Blades enters the 25 wicket club, the South Coast Mafia pay match fees but the gulf to the T20 final was just too “wide”

A sunny day again at the Hirschanger for the BCV T20 semi-final but the atmosphere was more like Friday afternoon training sessions with seven of the “regular first” team making themselves unavailable. Captain Butt was able to get a team together nevertheless and most arrived on time to set up the pitch etc. so that the scheduled 12:30 start was only delayed by 10 minutes or so. Also we had the club`s highest aggregate run scorer, captain-for-life Mark Lovell and the club` s highest aggregate wicket taker Tony Blades in the team so it can`t all be bad. Even Happy Hooch, Adam Turner, came out of a three year hibernation to keep wicket for us.

Erlangen won the toss and chose to field leaving MCC to open the batting with Lovell and captain-for-the-day Butt. They put on a quick-fire 29 before Lovell went in the 7th over for 14 and was replaced by Ayub. They kept the run rate up until an exhausted Butt departed for 40 in the 14th over with the score on 75. Bhavsar came in at number 4 and watched Ayub fall in the 16th over and then Bowes and Amin Khan in the 17th who both went for ducks, Khan with a golden one after playing the most spectacular of cross batted shots you could ever hope to see. Ah my, if only they had played proper cricket shots and scored one run each. Waqas Khan now came to the crease and there was a rapid 6th wicket partnership of 28 until Bhavsar was caught behind with the score on 116 on the very last ball of the innings leaving Waqas not out on 17 from 12 balls. Noticable in the score book was the meagre total of only 7 wides bowled on twenty overs.

All photographs courtesy of Philip Crebbin

Captain-for-life Mark Lovel punches to leg
Captain-for-life Mark Lovell punches to leg
Ayug crashes one to point
Ayub crashes one to point
Captain Butt follows suit
Captain Butt follows suit
Ayub`s bails are completely dislodged
Ayub`s bails are completely dislodged
Waqas keeps his eye on the ball
Waqas keeps his eye on the ball
Bhavsan strikes powerfully
Bhavsan strikes powerfully

After teas provided by Ayub, which included some magnificent Turkish Delight which I haven`t had in donkey`s years, MCC opened the bowling with Blades and Bhavsar. They bowled tightly and after 5 overs Erlangen were 30 for one down, but 10 of their runs were from wides. Still the one wicket was Blades`s entry into the 25 wicket club. Their second wicket fell in the 7th over, a superb run out by Bowes with the score on 34 so they were just about up with the required run rate. A good partniership of 39 for the third ended when Otmankhil took a catch , a difficult one, to make up for an earlier drop and in the next over Bhavsar got another run out leaving them with 83 for four down after 15 overs. An important stand of 29 for the fifth wicket was broken by a third run out, this time from Ayub and at the end of the 19th over they were 112 for five down. Five runs needed to win and Ayub took over the bowling. The balls of the last over were, 1, 1, 1, 1, Wicket so the scores were tied. A dot ball for the final ball of the over would mean a tie and result in a super over decision, a wicket would mean MCC were winners due to fewer wickets lost, any runs scored in any way meant victory for Erlangen. Perhaps true to MCC form for the season the next ball was the 20th wide of the innings. The South Coast Mafia were so impressed they offered 10 Euros instead of the 5 Euros they owed for match fees. Well done Seb.

Waqas , left arm speedy
Waqas , left arm speedy
Captain Butt gives his all
Captain Butt gives his all


Lovell, 14, bowled,

*Butt, 40, caught, 4 overs, O mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts

Ayub, 25 bowled, 1.5 overs, 0 mdns, 11 rins, 1 wkt,

Bhavsar, 13, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Bowes, 0, bowled

Khan Amin, 0 , LBW, 1 0ver, 0 mdns, 10 runs. 0 wkts

Khan Waqas, 17*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Turner, DNB

Blades, DNB, 3 overs, 0 dns, 23 runs, 1 wkt

Otmankhil, DNB, 1 catch

Ahman Imtiaz, DNB, 2 overs, 0 m dns, 14 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches.

