Captains report vs Erlangen, (01 May 2014)

 

Won the toss and chose to bat after a detailed inquiry from the opposition on Daniel Weston absence, Scoring was tough when it did happen came mostly through boundaries…almost everyone contributed with the bat  Manny 25, Sarma 17 , Scott Archer 17, Carrie 32, Maj 30, Abhijith 16… Paul Scott bowled a brilliant opening spell and we had them in trouble at 70/4 at drinks. At this point we read the news of the Tergernsee win and forgot we had our own game to win! Bowled poor lengths and their patience was rewarded. Top bowling effort from the Great Dane kept us in the hunt with 2 wickets.

Lessons learned: Top order needs to capitalize on starts and seamers to bowl fuller in the middle overs.

Lessons not learned: someone look after the score book entries before heading for home

Veser, 25, caught

Mitchell, 3, bowled

Sarma, 17, bowled

Archer, 17, stumped, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 30, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 32, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts

Polisetty, 2, bowled,

Nielsen, 1, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Bhamare, 16, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Gill, 6*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Scott, 2, run out, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 3 wkts.

 

MCC, 170 -10, lost to Erlangen, 172 – 5, by 5 wickets.

MCC MOM: Scott

Match report vs Tegernsee (01 May 2014)

Once again it was the time of the year to listen to “Born Free” on the hill down into Gmund but sadly not for the traditional mayday friendly against Tegernsee as the fixture had been changed into a league match because the Hirschanger is closed for maintenance work. This makes it a first in any cricket in Germany as MCC had to field two league teams in the same division to play on the same day in venues almost two hundred miles apart.

MCC were all present and correct ready for the 12:30 start, captain Blades duly lost the toss and we were asked to bat which he would have chosen to do anyway. Openers O’Meagher and Bhalerao batted steadily at around three runs per over against some tricky bowling but both went in quick succession with the score on 15, as did number three, Algar, who took a golden one to challenge Michahelles in the duck race. Furlonger also joined the race in the next over with the score on 16 and things were looking a little gloomy. A splendid alliteration in C partnership of 10 runs followed between Clare and Carr – playing in his first league match for a considerable while –  before Carr went for 2 off 17 balls with Clare joining him in the next over trying for his favourite shot and playing some 30 minutes too early and going for 5 off 21 balls. At 26 for 6 MCC were just about up the proverbial without a paddle but the South Coast Mafia were now at the crease and stayed together for almost an hour putting on a magnificent 55 runs for the 7th wicket. L’Oiseau Grand was shot down for 18 in the 27th over and El Capo went for 22 in the 29th. Blades tried desperately to get run out but was eventually bowled for 2 with the score on 92 for 9 down. Sestan faced a wide and a dot ball and Arunachalam made a good aggressive 12 from 15 balls before falling leg before in the 31st over leaving MCC on 99 all out.

Tegernsee openers, Bäckstädt and Gowda faced up to the wrath of Blades and Clare, but not for long. Clare’s first over was a double wicket maiden and Tegernsee were 2 for 2 after 2. The partnership of Govender and Bäckstädt was lucky to last as long as it did, as Govender in particular seemed intent on smashing every ball to the boundary. However, Bäckstädt was the next to fall, rather hilariously charging Blades and yorking himself leaving Tegernsee at 7 for 3 in the 5th over. Partnerships of 10 for the 4th and 14 for the 5th wickets took them to 31 for 5 in the 12th over. On a direct comparison they still had a 5 run and single wicket advantage over MCC but did not have a South Coast Mafia pair. Continuing very tight bowling meant that they were all out for 50 runs in the 27th over.

The BCV had provided two respected umpires, Ravi and Milan which was just as well for this was the first time that the umpire’s assessment sheet with such assenine questions as “were you satisfied with the umpire’s LBW decisions” was to be completed.

At the boisterous team tactics talk in the beer garden the South Coast Mafia threateningly put their case for opening the batting on the next league match before all retired to the local curry house.

