Zuoz tour Report (12-14 Jun 2015)

A wonderful summer day, 30° plus saw the advance party gather outside the Hirschanger waiting for the mini-bus which came along only 15 minutes late. O’Meagher took over the driving and headed to my place to collect the kit bag and a cooler box before moving on to the Forschungsbrauerei.  Having decided that four crates making 40 litres in total should suffice for the weekend we had the first shock. They only sell half pint or 1 litre bottles with horrific deposits on them. They do not sell or rent out glasses any more so we purchased ten of their half litre steins and sampled the wares immediately on setting off again. Actually all agreed that this was a more civilised way to treat Munich’s best nectar. So now the club is the proud possessor of eight FB steins – yes eight because two tourists, Bowes and Kantor were so enamoured with them they purchased one each. Evil tongues commented it was to immortalise the spectacular run out in which they were involved. The 32 litres were just about sufficient for the trip to Zuoz, much to the consternation of driver MOM who, of course, couldn`t partake. It is painful to hear a grown man cry while’st driving a large mini-van. At the first pit stop to purchase an Austrian autobahn sticker we met some of the Smock XI who greeted Mascarenhas, their player who was actually travelling with us. The Smocks went ahead of us and we had the rewarding experience of being stopped by a police check and when told we were travelling to Zuoz they replied “ah yes, the cricket festival”. Such is fame!

After checking in at the Convict and being very relieved that the reservations had been made for the correct weekend it was a quick change and a walk to the Dorta of Boulder Wilson’s “I really want to work here fame”. We decided to put the four Indian members in the same room which turned out to be an inspired decision as they were like sailors on shore leave as soon as they entered the Dorta. Three of them travelled in the 5pm shift driven by Chris Carrie and the fourth, Praful, almost came alone but, when waiting at Rosenheim Hauptbahnhof for Darren Baker, he stumbled across Amruth Shankar who was reportedly playing for Tegernsee and brought him along instead. While the advance party went in to dinner skipper Weston made the draw at the Dorta and we learned that we were to play the first game on the morrow against the Smocks. I don`t remember who was detailed to get Mascarenhas incapable but it didn’t work, he looked revoltingly fit at breakfast the next morning. It was rewarding to be booed by the umpires when we entered the dining room, presumably an omen for the weekend. Elder statesman Giles arrived at the Dorta about 2200 hours and was full of “this would never have happened in my day” when the majority of the squad left for the Convict around 11 pm. I surrendered at about 1220 leaving the sailors with the elder statesman and was awakened by their raucous return to the Convict at 02:30. Revenge was sweet though when I performed my early morning army wake up call for them.

Captain Weston lost the toss and we were asked to field. Remembering that we had gone to Zuoz intending to win the captain’s rotation of the bowlers was more than a little puzzling. In all he used ten bowlers each bowling three overs each. Perhaps he was the one detailed to treat Mascarenhas and it had backfired? Anyway, the Smocks scored 207 for 6 down in their 30 overs. The captain though was unperturbed saying “when did I not score a ton on Zuoz #2 in the opening fixture”? He opened with Carrie and they out on 65 for the first wicket, Carrie going for 41 to be replaced by the Gloucestershire Brummie, Baker. He faced a wide ball then was given what from the boundary looked like a bit of a bummer being given LBW when a long way down the pitch – welcome to the duck race Darren. In came Konchada, still visibly suffering from the sailors rotas of yesterday but he and Weston put on 139 for the third wicket, the third highest in the club’s history. Konchada then foolishly gave his wicket away charging down the pitch and hitting to Mascarenhas . Arunachalam thus got to score a not out five and improve his stats.

*Weston, 117*, 3 over, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Carrie, 41, bowled, 3 overs, 2 mdns, 4 runs, 2 wkts

Baker, 0, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Konchada, 25, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 28 runs, 1 wkt,

Arunachalam, 5*, 3overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

O’Meagher. DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs. 0 wkts, 1 catch

Clare, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Toke, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 46 runs, 0 wkts

Alagh, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts,

Kantor, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts

+Bowes, DNB,

MCC, 211 for 3, beat Smocks XI, 207 for 6 by 7 wickets.

MCC MOM: Weston

 

The second game after a fine lunch was on pitch #1, the largest playing ground and captain Weston lost the toss and we were asked to field again. Bowler Clare got us off to a fine start, bowling their opener with his third ball. That was to be the only real joy for MCC as Winterhur batted very responsibly being particularly able to run quick singles. MCC on the other hand did not field well, many overthrows and some catches put down. Winterthur finished on 201 for six in their 30 overs.

