score to overhaul, and the SSC innings was very much one of 3 parts – Kiwi creamed off the top with 3 early strikes, McGree and Pryke ate their way through the middle with 2 sticks each, and (fringe) Lepani mopped up the bottom with 2 also. The catching was safe, sometimes even sublime, with Lovell and Blades taking a blinder each. SSC rolled for 83, no contest, over in 24.5 overs. Was a certain wrong written perhaps?..I’ll let you be the judge of that!

MCC Man of The Match

Lovell/Carr, match winning, 4th wkt record breaking (?) stand.

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Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa (away), BCV Cup Final, 18.09

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Power lbw 11
Houlahan b 21
Appavu lbw 3
Lovell fired 2
Gale b 23
Carr ct 0
Bostock run out 0
Mitchem st 0
Blades ct 2
Pyrke ct 1
Scott not out 1
TOTAL 34.3 Overs 87 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 1 0 16 0
Bostock 4 1 16 0
Appavu 4 1 22 0
Pyrke 1 0 13 0
Houlahan 1.5 0 22 1
Power 1 0 2 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC batting first made 87 all out in 34.3 overs, Lufthansa replying with 91/1 off 12.5 overs, winning the 2004 BCV Knockout cup by 9 wkts.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss and batting first seemed a step in the right direction for the MCC, the sun was out and overhead conditions were near perfect, except for the condition of the ground itself which had been left all season to bake and be overtaken by bush and other exotic wildlife. The ground not match fit, but it continued nonetheless. Power (playing in his last match for the mighty MCC) and Houzza batted sensibly and ran well taking quick singles. 45 was put on for the first wkt and a sizable total was building, however – hold the phone – then came a collapse of just horrible, ridiculous proportions, MCC all out for a sorry state total of 87! Moo Gale batted with good concentration for 23 (despite deciding it was a good time to show how much he disliked his skipper and put him soundly to good pasture!). As is mostly the case when playing out at besooker (Luft) Park, the innings was not short of incidents – curious umpiring decisions (asked Lovo), polite exchanges of conversation with opposition players and a funny interpretation of the laws of cricket from the Lufthansa Captain who decided that he would enforce the rule where you can rotate players on and off the field at his own free will, not totally dissimilar to interchange in rugby!..The Lufthansa innings was so short that if one had chosen to nod off for a quick kip one could have quite easily missed the whole thing, the only highlight from a MCC point of view was not allowing Luft the satisfaction of winning by 10 wkts, Paul Scott taking a good sharp catch off Houzza to dismiss the Luft Capt. So, what a bugger huh!…Bring on 2005 – less playing pointless matches vs teams who don’t appreciate the finer aspects of this great game we play, less matches on sub-standard playing conditions, more of the old fashioned tour to old hunting grounds of Hamburg and L.Jana, making the Ashes a best of 3 series, and the introduction of fresher, keener, run making pub winter signed recruits!..Prost, Roger over under under over and out!

MCC Man of The Match

Hammo, great effort cutting short his trip in Hedi-berg to come and score and keep a watchful eye on those (opposition) who can’t!..

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Lodi 2004

MCC Village Pictures in association with Chutney-Ferret Light and Sound presents

A DarkHorse and Deviant Production

The Italian Job 3

Golden Duck Cricket Festival – Lodi, Italy – the 29th and 30th of May 2004.

“They say MCC going’s to do another job in Italy…”

The out of control juggernaut that is Munich Cricket Club rolls on, pillaging silverware across the continent and leaving only destruction, empty bottles and the occasional sweetie wrapper in its wake…to be continued

The Games. The Job. The Italian Job 3 to be precise. X Rated entertainment. Edge of the seat stuff.

2003 tour soundtrack available on Jailbait Records, including such Tranny-van classics as: Dr Jimmy, Criticize, If I Could Turn Back Time, We Are The Champions, I’ve Got A Loverly Bunch Of Coconuts, That’s Amore, Kiss on my list, The Winner takes it all and many many more…

Rollup, Rollup, Rollup Munich cricket club lovers, groupies, members, wives, girlfriends, mistresses, freaks, deviants, dark horses and cricket junkies. It’s GO GO GO BAMBINO this summer once again to the famous 8th annual Lodi Cricket Tournament.

The 8 a side festival will take place in the lavish and luxurious Lodi surroundings on 29-30 May with two rounds of three teams and finals.

Pre-tournament pleasantries will see the festival’s official reception in a magnificent, absolutely marvellous establishment right in the heart of downtown Lodi.

