Match report 18th May vs Tegernsee

A depleted Tegernsee team turned up for the league match, but were still hoping to put one over MCC after the very high scoring friendly in Tegernsee on 1st May. Captain Sarma duly lost the toss and MCC were asked to field.

Scott and Blades opened the bowling, Scott very nearly getting Tegernsee’s ultimate highest scorer out very first ball after a valiant attempt at a caught and bowled. In his second over Scott went for six off one ball without the ball hitting the bat – it was a wide and five penalty runs for hitting a fielder’s helmet behind the keeper. Tegernsee progressed at around 4 runs per over and were 43 for 0 after ten, 11 of which were wides. In the 11th over Scott removed Maxi Hoeck who had been playing very defensively, finally bowled for 7 off 43 balls. Both openers were bowled out and replaced by the extremely parsimonious Ferguson and Garner who even disguised himself as O’Meagher for one over. Ferguson also bowled his eight straight off and finished with superb figures of 1 for 9 off eight overs, three of the runs being wides. His single wicket was that of Saleem Khan, their top scorer with 35 off 106 balls. The remaining overs were shared between Garner, Sarma, Rabbani and O’Meagher posing as Garner. Tegernsee were all out (only ten batters) for 133 after 38.2 overs, Sarma becoming the club’s first Michelin man of the season.

After the plentiful Furlonger-provided teas, MCC opened with Veser and O`Meagher (not posing as Garner now). Tegernsee’s openers were Tasildar, the U-19 German player and Julian Streibl. Julian’s first two overs were quite astonishing, the ball performing Z-curves on it`s way to the batsman and both openers fell in the fourth over with the score on 11 for 4 and 5 respectively. Sarma and Weston replaced them, Sarma falling LBW to Tasildar for 10 in the ninth over. MCC were now 44 for 3 and beginning perhaps to wonder. In came new boy Chris Archer playing his first ever game in Germany. They put on 42 for the fourth wicket, Weston going for 44 after having hit some very aggressive boundaries, including the only sixes of the match. Archer and Ferguson put on 16 for the fifth wicket and Rabbani and Archer finished the game off in the 28th over with an unbeaten partnership of 32.


Veser, 4, bowled,

O’Meagher, 5, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts,

Sarma, 12, LBW, 7 overs, 3 mdns, 10 runs, 5 wkts, 1 catch

Weston, 44, caught, 1 stumping,

Archer, 20*

Ferguson, 6, caught, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Rabbani, 17*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Garner, DNB, 4.2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, DNB,

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts,

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 23 runs, 1 wkt,


MCC, 134 for 5, beat Tegernsee, 133 for 9 by 5 wickets.

MCC  MOM, Sarma,


Things to note:

Blades needs three wickets to do his Jimmy Anderson for the club.

Sarma has passed the 1000 runs aggregate for the club.

Garner needs another two wickets to become a centurion

Clare needs another six wickets to do the same.

Match report, 4th May vs Pak Orient

Fresh from the victory against Erlangen the previous week, the team was looking forward to the game against Pak Orient, who had surprisingly lost to the Munich Boys the week before. Also it was the first league match at the wide horizons on the Hirschanger, wide being the operative word as MCC bowled 36 wide deliveries in 38 overs. The weather was a great deal better than in Erlangen, cloudy with sunny intervals and around 17°C with a possibility of rain.

Captain Sarma lost the toss and MCC were sent out to field, opening the bowling with Ferguson and Blades. After two overs eight wides had been bowled and it seemed to be just one of those days for the MCC bowlers. Was the ball swinging too much? The umpires were pretty strict but that wasn`t the only answer. Nevertheless, it appeared to be difficult to score, Mateen top scoring for Pak Orient with 34, finally being bowled by Ferguson. However the score progressed at around 4.5 runs per over and after 33 overs, they were 156 for 5 down, aided somewhat by five dropped catches. Then the Snake Charmer played his master card, bringing on Rabbani who took 3 for 6 in his first over and finished up with 4 for 12 off 3 overs. Pak Orient were all out for 185 after 38.3 overs, the highest score being extras with 41.

Veser and O’Meagher opened for MCC both falling caught behind for 12 and 30 respectively but at 20 overs MCC were 77 for 2 and still in with a good chance. Sarma went for 36 attempting to go big but only finding Sher Khan at deep mid off. Of the remainder only Ferguson looked very good, going for 27 eventually, again caught behind and probably facing a suspension for Sir Richard Turnbulling the umpire after a couple of leg side balls were not called wide The umpires will report the incident despite Rabbani’s pleading with them as was confirmed by the Ligaleiter when I talked to him on Sunday. MCC were eventually all out for 146 in 36.1 overs, eight being caught, one bowled and one run out.