MCC put on around 20 per wicket for the first six wickets, The Gloucestershire Brummie getting another bummer  being caught behind off a blatant chucker and wondering why he hadn`t stayed on Rosenheim Hauptbahnhof. Garner scored 24 and complained immediately about the new club batting gloves and Alagh and Kantor joined the duck race, Kantor being memorably run out by Bowes.

Weston, 13, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts

O’Meagher, 32, bowled,

Baker, 4, caught,

Carrie, 54, caught, 6 overs, 2 mdsn 29 runs, 1 wkt

Clare, 7, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts

Konchada, 2, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts

Garner, 24, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 0 wkts

Alagh, 00, LBW

Bowes, 2, stumped

Kantor, 0, run out

Blades, 1*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 163 -10, lost to Winterthur, 201 – 6, by 38 runs

MCC MOM: Carrie

During the MCC innings the weather had turned to normal Zuoz style, rain and icy winds and we were glad to return to the warmth of the Convict and finish off the remainder of the Forschuingbrauerei nectar which had been kept in the Convict ice room for us. Then we made our way to the Pizza parlour for a merry evening, most of us leaving around 1130 but some hardened tourists headed off following a rumour of a new bar in Zuoz.

 

The next day dawned bright and sunny ready for us to take on Terensee on pitch #1 for the third place play off. Captain Weston actually won the toss and chose to bat opening with Baker and Toke. Toke decided that the duck race was more exciting and went after facing two balls to be replaced by Weston. The partnership of 182 with Baker is the second highest in the club’s history and was broken when Weston went for 85 – he really does like this ground. Kantor replaced him and scored a glorious duck-race-saving one before being bowled. In came Arunachalam who was interested only in singles and sixes hitting four sixes in his 11 ball 27. Bowes showed he did know what a bat was to be used for and also hit three boundaries in his 13 ball 20 but, bad for a keeper, was out stumped. Clare and Blades faced out the final ball of the innings.

MCC opened the bowling with O’Meagher and Carrie, O`Meagher getting the first and only wicket in the fifth over. Tegernsee scored at around five per over for 15 overs then the heavens opened and the real Zuoz weather returned with a vengeance. They were on 80 when the game was abandoned and needed 125 to have won the match

Baker, 95, bowled, 1 catch

Toke, 0, caught

Weston, 85, caught,

Kantor, 1, bowled

Aranachalam, 27, caught

Bowes, 20, stumped

Clare, 0*,

Blades, 0*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, o wkts

Konchada, DNB,

Garner, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts

O’Meagher, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs 1 wkt

Alagh, DNB

Carrie, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 249 – 6 beat Tegernsee, 80 -1 by 45 runs (12 over rule)  ( Reassigned 4.7.2015 to “no result”, see footnote)

MCC MOM, Baker

A somewhat bedraggled squad piled into the various vehicles for the drive home around 4 pm. Most were knackered after two days of celebrating, three games and the Zuoz weather. The only incident worth reporting was the speeding ticked earned in Austria for the min-van

Many thanks to all the tourists for making it a memorable weekend, especially to the drivers, Mark O`Meagher, Chris Carrie and Praful Toke, and, of course, to our only supporter, elder statesman Doug Giles.

FOOTNOTE: today, 4th July, quoting the American declararation of Independence, Tegensee contested the match result claiming the 2/5 rule for abandoned matches did not apply and therefore the match should be “no result”.  This means of course that they can claim third equal ranking in the tournament. Not wanting to upset our friends from Tegernsee and even more not wanting another battle of Bunker Hill I have mdified this report accordingly.

 

 

Match Report vs Tegernsee (07 Jun 2015)

In the back of the Gore’s Tours car, Phil Bowes found this interesting Little Memo.

 

After Des”s rather accurate historical reference in the last match report I wanted to start off by writing something witty and informative, unfortunately brains, beauty and banter are lacking from myself tonight so i shall start of with a blonde joke:

Did you hear about the blonde that put lipstick on her forehead so she could make up her mind?

Anyway. So on a wonderfully warm sunny morning a selection of MCC players (totalling to 9) made the rather pleasant 45 minute trip to Tegensee. Myself, i travelled in the car with Igor and the rather unfriendly smelling kit bag, where as the remainder caught the train. Rumour has it they also saw Darren and his mate wondering around the station trying to score a 9am beer. This has now been confirmed.

