Match report vs Nürnberg (09 May 2015)

An overcast day at the Hirschanger with sunny intervals, around 15°C, but a heavy downpour just before the scheduled start and a couple of rain breaks during the match. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat with a changed batting order based on analysis of earlier 50 over matches and how they were won. Consequently Carrie and Konchada opened with instructions to stay there and build a platform for the hard hitters to use to their advantage in the later overs, all to be recorded on-line with CricHQ by 12th man Sestan. The 12th man was quite happy taking on this role commenting that last season he was 12th man four times and played every game.

The openers followed their instructions to the letter, giving no chances and accumulating steadily until Konchada went for seven in the 9th over with the score on 21. He was replaced by Sarma, the highest scorer of the innings, who immediately created more urgent running between the wickets. They put on 53 for the second wicket when Carrie was run out for 34 in the 19th over and drinks were taken. Next man Archer put on 34 with Sarma for the third wicket, Sarma going for 40 in the 27th with the score on 108. Captain Weston replaced him determined to push the score along and made some big hits, mostly to fielders stationed in the outfield. He was lucky to survive a couple of dolly catches and finally went for 11 from 18 balls with the score on 138. Archer had already departed with the score on 119 so now Clare and Mitchell were at the crease. They put on 27 for the sixth Mitchell being bowled in the 36th over with the score on 165 and Clare departing in the next over with the score on 169. Qureshi and Nielsen put on one run before Qureshi went for 6 in the 38th and Nielsen joined the duck race, run out after two balls. Blades and Scott put on another five before Blades was stumped and the innings closed on 177 all out after 39.3 overs. In all honesty, had Nuremberg fielded decently – they put down nine or ten catches and their ground fielding was nothing to write home about – we would have has a far less competitive score to defend.

After teas provided by Carrie and the CricHQ scoring dying thereby releasing the 12th man for other duties, Nürnberg went out to face MCC openers Scott and Qureshi. Scott got his first wicket on the 6th ball of his first over and the score was 2 for 1 down. Qureshi also took a wicket with the fifth ball in his first over and the score was 9 for 2 down. Scott got his second in the fifth over, the score was 16 for 3 down and things were looking good. In the 14th over, Sarma, who had replaced Qureshi, got his first wicket and the score was 54 for 4 down. Sarma got his second in the 18th over and the score was 81 for five down.  Nuremberg were ahead of the required run rate but had only five wickets left so the game was nicely balanced at the drinks break. Nielsen got the sixth wicket in the 24th over with the score on 124. Clare got the seventh in the 34th over with the score on 162 and in the 36th over their eighth was run out with the score on 167. The final run for victory was scored in the 39th over and an exciting game was over.

MCC fielded abysmally – no dropped catches but pathetic ground fielding, poor throwing to the keeper, poor backing up and three easy run outs missed. We also gave away 25 wides to their 13 so it is back to basics lads if we want to win games.

Carrie, 34, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs 0 wkts

Konchada, 7, caught,

Sarma, 40, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs 2 wkts, 1 catch

Archer, 17 LBW,

*+Weston, 11, bowled

Mitchell, 26, bowled

Clare, 13, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Qureshi, 6, caught, 6.3 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt

Nielsen, 0, run out, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Blades, 1, stumped, 4 overs 0 mdns21 runs, 0 wkts

Scott, 1*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 27 riuns 2 wkts.

MCC, 177 for 10 in 39.3 overs lost to Nürnberg, 178 for 8 in 36.3 overs, by 2 wickets.

MCC MOM: Sarma


League match vs MIC (03 May 2015)

Captain Sarma, having spent the past two weeks practising the toss in Bali and getting home one hour before having to leave for this league match, unbelievably won the toss and chose to bat. It was all to no avail as after waiting three hours watching the rain until it was impossible to get a 20 over game in the remaining time available, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The result is considered Ergebnislos which means the points are shared, four each. Congratulations to the umpires provided by Pak Orient for knowing the playing rules and being clear and firm in their decision making.

Record 350 wicket for Tony Blades (25 Apr 2015)

Tony Blades reaches the 350 wicket milestone


In the friendly match against MIC at the Hirschanger on Saturday 25th April it happened. Tony has been bowling extremely well this season but that elusive 350th wicket just wouldn´t come – until Saturday. It was a high looping catch to the fielder and there was a prolonged holding of breath as we all wondered would he take it or make a dolly drop. He took it and all gathered round to congratulate the record-holding bowler.

Jimmy Anderson is renowned as the King of Swing and I reckon our own Bunty is the club’s King of Flight and Dip.