Tourists and cricket fanatics alike will be flocking from all corners of ‘old and new’ Europe to witness the mother of all festivals with big star-name teams flying in from all over our vast continent including:

Scandinavian Wanderers (S)

Haarlem Wolves (NL)

Idle (I)

Cossonay (CH)

All games will take place on the Radish Cricket Ground in coloured polo shirts, making it easier to identify differing teams to people less familiar to the game of cricket.

Results:
GOLDEN DUCK CRICKET FESTIVAL LODI 29-30/5/2004
Radish C.G.
COSSONAY 103/5 lost to SWCC London 104/2 by 5 wickets
Yeti Sinh 40*, Ganna 40* – Jenssen 2/5, Brooks 3/5 Taylor 29*, Brooks 43*
COSSONAY 76/6 lost to MILAN 79/2 by 5 wickets
Ganna 31 – Horner 2/3 Sampat 40*, Shanta 19*
MILAN 125/2 beat MUNICH 81/4 by 44 runs
Sampat 43*, Shanta 43* Scrimshaw 30*
MUNICH 81/4 lost to ICC Lodi 82 by 7 wickets
Power 20 Kirthy 43*, Riccaboni 28*
ICC Lodi 104/2 lost to SWCC London 105/1 by 6 wickets
Kirthy 40*, Riccaboni 17, Naseer 37 Demestra 43*, Brooks 45*
ICC Lodi 90/3 beat COSSONAY 62/6 by 28 runs
Leydi 25, Riccaboni 23* Hutton 40* – Kirthy 3/13, Naseer 2/3
MUNICH 108/3 beat COSSONAY 94/6 by 14 runs
Parry 21, Scrimshaw 40*, Power 22 – Wailes 2/12 Yeti Sinh 25, Hutton 41* – Bradley 2/5
MUNICH 68/6 lost to SWCC London 72/1 by 6 wickets
Power 21, Bostock 26 – Phipps 2/6, Smith 2/10 Johnson 25, Taylor 42*
MILAN 99/5 lost to SWCC London 101/1 by 7 wickets
Kumar 24, Shanta 40* Taylor 22*, Demestra 35, Brooks 30*
MILAN 44/2 lost to ICC Lodi 46/2 by 5 wickets
Horner 17, Kirchin 15* Galperti 22*, Riccaboni 14
1 Scandinavian Wanderers CC London
2 IDLE CC Lodi
3 MILAN CC
4 MUNICH CC
5 COSSONAY CC
Man of the Series: Brookes (SWCC)
Best Bowler: Bradley (Munich CC)
Best Batsman: Shanta (Milan)

Zuoz 2004

Zuoz 04 – The final straw tour

Lovell – impeccable behaviour throughout. Great putting on practise green despite back troubles. Car locksmith. Great kip in back of Volvo with leather upholstery. Provider of 3 crates to ease the journey – yet to be reimbursed. Tour quote – ‘its just tough shit’.

Blades – reformed character, concentrating on his cricket. Although he did let off some steam with impromptu streak after presentation. Last tour, the final dig. It’s official.

Bradley – so bored with scoring and general pointless nature of postage stamp cricket he took the opportunity to open Bar Des – ‘where everybody knows your name!’ A cracking business venture profits guaranteed. So happy with bar takings after driving all the way down in Dutch oven conditions he volunteered to do the same all the way back. Got involved in a wine session with the Winterthur scorer and showed him ‘who’s the daddy!’

Houlahan – packed a mean punch in the van? Minimal. Pathetic really. Great 50 first game.Quiet as a mouse during the whole tour though. Took advantage of stray hotel foyer during early hours. Let himself down somewhat with unfortunate ‘playing in shorts incident’. Got to raise game and rid himself of blue wifebeater singlet too. European cricket sages have nominated him for MCC’S ZUOZ MAN OF TOUR 2004.

Gale – shadow, cardboard cut out. No dingle. Burnt like a beetroot by mountain sun early doors. Awesome 50 first game. Passenger in Power’s car which didn’t break down. Broke Sembi’s bat- bully. Pointless.

Bostock – tried to take advantage of jailbait weakness. Sloppy. No dingle. Most impressed by winners acceptance speech. Another deviant in ridiculous wifebeater singlet.

Power – drove there in sports car, spotted in dorta 3am looking sober and trying to up the ante. Took victims with him as usual, notably young Gale, Mcgree and Hooligan. Stays pace well, doesn’t look for excuses. Huge foldaway chair next day helps his cause though.