We met at the ground at around 12ish where, to our delight, we were greeted by Gandalf the Grey and Hermann ze German only to be informed that they had had 4 drop outs in the morning, something to do with beer and lake and thrashing Pak Orient the day before, we ended up loaning them one of our players out of the kindness of our hearts – young Marco Langwadt – leaving us to play an 8 vs 7 game (in our favour).

Captain Carr lost the toss and we ended up being sent out into the postage stamp sized field where even our 8 fielders made the pitch look small and we managed to plug a large majority of the gaps. Unfortunately the gaps that we, still slightly drunk, thought we had filled were rather rudely penetrated by their opening batsmen who managed to see off the opening spells of Ishtiaq, Seyer, Carr and Bu Bai without losing a wicket. After a couple of drinks breaks (overs 7 and 13) we finally made the breakthrough.

Igor Sestan, limbs flailing like a young Kareem Abdul Jabbar, took his first scalp when the young Chakry took one risk too many and spooked up the ball for a simple catch to Bu Bai who took a simple catch. Things went very badly downhill for Tegensee after that and they lost a very quick succession of wickets, another from Igor and 2 well taken wickets from Nirmal leaving them both with rather eye pleasing figures of 2-something. Christoph then came to the crease and proceeded to smash to ball over the smallest boundary with Bowes and Gattinger being the last bowling change of the day. Bowes, bowling a mixture of deadly pace and then proceeding to walk in from two paces due to being out of breath bowled Marco middle stump before removing Christoph with a well taken catch in the covers by Nirmal. First innings score for Tegensee of 180 off 24 overs.

During the break which consisted of some long jump practice and football we got underway with Bu Bai and Nirmal opening the batting against the 7 men of Tegensee. Bai was either caught behind or given out LBW, we are still unsure of Seyers decision, for 1 very early sending Igor in at number 3. Nirmal was ticking along very well at the other end and some brilliant cover drives later from Igor, who managed to pick out every single fielder and not a single gap, was out caught to one of the best one handed diving catches of the season. Bowes didn’t last much long being caught behind off what i can only describe as an unplayable ball (mostly because i am writing this). Ishy the destroyer came in next and we witness a fantastic partnership between him and Nirmal consisting of boundaries and some very solid running between the wicket.

After a solid rebuilding effort Nirmal then fell victim to the ever unpredictable German wickets and after fending off two pea-rollers was caught out by a great ball from one of their bowlers and was out caught behind for 59. Seyer was next man in and with MCC still needing 70 to win the nerves were going on the sideline. However Ishy was as composed as he has been all season and brought up his well deserved maiden MCC 50 by smashing a ball into the car park and putting a crater sized dent into the bonnet of a rather nice Audi SUV, which we later found out was being driven by some 22 year old children who stomped their feet and cried a little about it. Ishy and Seyer, who played extremely well for his 12, wrapped up the game leaving Ishy 61 not out and a close contest at the top of the batting list between himself and Darren.

We then proceeded to the beer garden on the river and had a lovely, well deserved beer.

I don’t have the score book so can’t write all the figures but it was a pleasure going out to Tegensee with MCC and i look forward to my next trip

Phil

Match Report vs MIC (06 Jun 2015)

On this, the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, MCC turned up at the Hischanger on a gorgeous summer day, temperature around 25 °C, hoping to take the defensive line of MIC by storm.

Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat, opening himself with Carrie. The MIC opening salvoes were very wayward, the first two overs including seven no-balls and four wides. Throughout the engagement they continued to spread their artillery around and bowled 52 wides and 6 no-balls. This was fortunate for our troops as there were no big scores, Archer being the highest with 23 until Nielsen came along.  Nevertheless there were some good partnerships, Weston and Carrie 54 for the first wicket, Nielsen and Clare 43 for the seventh wicket and Gaikwad walzed his way with Nielsen to 41 for the eighth wicket. MCC finished on 210 for 9 down, 61 of the runs being extras.

During, before and after teas provided by Nielson we were entertained by the two Gloucestershire Brummies, Darren and Simon. We also had a visit – the second in a year – from John Hamilton and there were a fair number of spectators on such a lovely day, including Anthony Berenger from SSC with his lady

MCC opened the bowling with Clare and Blades, Clare seeming early on to be apeing the MIC artillery and bowling 5 wides in his first two overs but still took a wicket. Thereafter he locked in the range and bowled two maidens taking a second wicket in his fifth over.  Blades on the other hand started with two maidens and the batters were already under some pressure. Nielsen and Archer continued the good work but a big partnership of 81 for the fifth wicket caused a setback. Weston tried to outflank them for a couples of overs then had the inspiration to bring on Konchada who just removed the off-side bail of Roshan who had scored 72 and they were now on 144 and their defences had been breached. The MCC commandoes stormed through the gap, Konchada taking a second. Nielsen taking two and Carrie their 10th. MCC had fielded exceptionally well, some stirring catches on the boundary by Ishtiak and Mitchell and one extraordinary catch by Nielsen who was high in the air horizontal to the ground to take it.