Match Report vs Pak Orient (19 Apr 2015)

Konchada stars in friendly against Pak Orient, 19th April 2015

The second friendly of the weekend on a beautiful spring day, temperatures around 12°C and the prospect of playing on the only Astroturf wicket in Munich. Ten members had committed but only nine turned up, including Reid after his trip to Zurich last week. The missing player was last week`s keeper, Bhat, who cried off after I had left for the game and offered as evidence a rather disgusting photograph of a painted toenail. Still Hashjimi’s friend Mahmood turned up to watch and was persuaded to field for us. I had advised the opposition that we were a strictly friendly team probably more suited to their second XI but, as we know, that means a top team turns out against us.

Captain Sarma duly lost the toss – has he ever won one? MCC were asked to field with Omar and Murtaza opening the batting for Pak Orient and Qureshi and Blades stepping up for MCC. Qureshi’s first over went for 17, with the first three balls boundary fours but two of them preventable with decent fielding. Blades’s first three overs were against Omar and there were only two scoring shots, a four and a six and it was a joy to experience the thrilling competition. After four overs each with the score on 52 for 0, Aranachalam and Sarma took over and after their four overs each the score had moved on to 130 for 0. It was not that we were bowling badly it was a day when the big hitters actually hit and the ball spent a lot of time in the shrubberies surrounding the ground. Kettle and Hashjimi now took over the attack and Kettle was successful in his first over getting Murtaza caught by Sarma for 58 and the score on 138. Shortly afterwards in the 18th over Omar retired out on 79 leaving Ali and Khalid Iqbal to face the MCC attack. Both went in the 19th over, Ali caught Arunachalam off Kettle for 4 and Iqbal run out with a direct hit from side on by Arunachalam. In came Basit and Usman the Younger and the boundaries continued to flow but Konchada put an end to Usman the Younger’s innings by bowling him in the 27th over with the score on 219.  In the 29th over Basit retired out on 39 with the score on 234 leaving Khalid Butt and Waqar at the crease. Waqar was bowled for 1 by Qureshi in the first over of his second spell and in the next over he bowled Usman the Elder for a duck. Pak Orient then declared having scored 274 for 8 down in 33.3 overs. Despite the high score MCC had fielded and bowled well – only 16 parsimonious wides being given away.

After teas MCC opened with Sarma and a somewhat surprised Konchada and were well up with the required rate whan Sarma was bowled by Ormar in the fifth over with the score on 27. Waqar had been tonked for 9 in his first over and was taken off to be replaced by Ali. The run rate was kept up and when MCC keeper Ishtiak was LBW to Basit in the 11th over the score was 71 against the oppositions 75 for 0. Basit was the pick of the Pak Orient bowlers and on top form, Arunachalam, Reid and Hashjimi falling to him in quick succession and we were 88 for 5 down in the 16th over. Then Kettle was bowled Ismael leaving us 90 for 6 down. Basit was kept on as he was hoping for a Michelle but Konchada and Qureshi had other ideas – his first three overs went for 3 runs his next two for 21 which finished his spell. Konchada was finally bowled by Khalif Butt in the 23rd over for 61, MCC’s highest score of the season. Blades and Qureshi put up dogged defence until the 27th over when Blades fell, bowled by Usman the Elder for 5 off 18 balls.

*Sarma, 11, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 63 runs, 1 catch

Konchada, 61, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt

+Ishtiak, 9, LBW

Arunachalam, 2, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Reid, 0, bowled

Hashjimi, 2, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Kettle, 1, bowled, 3 overs, o mdns, 21 runs, 2 wkts

Qureshi, 20*, 5.3 overs, 1 mdn, 31 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 5, bowled, 7 overs, 1 mdns, 38 runs, 0 wkt.

MCC, 146 for 8 in 26.4 overs lost to Pak Orient, 274 for 8 in 33.3 overs by 128 runs

MCC MOM: Konchada

Match Report vs, CC Bavaria (12 Apr 2015)

Oh spring was in the air and we thought that we would wander and wander we did all the way to the CC Bavaria ground in Züricherstrasse. Well, ten of us did, the eleventh, James Reid who had only been roped in on the Saturday, didn`t arrive. Could it be that he actually went to Zürich as he is new in Munich? The MCC squad consisted of four old timers and six new players, some of whom were improperly dressed but had received previous approval as it was the first match of the season and they were surprised by the sudden arrival of cricket after a seven month lay off. It was a beautiful spring day around 18°C with a blue-white sky and the undergrowth not yet luxurious enough to mean half the afternoon spent looking for the ball. With the club captain and vice-captain away searching for the mythical source of Balkan Sobranie – always a great smoke – captain for the day Blades won the toss and chose to field not knowing the majority of the team and their capabilities. Scott opened with his usual parsimonious first over, no wides and only one run from it. New boy Hashjimi had more of a problem with wides and bowled five of them in his three overs which went for 21. Scott had a very good first session of 2 for 19 in five, four of the runs due to weak fielding by players unused to the rough outfields we play on in Munich. Scott was actually on a hattrick taking his first wicket with the sixth ball of his third and his second with the first ball of his fourth over. Qureshi had a good opening spell of 0 for 14 off four, Blades was rather unlucky going for 24 for 0 in three. Carrie had a superb spell going for 1 for 8 off four, Gandham was not so lucky going for 28 for 0 off four, Ishtiak was unlucky going for 24 for 1 off 3 and off spinner Kettle had a brutal introduction to the Munich pitches going for 23 for 0 from his two overs.