MCC, 116 for 6 in 20 overs lost to Erlangen, 117 for 6 in 19.5 overs by 4 wickets

MCC MOM: Mudassir Ayub



Harit Khanna very James Cross after losing the top place in the bowling stats against Göppingen B

The MCC B team arrived in good time for the 15:30 start only to have to wait an hour because of the tardiness of MCC A. Surprisingly a number of the Serendib Breakaways also turned up thinking our friendly T20 against them arranged for 20th August was today. We also had a visit from Les Poulton who played one game for us back in 1991, scored 60 runs and took 2 wickets for 8, and who drifts along to see us once a year. The ex-treasurer and one half of the South Coast Mafia also came, not as some might think to pay the 5 euros match fees with which he absconded, but to complain about not being top of the bowling table arguing that there was no such thing as an “also bowled” statistic.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat opening himself with Ayub. They scored at a frenetic rate, Ayub falling for 32 in the seventh over with the score on 72. The rate was kept up until the tenth over when MCC B had scored 95 runs – sadly the fall of wickets was not entered in the scorebook. Sarma retired on 46, Wembridge went for 12 and Usman for 7. Then there were three run outs, Bhat, Alagh and a freshly shampooed and coconut-oiled Khanna. Alagh was determined not to surge further ahead in the duck race and creamed his first ball for a boundary four and later an even more spectacular six. Bhavsar went for five runs leaving Cross and Giles to be not out. Imtiaz who had cried off injured in the morning but then turned up wanting to play did not bat and MCC B finished with 149 for 8 down off their twenty overs

A quick turnaround and MCC opened the bowling with Bhavsar and Cross. Cross took a two-fer and displaced Khanna at the top of the bowling table (but not the South Coast Mafia). The first wicket fell to Bhavsar in the first over with the score on 6 and the second to Cross in the second over with the score on 12. In the fourth over with the score on 23 their third wicket fell but there was now a good 33 run fourth wicket partnership broken by Ayub. Another 21 runs later Wembridge got their highest scorer after being no-balled for changing his bowling speed. Seven runs later with the score on 84 Alagh got his wicket. Sarma got the first of his three wickets with the score on 96. There was then a useful partnership of 24 for the eighth wicket broken by the no-balling Wembridge. Khanna, who was asked to be removed as they couldn`t believe he was seriously bowling that way, and Sarma bowled the last overs, the final wicket falling to Sarma after 17.4 overs were bowled and the score on 132.

Julia`s cake, a real challenge to Lady Brunskill
Julia`s cake, a real challenge to Lady Brunskill

During this game we all feasted on the ample teas provided by Kantor together with a magnificent Brownie Cake baked by Julia and some South Afircan/Australian iced cordial provided by Wembridge as well as some hurried cool-fresh, hurried because it was 19:30 before the game finished and Helmut was unhappy. Therefore we were forced to retire to Fräulein Grüneis to sum up the day.

*Sarma, 46*, 2.4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 3 wkts

Ayub, 32, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Wembridge, 12, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 7 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Usman, 7 caught,

Bhat, 2, run out

Khanna, 5, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Alagh, 12, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt

Bhavsar, 5, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs,l 1 wkt

Giles, 3*

Cross, 5*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Imtiaz, DNB, 2 overs, o mdns 31 runs, 0 wkts

MCCB, 149 – 8 from 20 overs, beat Göggingen B, 132 – 10 from 17.2 overs by 17 runs.

MCC MOM: A. Sarma

A Hirschanger hat-trick for Waqas against Göggingen A

A sunny day, 28°C and two twenty over friendlies against Göppingen arranged, their first ever match since their cricket department was formed a couple of months ago. You would think that as everyone knew there were two games to get in, the first one to begin at 12:30 and the complete works to be set up beforehand, the team playing first would all arrive promptly. Well at least Waqas and Mahmud Khan were on time as well as seven others. One finally arrived 75 minutes late and was still allowed to bat higher than number eleven. Clearly the club`s policy needs rethinking.

Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat, opening himself with Toke, and the innings began some 25 minutes late. Facing two wides and three good balls in the first over was too much for Toke who was bowled for one. He was followed in the next over by Weston, out for two having also pulled a thigh muscle going for the first run of the innings. MCC were now 7 for two down with Almann and Bowes at the crease. They put on 13 for the third wicket, Altmann reverting to test match mode and scoring 3 from 13 balls. Lovell took his place and we were treated once again to some glorious cover driving as in days of old. The fourth wicket partnership was 42 before Bowes top edged one straight in the air for a simple catch by their keeper. Butt, having recovered from the exertions of arriving 75 minutes late came in and went ballistic hitting 45 from 22 balls before retiring. Lovell had departed quite early with the score on 68 in this bludgeoning to be replaced by Mahmud Khan. The score when Butt retired is not entered but the next genuine wicket fell with the score on 133, Mahmud Khan being run out for 19. Kantor and Ayub put on nine runs before Ayub went for an early drink, Usman joined the duck race and Waqas was not out for one. MCC A finished their twenty overs with 153 for nine down.

