Match report vs Nuremburg (29 Jun 2014)

 

Match report vs Nuremburg 29th June 2014

Yet another away fixture, this time in Nuremburg with a 9 am departure in heavy rain but, apparently, no rain at the destination. Four cars departed from various points in Bayern and all arrived in good time for the scheduled 11:30 start. It was however raining so we took shelter in the bar of the tennis club, some even hired out raquets so that Gattinger could demonstrate just how much better he was at tennis than all the others. At 12:10 we were informed the rain had stopped, it was clearing up and the match would start at 12:30. When we approached the “pavilion” we were pleasantly surprised to see a wonderful barbecue being prepared and the Nuremburg CC immediately rose in our estimation. This was short lived for it turned out to be a private party of Serbs/Croats, or so we believed, who serenaded us all afternoon with songs of home. We were relegated to an old garage along with lots of junk. Ligaleiter/umpire Ravi insisted that although we were starting late it would still be a 40 overs per innings match although it should have been reduced to 32 overs which would have suited us as we wanted to be home for the Dutch diving championships – Robben can’t look to his club directors for guidance can he with smuggling watches, tax evasion of 30 million and a suspected bribery &corruption involvement. Happily though MCC are not of that ilk and captain Sarma duly lost the toss and we were asked to field.

Scott opened the bowling and went for one in the first over when the heavens opened. We crowded into the garage for 25 minutes and the innings was reduced to 37 overs. It took so long to lay out the mat on the concrete track that before the second over was bowled another over per innings was deducted. Thereafter there were no more stoppages.

Carrier and Scott were very tight and after 10 overs Nuremburg were 23 for one down. Clare and Sarma continued the good work and at the 18 over half-way stage NCC were 72 for three down. We had a problem though in that six of our first team bowlers had made themselves unavailable and the three used in their place went for 51 off 6 overs, so that NCC finished on170 all out in 32.4 overs, when we could have had them for 140 or fewer with a stronger fifth bowler.

MCC opened with Veser and Mitchell to some good aggressive bowling to face. After 10 overs we were 32 for two down so ahead of them at this stage. Slowly NCC overtook us and at the half-way point we were 58 for five down. Konchada, who was playing well was stuck on the side of the guard in the next over, suffering a cut where his shattered glasses had been forced into his cheek below the eye. Not for the first time Lady Carrie undertook a hospital transport. Clare and Furlonger made some useful scores and all defended doggedly with the aim of reducing the effect on our overall run rate but, eventually we were all out (nine wickets) for 107 after 34.3 overs.

Veser. 9, caught, 1 catch

Mitchell, 11, bowled, 1 catch

Sarma, 5, caught, 5.4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 4 wkts

Konchada, 13, retired, 3 overs, 0 Mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Carrie, 3, bowled, 8 overs, 0 Mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts

Gattinger, 3, bowled,

Clare, 19, caught, 5 overs, 0 Mdns, 31 runs, 2 wkts, 3 catches

Parameswaran, 0, caught, 2 overs, 0 Mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Furlonger, 14, caught,

Carr, 6*, 1 over, 0 Mdns, 12 runs, 0 wlts

Scott, 1, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 3 wkts.

 

MCC, 107 – 9, lost to NCC, 170 – 10 by 63 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

 

March report vs MICs (28 Jun 2014)

Back to the Hirschanger for a friendly against the MICs on a glorious sunny afternoon. Because of the usual bailages and because they had 12 players the MICs  lent us one of theirs,  a certain Shahil Momsin, a fairly decent player as it turned out. They duly won the toss and chose to bat first.

MCC opening bowlers, Sestan and Raubenheimer bowled well and, after eight overs, the MICs were 44 for three down. All the bowlers put in good performances and the fielding in general was good although Kashif was dropped four times on his way to a score of 78 before he finally fell to Alagh having been caught by Raubenheimer. The catch was a joy to watch, you really never saw anyone less happy to see the ball coming his way. He was so effected by it that he set up a tour to Garmish in order to recover. Algar almost took the catch of the match flying horizontally to one of Kashif’s hits, actually took it but then lost it when he hit the ground.

During the MICs innings the club was graced by the appearance of Dr. Franz Spieß, our Mental Auslander, and the first one to score fifty against Tegernsee.