Weston, 15, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 16 bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs,1 wkt

Ishtiak, 10, caught, 1 catch

Mitchell, 6, caught, 1 catch

Archer, 23 caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Konchada, 1, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 12 runs, 2 wkts

Nielsen, 47, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Clare, 13, bowled, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 24 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Gaikwad, 16 run out,

Furlonger, 2*

Blades, 0*, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wkts,

MCC, 210 for 9 in 40 overs, beat MIC, 157 for 10 in 35 overs by 53 runs.

MCC MOM: Nielsen

Footnote 1: After the match MOM Nielsen performed almost a full Monty with his particular brand of trunks in the Eisbach.

Footnote 2: Almost certainly, had this match been played at the MIC ground, we would have been beaten. The two catches we took on the very deep boundaries would have been mighty sixes on their ground and many other balls would have been fours or sixes instead of ones and twos. Long live the Hirschanger

Match Report vs Pak Orient (04 Jun 2015)

A very hot early summer’s day, 30°C plus, took us back to the Pak Orient ground for the first of a three match weekend and another exercise in dropping catches.

Captain Sarma unbelievably won the toss and chose to bat opening himself with Konchada who faced one ball before joining the duck race with the score on 2. In came the Brummie from Gloucestershire and he and Skipper Masala took the score to 102 before Sarma went for 45 in the 18th over, immediately after the drinks break. Chakrabarty made a good looking 9 but then was LBW  to a ball which he thought, and only he, was going down the leg side. Ishtiak scored 15 before being run out but the partnership with Baker was worth 45. Algar went for 5 and Kantor for 2, a vast celebration ensuing as he avoided the duck race yet again. Bollywood  dancer Gaikwad two-stepped to the wicket and with Gattinger saw out the last over and MCC finished on191 for eight down, a reasonable score to defend we thought.

It would have been if we hadn’t dropped 10 catches – to be fair two of them were very difficult chances, the rest, well a little girl’s toy comes to mind. Coupled with the 30 wides bowled the 191 no longer looked like a score to defend. Nevertheless we plugged away and when Algar took 2 for 2 (including two wides) in the 29th over to take them to 190 for eight down we thought that perhaps a miracle might happen. . It was not to be, the next two balls in the 30th over were a no-ball and a wide giving them victory.

A happy team retired to the local watering hole to discuss the day’s play where Alagh donned his favourite halo.

Konchada, 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 1 wkt

*Sarma 46 caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 2 wkts

Baker, 69, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Chakrabarty, 9, LBW, 1 catch

+Ishtiak15, run out

Algar, 5, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Kantor, 2, LBW, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Gaikwad, 2, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt

Gattinger, 1*, 3 overs, 0 mds, 21 rus, 0 wkts

Alagh, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Hashimi, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt

MCC, 191 for 8 in 35 overs, lost to Pak orient, 192 for 8 in 29 overs by 2 wickets

MCC MOM: Baker

Match Report vs Erlangen (30 May 2015)

A sunny but windy day at the Hirschanger after a prolonged dispute about moving the fixture to Erlangen on Sunday as this was a “super series” day and both teams had to release players for that event. MCC released vice-captain Sarma and Veser, Erlangen one of their best batsmen.

Captain Weston won the toss and chose to field opening the bowling with Scott and Blades. Scott’s first over went for two and Blades, whose flight and swing seemed to terrify the opposition, got his first wicket from his second ball. He got his second in the 6th over and they were on 26 for two down. Then he bowled a maiden and got his third wicket in the 10th over leaving them on 32 for three down. Scott was not to be outdone and got a wicket in his seventh and his eighth and last was a maiden. Scott was replaced by Qureshi, back from Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona and seemed to have left his range finder in Spain as he bowled eight wides in two overs. Nielsen and Weston on the other hand bowled tightly both getting wickets in their respective second overs and, at the drinks break, Erlangen were 74 for 5 down. The sixth fell in the 23rd over and the 7th, a superb run out by Mitchell / Furlonger in the 30th over of their highest scoring batter, leaving them on 115 for 7 down. In the next over that was 117 for 8 down then 118 for 9 down, Nielsen taking the 10th with the first ball of the 32nd over. MCC had fielded superbly taking seven catches, one stumping and a run out, Weston the only bowler getting a bowled. It was clear why on their ground with predictable bounce Erlangen were high scorers as anything even a little inviting was really tonked and they hit 4 sixes in their modest total.