Amazingly there had been an almost 15 minute drinks break after ten overs and at the five minute innings break MCC decided to have cups of tea and eat some of the teas provided by Kantor, bugger those who want to play the second game being the attitude, “I`m all right jack”.

After an almost 20 minute innings break MCC opened with Waqas Khan and Ayub. The first wicket fell in the 5th over, Waqas`s third over, as did the second and the third wickets. It was the club`s first hat-trick since Charles Hobbs took one on 2012.

All photos courtesy of Philip Crebbin

Waqas releases the hat-trick ball
Waqas releases the hat-trick ball
The hat-trick ball on its way
The hat-trick ball on its way
About to hit for LBW
About to hit for LBW
Ayub with a good straight arm
Ayub with a good straight arm
Take that says Altmann
Take that says Altmann
Where on earh is JD with those bloody Pimms?
Where on earth is JD with those bloody Pimms?

The fourth wicket partnership was broken at 42 when stand-in captain Bowes – Weston having left for home to apply ice to his thigh – brought himself on. The score was now 66 for four down in the 11th over. Twenty five runs later Kantor struck, Altmann taking the first of his two catches (which made him undisputed leader of the catching stats). Göppingen A were now 82 for 5 down after 15 overs. The run rate slowed somewhat and they were 112 for eight down in the 18th over. Some heavy hitting off Kantor and Bowes who had brought himself back on took them to 143 for nine wickets after 20 overs.

It was the first time we had played using a white ball and it is really much easier to see against the background of the trees surrounding the Hirschanger.

Toke, 1, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 0 wkts

*Weston, 2, caught

+ Otmankhil DNB, 1 stumping (replaced Weston)

Altmann, 3, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

*Bowes, 19, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 3 wkts

Lovell, 13, bowled

Butt, 45*, retired

Mahmud Khan, 19, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt

Kantor, 7*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt

Ayub, 9, caught, 2 overs, o mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Usaman, 0, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Waqas Khan, 1.*. 3 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 3 wkts

MCC A, 153 for 9 in 20 overs, beat Gogginen A, 143 for 9 in 20 overs by 10 runs

MCC MOM: Waqas Khan

La vieille garde, Messieurs Blades et Carr, défend contre des difficultés insurmontables

On a day when the younger, fitter, members were either playing for Germany or participating in the Serendib six-a-side tournament, a 30 over friendly was arranged against the Breakaways at the Hirschanger. Philip Crebbin assumed scoring duties for the whole match so no action photographs were taken.

Captain Kantor lost the toss and MCC were asked to field, opening with Cross and Gattinger. They bowled superbly and after six overs the Breakaways were 15 for 3 wickets down. Colling and Toke took over and were almost as effective, the score after 12 overs being 35 for 4 wickets down. The parsimonious old guard fusilier Blades assisted by Sestan took over the bowling. After their six overs the score was 67 for five down, Blades going for 4 runs from his three. Now captain Kantor and Mahmud Khan come into the attack and once again after their six overs the score was 108 for 6 wickets down so the run rate kept to a reasonable just over 4 per over. They were replaced by Bhat who continued his determined attempt to lead the wide-boys race and the other old guard, Carr. In his two overs Bhat went for 33 runs, and bowled 11 wide balls so the run rate climbed correspondingly. Blades came back for the final over, took a wicket and the Breakaways finished on 165 for eight down or 5.5 runs per over.

After teas provided by Gattinger MCC opened the batting with Toke and Colling who put on 15 before Toke departed for 4 to get another cup of tea. Two overs later Colling joined him for some cake having scored a useful 11 runs. Bhat and Mahmud Khan were now at the crease and the put on 27 for the third wicket before Bhat went for 13 and the score on 55 in the 18th over. Mahmud Khan went stumped in the same over. Otmankhil and Sestan put on a useful 18 for the 5th wicket but then the wheels came off. In the 23rd over and four runs later Cross departed and, with no extra runs scored, so too did Sestan. At the end of the 24th over MCC were 78 for 7 wickets down so well below the required run rate and looking to avoid their Waterloo. In came the oldies, not ABBA but the vielle guarde of Carr and Blades who put on an unbeaten 42 runs taking the final score after 30 overs to a more presentable 119 for seven down.