After the teas, kindly provided by Sestan, MCC opened with Parlour and Alagh. Both went LBW fairly quickly – I wonder who was umpiring? Pareswaran played a test match innings scoring 17 of 57 balls while Gattinger joined the duck race with a golden one. Kumar exceeded him later with a platinum one having been run out without facing a ball. Shahil ,our ringer, scored 68 before retiring , mostly in partnerships with Pareswaran and Algar to put on 82 and 30 for the 4th and 5th wickets respectively. At 145 for 7 down after the 31st over, MCC were well on the way to victory but with a massive thunderstorm threatening. There were two run outs in the next over as we tried to force the issue but had to leave the field and abandon the game with the win tantalisingly just a few scoring shots away.

Parlour, 6. LBW

Alagh, 7, LBW, 4 overs, 0 Mdns , 25 runs, 1 wkt

Pareswaran, 17, run out, 1 catch

Gattinger, 0, 1 catch

Shahil, 68, retired, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 8 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Algar, 20, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Penjuri, 0*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts

Kumar, 0, run out, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 15 runs, 2 wkts

Sestan, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts

Raubenheimer, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 2 wkts

MCC,  146 for 7, MICs, 155 for 10, match abandoned, rain

MICs 28th June 2014

Match report vs Tegernsee (19 Jun 2014)

 

Tegernsee were looking for a friendly fixture having been on the wrong end of some massive hammerings and MCC were looking for a game where some of our new recruits could be tested. So, it was the 9:28 BOB to Tegernsee on Thursday, the Corpus Christi public holiday. Some of us chose to drive down, a big mistake for it took 2 hours due to the heavy traffic and the scheduled 11 am start was delayed until 12:15.

Captain O`Connor won the toss –take note snake charmer – and chose to bat on a warm summer’s day. New player Jeya Kulan opened with Konchada but not for long as Konchada soon entered the duck race, bowled by Govendar as was Kulan shortly afterwards. A classy looking Parlour and hard hitting Gattinger steadied the ship though and 4 for two down changed to 53 for four down. Pareswaran didn’t hang around for long, nor did Kumar, another first timer. O’Connor came and went very quickly with the score on 77 for eight down. Algar and Arunachalam now showed how it was done and put on 65 for the eighth wicket, Arunachalam finally being bowled by Govendar for 29. Grunter was looking good for his fifth hundred for the club but was rapidly running out of partners. MCC’s pilot Michahelles having travelled down by sea plane and landed on the lake scored a single, pulling a muscle in the process and had to retire hurt leaving only Raubenheimer to help Algar to a hundred. He defended his wicket well but Algar fell 20 short of his century being bowled by Chackery hitting out for another boundary.

After the innings break, MCC opened with Arunacharam and O’Connor who both kept it tight. The first wicket, Govendar fell in the sixth over, bowled by O`Connor. First change bowlers were Konchada and Algar, who kept it very, very tight, Algar bowling a wicket maiden and then a two wicket for one run over. One of his victims muttered  “I was doing well, then they had to bring on the good spinner”. Kulan, Kumar and Raubenheimer all played their part in bowling out Tegernsee, who had only nine players, for 67.  It was a very friendly game and as the object from Tegernsee’s viewpoint was to get some match practise, they all batted and used seven bowlers, one of them a useful new player with some nicely flighted, Blades type, deliveries.

Kulan, 1, bowled, 2 overs, 0 Mdns, 10 runs, 2 wkts

Konchada, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 Mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Parlour, 28, LBW

Gattinger, 12, bowled

Pareswaran, 9, caught, 1 catch

Algar, 80, bowled, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 1 run, 3 wkts

Kumar, 1, stumped, 2.2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt

O’Connor, 2, caught, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 13 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Arunachalam, 29, bowled, 4 overs, 0 Mdns, 9 runs, 0 wkts

Michahelles, 1, retured hurt

Raubenheimer, 0*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 176 for 9, beat Tegernsee, 67 for 8 by 109 runs

MCC MOM: Algar.