After teas provided by Furlonger during which we had visits from old club members John Hamilton, Matt Parry and Mark Lovell, MCC opened with Weston and O’Meagher Weston didn`t stay long being bowled by a grubber for 5 in the 3rd over. This was a pointer for things to come, Erlangen bowlers were able to get much more unpredictable bounce on the wicket than we had. Perhaps this was the reason for the suicidal batting which to the observers in the boundary seemed to suggest that the match had to be won in only a few overs rather than 40. Furlonger and highest scorer Nielsen were exceptions, Furlonger looking good until run out by a ball hit straight back by Nielsen and the bowler redirecting it onto the stumps with his finger as it sped past him. Blades and Scott did their best to stave off the inevitable, taking up 14 balls and putting on 11 runs with Nielsen for the 9th and 10th wicket partnerships but, in the end we were all out for a paltry 99 and not a single six hit. During the MCC innings there was a colourful invasion of the pitch by a whistle blowing hen party, all dressed in Dirndls. Could this have been the reason so many of our batters wanted to get back to the showers quickly?

*Weston, 5 bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 3 wkts

O’Meagher, 5, bowled

Mitchell, 7, bowled, 2 catches

Baker, 11, caught, 2 catches

Ishtiaq, 9 caught, 1 catch

Aranachalam, 8, caught

+Furlonger, 10, run out, 1 stumping

Nielsen, 15, caught, 7.1 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Qureshi, 5, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, 1, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 29 runs, 3 wkts

Scott, 2*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 27 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 99-10 in 35.3 overs, lost to Erlangen, 118 – 10 in 31.1 overs by 19 runs

MCC MOM: Nielsen

 

 

Friendly vs Pak Orient (24 May 2015)

A squad of 13 was selected to try and maintain the charm of the new score book in a 35 over friendly at Eduard Grasser. Actually only eleven were there at the start, Bhamare and Zazai losing their way on the journey to the north of Munich. It had been decided beforehand that Sestan and Zazai would bowl only, much to Sestan’s delight as he would no longer have to defend his lead in the duck race.

Captain Carr duly won the toss and chose to field, opening with Sestan and Hashimi as Zazai hadn’t yet arrived. Sestan took the first wicket in the 5th over, getting Tahir, the Pak Orient star in the league match last week LBW for 7. Suleiman, an ex MCC player, and Usman put on 49 for the 2nd wicket before Usman was bowled for 17 by Zazai who bowled very well for the first four overs of his session and showed that a week of practice lowered the wide balls considerably. Suleiman retired having made 50 in the 26th over Unfortunately for Zazai the wides came back in the fourth and fifth overs which were after the drinks break. Kettle got the fourth wicket immediately after Suleimans’s retirement bowling Saad for 11. He also got their 5th wicket, a splendid catch on the boundary by Gattinger and Pak Orient 126 for 5 down. Next to go was Ahad Ullah who somewhat surprisingly retired when on 0 having taken up 8 balls and obviously they needed to force the pace a little. The 6th wicket partnership of 33 was broken by Chakrabarty who bowled Rahim for 24. Khan who had come in to replace the retiring Ullah was bowled by Gattinger for 4 in the 33rd over and Chakrabarty had a caught and bowled in the 35th and last over leaving Pak Orient 176 for nine.

During the tea break we had a visit from Ahmed Aziz, who played for us as a teenager from 1997 to 2001. He has been in Saudi and happened to be driving past the ground and saw that cricket was being played.

After teas, MCC opened with Toke and Bowes who put on 12 before Bowes was caught for 3, taking him to a double figure aggregate. Two runs later Toke was out caught for 1 and now Konchada and Baker were at the crease. Konchada made a useful 22 before departing with the score on 83 in the 12th over – its that 69 partnership again. Baker had made some powerful, impressive shots scoring 6 fours and 5 sixes in his 75 from 54 balls, the fifty coming off 32 balls. Captain Carr had taken 13 balls to join the duck race but when Baker was out we were 147 for 5 in the 23rd over and looking good. In the next over that was 150 for 6, Bhamare departing LBW for 8. Alagh and Chakrabarty put on a useful 16 for the 7th until Alagh went caught for 2. MCC needed 11 to win with only three wickets left and Pak Orient went back to their opening bowlers. With the score on 167 Chakrabarty went for 14  and two runs later Hashimi went for 2 in the 29th over leaving us 169 for 9 down. In came Gattinger to join Kettle who had been playing the straightest of straight bats and the atmosphere was electric. On his tenth ball faced he edged one behind and they ran three leaving 5 runs needed for victory. Next was a dot ball then Gattinger simply smashed a four to mid-off that took ages to find in the undergrowth with the scores tied. Kettle straight batted the first two balls back to the bowler and, joy of joy, the next was a leg bye to give us a remarkable victory.