Parry – Jagermeister. Pointless – out of depth trying to play big boys games. Needs to raise game or simply adjust to married life and tax issues. Last overseas outing for the unironed crumpled ‘cricket’ shirt?

Sembian – still very keen but didn’t go to bed in his whites this year allegedly. Drop in standards. Should have scored a hundred in final game. Reduced to tears by Gale’s bat breakage.

Mitcham – Bob. Responsible behaviour. Obviously couldn’t ‘pull off’ Lovell’s Hawaiian shirt look though. Wardrobe lacking in potential – very tacky heroin washed-up look. The days where he was likened to the singer from ‘The Verve’ are long gong. Should have scored a hundred in the final game.

Mcgree – very sleepy on Sunday morning for some reason – Jagermeister? Poor catching. Sitters – droppage of. Quiet man.

Khanna – Popular guest at Bar Des. Regular there by end of tour. Members only. Added the nurdle and the firepoke to his batting repertoire on day 2. Excessive snoring banished Kiwi to the dorm corridor early doors.

Holmes (&Andrea) – coupled up. Came down on train (short trip) together for honeymoon weekend break. Came round the mountains. Have camera will travel and fall over over Zuoz fence. The hitman Holmes successfully passed Blades’ character test. Congratulations.

Knut – where the fuck were you? Ve av vayz ov makin u come on tour next time?!!

Ps. Cricket not really worth a mention in my considered opinion. I do recall some good batting by Mssrs Hooligan, Gale, Bob Mitcham and Sembi but other than that nothing springs to mind aside from two incredible run outs by to-be later English thug. Weather reasonable most of the time. Golf course coming along slowly. Driving range shut to allow postage stamp cricket. We came third. The winners escape me as by that stage the second crate beckoned and even more importantly England v France in EURO 2004. But that’s another story. The End. Amen. Shabash.

Friendlies 2004

Match Details MCC vs Sunday 2 May @ Tegernsee – Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Asim lbw 40
Hooligan ct finally 64
Lovell b 18+4
Holmes b 39
Welthagen b 0
Power b 6
Blades b 0
Lepani run out 16
Bostock * 10
Bradley * 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 226 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Lepani 4 1 19 2
Blades 4 0 13 0
Power 3 0 12 1
Shankar 2 0 7 0

Summary of Match Result

Rain stopped play. Match abandoned with Tegernsee 55-3 chasing 227 to win.

Comments on the Match

An ultimately soggy end to the day with rain stopping play early into the Tegernsee innings. This did however mean an early chance for MCC to sample the 2004 vintage of Tegernseer Spezial. Mcc batted first after Kiwi surprisingly won the toss. On debut openers Asim and Todd Hooligan impressed with the bat alongside the Hitman Holmes at no4. Todd top scored with 64. Asim also doing well with the wk gloves. Lovell ‘scratched around like an old hen’ and was thus deducted 4 runs by the bored scorers. Holmes went big, see below. Lepani was the unfortunate victim of the monthly Bostock run out scandal with the new skipper revealing on the train that ‘there was a lot of yes in his no call’. It was a sickening sight Richie. Deviant Lepani did manage to pick up a couple of wickets before letting himself down later in the evening. Highlight of the evenings entertainment has to be the French floozy at the Pizza restaurant. Tres bien. Pizza Diabolo und drei ‘elles.

MCC Man of The Match

Holmes. ‘Brute of a man’ Hitman holmes. The Slazenger slugger. Almost redeemed himself after the 2003 Tegernsee windscreen affair. Nasty business that.

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Match Details MCC vs MCC vs MIC, 9 May @ Westpark, Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Parry lbw 4
Finch b 0
Haq ct 23
Appavu ct 9
Khana * 11
Blades * 5
TOTAL 20 Overs 70 for 4

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gligarov 7 3 14 2
Parry 2 0 19 2
Finch 5 0 24 1
Lepani 4 0 34 1
Appavu 4 0 17 1
Bostock 4 0 23 0
Blades 4 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Rain stopped play. Match abandoned with MCC 70-4 chasing 210 (MIC) to win.

Comments on the Match

Once again the May rains put an end to a dreary affair. Kiwi lost the toss, MIC batted first (in temps of around 9-10 degrees!) and rattled up 209/8 in their allotted 40 Overs. Bowling highlights included: a good opening spell from Gligarov, Sembian’s tidy offies, Finchy’s left armers and Tony Blade’s good line and length. The last 10 overs got away from MCC with MIC finding the fence on a regular basis. Facing a stiff target in fading light and drizzle, MCC got off to a shocking start losing Finch and Parry early on. Nawaz ul Haq produced some typical Pakistani pyrotechnics before skying one to the ‘keeper. This left Khana and Blades to see out the last rights before driving rain forced the players from the field.