 

Match report vs MBCC (15 Jun 2014)

The rearranged fixture in the first round of the BCV T20 cup had us travelling to Rosenheim again to the worst playing field in the Munich league. It had been difficult to get a side together, everyone wanting to play in the friendly at the Hischanger yesterday. Rather commendably Blades agreed to come despite injury and Sestan to travel there and help although he had an important appointment in the afternoon and could only stay until 2 pm. This meant we would field first if we won the toss. Captain Weston duly lost the toss but MBCC chose to bat anyway.

Blades and Carrie opened the bowling and the first two overs were tight. Thereafter the carnage began, 13, 17 and 19 runs coming off the next three overs. Nevertheless their first wicket fell, a run out, with only 16 runs on the board. Saleem Khan who had tonked a four and two sixes off his 13 balls was also rather hilariously run out with the score on 35. Polisetty had actual taken a superb catch but on hitting the ground damaged his shoulder and threw the ball to the ground. The umpire gave the catch but later rescinded it and keeper Weston, showing great presence of mind as the ball was not dead, ran the length of the pitch to run out the non-strike batsman. This lead to some amusing recriminations among the MBCC players. Thereafter the runs came at an alarming rate with only Arunachalam returning a reasonable average. After 20 overs MBCC were 195 for 8 and, because every second ball requires a search party to find it in the dense undergrowth, the innings lasted for 111 minutes whereas it should be closed after eighty. It also cost MCC four balls and Sestan had to leave before the innings was closed.

Alagh and the injured Polisetty opened for MCC but after facing six balls Pollisetty had to retire injured and visit the local hospital. Algar and Weston were now at the crease and for a while there was just a remote possibility that we could get close to the opposition score. However after Weston was unfortunately given out, run out, when the keeper knocked the bails off before gathering the ball, all hope disappeared. In the end MCC were all out (8 wickets) for 93 after 18.2 overs.

Alagh, 4, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt

Pollisetty, 0, retired hurt,

Algar, LBW, 10

Weston, 41, run out, 1 stumping

Arunachalam, 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Carrie, 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 46 runs, 0 wkts

Bhamare, 14, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 1 wkt

Carr, 8, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs 1 wkt

Blades, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 2 wkts

Sestan DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 1 wkt

 

MCC, 93 for 8, lost to MBCC, 195 for 8, by 102 runs.

MCC MOM: Weston

Match report vs Freshwater (14 Jun 2014)

,The second game of the season and this against Freshwater CC from the Isle of Wight with club founder Graham Lees in their ranks. It was a fine day over 20°C with sunny intervals, captain Rabbani duly lost the toss and MCC were asked to bat.

MCC opened with two left handers, Palfrey and Weston playing his first game of the season for MCC the match for Australia vs New Zealand in Connecticut doesn’t count. They put on a rapid 85 before Palfrey fell for 28 in the 13th over.  Weston went for 44 shortly afterwards but O’Connor and Carr added another 21 runs before O’Connor and then Kantor departed in the 19th over, Kantor choosing to join the duck race in his first outing of the season.

At the drinks break the score was 115 for four down and MCC were feeling pretty good.

After the drinks, Carr and Rabbani added 41 for the fifth wicket, followed shortly after by Hill, another first game for MCC player. Carr fell in the next over for a commendable 10 off 37 balls holding up his end well while others departed. Michahelles went for two and his celebrations after making his first runs of the season was a sight to behold. Raubenheimer, who does much to lower the average age of our members, also playing his first ever game in borrowed shirt and trousers also went for two to be replaced by Gattinger another first timer who was a revelation, cracking four fours in his 19 ball 21 total. Blades and Setan took the final score to 196

After some really good teas, provided by Rabbani and O`Connor and much appreciated by the visitors, Sestan and O’Connor opened the bowling for MCC, Sesatan in particular showing his parsimonious nature by bowling maidens for his first two overs. The visitors batted well, waiting for the bad balls and then hammering them to the boundary, all the while keeping up with the required run rate. At the 20 over drinks break they had 110 runs for two down compared to MCC’s 111 for four down. At the 30 over stage it was still very close Freshwater being 4 runs ahead but with only four down whereas MCC had lost eight wickets by then and, Freshwater had a batsman with almost a hundred to his name. Michahelles took his requisite one wicket of the season in the 32nd over with the score on 195. Now he has reached his annual quota of one wicket and one run per season presumably George will disappear until 2015. Freshwater finished with 199 for five down after 32.1 overs, their opener Pittman remaining not out with 119.

