15 May League vs MIC

With the weather forecast variable, some predicting no rain, others a lot of rain, and the temperature around 12°C, we headed for the West Park for a “must win” fixture against last years league winners who were also unbeaten so far this season. The key question before the match was would the terrible trio be playing? They were supposed to be and Walid was down to be captain but had, apparently, cried off on Saturday evening. Captain Weston finally used the correct coin and promptly lost the toss but this is irrelevant as using the correct coin means we win the match. MICs chose to field and were obviously putting their faith in one of the forecasts predicting rain and were hoping for a 20 over second innings bash to win the game. Only one umpire had been allocated, Maxi Hoeck of Tegernsee, so the batting side had to provide the square leg umpire.
Lovell and Weston opened and put on a brisk 47 for the first wicket when Lovell went for 8 in the 8th over. This was the highest first wicket partnership of the season and the first to break the 40 run barrier to go in the partnership stats. Van Dalsum replaced him and, on his third ball, smashed a typical six off his legs to the square leg boundary – welcome back was the encouraging shout from the pavillion. The run rate was maintained and VD fell in the 15th over after a partnership of 55 and the score on 102. Ferguson replaced him and set about building a proper innings while Weston hammered away at the other end, finally falling for 80 in the 25th over with Ferguson on four. Thereafter all the batsmen made useful scores and kept the run rate up around six or more. The final wicket was a run out on the very last ball with Blades sacrificing his wicket trying, along with Garner, to turn an easy one into a very difficult two. MICs had taken a leaf out of MCC`s bowling and donated 31 wides and the final 40 over score was 261 for 10.
At the 20 over drinks break, there was an additional 13 minutes due to a sharp rain shower making 18 minutes in all, but this cleared away quickly leaving the outfield wet and the ball difficult for the bowlers to control.
The MICs innings began at 16.27 with Durn and Rajdaniel (Johnson) opening. Rajdaniel went, caught behind for 8 in the 5th over but wouldn`t accept he was out, claiming he had not hit it and it was a wide ball. This led to some ugly scenes but after several minutes during which the umpire and the MCC players were verbally abused he left. The MICs kept up with the required run rate and, from the 15th over onwards, continued to bat in increasingly heavy rain. Helped by an eventful 19th over from Garner (2 – 15) taking them to 115 and needing only 10 to reach the better 20 over score, they were set back when Sear bowled a supurb 20th over costing only three runs, so from MCC`s point of view it could rain as much as it liked. There was a rain break from 16.41 to 17.08 and the rain had been heavy resulting in a very wet outfield and hard work for the bowlers. None of the MICs batsmen, apart from Krishna with 41, made a decent score and they were all out for 153 after 26 overs. MCC won the wides and no-ball battle too, bowling 34 wides but, in all fairness, the no-balls were probably due to the slippery state of the ball and the Flicx pitch.

Weston, 80 bowled, 2 catches
Lovell, 8, caught
Van Dalsum, 17, LBW
Ferguson 40, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt
Wright, 12, caught, 1 catch
Clare, 12, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Sear, 20, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt
Rabbani, 13, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches
Garner, 15*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 3 wkts
Shankarappa, 1, LBW,
Blades, 1, run out, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 261 for 10, beat MICS, 153 for 10 by 108 runs

MCC man of the match – difficult, either Weston for his 80 or Sear for his very tight bowling which ensured MICs did not reach the winning score at 20 overs and thus couldn`t even consider calling the game off due to rain and a wet playing area.