Toke, 4, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Colling, 11, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts

Bhat, 13, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts

Mahmud Khan, 7, stumped, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

+Otmankhil, 8, LBW

Sestan, 6, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts

Cross, 2, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 2 wkts,

Carr, 17*, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 15 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Blades, 13*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

*Kantor, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Gattinger, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 5 runs, 1 wkt.

MCC. 119 – 7 in 30 overs, lost to Breakaways, 165 – 8 in 30 overs by 46 runs

MCC MOM: T. Blades



Serendib strike sucessfully in Division I match at the Hirschanger

Finally summer has arrived in Munich and with the Hirschanger looking green and inviting and a strong team MCC were looking to cement their second place in division I of the Bundesliga Süd-Ost. The pitch and the boundary flags had already been laid out at the Friday training which three of the team had condescended to attend. Whoever put the flags out must have been a bowler for they were almost out of sight which was to come back and haunt us later.

Captain Mascarenhas won the toss and chose to field opening the bowling with Hoeck and Blades. Hoeck was a little wayward and was called for a high no-ball which was then revoked whereas Blades was his usual parsimonious self, going for 24 runs only in eight overs. Qureshi and Khan Waqas took over and were also very sparing with runs but it took a while before the first wicket fell in the 16th over. It was Waqas who struck showing a fair turn of pace and castling the stumps of their second highest scoring batsman with the score on 53. At the hour long drinks break, Serendib were 67 for only one wicket down. With the first ball bowled after the break Sarma struck getting Berenger – who has the ability to stay around for the complete innings – to sky a catch and, being greedy and looking to the stats, it was also caught by Sarma. He struck again in his second over, this time bowled and they were now 77 for 3 down after 23 overs. Blades returned and got a plumb LBW in the 24th and Ayub, who had a good day to make up for the bummer he had last week, got in with a caught and bowled in the 28th over and they were now 94 for five down. Three overs later Sarma got his third, a superb catch by O`Meagher near the boundary of their danger man Milan Fernando and, in the next over, Waqas castled another making then 108 for seven wickets down. There was now a partnership of 34, before there was a run out in the only over bowled by Mascarenhas, a somewhat unusual over to watch but we`ve all had them Shannon. Serendib finished on 166 for eight down with several simple catches dropped and fielders often “missing catches” as the ball flew just over their heads.

All photographs courtesy of Philip Crebbin

How to get a good seam Position vs Serendib
How to get a good seam Position vs Serendib
Qureshi means Business vs Serendib
Qureshi means Business vs Serendib


The fore fonger Shows where the ball is going vs Serendib
The fore-finger Shows where the ball is going vs Serendib


After ample teas provided by Qureshi the main event of the day began when Deverill turned up with a large chamberpot, three bottles of Pimms #1, bags of ice and loads of fresh fruit and mint. I haven`t enjoyed watching a match so much for a very long time. It was quite difficult to take over the scoring again from Philip Crebbin who had sailed up the Isar to do it but wanted a break to take more photographs. The whiff of Pimms had brought several MCC legends along. First to arrive was Mark Palfrey looking very fit and with a suitable thirst. Next was John Hamilton, for the second week running, who never ceases to remind me that he is above me in the eternal batting stats table. Finally, for his annual pilgrimage, Wayne van Dalsum, the leading aggregate run scorer for many years until he was topped by Mark Lovell, arrived. Arriving home I saw a message from Andrew Cotterell, another old stalwart who held the record for the club`s highest score, 129 against ECC Hanau on 17th August 1991, until he was overtaken by Wayne van Dalsum with 143 against Pak Orient on 24th May 2003, that he will be in Munich for a reunion of the old comrades on 20th October. Clearly more Pimms afternoons are needed.