At the post match party at Fräulein Grüneis’s (she even gave us a round of schnapps to make us feel better) it was decided that had we won the toss we probably would have won the game so it was all the captain’s fault – its hard being captain of the MCC.


Veser, 12, caught, 1 catch

O’Meagher, 30, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Sarma, 36 caught,

Turner, 1, caught, 3 catches

Ferguson, 27, caught, 7.3 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 7, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 4 caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 4 wkts

Furlonger, 4, run out,

Garner, 2, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 0, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Scott, 0*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts.


MCC, 146 – 10, lost to Pak Orient, 185 – 10 by 39 runs


MCC MOM Rabbani

Match report 1st May vs Tegernsee

A sunny day and 20°C plus forecast meant that MCC were catching the BOB for the traditional May-Day friendly against Tegernsee – well two years running makes for a tradition doesn`t it?

Twelve intrepid players arrived from various corners of a circular world – Dallas (Scott), Bangalore (Soundararajan), Allgäu (Veser) to participate in a match that showed once again that cricket is a cruel sport and a great leveller.

Captain Snake charmer lost the toss and MCC had to field opening with Scott and Blades bowling to Maxi Hoeck and Salem. Maxi went, caught Garner bowled Blades for 14 in the 8th over and the score on 32. The next wicket fell with the score on 66 but by now Salem had found his range and the next wicket, Maxi Meindl went for 23 in the 25th over with the score on 172. Salim finally fell to Rabbani for 120 in the 29th over with the score on 201. MCC’s secret weapons, Sestan, Staub and Soundararajan could do nothing to halt the onslaught and Tegernsee finished their 40 overs on 344 for 6 down.

Veser and Brunskill opened for MCC and Veser’s first two balls were superb cuts to backward of point and things were looking good. However Brunskill went for 5 in the 3rd over with the score on 20. Soundararajan hung around for three overs but went for 1 in the 5th over shortly to be followed by Miller who joined the duck race in the 8th. Clare and Veser then put on 92 for the 4th wicket when Veser fell for 56 with the score on 129. Sarma scored 28, Clare went for 55, France’s finest again refused to join the duck race and went for 2 and Sestan moved towards the lead in the duck race. MCC were now 190 for 8 down after 25 overs. Now was the time for Rabbani to show his mettle and with Garner, the 9th wicket was worth 78 runs, Garner falling for 27 off 34 balls. Scott and Rabbani put on 27 for the 10th wicket, Scott being out LBW off the penultimate ball and the final score 295 for 10.

A magnificent day’s cricket in picturesque surrounding, well over 600 runs scored, everyone who wanted batted and bowled and we all got home in time to watch Bayern stuff Barcelona – who have never been the same since MCC toured there.


Veser. 56, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 0 wkts

Brunskill, 5, bowled,

Soundararajan, 1, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Miller, 0, bowled

Clare, 55, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs. 1 wkt

Sarma, 28, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Staub, 2, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts

Sestan, 0, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 79 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 52*, 5 0vers, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 3 wkts,

Garner, 27, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Scott, 6, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt.


MCC, 295 for 10, lost to Tegernsee, 344 for 6 by 49 runs


MCC MOM Rabbani.