It had been a most enjoyable match with a marked lack of appealing for LBW from deep square leg and so on, most prominent in normal cricket in Munich, with some splendid performances in a competitive but very friendly game.

Weston, 44, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 1 wkt

Palfrey, 28 bowled

O’Connor, 15, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Carr, 20, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts

Kantor, 0, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 26, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Hill, 1, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 1 wkt

Michahelles, 2, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 1 wkt

Raubenheimer, 2, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Gattinger, 21, caught, 0.1 overs, 0 mdns,  4 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, 3*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 0*, 5 overs, 2 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 196 for 9, lost to Freshwater, 199 for 5 by 5 wickets.

MCC MOM: Weston

Match report vs Lufthansa (07 Jun 2014)

Finally our first home match of the season at the Hirschanger and that against Lufthansa who had narrowly beaten the MICS the week before  although they had only 10 men so it was not expected to be a walkover. To general astonishment, captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat first.

MCC openers Mitchell and Veser got off to their usual promising start and put on 58 before Mitchell was bowled for 22 off 35 in the 10th over. Shortly afterwards in the 13th over Veser somehow managed to get a ball come under the helmet grill and hit him seriously in the right eye. He was treated in hospital and was able to return to the ground but not play again so he was logged as retired hurt with 39 from 51 balls with the score on 73. Sarma and O’Meagher continued to score freely and at the 20 over mark the score was 112 for 1. After the drinks break though just about everything went south and at 40 overs MCC were 164 for 9 down, the last seven batsmen scoring 17 runs off the bat between them.

Garner had provided scrumptious teas including freshly baked scones complete with fresh clotted cream and strawberry jam. There is a real danger of him getting the PTM post – permanent tea maker.

Carrie and Garner opened the bowling for MCC and Lufthansa, particularly Peter Adit, scored quickly and after 10 overs were 72 for one down. In the 11 over, Clare’s second he got the first of his Michelle, all of them bowled. Wickets were falling fairly regularly but it wasn`t until the 17th over that they fell behind MCC’s equivalent score and at the 20 over mark they were 104 for 4 down, Clare having bowled Adit for 66 in the 19th over.

After the drinks break Lufthansa too followed the Canada Geese migration south and were all out for 134 after 30.1 overs, their last 9 batsmen having scored only 28 runs off the bat.

It was pleasing that some many members turned up to watch the match and help to punish Helmut’s cool fresh – Priyesh came through the gate just as the last wicket fell and while we were on our way to the tower for post-match deliberations Paul Scott joined us having landed three hours previously from Shanghai Tthere was a happy crown at the tower in a wonderfully warm early summer evening.

Veser, 39, retired hurt

Micthell, 22, bowled

Sarma, 32 LBW

O’Meagher, 16, C&B

Rabbani, 2, caught

Carrie, 1, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Clare, 4, bowled, 7.1 overs, 2 mdns, 16 runs, 5 wkts

Nielsen, 0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts

Garner, 7, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 3, run out, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 39 runs, 3 wkts

Sestan, 0*

MCC, 164 for 9, beat Lufthansa, 134 for 10, by 30 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

Match report vs CC Bavaria (01 Jun 2014)

After the severe hammering handed out by the MICs last week, we were a little more optimistic having held the first training session on Friday at the Hirschanger  after its reopening.

CCB though are a bit of a bogey team for us for often we play them early in the season and they put the kybosh on our dreams of being league champions. Nevertheless the team was on time to watch the captain lose the toss – this is becoming a habit – and MCC were asked to bat. The start of the innings was anything but auspicious, Veser falling second ball for his first ever MCC duck. He wasn`t alone though, three others joined him, two of them to rather village run outs – if you crash the ball straight to a fielder lads it is probably not a good idea to go haring down the pitch. MCC were four down for 35 after six overs Fortunately Sarma, Rabbani, Carrie and Nielsen all made some useful scores and MCC finished on 195 for 9 after forty overs.