MCC Man of The Match

Jason Glig. Line and Length. Most improving MCC player. MCC’s youth policy paying dividends!

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Match Details MCC vs vs CCB Sunday 16 May @ CCB – Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry b 2
Scrimshaw b 66
Bancroft b 4
Purandhur b 1
Appavu st 74
Crouch b 3
Bradley b 0
Weatherall * 6
Blades b 0
Bostock b 10
TOTAL 40 Overs 195 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gligarov 5 0 18 1
Blades 5 2 10 1
Appavu 3.2 0 7 3
Bradley 4 0 21 1
Bostock 4 0 19 0
Weatherall 4 0 12 0
Bancroft 6 0 33 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC winning by 9 runs, CCB 186 all out (38.2 overs)chasing 196 to win.

Comments on the Match

In another tense closely fought match – following the nailbiter the previous day vs MIC – MCC came out on top to win by 9 runs. Winning the toss and batting first in wet conditions MCC lost 3 early wickets before Scrimshaw and Appavu played superbly to resurrect the innings. Both consistantly punished poor bowling. The middle and lower order folded quickly before Weatherall and Kiwi batted out the last 10 overs, adding a valuable 25. CCB started shockingly losing early wickets before the middle order stabilised and formed invaluable partnerships. MCC’s bowling was mixture of good the bad and the ugly, with everyone more or less having a bowl. Once Sembian came on at the end and took a couple of important wickets the game slipped away from CCB. The nature of the ‘pitch’ needs to be mentioned. With uneven, dangerous sideways movement, due to the rock like formation below, it can only be described as the worst ‘pitch’ since Eng played WI 6 years ago in Jamaica, in which the match was called off during the first morning due to it’s shocking nature!

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian Appavu – vital 74 in difficult batting conditions, played sensibly while others fell around him. Picked up 3 cheap sticks during the final tense stages of the CCB innings to wrap up victory.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB 05 June @Englisher Garden – Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Sear * 51
Giles * 23
TOTAL 14.1 Overs 84 for 0

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gligarov 8 4 18 1
Savio 4 0 13 0
Finch 5 0 19 1
Blades 7 0 21 1
Bostock 6 0 32 2
Sear 5 0 17 1
Bradley 5 0 28 1

Summary of Match Result

Rain stopped play. Match abandoned with MCC 84-0 (14.1 overs) chasing 150 (CCB) to win.

Comments on the Match

In yet another match abandoned due to the unpleasantness of the weather, MCC were cruelly denied what would have been an almost certain victory. Losing the toss and fielding first, MCC contained well early and made quick inroads leaving CCB 3 down for not many. Gligarov was again impressive along with Finch and Blades. CCB’s middle order stabilised well forming crucial partnerships. Sear and Bradley also chipped in with a wicket a piece. With the late innings flurry expected, Kiwi finally found some form with the ball and picked up 2 sticks at the end to leave MCC chasing 150 to win off 40 overs. MCC started it’s chase in the rain, and it sadly only got worse as the innings went on. Sear produced a brute of a knock, smashing his his way to an impressive 50 (off a ridiculously small amount of balls faced!). Giles at the other end played second fiddle, nudging, nurdling and prodding himself to 23 not out. The players left the field with MCC 84/0 of 14.1 overs. What a bugger!

MCC Man of The Match

Dan Sear, proving that BDM bats are the way of the future!

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Match Details MCC vs MCC Inv XI v Oakhill Tavs. @ Tegernsee

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Weridmgar bowled 0
Höck bowled 0
Holmes retd. out 12
Reiter bowled 3
Karrpf ct 26
Tilak not out 22
Enge not out 0
TOTAL 17.4 Overs 81 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Reiter 3.2 0 6 2
Karrpf 4 1 10 2
Julian 5 2 6 1
Tilak 2 0 4 1
Nichols 1 0 14 0
Bradley 1 0 3 2
Stiff 2 0 4 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC Invitation XI (81-5) beat Oakhill Taverners (79 all out) easily by 5 wickets

