Friendlies 2009

Friendlies 2009

Match Details MCC vs POCC April 5 away in Hasenbergl

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost to friendly opener by 1 wkt.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

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

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient Sunday 19 April

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost a thriller by one solitary run.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Palfrey

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

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won an exciting game by 5 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. Whet club batting general secretary.

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

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC won comprehensively by 139 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Lovell 70.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 11 June 2009 Johasenbergl

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 2 wkts.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Weston – hat-trick.

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

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 1 wkt

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Palfrey

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

A comprehensive victory by MCC – 184 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

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

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient August 16 away

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost friendly by 4 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Stevenson runs and wkts on deyboo.

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

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MCC Man of The Match

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Vienna 2009

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

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

Figure 1 – MCC. Morgue Cricket Club?

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

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

Figure 2 – Friday night sausagefest.

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

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

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

Figure 3 – The Impala – Dennis’ favourite bat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

League 2009

Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa May 23

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 16 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

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

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Match Details MCC vs MICC May 30

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 7 wkts

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Des the scorer.

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Match Details MCC vs Tegernsee July 11 in English Garden

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 92 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Di Perna top score and quick behind the stumps.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient 25 July home

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost league decider by 3 wickets

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Cloth – to dry the ball.

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Match Details MCC vs SSC Away July 26

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

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

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Weston – nice batting while it lasted.

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Match Details MCC vs Tegernsee 8th August BCV T20 home

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won by 152 runs

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Sear, runs and wkts.

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Match Details MCC vs Serendip BCV T20 August 9 away

MCC Performers

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

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

Summary of Match Result

MCC won a tight game by 22 runs.

Comments on the Match

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

MCC Man of The Match

Weston. Lovely innings. Chanceless.

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Budapest 2009

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

Pre-carnage on the Danube.

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

Animal Day 1. Too big, too early.

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

Animal met the locals while we waited for the bus.

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

Some cricket was played …

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

Guess who?

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

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

Top facts about Animal:

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

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

Animal once nursed a baby elephant in to puberty.

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

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

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

Animal can unscramble an egg.

Animal can gargle peanut butter

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

Animal can divide by zero

Animal can piss round corners

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

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

Animal is the 8th wonder of the world

Animal wasn’t born, he was hatched

Animal once shit a hammer

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

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

Animal can touch MC Hammer

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

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

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

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

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

Summary 2009

MCC FIXTURES 2009

APRIL 5 FRIENDLY POCC AWAY Lost by 1 wkt

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

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

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

MAY 9 SSC 6ASIDE TOURNAMENT OUTDOORS Lost in group stages

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

MAY 16 LEAGUE POCC HOME Postponed Rain

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

MAY 30 LEAGUE AWAY MICC Lost by 7 wkts

JUNE 6 LEAGUE SSC AWAY Postponed Rain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUGUST 29 FRIENDLY MICC HOME

SEPTEMBER 5 BCV T20 SEMI HOME CCB

SEPTEMBER 5 FRIENDLY T20 HOME LISVANE CC (WALES)

SEPTEMBER 11-13 BUDAPEST TOUR

SEPTEMBER 19 FRIENDLY HOME

SEPTEMBER 26/27 cut-off date BCV T20 FINAL