There was some amount of jealousy by the MCC opening bowlers who were clearly put out by the entries in the duck race which didn`t include them so they decided to do something about the wide boys table. After three overs CCB were 17 for 0 and of the 17 runs only three came off the bat. Thereafter they found their lines and Garner got the first wicket in the fourth over with keeper Furlonger taking the first of his four catches. Actually he should have had a fifth and a stumping but the umpires didn`t agree. The fielding was good, everyone very keen and allowing no easy singles. The bowlers continued to keep it tight and wickets fell regularly. The best CCB partnership was 44 for the eighth wicket between Roy and Simran which Rabbani put an end to with Furlonger’s fourth catch. CCB finished on 173 for nine after their 40 overs.

Veser, 0, caught

Mitchell, 16 bowled

Sarma, 29, caught

Archer, 0, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 36 runs, 2 wkts

Polisetti, 0, run out

Rabbani, 45, LBW, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Carrie, 34, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 0, run out, 8 overs 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Nielsen, 40, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, 7*, 4 catches

Garner, 3*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 195 for 9, beat CC Bavaria, 173 for 9 by 22 runs

MCC MOM: Rabbani

Match report vs MICs (25 May 2014)

Veser stars in MCC’s determined drive to top of the division 2 table

With the splendid victory over the Pak Orient under our belts but with the Hirschanger still unavailable it was off to the MICS ground in West Park for our fifth league match of the season. Captain Sarma once again lost the toss and we were asked to field. Then it was discovered that the kit was in the chairman’s cellar so we had to borrow kit and purchase a match ball from the MICs.

Their openers scored at around five per over and Scott got the first wicket with Johnson caught behind in the 7th over. In the 18th over with the score on 90 Nielsen got Murali LBW and, at 20 overs, they were 105 for 2 so a reasonable 5 runs per over. Clearly they had something funny in their tea as they scored another 211 runs in the next 20 overs for the loss of only two more wickets finishing on 316 for 4. Best of the MCC bowlers were Scott, Clare and Rabbani.

 

Mitchell and Veser opened and put on 72 before Mitchell went, bowled for 26 in the 8th over with the score on 72 so we were well up with the required rate. Captain Sarma joined the duck race after four balls and Palfrey accompanied him with a golden one which was a fast, swinging yorker and a horrible ball to get first up. Veser and Carrie put on 48 for the fourth wicket and, at the 20 over mark and no sign of rain or hail, we were 115 for 3 down. Carrie went for 19 in the 21st over, and Veser finally fell for 76 in the 26th with the score on 159. So we were still fairly up with the run rate but apart from Rabbani, who fell for 24, the eighth to go in the 31st over, no one else did anything, apart from join the duck race. In fact Oweis had a hatrick with the last three wickets of the innings and the losing margin was so high that our net run rate for the five league matches played is now negative.

Veser, 76, bowled, 2 catches

Mitchell, 26, bowled

Sarma, 0, bowled

Palfrey, 0, bowled,

Carrie, 19, caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 84 runs

Rabbani, 24, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 17 runs

Clare, 8, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 54 runs

Nielsen, 3, caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 62 runs

Konchada, 1, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 24 runs

Arunachalam, 0, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 53 runs

Scott, 0*, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 1 wkt, 16 runs

 

MCC, 182 for 10 in 30.5 overs, lost to MICs, 316 for 4 by 134 runs

MCC MOM Veser

Match report vs Pak Orient (18 May 2014)

It was back to the E. Spranger playing field which is now a very nice one with all the undergrowth cut away and the only astro turf wicket in Munich. We travelled hopefully but with some trepidation for Pak Orient have a young, talented team full of excellent fielders and, with a record of played three lost two in the league so far, another MCC loss would project us rapidly in the direction of division two next season. In the warm up before the team lists were handed over L’ Òiseau Grand injured his back and Sestan, who has never played in a league match and lost stepped in so was this a good or a bad omen?