7th May League vs MBCC

Another cloud-free sunny day, around 24°C and MCC a little jittery due to their shambolic performance last week when losing to CCB and because the opposition were an unknown in that we had never played them before. There was some encouraging news before the start in that Max, who had bowled us out almost single-handedly last season when he played for the Pak Orient had already resigned as captain of MBCC and was not playing. As it happened MBCC had only 10 registered players  at the toss which they duly won and chose to bat. Skipper Weston wanted to ensure everything went right today and asked for the special coin which wasn`t available as he has scorned using it all season. The umpires, Kappadia and Butt, both from Lufthansa,  got the game off only 8 minutes late at 12:38 and, throughout the match, were very particular about regular updating of the score board, even going so far as to run from the pitch in the middle of an over and threaten the batting side with a five-point deduction if this was not done – another Munich first.
MCC fielded exceptionally well getting a run out off the second ball of the game and three run outs in the MBCC ininngs. Only 19 wides were bowled in  the 25.3 overs needed to get rid of all nine MBCC batsman, with Ferguson taking 2 for 2  in his two overs. MBCC put on 50 after 12.2 overs and 100 after 23.3 overs but despite the usual huge six-hitting from Omar and some powerful play from their captain Ali, who both scored 23, were all out for 104 after 113 minutes.
After a tea with no tea brewed due the rapid collapse of the last four MBCC batsmen, MCC began well with openers Lovell and Weston. Lovell impressed with three of his trade-mark cover drives for four before being given run-out somewhat unfortunately in the third over with the score on 17 leading to a massive fit of chronic Jack Horners. Weston, 46 not out and Sarma, 28 not out took MCC to the winning score of 105 in15.4 overs and only needed 64 minutes.
This led to a very early pilgrimage to the Chinese Tower with predictable results.

Weston, 46*, 2 catches
Lovell, 13, run out
Sarma, 28*’
Van Dalsum, DNB, 1 catch
Wright, DNB
Ferguson, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 2 wkts
Sear, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt
Rabbani, DNB, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 runs, 1 wkt
Clare, DNB, 6 ovrs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Garner, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC 105 -1 beat MBCC 104 all out by 9 wickets
MCC MOM Weston, for his 46*, 2 catches and losing the toss.


Match Report: CCB League 30 April 2011

It was 23°, sunny and warm and the first game at the glorious Hirschanger, our home ground. Spring is so much more advanced this year with the trees already showing a thick layer of foliage. In the spirit of spring cleaning our new set of benches and table were unveiled, complete with some rather attractive painting, not in the manner of the cubist artists,  more in the line of a drunken sailor repainting the hull.
Birds were chorusing in the trees as the kit box was opened to the pleasant confirmation that the captain`s dance on the lid at the end of last season had been enough to narrow the gap between lid and sides and prevent mice from wintering in there. As the modified dressing table scoreboard was lifted out one could almost hear Bennett`s ghost shouting “ard in” !
Everything was set up and ready for the 12.30 start but once again the captain chose not to use the correct coin at the toss and refuses to accept that we don`t win games in Munich if any other coin is used. What other use is there for a Maria-Theresa silver dollar? Still he won the toss and chose to bat despite what the vice had reported in Michaeli Biergarten the evening before, claiming that having inspected the wicket it was a perfect batting strip and, we had all read the erstwhile captain`s message on how to win a one-dayer. Clearly the message had been written in some obscure language from outer Mongolia – was Erkin Alptekin involved perhaps? – for within 12 overs four of our top six batsmen fell to foolish shots leaving us at 26 for 6. What on earth happened to the advice to protect your wicket and aim to have only four down at the end of 30 overs? The 7th wicket fell with only six more runs on the board but then O`Meagher and Ferguson managed a sparkling 17 for the 8th wicket, only surpassed by Ferguson and Rabbani with 40 for the ninth and Blades and Ferguson with 20 for the 10th, MCC finishing up with 80 runs off the bat and 29 extras making a grand total of 109 for 10 from 36.4 overs. Pick of the batsmen was bowler Bryan Ferguson
On a normal day we would have been confident of defending this total against CCB and when the heavens opened after their first wicket fell with 9 on  the board after 2.2 overs, we felt more confident as the wet Flicx and wet outfield made batting and scoring even more difficult. In actual fact the bowlers did well only conceding 59 runs from the bat in the 24.2 overs required. However the wides war within the club was fiercely competitive and we gifted them 47 wides, 3 no-balls and 1 leg bye to give them victory with 8 wickets down. Bowl to your field the erstwhile captain had written in outer Mongolian.  Pick of the bowlers was Grant Algar with  two for six off two overs and no wides or no-balls.
As the kit was stored away by a shell-shocked MCC it was unclear if it was really the wind sighing in the trees or perhaps Bennett`s ghost weeping bitterly?