Toke, 1, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts

Bowes, 3, caught

Konchada, 22, caught

Baker, 75, caught

Carr, 0, caught

Bhamare, 8, LBW,

Chakrabarty, 14 caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Alagh, 2, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Hashimi, 2, caught, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Kettle, 3*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 16 runs, 2 wkts

Gattinger, 4*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Sestan, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Zazai, DNB, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 36 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 177 for 9 in 30.3 overs best Pak Orient 176 for 9 in 40 overs by 1 wicket.

MCC MOM: Baker (and the new scorebook

League match vs CC Bavaria on (23 May 2015)

The new score book ordered after the partial failure of on-line scoring with CricHQ arrived in time for its maiden use for this match. Would it bring us luck, after all we had lost two previous league games, one no-result match and the opposition had won all three of their matches and were sitting at the top of the table?

Captain Weston used the correct Maria Theresa silver dollar to win the toss and chose to field despite some players suffering from the burning bum syndrome after the excesses at the Sitar on Friday evening, because there had been heavy rain of Friday night with light rain continuing in the morning. Scott and Blades opened the bowling for MCC with Scott getting the first victim LBW in his second over with the score on 5. Their second opener went in the 8th over, caught Ishtiaq bowled Blades and the score on 20. Sharique and Mohsin put on 69 for the third wicket, Sharique going in the 23rd over for 19 bowled by Nielsen, with the score on 89, many of them wides. In the next over Mohsin went for 38, caught magnificently by Scott off Sarma’s bowling. Appavu and McIntosh the CCB captain were now at the crease and could have been a dangerous combination. Fortunately McIntosh was caught Scott off Nielsen leaving CCB on 98 for 5 down. A good partnership of 69 – why this preoccupation with 69 by the CCB? – was ended when Appavu was run out by the Scott/Furlonger duo with the score on 167 in the 39th over. Two wickets fell in the final over, Samar bowled by Archer and Simran run out by Furlonger off the last ball of the over leaving CCB 175 for 8 down at the tea break.

After scrumptious teas provided by Blades, MCC opened with Veser and Weston. They put on 107 for the first wicket, Veser going for 41 in the 22nd over. Eight runs later, Weston, who had survived a very confident appeal for caught behind when on seven, went caught behind for 56, his fifty coming off 80 balls in 102 minutes. Sarma and Ishtiaq took the score to 146 before Sarma went LBW for 5 in the 28th over. There had been some controversy as the overs allocated to the CCB batsman were, apparently incorrect – I was the only scorer and had no help from CCB to identify their bowlers – and as it became more obvious that MCC would win there was some serious racial abuse of our two batman, so appalling that the umpires who understood the language being used by the CCB fielders had to step in and warn the offenders. There may be an official protest to the BCV and subsequently the DCB on their behaviour. Sarma was replaced by Mitchell – he that believes Birmingham lies in Gloucestershire – and they played very coolly taking us to victory in the 34th over.

Weston, 56, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 0 wkts

Veser, 41 bowled

Sarma, 6, LBW, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt

Ishtiaq, 39*

Mitchell, 10*

Dennett, DNB

Archer, DNB, 4overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, DNB

Nielsen, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 16 runs, 1 wkt

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 1 wkt.

MCC, 176 for 3 in 32.4 overs beat CCB 175 for 8 in 40 overs by 7 wickets

MCC MOM: difficult with Nielsen, Scott and Weston all in the running but awarded to Weston.

The new score book had made a good start.

Footnote:

MCC members are, of course, completely familiar with the laws of Cricket, but just to remind you here is Law 4.1: two scorers shall be appointed to record all runs scored, all wickets taken and, where appropriate, number of overs bowled.

This means that it is not the scorer’s responsibility to count the number of overs bowled by any bowler, nor to note how many boundaries are scored by the batsmen, nor the number of wides and no-balls bowled by each bowler. That means all your stats are the result of additional information noted by the scorers and sometimes, God forbid, mistakes are made, although this time I did get the maiden bowled by Blades.

