Friendly vs PCC, 25th June

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

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

MCC MOM Blades. 2 for 5.

vs Winterthur @ Zuoz, 18th June

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

MCC MOM  Fudge


vs Basel @ Zuoz, 18th June

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

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


vs TCC @ Zuoz, 18th June

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

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

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


League vs TCC 11 June

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

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


vs Lufthansa 5th June

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

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


Match Report vs TCC 4th June

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

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


29 May Vs FSV Erlangen, Friendly

Having persuaded Hobbs at the Chinese Tower Biergarten on Saturday night to join the squad as we were one short, we assembled outside Starbuck`s at 0850 on Sunday morning for the 0904 train to Erlangen via Nuremburg. At least ten of us did as Ferguson had rang in at 0630 to advise he had been called in to work and couldn`t travel. Tattu simply did not appear nor did he advise that he wouldn`t be attending which certainly makes the culling of the Zuoz party a great deal easier.
After the usual complaints of bad planning and why did we have to wait for almost an hour for the connection in Nuremburg we arrived safe and sound at the main station in Erlangen. From there we took a bus – the wrong one – to Erlangen Bruck and had a 20 minute walk to the ground at a location with which we were only vaguely familiar. Blades foolishly insisted we follow a sign to FSV Parkplatz rather than continue on the main road towards what looked like the club buildings. Fortunately for him it lead us directly to the playing area and we had a very pleasant surprise. The playing field was at least two football fields in size, it was hard and a new Flicx was laid on it. There are two other football grounds on the same site, one was not being used but there was a girls match taking place on the other and we had to wait until this was finished before we could start, not wanting to injure any of the kids or spectators.
Captain Weston duly lost the toss and somewhat surprisingly Erlangen decided to field and the MCC innings began at 1355 with Weston and Wright opening what had been agreed as a 30 over innings. The bowling was very good and the pitch even better allowing shots virtually unknown at the Hirschanger to be played – cuts, pulls and hooks. The openers put on 103 before Wright fell five runs short of his 50 in the 13th over after hitting six fours and two sixes. Weston went for 38 shortly afterwards as did Embleton, Rabbani and Algar, Rabbani playing a glorious shot to deep backward point but straight down a fielders throat. Goldsack and Shankarappa put on 31 for the sixth wicket before Shankarappa went for 14 in the 26th over. Hobbs replaced him and  went for seven in the 29th over after a stand of 14 for the seventh wicket. Goldsack finally fell for 27 in the 30th over leaving Blades on 0* and the innings closed as we had only nine players.
FSV were very apologetic that they had no tea for us but hoped in the future to get some power outlets on some new lamp standards to allow a cuppa to be brewed.
Rather than take the offered opposition fielders MCC chose to field with only nine players and all the bowlers enjoyed the hard, true, pitch. It was very unforgiving and byes and wides easily ran away to the boundary making life difficult for keeper Weston who was standing up to help compensate for the missing two fielders. Opening bowlers Blades and Rabbani were quickly amongst them and FSV were two down for 20 in the fourth over. A South African, Wynand, came in at number three. He comes from Pretoria and batted like a Praetorian guard in true Jacques Kallis fashion staying in until he fell in the 18th over having made 14 off 38 balls in 65 minutes and leaving FSV on 101 for 4. Hussein (25), Sanjay (36) and Sakit (17) were the main scorers after Wynand`s departure, all three being stumped very ably by Weston off Goldsack, Hobbs and Blades respectively. Their number 11, Vishnu had attended a few of our Friday practise sessions last year before moving to Nuremburg to study and was probably a little surprised by the celebration when Blades got his partner out stumped, not realising that we had not only won the match but that it was Blades`s 250th wicket for the club. FSV then were all out for 173 in 29 overs, the nine MCC fielders having excelled themselves chasing everything that moved.
The opposition could not have been more friendly and it was a pleasure to play them – as someone remarked they have not been spoiled by exposure to Munich cricket. They are hoping to play in the BCV league next season and from our point of view will be very welcome.
The trip home began with a half hour wait at the bus stop which was rather pleasant in the warm summer evening, then a 10 minute ride to the station and another half an hour wait for the train to Nuremburg with yet another 50 minute wait for the connection to Munich. However the waiting times were long enough to allow us to stock up on cool fresh for the long ride home.