Weston 15, caught
Lovell 4, caught
Sarma 0, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 3 wides
Embleton, 0, bowled
Wright 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 5 wides
Clare 0, caught, 5.2 overs, 1 mdn, 17 runs, 2 wkts, 12 wides, 1 no-ball,
Algar 5, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts, 0 wides, 1 catch
Ferguson 31, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts, 4 wides,
OMeagher 3, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wkt, 6 wides
Rabbani 18, bowled,
Blades 3*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt, 10 wides, 1 catch

CCB, 110 for 8 in 24.2 overs beat MCC, 109 for 10 in 36.4 overs by 2 wickets.

MCC man of the match, Ferguson for his batting performance.


Match Report: MIC Friendly 22 April 2011

Yet another glorious spring day, clear skies and 25°C leading to our fifth match before April is out and what is believed to be a club first, a match on Good Friday. Both sides had 12 players available so a bat eleven, field 12 (only eleven on the field at any time), was supposedly agreed before the match but there was some misunderstandiing as to whether it was bat eleven or bat twelve.
Club vice-captain and skipper for the day, Richard Clare, won the toss and chose to bat with Palfrey and Brunskill opening. Palfrey was unlucky to play-on for two after facing only three balls and was replaced by Sarma, the MCC wicket keeper for the day. The two opening bowlers for MICs, Krishna and Nath were very parsimonious and it was difficult to score. In fact the four opening batsmen all depareted for single figures and at the halfway stage after 17 overs, MCC were 51 for 4. Clare and Sear put on 43 for the fifth wicket with Hobbs and Sear adding 38 for the sixth wicket which fell with the total on 131 in the 29th over. The score stayed the same until the 34th over but the wickets shot up to 8 down. Mayston and George put on a valuable 14 runs for the 9th wicket and MCC finished the 35 overs with 145 runs on the board.
The MICs, apart from Krishna and George, played as if there were no tomorrow and had 50 on the board after only 7 overs, however they were already four down by then thanks to some tempting bowling and very good catching as well as a rather generous LBW decision from their umpire. Durn who was looking very good was out to a stunning catch by Clare  and things progressed to MICs being 7 down for 137 after 21 overs, then 137 for nine down after 22 overs. This was when the discussions of how many could bat started but MICs finally accepted that it was a bat eleven, field twelve fixture. One run was added in the 23rd over before their eleventh man, Rafiq, fell to a diving catch from Palfrey to seal the victory by two runs, a victory which at one stage, after Clare, who had already taken two catches dropped a dolly and later, a certain run out was turned into a complete hash, much to the mirth of the spectators. In the end a very satisfactory win for MCC and great credit to the team for showing a lot of character and refusing to accept defeat.

Palfrey,  2, bowled, 1 catch
Brunskill, 8, caught
Sarma, 7 caught, 2 catches
Rabbani, 5 bowled
Clare, 23, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches
Sear, 48, bowled, 6.1 overs, 2 mdns, 20 runs, 3 wkts,, 1 catch
Hobbs, 7, bowled
Mayston, 6, caught
Caspari, 0, bowled
George, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 43 runs, 4 wkts
Blades 0*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 3 wkts
Shankarappa DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC won by 2 runs
MCC man of the match: Sear

Match Report: Pak Orient Friendly 10 April 2011

Another beautiful spring day and clouts being cast with gay abondon before May is even in. So, fresh from our middling performance last week we returned to Eduard Spranger to take on the Pak Orient again. Captain Weston lost the toss and we were fielding – why does he try to win when not using the official Maria Theresa silver dollar?
Things began well with Scott (3 – 22) and Blades (1 – 10) in the first eight overs taking Pak Orient to 32 for 4 after eight. Thereafter it all went a bit pear-shaped for unfortunately one of the victims was not Khalid Butt who went on to make 144 before retiring and the Pak Orient finished up 275 all out in 37.4 overs. Best bowlers were Scott, Wright and Sear taking seven wickets between them. Second highest scorer for the Pak Orient with 47 was Mr. Wides.
Jet Brunskill and Weston put on 17 before Jet was bowled for 5. Then Weston and Lovell put on 31 for the second wicket before Weston departed bowled by the wily Mansoor for 24. There were only two more worthwhile parnerships, Lovell and Wright put on 39 for the 5th wicket and Hobbs and Goldsack put on 14 for the 9th. The highest score was made by Lovell with 38 including 5 fours and one six off 65 balls. MCC made a grand total of 122 for 10 in 29.1 overs.