 

League match vs Pak Orient (17 May 2015)

Having narrowly lost to Nuremburg last week we were pretty confident of getting our first league victory at the Eduard Spranger ground on the only proper artificial wicket in Munich. It had rained quite heavily in the night and was still spotting as we made our way there to arrive at 12 noon. Then it stopped and the day became progressively more pleasant and we finished up in warm sunshine. Nielsen had bailed due to illness and 12th man Kantor took his place for his first ever competition foray.

Captain Weston won the toss and chose to field reckoning the batting would be easier later on after the outfield had dried out, opening the bowling with Scott and Blades. They bowled extremely tightly and after 14 overs POCC were 37 for 3 down which included a superb stumping by Furlonger. The fourth wicket went down in the 17th over and at drinks they were 61 for 4 down. Basit and Khalid Butt put on a 98 run partnership for the fifth wicket and things were looking grim until Weston got Khalid well caught on the boundary by Veser. He was replaced by Omar Khan who went his usual ballistic way about scoring and hit 39 off 21 balls including four massive sixes. Basit had been bowled by Weston with the score on 188 in the 37th over and two balls later he got Murtaza for a duck leaving them 190 for 7 down. Sarma got Omar LBW in the 40th over, two balls later he got Khalid Butt with a stupendous caught and bowled and then on the 5th ball of the over Furlonger achieved a splendid run out of 60 years old Tahir Mahmood. Pak Orient finished on 210 all out in 39.5 overs.

After tea MCC opened with Veser and O’Meagher, Veser hitting the very first ball for a six over cover point. He was out caught in the 12th over with the score on 47 to be replaced by Sarma. Skipper Massala looked really out of sorts and scored only four from 11 balls faced before getting caught by Omar with the score on 60. Weston followed him shortly after with the score on 64 in the 19th over and in the same over, O’Meagher, who had been playing the anchoring role, went for 23. At the drinks we were 65 for 4 down so slightly ahead but needing to score at seven an over for the rest of the match. We were well short of this when Archer fell in the 26th over with the score on 81. Clare strode out needing to score at 10 runs per over with Ishtiaq and he went ballistic scoring 44 runs off 20 balls, so even topping Omar with six huge sixes before being bowled by Omar with the score on 134 in the 31st over. Furlonger came and went after facing one ball to be replaced by Kantor who faced 5 balls before joining Furlonger in the duck race with the score on 135. Blades and Ishtiak put on six before Blades went for 1 leaving number eleven Scott to save the match with Ishtiaq. They actually put on an unbeaten 40 for the last wicket, of which Scott scored 1 and the opposition were clearly getting rattled. The task turned out to be just a little too much and MCC finished with 181 for 9 down after 40 overs.

Veser, 34, caught, 1 catch

O’Meagher, 23, caught

Sarma, 4, caught, 7.5 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Weston, 1, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 3 wkts

Archer, 8, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Ishtiaq, 46*

Clare 44, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, 0, bowled, 1 stumping, 1 catch

Kantor, 0, caught

Blades, 1, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 36 runs 2 wkts

Scott, 1*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 17 runs, 1 wkt.

MCC, 181 for 9 lost to Pak Orient, 210 for 10 by 29 runs

MCC MOM: shared by Clare and Ishtiak

 

 

Match Report vs Tegernsee (16 May 2015)

It was a day to welcome our old friends from Tegernsee to the Hirschanger, sunshine, 21 °C and the exciting prospect of contesting for the wide boys of the year event. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat, opening with new boy Bowes and Toke to face up to Yash and Charles. They bowled tightly and after 5 overs the score was 15 for 0, 8 of the runs being wides. In the 11th over the first wicket fell, Bowes being given LBW off Christof, who happily returned after an 18 month fight against stomach cancer. Welcome back Christof. Actually the wicket was a gift from umpire Kantor, he being the only one not to see the ball hit the bat first but revenge was coming. Toke also went LBW in the 17th over soon to be followed by Weston, both falling to Mo in his one and only over which went for 10 runs with two wickets, 8 of the runs being wides. At the drinks break MCC were 80 for 5 down. The next wicket fell in the 27th over, Chakrabarty being bowled for 20, the highest score off the bat in the innings. In the next over Alagh departed for 10 and in the next Zazai went for 6 having learned a few defensive shots since Thursday. Blades and elder statesman Carr put on a useful 28 for the ninth wicket before Carr was caught for 10 and, in the same over, Blades was bowled by Christof for 5. MCC finished with 142 but Tegernsee had put down a real challenge bowling 50 wides and 4 no-balls.