Weston, 38, LBW, 3 stumpings
Wright, 45, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt
Embleton, 4, caught, 1 catch
Rabbani, 10, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Algar, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Goldsack, 27, bowled, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 30 runs, 3 wkts
Shankarappa, 14, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 0 wkts
Hobbs, 7, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, 0*, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 22 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 183 for 7 in 30 overs, beat FSV Erlangen, 173 for 10 in 29 overs by 10 runs.

MCC MOM Goldsack


28th May 2011 vs CCB, Friendly

It was back to the Hirschanger for the first match of a double header weekend but this time with no picket fence to allow the Red Bladder`s hordes of screaming Dervishes to charge through whenever it was opened – only the, shall we say more mature among you will recognise the Goon show script referred to here.
Both teams were at the ground well in time for a 12.30 start but so was the rain for the heavens opened at 12.25 and we couldn`t start until 13.30 , the match being reduced to 35 over innings. CCB won the toss and chose to bat with a very wet outfield and a slippery run-up for the MCC bowlers. There was no more rain afterwards and conditions improved significantly during the afternoon. Their first wicket fell in the eighth over for 39, the second in the 20th over for 108. The only other noteworthy partnership was for the 5th wicket which put on 59. In total MCC used 10 bowlers making it a really friendly game and a nightmare for the scorer. Second highest score for CCB was wides once again with 45. O`Meagher was clearly upset with Miller, a lad from Marton beating him, an Auckand born Kiwi, in the Wide Boys table and promptly bowled 11 wides in his six overs. To be fair, as he remarked after the game, he usually bowls 11 wides in 2 overs so it was a marked improvement. CCB finished on 211 for 8 in their 35 overs.
After a splendid tea provided by Sestan, complete with specially selected Spanish cucumbers, Sarma and Clare opened the MCC innings. Sarma departed quickly for 2 in the 2nd over with the score on 14. Clare was on fire hitting six fours and four sixes off 36 balls before being out caught behind for 59 in  the 10th over with the score at 86 for 2. O`Meagher came in to form the backbone of the innings scoring 24 off 68 balls and sharing partnerships of 22 and 29 with Hobbs and Weston respectively. When Weston came in at the start of the 20th over, MCC needed 109 from 15 overs to win the match and CCB immediately stationed four fielders on the leg side boundary. Weston was thus forced to go for sixes, hitting four of them in his cameo 30 ball innings which ended when he was caught in the deep for 39. Chakrabarthy, 20* and Shankarappa, 8* who was only playing today because Fudge had cried off claiming he was still suffering from indigestion from the vast amount of food he consumed at the teas in the match last weekend, enjoyed themselves putting on an unbeaten 14 for the 10th wicket. Before that Caspari had  beaten the third golden duck on the trot by making an impressive 3 runs from 9 balls but was probably disappointed when Sestan caught him up in the duck race.
MCC finished with 196 for 9 in 35 overs with the measly figure of only 20 wides bowled.