Weston 24, bowled, 1 catch
Brunskill 5, bowled
Lovell 38, caught, 1 catch
Mayston 0, stumped, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 7 runs
OMeagher 0 bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 23 runs, 1 catch
Wright 5, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 27 runs, 1 catch
Algar 0, caught, 1.4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 23 runs
Hobbs 13, caught
Chakrabarthy 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 9 runs
Goldsack 7*,
Ferguson 5, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkrs, 38 runs
Scott DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdns, 3 wkts, 55 runs, 2 catches
Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 27 runs
Sear DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdns, 2 wkts, 49 runs

MCC lost by 153 runs.

As so many wanted to play it had been arranged beforehand that some players would bat only and other bowl only to give as many members as possible a chance to shine.

One final interesting statistic, the aggregate of the nine lowest scoring MCC batsmen is 35, 12 runs less than we gave away in wides. In fact in two games this year we have gifted 79 runs in wides.

MCC man of the match: Split, between Scott for his three wickets or Lovell for his 38 or wides for their 47.

Desmond B.

Match Report: Pak Orient Friendly 3 April 2011

Early in March Adschi phoned to say he had worked his yearly miracle and somehow been allocated their ground over one month earlier than any other clubs in Munich and would like to play a friendly against us on the day after the world cup final. It would have to be the day after he said because he felt that the final would be between Pakistan and England with England actually winning. So, on a beautiful spring day with birds singing, cherry blossom flowering and the temperature around 25°C we journeyed to Eduard Spranger full of hope and good cheer. The first thing to do of course was to wipe the permanent smile from Aamruth`s face which has been there since India won the final in Bombay, then help to set up the ground for a 1 pm start.

Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat – not elected as some Sky commentators say rather annoyingly – and the innings was opened by Algar and new boy Ben Embleton who put on 11 runs before Algar was bowled for 1. There followed a good partnership of 57 between Embleton and Lovell, the 50 total coming after 7.5 overs, before Lovell went for 20, caught off the bowling of old-timer Tahir Mahmood. Weston and Ferguson came and went without troubling the scorers as they say, but only one run was added before Embleton was run out for a total of 33. Sear and Rabbani put on a quick fire 25 with Sear dedicating the first ball he faced to his new born daughter Alexandra and making up for sleepless nights by creaming the first ball he faced for a magnificent straight six. Sear was replaced by Blades who was at the crease for over an hour being the back-up to Rabbani and the pair put on 52 for the seventh wicket before Rabbini fell for 29 in the 31st over with the score on 150. Blades, Goldsack and Shankarappa took the score to 163 for eight in the alloted 35 overs, Blades finally falling for 15.
Up until the end of the eighteenth over it was pretty much even-stevens (MCC 102/6, Pak Orient 103/5) but therafter they pulled ahead rapidly and won the game in 25.3 overs with six wickets down, Khalid Butt retiring out on 26 from 22 balls.
MCC used eight bowlers, the best figures being returned by Sear with 1 – 11 off eight. True to form we far exceeded the Pak orient total for wides and bowled 32 in total.

Algar 1, bowled, 2.3 overs, 0 mdns, 0wkts, 16 runs
Embleton, 33, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 17 runs
Lovell, 20, caught,
Weston, 0 LBW. (but thanks for coming)
Ferguson, 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 22 runs
Rabbani 29, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs
Sear 17, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 11 runs
Blades 15, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 25 runs
Goldsack 5* , 1 catch
Shankarappa 1*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 33 runs
Robinson DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 7 runs

MCC man of the match, Lovell,for a solid 20 and becoming the club`s all-time highest run scorer, now with an aggregate of 5,403 runs. Shabash!”

Desmond B.