After teas, Mo and Chakry opened the batting for Tegernsee to face MCC opening bowlers Bhamare and Blades. Bhamare was seriously competing for the wide boys event and, in his three overs, bowled 10 of them. He was soon outdone by Zazai who, in his 5.1 overs, bowled 17 wide balls – and took four wickets, almost as an afterthought. Blades bowled no wides at all and Kettle –a joy to see some flighted spin bowling again – bowled only one as well as a no-ball. Tegensee were all out for 101 so lost the match but won the wide boys award as MCC only managed 37 in their 18.1 overs.

Bowes, 6, LBW, 1 stumping

Toke, 17, LBW, 1 catch

Chakrabarty, 20, bowled, 1 catch

Weston, 1, bowled, 1 catch

Kantor, 3, caught

Bhamare, 3, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Alagh, 10 bowled

Zazai, 6, bowled, 5.1 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 4 wkts

Blades, 5, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt

Carr, 10, caught

Kettle, 0*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 3 wkts.

Tegernsee 50 wides beat MCC 37 wides in the wide boys event

MCC, 142 for 10 in 35 overs beat Tegernsee 101 for 9 in 16.1 overs by 41 runs

MCC MOM: Zazai

 

Match Report vs MIC (14 May 2015)

The MCC new boys on the block headed for West Park to take on MIC in a friendly. Captain for the day David Carr had only seen one of the team before so didn`t have the easiest of tasks setting the batting order after he won the toss and chose to bat. At the start we were only 9 players, Alagh being simply late and pilot George navigating to the wrong ground thinking it was a home match. Their position in the batting order was thus determined easily. Qureshi and Zazai who was over the moon now that he finally got a game opened and put on 26 for the first wicket, Qureshi going for four in the 4th over. Zazai made some good shots including two fours and a six before being bowled for 16. Clearly the coaching schools in Afghanistan don`t put much weight on defensive play. At 49 the third wicket fell, Ishtiak out caught for 15 which included a glorious six. Toke and Bowes put on 12 for the fourth wicket before Bowes was bowled Kashif for 2. Toke and Bhamare put on a magnificent 105 for the fifth wicket, helped by MIC providing some very friendly bowling – they used 11 bowlers. Still you can only play what the opposition offers and it was a wonderful partnership. Captain Carr replaced Toke and saw Bhamare depart on 60, the highest score of the game, and was then joined at the crease by Barrett who decided to join the duck race but, to be fair had a questionable LB decision. Carr went shortly afterwards with the score on 180, Alagh also fancied his chances in the duck race top edging behind on his second ball faced, Michahelles was LBW after scoring a loudly applauded single leaving Hashimi, who had also hit an astonishing 6, not out on 13. MCC were all out for 205 which included 32 wides and 11 no-balls.

After the tea break Karhik and Murthy of the MIC faced MCC opening bowlers Zazai and Hashimi. True to MCC tradition both opened their spells with wide balls in fact Zazai made a determined attempt to gather the wide boys award, much to the consternation of Michahelles. After three overs he was replaced by Bhamare who hit the right line immediately. Hashimi took the first wichet with the score on 52 getting Murthy LBW. Bhamare bowled Parth in the 11th over with the score on 83 and in came the MIC captain Kashif. He and Karthik put on 50 for the third wicket but new boy Barrett got him caught and bowled for 40 from 19 balls in the 16th over. Vijay who replaced him was run out thanks to some excellent fielding with the score on 146. The score stayed the same when Amit was caught Hashimi bowled Toke for a duck in the 20th over. During the drinks break Karthik retired on 41 so MIC were 148 for 6 down. Barrett and Toke bowled fairly tightly taking 2 for 57 in their combined 10 overs. Alagh, who bowled very well and Michahelles saw out the game, Mic scoring the winning runs in the 30th over.

Everyone had a lot of fun and it was a friendly match played in a very friendly atmosphere.

Zazai, 16 bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs 0 wkts

Qureshi, 4, bowled

Toke, 42, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt

Ishtiak, 15 cuaght, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

+Bowes, 2, bowled

Bhamare, 60 caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt

*Carr, 3, bowled

Barret, o, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Hashimi, 13*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Alagh, 0, caught, 3.5 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt

Michahelles, 1, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkt

MCC, 205 for 10 in 39.3 overs, lost to MIC, 206 for 7 in 29,5 overs by 3 wickets.

MCC MOM: Bhamare