Match report 28th April vs Erlangen

The first league match of the season and, as luck would have it, we were drawn away to last year’s worthy winners, Erlangen. We agreed to travel by car and meet at the Hirschanger at 9:45 to collect the kit and drive in convoy to the FSV ground, using my new satellite navigator of which I was very proud. On the way I picked up captain Snake Charmer, Cans Furlonger and Westy who had been out all night visiting cathedrals, synagogues etc. and had had only two hours sleep before joining us and looking very much the part. We arrived at the Hirschanger at 9:55 to be greeted by a lonesome Garner who had been wondering if he had the wrong date. The others arrived in dribs and drabs, surprisingly even Majid was late for a change. By 10:15 we were up to nine players – Lovo was travelling down from Mainz directly – but there was no sign of Amit Subba Row. Just as we were about to phone some other member having a car to ask him to come alone to Erlangen, Subba Row was spotted ambling along Poofters alley. So at 10:20 we left and after a comfortable drive we arrived safely at the FSV ground thanks to my magnificent navigator – the only problem being that Erlangen no longer played there. Lovo had phoned to say he was stuck in traffic and would probably be up to an hour late so the wheels were coming off rapidly. Some desperate searching of the DCB web site gave us an address for the new ground and we hared off in two different directions but all, apart from Lovo, were there on time at around 12:50.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat on a bitterly cold day, 10°C max and, as Lovo was not there to open, O’Meagher and Bhalerao took on the task. They scored at around 3 per over before O’Meagher was caught behind for 11 in the 6th over with the total on 18. Bhalerao followed him in the 9th, going for 3 with the total on 26. Lovell had arrived while the two openers were at the crease so he had gone in at number three and we were once again treated to his trademark extra-cover drives. Weston replaced Bhalerao and was clearly a man with a mission. Lovell went for 9 with the score on 36 in the 13th and Snake Charmer went for 6 in the 16th with the score on 45. Ferguson hung around with Westy for a while and they put on 37 for the 5th wicket but he went for 2 in the 20th over so, at the half way stage, MCC were 82 for 5 down. The appealing for LBW had been very aggressive, sometimes over-aggressive and the umpire did well to withstand the pressure. Clare and Weston began the 21st over with Erlangen still very much with their tails up and they put on 34 for the 6th wicket before Clare was bowled for 5, the total now being 116. In came Rabbani who faced 18 balls before scoring his first run, a boundary four. Westy meanwhile was creaming the ball everywhere before he went for 99 having hit 8 fours and 8 sixes, with the total on 187 in the 36th over. The aggressive appealing had long since disappeared as a score of 160 to 180 was considered a good one on this ground. Furlonger played a delightful 18 ball innings, his second ball being driven straight for six, and he fell for 18 in the 40th over. Garner and Rabbani put on another four and MCC finished up with 218 for 8 after the 40 overs.

Erlangen opened with their South African, Wynand, whom I remembered as being a slow scorer, to face MCC opening bowlers, Blades and Ferguson.  Their first wicket fell in the 10th over, LBW to Clare with the score on 40. The second went with the score on 45, much to Blades’s enjoyment as it was his first wicket of the season having bowled a fair number of overs. Wynand was bowled Clare for 30 off 61 balls in the 25th over with the score on 106 and, in the next over Wasif was run out rather hilariously for 0 and that could well have been a reason to use DRS had it been available.. Throughout the innings Erlangen had been above or around the required run rate and, at this stage were favorites to win. Their fifth wicket was also a run-out, Bilal, their highest scorer going for 52 in 29th over with the score on 140.  Vice captain O`Meagher came on and had one of those days, line and length being all astray, he went for 36 in 2 overs but, perhaps more important, took  2 wickets and, after 34 overs, Erlangen were 189 for 7 down. Garner and Ferguson bowled the remaining four overs and were very, very good, taking the last three Erlangen wickets for only 11 runs, Erlangen being all out for 200.


O’Meagher, 11, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 2 wkts

Bhalerao, 3, caught,

Lovell, 9, bowled

Weston, 99, bowled, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Sarma, 6, c&b, 1 catch

Ferguson, 2, LBW, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, 5, bowled, 8 0vers, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 2 wkts

Rabbani, 21*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Furlonger, 18, bowled,

Garner, 2*, 6.1 overs, = mdns, 31 runs, 3 wkts

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt.


MCC, 218 for 8, beat Erlangen, 200 for 10, by 18 runs.


MCC MOM Weston.

Match report 26th April vs MICs

A warm sunny day and everyone happy to be back at the Hirschanger for the first home game of the season. Getting a full team had not been easy but piling on undue pressure at the Friday night training session meant we were able to put out a full eleven. Hobbs seemed to have camped out all night in front of the gates but it is always those who travel furthest who arrive earliest.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat and appointed Hobbs and Brunskill as the openers.They put on three before Hobbs joined the duck race after receiving a snorter from Krishna. New member Amit Bhalerao whom some refer to as Amit Subba Row, replaced him and a fine partnership of 66 for the second wicket ensued, Brunskill being run out for 35 in the 16th over after valiantly attempting to turn a single into a two. Captain Snake Charmer strode out and took the score to 113 after 20 overs. The partnership continued to flourish until Subba Row was out LBW  in the 23rd over with the score on 129. O’Connor came and joined the duck race after facing five balls being run out to be succeeded by Miller who was very happy to get a single before being bowled by Kashif, MCC now being 140 for 6 as Sarma  had departed having been bowled by Kashif a few runs earlier. In strode France’s finest, Nicolas Staub, the Strassbourg sprinter. The first ball he faced he managed a French cut for four – sometimes called a Chinese cut. As it was an Indian bowling to a Frenchman perhaps we should call it a French Indo-China cut from now on. Staub departed for 4 runs and in came Garner to join the duck race after facing two balls, MCC were now 140 for 8 down. Sestan, Blades and Furlonger all batted aggressively and took the score to 175, Blades being the last to fall.