Comments on the Match

A MCC Invitation XI took on the Oakhill Taverners at Tegernsee, enabling the English tourists to experience cricket in the Alps and sample the local drop. Sadly only three members of MCC made it to Tegernsee, turning it into more of a Tegernsee XI than a MCC one. On a steaming hot day by the lake, the tourists batted first and within 22 overs had been dismissed for a paltry 79. The young Tegernsee three pronged pace attack soon had the batsmen in trouble. With the assistance of MCC’s very own Greg Holmes, who was in thick of the action, taking a catch, a stumping and facilitating a run out. Then Des stepped up and blew away the middle order with his hand grenades. With the batsmen unable to cope with his loop, Des had to be rapidly removed from the attack to resume his grazing in the slips. Unfortunately Nichols couldn’t match the success of his fellow MCC members. For the second time that weekend he bowled to the only Taverner who could bat and once more came off second best. A scratchy start to the reply was enlightened by a brief cameo by Greg Holmes, who had to retire after hitting a six high over the fence and into the Kinderfest taking place in the adjacent field. The innings was soon stabilised, however, and an easy victory was wrapped up in the 18th over, allowing ample time for sampling the liquid products of the Brauhaus.

MCC Man of The Match

Well of the MCC men, Greg, I guess, despite the fact that he endangered small children. Kept tidily, considering it had been a while, should have gone on to greater things with the bat, but couldn’t resist the 6 and out shot. Overall though Karrpf, 2 wickets and 26.

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Match Details MCC vs Serendip SSC Friendly away June 6

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Hooligan ct 19
Scrimshaw ro 4
Parry ct 10
Holmes ct 1
Sembian b 5
Khanna lbw 1
Purandhar not out 31
Bradley yes bowled 0
Blades ct 0
Gale ct 1
TOTAL 31 Overs 95 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Purandhar 6 2 15 0
Blades 6 1 14 1
Sembian 4 1 10 0
Parry 4 1 17 1
Houlahan 3 1 20 1
Gale 5 0 17 0
Bradley 1 0 3 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 6 wickets.

Comments on the Match

A poor batting performance it would seem apart from Marlboro Purandhar who top scored with an unbeaten 31. Mcc battled well in the field with some good bowling and tight fielding but were never going to defend 95. A not so dejected team headed off to the nearby Forschungsbrauerei under the Chairman’s instruction. There then followed the Hooligan beermat affair. Nasty business that.

MCC Man of The Match

Purandhar. Good batting and useful opening spell with the ball.

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Match Details MCC vs Oakhill Taverners, England June 26

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Giles lbw 22
Sear ct 78
Welthagen b 0
Houlahan lbw 29
Khanna ct 7
Carr ct 5
Power ro 14
Nichols b 1
Lepani ro 19
Scott ct 9
TOTAL 40 Overs 219 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 5 0 20 2
Power 4 1 7 2
Lepani 3 2 2 3
Carr 3 0 10 1
Blades 4 1 13 1
Nichols 3 0 22 0
Sear 0.1 0 0 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won against the English tourists by 132 runs.

Comments on the Match

A lovely day in the English Garden with the first post match visit to the Chinese Tower after all this time. Just shows you how bad the weather had been up to this point. I blame Bradley. On a cricketing front Dan Sear was at his brutal bdm best hitting 78 in quick time with good support by Giles and Hools as MCC reached 219 off their 40 overs. The tourists from Kent found themselves 34-8 against some good bowling from Scott, Power, Carr, Blades and Leppo Lepani (3-2 off 3). Lepani being harshly taken off it was judged by neutral observers. Oakhill rallied to 87 before Sear struck with his first ball to end proceedings. The teams retired to the Chinese Tower for some liquid refuelling and enjoyed the start of summer at last.

MCC Man of The Match

Dan Sear – brutal.

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Match Details MCC vs Passau Friendly Away 11 July

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Nichols b 2
Scrimshaw ct 29
Sharma ct 0
Lepani lbw 0
Hamilton M b 0
Blades * 29
Bostock * 10
Weatherall dnb
Haenelt dnb
Wheeler dnb
TOTAL 30 Overs 108 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Lepani 4 2 16 4
Weatherall 6 0 29 2
Bostock 4 0 9 0
Blades 6 2 12 2
Nichols 3 0 14 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 26 runs.

Comments on the Match

A friendly in Passau. Transport the Munich cattle truck train into border territory. A low scoring game with runs hard to come by despite perfect batting conditions. Only Scrimshaw, Blades and Bostock really troubling the scorers. Passau fell just short of their target. Leppo Lepani the pick of the bowlers with 4 sticks, ably supported by Brother Blades with 2-12 off 6.