Unusually captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat on a day with temperatures around 16°C and lots of cloud cover. During the second innings the clouds cleared, the temperature went up to around 20°C and it was a beautiful day for playing cricket.  Openers Veser and Mitchell took all that Murtaza and Iqbal could bowl at them and, after 10 overs, the score was 55 for none. Mitchell fell for 35 in the 12th over after a fine innings – this man doesn`t bother with fours when sixes will do. Sarma and Palfrey followed quickly and in the 16th over the score was 92 for 3 down. Then followed a magnificent 95 run partnership between Veser and Carrie for the fourth wicket although Carrie was lucky not to go early on, hitting in the air with a straight drive. When he went in the 35th over the score was 192. In came Clare hitting two sixes with his trademark David Gower cover drives. After the 40th over Clare was 23* and Veser had taken his score to 110*, his first 100 for the club and only the twentieth to do so in our 32 year history. MCC finished on 230 for four and were fairly confident at the tea break.

The Pak Orient openers, Murtaza and the magnificently named Sher Khan scored at a fair rate, slightly below that required and after the 10th over the score was 47 for none. Murtaza had been lucky in that three catches varying from absolute dolly to medium on the difficulty scale had been put down, two of them off Scott who nevertheless was very tight. He decided not to risk another dropped catch and cleaned up Murtaza’s stumps in his 6th over and Pak Orient were 58 for one after 11.  The Pak Orient wicket keeper fell very unhappily shortly afterwards caught behind by Veser off Carrie. A 64 run partnership for the third wicket left them on 126 after 20 overs and 23 runs ahead at the equivalent stage. Clare got Sher Khan for 51 in the 23rd over and a super catch by Arunachalam on the boundary gave Clare his second and the Pak Orient captain, Mateen, departed for 4 leaving them on 142 for 5 down in the 25th. Now came the time for some rape and pillage for the Viking who finished with figures of 5 for 32 and, after 34 overs, Pak Orient were all out for 168.

Veser, 110*, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Mitchell, 35, caught

Sarma, 5, LBW

Palfrey, 1, caught, 1 catch

Carrie, 33, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 1 wkt

Clare, 23*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 37 runs, 2 wkts

Rabbani, DNB

Arunachalam, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Nielsen, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 5 wkts

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 37 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, DNB

MCC, 230 for 4, beat Pak Orient, 168 for 10, by 62 runs

MCC MOM Veser

Match report vs Serendib (10 May 2014)

Off to Neu Perlach to the newly completed sports centre at the Heinrich Heine gymnasium where all the bushes on the boundary have been removed so half the time is not wasted looking for lost balls. And they have proper facilities there with crates of cool fresh for sale. If that is not enough, on a warm summer evening it is only a ten minute walk to the Forschungsbrauerei.

Captain Sarma, claiming he was protecting the environment, arrived on his push bike, last of the squad but in good time to lose the toss and MCC were asked to bowl. This they did in spectacular fashion, the first four overs going for 6, 0 18 and 0 with not a single wide but four sixes hammered to the square leg boundary. Another two sixes to the same spot in the next over and the team was reeling a little. Thereafter the bowlers pulled things together and the run rate slowed, at one time to below five per over. Clare finally got Milan, the second wicket to fall with the score on 102. Of the 15 sixes scored by Serendib, Milan clobbered 10 of them. The seabird half of the South Coast Mafia had a good 5 over spell at the end taking a three-fer. Wides though were the usual MCC trademark and we gave away 31 in all – another six overs in which the opposition can make hay. The fielding was good but Serendib finished on 226 for 9 from their 40 overs.

MCC batters kept well up with the required run rate and, after 20 overs both scores were level at 105 – 3. Unfortunately though all but three of our batsmen were out hitting the ball in the air and although Serendib did their best to lose the game by putting down at least 12 catches they still managed to take seven. Clare and Polisetty put on 56 for the 4th wicket and the 7th wicket stand by Clare and Garner added another 44. In the end, despite the dropped catches and 28 wides bowled by Serendib, MCC fell short by 19 runs.

Veser, 14, caught

Mitchell, 28, rather harsh LBW, 1 catch

Sarma, 6, caught

Polisetty, 24, caught

Rabbani, 24, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Clare, 46, bowled, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 51 runs, 2 wkts

Carrie, 5, caught, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Garner, 9, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 3 wkts

Parameswaran, 10, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts

Arunachalam, 9, LBW, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 33 runs. 1 wkt

Blades, 0*, 8 overs, 1 mdb, 43 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 207 -10, lost to Serendib, 226 -9, by 19 runs

MCC MOM: Clare