O’Meagher, 4, caught, 1 catch

Bhalerao, 7, bowled

Algar, 0, bowled

Clare, 5, bowled, 7.3 overs, 3 mdns, 11 runs, 5 wkts

Furlonger, 0, bowled

Carr, 2 bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 3 runs, 0 wkts

O’Connor, 22, LBW

Garner, 18, bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 7 runs, 2 wkts

Arunachalam, 12, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Blades, 2, bowled, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 0*

MCC, 99 for 10 beat Tegernsee, 50 for 10 by 49 runs.

MCC MOM after long consideration as there were so many candidates: Clare

Match reports vs MICs (20 Apr 2014)

Just as we did last week we met at the MICs ground at 12.30 ready for a 1 pm start. The weather was fairly cool but with some sunny intervals the temperature occasionally got up to about 16°C.

Captain Rabbani duly lost the toss and we were asked to field first which, as the MICs had only eight players there, suited them down to the ground. Their openers, Johnson and Munish were not to be the cannon fodder of last week and put on 54 before Munish went, caught Rabbani bowled Konchada, giving him his first wicket for the club and, in the same over, he got Johnson, caught by Gowda, a ringer from Tegernsee. Rabbani bowled well as did Brunskill who had a wicket maiden for his first over. Sestan got another LBW, not from umpiring this time, but as part of a genuine four-for. Nevertheless helped by the determined drive to top the wide boys table – 42 wides were given in 35 overs – the MICs finished on 208 for 8.

MCC needed to score at a rate of six runs per over and MCC openers, Soundararajan and Brunskill persued this with some intensity and after seven overs MCC were eight for four, rather a mirror image of the MICs performance of a week ago. Veser now took the crease and took their bowling apart scoring 69 off 36 balls including 13 fours and one six. Once he fell, LBW to Srini, it was more or less over for us with only Bäckstädt, a second ringer from Tegernsee, Palisetty and Garner reaching double figures. MCC were all out for 131 in 23.4 overs and it was, regrettably, too cold to visit the beer garden. On a positive note thought, the duck race is hotting up with many new entries.

Soundararajan, 4, bowled,

Brunskill 1, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 18 runs, 1 wkt

Algar, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkts, 26 runs, 1 catch

Bäckstädt, 14, LBW,

Konchada, 0, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts

Veser, 69, LBW

Palisetty, 11, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 56 runs

Garner 14*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkt, 29 runs

Rabbani, 0, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 0 wkt, 12 runs, 1 catch

Gowda, 1, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs

Sestan, 0, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 4 wkts, 13 runs, 1 catch

 

MICs, 208 for 8, beat MCC, 131 for 10 , by 77 runs.

MCC MOM Sestan

Match report vs MICs (13 Apr 2014)

We met at the MICs ground at 12.30 ready for a 1 pm start. Dom brought the family along as they were staying with him in Stuttgart and they sat in the sun enjoying the 18°C temperature. Early on it didn`t look as if it would be a decent cricketing afternoon but the Munich weather is so unpredictable.

Captain Sarma duly lost the toss and we were asked to field first. MICs openers Johnson and Murali wandered out to take guard against MCC’s opening bowlers Carrie and Gill and received the shock of their lives. Carrie had a one wicket maiden over first up followed by another wicket by Gill in his first. Carrie’s second was another maiden and Gill’s second included two wides, a no ball and two wickets as well as a four. After four overs MICs were 14 for four and after six overs, 18 for five. Captain Sarma then took pity on them replacing Carrie with Bhamare and Gill with Sestan. Bhamare though was extremely parsimonious and took a wicket in his first over so after seven, MICs were 20 for six. Thereafter everyone had a bowl – ten bowlers in all for the second week running – and Sreeraj and Kashif were able to put on 135 for the seventh wicket. It was Viking Nielsen who finally broke the partnership bowling Kashif for 53. Arunachalam got Sreeraj in the next over for 66 – his first wicket for the MCC. The MICs finished on 184 for nine after their 35 overs. All the wickets were genuine “bowlers” wickets, two caught behind, one LBW and the remainder bowled. There were no catches in the outfield nor in front of the wicket although one chance did go wanting.