MCC Man of The Match

Blades. Unbeaten 29 and economical bowling.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB FRIENDLY July 17

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Parry b 26
Albert ct 12
Hamilton M b 0
Sembian ct 35
Houls ct 0
Nichols ct 12
Bostock no 8
Blades no 3
Lepani dnb
Finch dnb
TOTAL 25 Overs 107 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Nichols 2.2 0 10 2
Blades 5 1 13 1
Lepani 5 0 21 1
Savio 3 0 13 1
Parry 4 0 14 2
Houls 1 0 4 1
Bostock 6 3 10 3

Summary of Match Result

MATCH ABANDONED RAIN WITH MCC NEEDING 13 TO WIN WITH 4 WKTS LEFT. FAT LADY WARMING UP BY THE FLAGS.

Comments on the Match

A good bowling performance restricted the visitors to 119 all out. Bostock the pick with 3-10 as he showed signs of returning to peak fitness. In reply Parry flourished in a good opening partnership with Albert. A slight collapse then Sembi took MCC to within spitting distance of the target before it p1ssed down once more to deny MCC a victory.

MCC Man of The Match

Sembi top score and good wk.

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Match Details MCC vs Tegernsee Friendly July 25

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Khanna ct 3
Power ct 30
Nichols ct 0
Lovell ct 3
Gale b 54
Holmes lbw 2
Weatherall lbw 0
Mcgree averages 51
Blades * 6
Gligorov dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 190 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gligorov Gimpage 7 1 22 0
Blades 8 2 21 0
Mcgree 5.3 1 11 3
Power 8 3 13 4
Weatherall 3 0 10 0
Finch 3 0 13 1
Nichols 1 0 3 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won ultimately pointless friendly by 94 runs.

Comments on the Match

A league game it was not allegedly as TCC have unfortunately decided to pull out of the league. So we played a friendly instead and sent the neutral umpires home to their wives. At 68-6 it didnt look too promising with only Power (30) bothering to graft. Gale and Quiet Man Mcgree came together and the two Pommie b@stards put on an entertaining century stand as MCC rallied to 190-7. In reply TCC were never at the races. Despite some pleasant stuff from Moritz and Peter Stiff, TCC were eventually dismissed for 96. Power and Mcgree gaining 7 wickets between them.

MCC Man of The Match

Mcgree, maiden half century and 3 quiet wickets.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB, Friendly, August 28

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Scrimshaw ct 9
Albert ct 4
Parry b 5
Appavu ct 4
Mitchem st 11
Bostock not out 15
Blades ct 2
Hamilton b 6
Bradley b 5
Savio not out 3
TOTAL 40 Overs 110 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Langfelder 6 2 10 1
Blades 4 0 9 0
Savio 3 0 18 2
Parry 4 0 21 0
Bradley 5 0 31 1
Appavu 8 1 18 5
Bostock 7 1 18 0

Summary of Match Result

CCB won by 38 runs, having made 148 allout after 39 overs. MCC responded with 110/9 off 40 overs.

Comments on the Match

On a typically stinking hot day at the MCG (Munich Cricket Ground), Kiwi lost the toss in near perfect batting conditions. CCB batting first (no surprise!) made a horrible start with both openers back in the hut with less than 20 runs on the board. Chris Langfelder produced a typically mean (some might say even rude) opening spell of bowling. The usual CCB mini middle order revival against some main dish buffet delights set up a match defending total. Bradley was brought on just before drinks buy a stick, and negotiated well a much needed Bob Mitchem stumping. Sembi bowled tightly at the death and picked up 5 well darted poles! MCC’s innings was a general lowlight, nothing to mention of note, except: 1) Rumour has it that the skipper aint happy with the batting this year, big bone of contention, serious rumblings material! In protest Kiwi batted 25 overs for 15 very painstaking not out singles! 3 weeks are left to GET IT RIGHT! 2) Hammo hit a magnificent 6 over deep square leg to register his first runs of the season. Richter Des also nudged his first runs too! Bring on the Munich Saffers next week!. Over and Stumps….