Obaid and Renner opened for the MICs to face Blades and Garner, Renner falling to Garner’s third ball for a duck The MCC bowlers were very tight and after 20 overs, MICs were 73 for 6 down. After five balls in the first over after the drinks break the heavens opened with thunder, lightning and Lovell’s infamous hail. Well over an inch of rain fell and the gsame was abandoned to leave us to the serious task of emptying Helmuth’s fridge of cool fresh.


Hobbs, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts,

Brunskill, 35, run out,

Bhalerao, 29, LBW,

Sarma, 35, bowled, 1.5 overs, 1 mdn, 0 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches,

O’Connor, 0, run out, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 3 wkts,

Miller, 1, bowled,

Staub, 4, bowled,

Garner, 0, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 18 runs, 2 wkts,

Sestan, 9, bowled,

Blades, 8, caught, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts,

Furlonger, 11*,


MCC, 113 –2 after 20 overs, beat MICs, 73 – 6 after 20 overs on the 20 over ruling.


MCC MOM Sarma.

Match report vs Pak Orient, Sunday 14th April

“Clear blue skies, temperatures around 18°C and MCC headed to Hasenbergl for what was expected to be the start of season thrashing by the Pak Orient. Captain for the day Blades had decided at practise on Friday that we would field first to make a decent game of it, provided we could get a team out at all. Fortunately we were able to get a couple more players from the nets and with Veser bringing a cricket playing friend along we were able to field just eleven players. At the DCB agm on Saturday afternoon Adschi stated that we had better have a strong team otherwise his members would crucify him. I told him not to worry as we had selected the strongest team we could get.

The game started punctually at 12:30 and, as new member Amit Bhalerao had informed us he would be late, a Pak Orient player, Shafiq, fielded for us. When Amit arrived it was agreed to play a bat and field 12-a-side game anyway. MCC bowled and fielded extremely well against a strong Pak Orient team, six catches were taken, two by keeper Van Giezen. There were probably another five catches put down but that is to be expected in the first game of the season. Ferguson with 2 for 14 off five and Garner with 0 for 17 off five were particularly parsimonious but everyone bowled well and only became expensive in the later big bashing overs. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 199 for 10.

During the innings break we had a small presentation and Bryan Ferguson handed over the best bowler cup of the recent BCV indoor championship to Paul Wasciewicz.

Veser and Ferguson opened the MCC innings, both looked in good form before Veser was caught behind for 18 in the 6th over and the total on 37. Bhalerao replaced him and immediately looked very relaxed although it was the first time he had played on a Flicx pitch. He and Ferguson put on 40 for the second wicket before Bhalerao was out LBW for 14. He was replaced by Praveen K P, Manny’s friend from Baden-Württenberg who, unfortunately, will not be available much for the remainder of the season. Ferguson was out shortly afterwards, top scoring with 30 and in came France’s finest, Nicholas Staub, who scored his first run ever in Munich cricket. Staub went for one  being bowled by the magnificently named Sher Khan, the first of three wickets for him. Van Giezen hit some lusty shots but went for six, again falling to Sher Khan. Garner was looking good but was run out for one after some poor calling and was replaced by Wasiewicz  who put on 15 with KP until KP became Sher Khan’s third victim, going for  23 in the 26th over. Wasiewicz and Blades put on 10 for the eighth wicket before Wasiewicz went for five, a very high no-ball having been dispatched for a superb boundary four. Blades and O`Connor put on an energetic 10 runs for the 9th wicket, Blades going for 13 with the score on 140. Shafiq had heard of the MCC duck race and wanted to be in it being bowled first ball playing the crossest of cross shots imaginable. Sestan, clearly a bit miffed because O`Connor won the race in 2012 decided to get in a head start and went for nought after facing thee balls. MCC finished on 142 for 11 and everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon in the spring sunshine.


Veser, 18, caught, 1 catch

Ferguson, 30, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 2 wkts

Bhalerao, 14, LBW,

Praveen KP, 23, caught, 1 catch

Staub, 1, bowled

Van Giezen, 6, bowled, 2 catches

Garner, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Wasiewicz, 5, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 13, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts

O’Connor, 0 not out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Shafiq*, 0, bowled

Sestan, 0, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 4 wkts.


MCC, 142 – 11, lost to Pak Orient, 199 – 10 by 57 runs


MCC MOM, Sestan, 4 wickets, leader in the duck race, leading wide boy.”