Sarma, 2 LBW
Clare, 59, caught, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 1 wkt,
O`Meagher, 24, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt
Hobbs, 9, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 1 wkt
Weston, 39, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts
Van Giezen, 2, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Chakrabarty, 20*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 1 wkt
Sestan, 0, stumped, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 1 wkt
Scott, 1, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 44 runs, 2 wkts
Caspari, 3, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts
Shankarappa, 8*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 1 wkt.
MCC, 196 for 9, lost to CCB, 211 for 8 by 10 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

21st May Vs Prague Barbarians CC

The weekends celebrations began on Friday evening at the Euro Youth Hotel sponsored fund raiser. The keg donated by Augustiner was tapped (eventually) by the chairman who, being a handless fool, struck his left ring finger with the hammer on the first blow.  It is still heavily bruised and painful if anyone is interested. The beer though was very tasty and enjoyed by the impressive number of members who turned up. Matt Fudge`s girlfriend Tina had actually turned up one week early with nine of her colleagues from work which is taking a partiality to Augustiner just a little far. The opposition from Prague were staying at the hotel and so joined us as the night wore on, some of them celebrating until the bitter end at 6 am. Knut Haenelt, true to form, came at 11.30 via Augsburg to ensure it was a long trip, almost qualifying as a tour. Several hundred euros were raised on the night and will go to the artificial wicket fund.

The guests arrived well on time for the first game of 20 overs against MCC A on Saturday, despite their late celebrations. They were already wearing their one-day kit, a black outfit without any numbers or names and they wore black batting helmets too making the scorers life a nightmare. They also brought with them a white picket gate which was nailed into the ground on the boundary and all players had to use it to enter and leave the field of play.
Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat and put on 93 for the first wicket with Embleton, then another 43 for the second wicket with Ferguson before retiring for 101, his 50 coming in 30 minutes off 24 balls and his 100 in 58 minutes off 44 balls. MCC A were 171 for 4 after their 20 overs, only 13 of the runs being wides. In reply Prague Barbarians were all out for 84 in 19 overs, their highest scoring batsman being R. Osbourne with 21. Fudge was pick of the bowlers with 3 for 11 off three overs. However it appeared that the adding of the wide boys page to the stats caused some confusion for some bowlers seemed to want to head the table rather than be at the tail end of it and, in total, 33 wides were bowled.
After a tea break, Prague won the toss but chose to field and MCC B opened with Sarma and Van Dalsum who put on 83 for the first wicket before Van Dalsum retired on 55, with his 50 coming up in 32 minutes off 23 balls, so well on the way to beat Weston`s figures. Other notable scores in MCC B`s innings were Sarma with 33, Clare with 20 and Goldstar with 33 not out. The final score was 157 for 8 in 20 overs. There were some notable ducks and, although by no means final, there is now a clear leader in the duck race.  In reply, Prague Barbarians were all out for 72 in 13.5 overs, with only two batsmen reaching double figures. Pick of the MCC B bowlers was Goldsack with 5 for 11 off 4 overs and Van Dalsum, although not keeper, took four catches.
The confusion as to the purpose of the wide boys page continued and MCC B, not to be outdone, also bowled 33 wides but in far fewer overs.
After the match the remainder of three crates of Augustiner purchased from Helmuth were consumed before retiring to the Chinese tower to discuss tactics.
Weston, 101*, 1 catch
Embleton, 15, bowled
Ferguson, 19, run out, 1 catch
Chakrabarthy, 12, bowled
Rabbani, 9*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 4 runs
Blades, 1*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 0 wkts, 5 runs, 1 catch
Robinson, DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 1 wkts, 8 runs
Hobbs, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 12 runs
Scott, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Mayston, DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs, 1 catch
Fudge, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 11 runs, 1 catch

MCC A, 171 for 4 in 20 overs, beat Prague Barbarians, 84 for 10 by 87 runs.
MCC MOM, Weston

Sarma, 33, caught, 1 catch
Van Dalsum, 55*, 4 catches
Miller, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 9 runs
Clare, 20, caught, 1 catch
Sestan, 2, bowled
Brunskill, 0, bowled
Caspari, 0, bowled
Goldsack, 33*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 5 wkts, 11 runs, 1 catch
Carr, 5, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 19 runs
Garner, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 12 runs
Shankarappa, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs.

MCC B, 157 for 8 in 20 overs beat Prague Barbarians, 72 for 10  by 85 runs
MCC MOM Goldsack