As Veser had kept for the MICs innings and had received a knock on the right thigh Soundararajan and Mitchell opened the batting for MCC and, with the score on 20, Soundararajan went, caught Ravi, bowled Nath for six. Mitchell followed him in the next over going for 12, being splendidly caught by Kashif. Sarma and Rabbani put on 42 for the third wicket, Sarma eventually being bowled for 23 by Ravi –his first wicket for three years since he went down with leukemia. Nielsen came and went quickly, not quite joining the duck race to be replaced by Veser. He was in splendid form and put on 105 for the fifth wicket with Rabbani then retired hurt having scored 61 off 49 balls. Rabbani also retired with a score of 57 and left Konchada and Carrie to coast along to victory in the 28th over.

Soundararajan, 6, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 28 runs

Mitchell, 12, caught

Sarma, 23, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 8 runs

Rabbani, 37, retired, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 26 runs

Nielsen, 1, caught. 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs

Veser, 61, retired hurt, 2 catches

Konchada, 4*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 35 runs

Carrie, 12*, 4 overs, 2 mdns, 2 wkts, 5 runs

Bhamare, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 4 runs

Arunachalam, DNB, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 18 runs

Sestan, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs

Gill, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 4 wkts, 19 runs

 

MCC, 185 for 5, beat MICs, 184 for 9 , by 5 wickets.

MCC MOM Veser

Match report vs Pak Orient (04 Apr 2014)

After a prolonged period of warm weather everyone was excited about the traditional first game of the season between Pak Orient and MCC. This year though there was something extra to look forward to for after four and a half years of begging and badgering the city of Munich finally allowed an artificial pitch to be installed at the Pak Orient ground.

The teams were present at 11 am on a rather cool day ready for the opening ceremony, performed by Al Meraj Bhatti, who cut the red tape protecting the pitch after Adschi Keim had made a speech welcoming everyone and describing the trials and tribulations he had experienced over the past four and a half years. Adschi also bowled the first ball in the match which was agreed to be a 35 overs per innings affair, MCC having won the toss and decided to field first.

Pak Orient openers Sher Khan and Murtaza prepared to face MCCs opening bowlers Scott and Blades. True to form and tradition, the first ball bowled was a wide followed by two dot balls, a two, two more dot balls and a six. Clearly the batters enjoyed the predictable bounce the new pitch was delivering. Pak Orient continued to score at around seven runs per over throughout their innings, the first wicket falling in the 13th over with the score on 90. The second wicket followed in the same over with the score on 93. A mere 10 runs were put on for the third wicket which fell in the 13th over  and another 38 runs came from the fourth wicket partnership before Aranjit Singh fell in the 22nd over. Basit and Mathien now pushed along the score rapidly, both retiring “out” as did the next two batsmen, Ghani and Feisel. Zardan and Arsch batted out the remaining overs and Pak Orient finished on 261 for 7.

MCC openers Veser and Mitchell scored at an incredible rate and both the Pak Orient opening bowlers, Singh and Murtaza were 0 -20 after two overs respectively. The carnage continued until Veser went LBW for 57 in the 16th over with the score on 135. Mitchell went, also LBW, for 55 in the same over. Michahelles opened the MCC duck race for 2014 facing three balls only, having been told by the captain to push the run rate along. Rather hilariously he charged down the wicket to Basit’s bowling and would surely have been stumped had the keeper gathered cleanly. MCC continued to exceed the required run rate and after 30 overs were 238 but with 6 wicket down, so needed 17 runs from five overs with four wickets left. Unfortunately for MCC but happily for Pak Orient those four wickets went in four overs leaving MCC seven runs short

It was an excellent match with some good cricket played in a very friendly but competitive atmosphere.

 

*Veser, 57, LBW

Mitchell, 55, LBW

Arunachalan,           9, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts

Michahelles, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

+Rabbani, 27, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Sear, 51, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

O`Connor, 4, caught, 3overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 15, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 3 wkts

Sestan, 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 wkts, 32 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 1, run out, 7 overs, = mdns, 56 runs, 0 wkts

Gill, 0*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 0 wkts.

Pak Orient, 261 for 7, beat MCC, 254 for 10, by 7 runs

MCC MOM: Carrie