MCC Man of The Match

Sembi. 5 sticks requires no additional comment.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB, Friendly, 03 Oct, Away

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Albert b 6
Holmes ct 8
Houlahan run out 4
Mitchem b 5
Sharma, P b 7
McGree b 2
Bostock not out 28
Lepani ct 10
Hamilton ct 2
Bradley b 2
TOTAL 31 Overs 114 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Lepani 5 0 18 1
Weatherall 5 0 29 0
Bostock 7 0 9 2
Houlahan 3 0 21 0
McGree 8 1 13 3
Sharma, P 3 0 22 0
Albert 5 0 30 4

Summary of Match Result

CCB won by 90 runs, after making 204 all out in 39 overs. MCC replied with 114 all out in 31 overs.

Comments on the Match

In this much awaited friendly at CCB’s Zuricherstrasse – otherwise known as “The House of Bounce” CCB won the toss and decided to bat in sensational overhead conditions. Lepani and Kiwi picked up an early stick each, but CCB rallied and consolidated cashing in as the pie truck made it’s way through ForstenriederAllee and directly straight to Z.Str. MCC’s bowling resources were thrown into disarray when Bradley, after unloading only 1 over of his special hand grenades, was forced to pull away from the pie crease – complaining of a mystery leg strain – is this the end of a career spanning many a decade, time will only tell, Des? Mcgree was superb, giving nothing away and in the process picked up 3 wkts. Wolfie Albert chipped in with 4 scalps towards the end, including an absolutely sensational catch it or wear it type caught and bowled. There have been some amazing catches taken by MCC this season, and this was up there as one of the best. Holmes and Albert started the MCC innings well and looked comfortable initially. However, the infamous MCC batting collapse showed up again and wkts fell so quickly that Hammo was forced to pad up and score at the same time! Kiwi had a couple partnerships of note, firstly with Lepani and secondly with Bradley (who was came out fighting with a runner…) All in all a good old fashioned thrashing. MCC’s batting still a general worry, however, the pitch is a shocker and with the ball going 90 degrees when pitched on middle stump one can half excuse some of the dismissals – oh the pressure of playing at “The house of Bounce”…!

MCC Man of The Match

Wolfie Albert/Yours Truly – too close to call.

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Ashes 2004

MCC v Munich Aussies

Episode XII, August 7th 2004

MCC REGAIN ASHES

MCC regained the Munich Ashes (2004 version) with a startling stuffage of the Munich Australians who suffered a severe skittlage – all out for a paltry total of 42.

After cleverly losing the toss The Power and his team of relatively fit and able men were invited to take to the field in stinking hot conditions by the Aussie skipper Blades. Everyone apparently knew that ‘you always win batting first in Munich’.

The Power took the new cherry with Dan ‘Marino’ Sear and did not have to wait too long for early breakthroughs. Power removing Carr’s timbers with a pearler and Mcgree falling to a Sear’s five card trick holing out to VD in the deep – attempting a not so quiet pull. This set the wheels of impending doom well into motion at the very earliest of doors.

New batsmen Todd Hooligan and Kev ‘Rabble’ Bartholomew were then involved in a reasonably bizarre incident during VD’s opening over (without prayer mat). Todd had been hit on the pad by an inswinger from VD. Todd was called through for a single that never was by Kev. Despite being as quick as Cathy Freeman between the wickets Kev B was never going to beat MCC’S keeper Gary Edwards’ throw. MCC celebrated the run out only for Todd (somewhat belatedly?) to be sent on his way LBW by neutral umpire Weatherall.

Another lbw decision (Roberts) followed next ball as VD found himself on a hat-trick in a reasonable start to his spell and seasonal debut.

Late call-up Bostock became increasingly chirpy at this stage and was apparently getting under the Aussie skins.

Last year’s Aussie saviours Jules Kann and Kev were thus asked to perform the same miracle again and rebuild a crumbling innings.

However Kev B was then dismissed getting something on a attempted swipe off Gale’s very nude military mediums – a fine diving sprawl by the cat (swipe) Edwards taking it left handed diving forward like he was grovelling for a bud on the floor.

Jules Kann was then unfortunately run out, being sent back by a much fitter, quicker and younger man. Cider Edwards again excelling grabbing a good take off an errant throw as Jules tried to scramble back ultimately to no avail.

Tony Blades was undone by a Sembi dart as the pressure intensified, bowled off a slight inside edge.

Larry Holmes was caught down at fine leg by Big Dougie Giles, swooping like a Marlboro smoking gazelle to take a fine catch off a toppish edge.

Lovell even got into the act by swallowing one in the water bed at 1st slip to remove Robbo off Gale – who had just seen two go down off his bowling to prolong Harry’s agonising stay of execution at the crease.