CCB finished on 256 for 9 off their 40 overs, MCC sticking to tradition and bowling 30 wides.

MCC opened the batting with Mitchell and Nandikoor who had volunteered to keep and had done well. Their opening bowler Habib was very tight and brought some good defensive stroke play from Nandikoor. Simran their second bowler suffered too from the wide complex and went for 14 in his first over. In his second though he got Mitchell caught for 8. In the next over Kettle joined the duck race and two overs later Nandikoor went for 5 leaving MCC on 32 for 3. In the same over Gandham contested the duck race but Ishtiak was looking confident. In the ninth over Hashjimi went for 1 and in the 10th over Qureshi went for 2 leaving us on 53 for six down. Carrie now came to the crease his eye flashing determined to show daughter Sonia what cricket was about. He and Ishtiak put on a splendid partnership of 31 before he received a real bummer that cut the daisies heads off. Captain Blades replaced him and faced 12 balls plus four wides before he scored but put on another admirable partnership with Ishtiak of 30 before Ishtiak was bowled by the CCB Aussie who also took a skyed catch off Scott, our last man, allowing him to enter the duck race too.

MCC finished on 123 all out, which included 42 wides and 3 no-balls after 19.5 overs

The newcomers had difficulty adjusting to the rough outfield as does everyone used to billiard table playing surfaces but it will only get better as they become more used to the conditions. Catching was poor, some four being put down which would have made the target more achievable.

+Nandikoor , 5, caught, 1 catch

Mitchell, 8, caught, 1 catch

Kettle, 0, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Ishtiak, 26, bowled, 3 0vers, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Gandham, 0. Caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts

Hashjimi, 1, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

Qureshi, 3, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 1 wkt

Carrie, 22, bowled, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 27 runs, 2 wkts

*Blades, 13*. 7 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 1 wkt

Scott, 0, caught, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 36 runs 3 wkts.

MCC, 123 for 9, lost to CCB, 256 for 8, by 133 runs

MCC MOM: Carrie who just pipped Scott and with special mention to Blades for remembering the names of all the new players when setting his fields.


BCV 2015 indoor tournament report

MCC at the 2015 BCV indoor tournament


Traditionally MCC has not been overenthusiastic about indoor cricket and this year was no exception. With a maximum of eight allowed in the squad we managed to get only seven, three of whom were club newcomers. We would have been eight but Nirval had to bail having been in hospital. Good bloke though, he turned up to support us on the day.

The squad was thus:

Manav Alagh                            Captain for the day

Naveen Arunachalam                Vice captain for the day

Saurabh Gandham

Veith Gattinger

Michael Raubenheimer

Ruchir Sharma

Yousef Zazai

True to form, the captain lost the toss against Lufthansa and MCC were asked to bat having been allowed no practise whatsoever.  In the five overs of the innings MCC scored 38 for 4 wickets. Arunachalam was looking good but was run out rather unfortunately by the Jaraysariya method or we would probably have had another ten runs on the board. In reply Lufthansa were 39 for 3 off the very last possible ball of their innings so it was a very close match and we had a good run rate which can be important in deciding who goes through to the semis.

The second game was against a new club, Neu-Ulm, who looked young, fit and capable. Captain Alagh once again lost the toss and we were asked to bat first once again. This time having learned a thing or two from the first match we scored 65 for five, a much better score to defend. It was very well defended and Neu Ulm were four wickets down in the third over and a win seemed very much on the cards. However we suddenly found how to bowl wides and no balls, both of which were weighted with three runs minimum. On the penultimate ball Neu Ulm needed two runs to win and received a three so once again a very narrow defeat and a good overall run rate.

All would depend on how others performed to decide if we could still win through to the semis. Unfortunately this was not so and the last match was a dead rubber against the Pak Orient seconds. Captain Alagh passed the leadership on to Arunachalam for this match and joined our other vocal supporters from England, Germany and the USA to watch. The new captain duly lost the toss and MCC were asked to bat first yet again. This time we only managed 35 all out and POCC 2 beat this fairly easily in the fourth over.

The squad had a most enjoyable day and the newcomers fitted in well. Yousef so impressed the Jugendwart that he approached me for details as he wants him as part of the initial BCV U-19 squad.

The tournament was won by Erlangen who beat POCC 1 in a thrilling final. We didn`t stay for the presentations but had there been one for the most entertaining bowling run-up it would surely have been awarded to Rochir – Harit Khanna has nothing on him