Glig looked resplendent in his Jesus mane but was then gimpishly stumped by Edwards off Sembi to end proceedings early doors. Harry top scored with an unbeaten 12 as the Aussies were removed for just 42 in the 24th over.

A committed bowling performance from MCC who were barely punished for a few dropped chances and applied themselves very well in the stifling heat.

After the tea break Lovell and Giles set about ‘quickly’ reaching the imposing Aussie target. The Aussies battled well throughout with some typically good bowling by Kann, Blades, Quietman and the Gimp but basically they were up shit creek without a paddle after only scoring 42.

Lovell looked at ease, top scoring with a massive 13 before Blades (lucky b@stard) took a fine catch off Mcgree, grabbing one a cigarette paper off the deck at gully.

Parry also looked at home before wisely deciding to run himself out to get back into the closed picnic circle of pimms and plums with the outlaws.

Sembi tried to finish the job even earlier doors, a few lusty blows before he too fell to a fine catch from the Blades who was seemingly ‘on fire’, off the Gimp’s newfound naked slower ball.

Sembi Sloggage
Dan Sear and that man Giles applied the last rites as MCC coasted home to win by 7 wickets to regain the Ashes in rapid fashion.

Umpire David Weatherall
Scorer Mark Hamilton
Teas Farmer Gale / Muzza
Keggage x 2 Desmond Forscher Bradley

Ashes ScoreCard 2004

Australians won the toss and elected to bat first – 40 overs a side.

Aussies Batting
McGree c Van D bowled Sear 2
Carr bowled Power 4
Houlihan LBW Van D 4
Bartholomew c Edwards bowled Gale 6
Roberts LBW Van D 0
Kann Run Out 5
Khanna Not Out 12
Blades bowled Appavu 0
Robertson c Lovell bowled Gale 0
Holmes c Giles bowled Gale 0
Gligorov st Edwards bowled Appavu 0

Extras 9 Total 42 all out

MCC Bowling
Bowler O M R W
Power 5 1 10 1
Sear 4 2 8 1
Van Damage 4 0 11 2
Gale 8 5 3 3
Sembian 4 1 9 2

MCC Batting

Giles Not Out 8
Lovell c Blades bowled McGree 13
Parry Run Out 9
Appavu c Blades bowled Gligorov 8
Sear Not Out 5
Gale, Van D, Edwards, Bostock, Power, Pyke DNB

Extras 3 Total 46-3

Aussie Bowling
Bowler O M R W
Kann 6 2 11 1
Blades 4 1 5 0
McGree 5 1 18 1
Gligorov Gimp 3.3 0 12 1
Resultage – MCC WON BY 7 WICKETS

THE ASHES AFTERMATH

After the impromptu early finish to proceedings MCC Chairman Bradley decided enough was enough and with ultra-gay abandon got involved in his favourite drop from the Forschungsbrauerei. Cynics soon even insisted that the camouflaged short wearing warrior Bradley had for once got it right and indeed so it proved to be an inspired decision. It went down very well apparently, according to Sembian.

Prizegiving was marred by Gale’s lack of speech having been named man of the match for 2004 following figures of 3-3 off his 8 overs. The broken cup was handed over to captain Power who made a graceful/grateful acceptance speech, followed by Blades in some typical raw dinky dye language who bemoaned the Aussie total.

Captain Steve – Trophieage
The barrels were finished, the ground was cleared up (by the usual saintly souls – THANKYOU!) and the massed ranks headed off to the Chinese Tower to prolong the balmy evening’s entertainment.

It was heavy going and very tiring work, so much so that mssrs Lepani, Hooligan and Gale found the going too much to bear and had to rest their weary eyes at various stages.

There was a Hawaiian shirt comp between Lovell and Kev B that obviously the Aussie copycat failed to win. No one likes anyone who tries too hard.

Bianka Gales pasta came in handy as a late tea was taken around midnight as the light was beginning to fail under the Tower. A roaring trade was done in MCC retro jackets, T-shirts and Mushrooms.

Retro tops as advertised by Finch (Rusty in the background).
Proud new fathers Blades and Pryke showed off their pride and joy to the assembled ogling masses. The Starkbier radler became the ‘drink of choice’ for some naïve souls in need of saviour. Finally the Tour d’Isar took place around 1am with Lovell easily winning the yellow jersey from Edwards and Hooligan despite only having 3 gears, sciatica and a gammy leg. All in all a cracking time. Thanks to all. See you next year!

Other Photos

Dan Marino Front Footage

Moo and Holmes boxed up

Gimpage. Fact.