MCC opened the batting with Sarma and O`Meagher and throughout the innings it seemed as if we were still in T20 mode from last week. Sarma went for 7 in the second over to what was some very good bowling, a rising ball being edged to a deep first slip. In the fourth over O`Meagher decided he wanted some Pimms and in the sixth, Butt, who had hit a couple of superb boundaries was thirsty too. MCC were now 40 for 3 down after six overs. Altmann went in the 11th with the score on 62 and Hoeck lobbed a simple catch back to the bowler in the 15th with the score on 78. Mascarenhas departed in the 17th over and after 20, MCC were 94 for 6 wickets down, well ahead of the run rate but very low on wickets. Khan Mahmud, having played a test match innings went for 5 from 29 balls in the 25th over and now the wide-out flags came into play for both Ayub and Qureshi fell to excellent catches by Adit on the cow boundary making us 112 for nine down in the 29th over. Blades came in and did his best to hang around with Kahn Waqas realising they were bowling well over one wide per over and just to hang around still gave us a chance. It was not to be for he was given out LBW to a ball he actually hit but the keeper also caught it so one way or the other he was out.

Caught and bowled?
Caught and bowled?
Ayub steers away to point
Ayub steers away to Point
Ayub strikes powerfully vs Serendib
Ayub strikes powerfully vs Serendib


The Pimms had all disappeared along with three crates of cool fresh – Serendib had helped out here and the party split, some heading for Fräulein Grüneis`s and the remainder to the Chinese Tower to sample the cake provided by Khan Mahmud.

Sarma, 7, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

O`Meagher, 4, caught, 1 catch

Butt, 16, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts,

+Altmann, 14 caught

Hoeck, 4, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

*Mascarenhas, 13, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts

Ayub, 16, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Khan Mahmud, 5, caught

Qureshi, 0, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 23 runs 0 wkrts

Khan Waqas, 2*, 8 oversd, 2 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 0, LBW, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 1 wkt

MCC, 117 -10 in 29.5 overs lost to Serendib, 166 – 8 in 40 overs by 49 runs

MCC MOM: A. Sarma


Pimms is the winner vs Serendib
Pimms is the winner vs Serendib

Two games, neither finished but MCC progress to T20 semi-final


An all-time first for MCC in that we had scheduled two T20 games for the same day at the Hirschanger, a BCV quarter final match against PACC Neu Ulm, who had already beaten MCC II in the division II league match, to be followed by a friendly against the Serendib Breakaways. Obviously this required a prompt start and no hanging about during the game, but, as Robbie Burns said “the best laid plans o `mice an` men gang aft a-glee”. The terrorist attack in the Olympic Einkaufs Zentrum on Friday as we were at training at the Hirschanger caused a number of difficulties. Several members were forced to find some place to sleep in Munich as there were no trains, U-Bahn or busses running and two were taken into police custody because they were wandering through Marienplatz obviously with a middle-east look about them and carrying rucksacks and this at a time when there were believed to have been three perpetrators who had fled the scene carrying rucksacks. They were eventually released at 3am.

Nevertheless, everyone bar one, turned up well on time only to be greeted by a message from the opposition that their train was delayed due to the follow-on effect from last night`s disturbances and a gloomy prediction by Cassandra, who had also provided the teas, that it would rain heavily at 1700 hours. They eventually arrived at 1305 more than a half hour after the match should have started. The umpire advised that if we wished we could claim victory and simply play a friendly. We decided we wanted to win properly but claimed the toss and chose to field first.

Deverill opened the bowling for MCC and took a wicket with his fourth ball. Blades bowled from the other end and got a wicket in his second over leaving them two down for 4 runs and things were looking good. In his fourth over Deverill got his second making it 22 for three down. There was a good partnership of 39 for the fourth, only broken when Cassandra Barrett struck with the fourth ball of his first over and got a splendid stumping from Altmann. With his next ball Barrett got a caught behind and was hoping for a hat-trick. Not to be but the opposition were now five down in the 12th over with 63 runs on the board. Butt, Barrett and Qureshi finished off the overs and PACC´s last wicket fell after 19.5 overs with the score on 96.

During the innings break the two other teams for the friendly arrived and a good party atmosphere developed. A quick cup of tea and some absolutely scrumptious chocolate and butterscotch biscuits made by Barrett which should have earned him the man of the match award, MCC opened the batting with Butt and Altmann.


Altmann in aggresive mode


Cut away with gusto


Hoeck in on the act.


Ayub enjoyed a short innings



Bhavsar cuts beautifully


Butt decided he wanted another biscuit and was run out after facing three balls to be replaced by Wembridge having changed into whites from his colourful, psychedelic shorts and shirt. He stayed around for nine balls and made way for Hoeck when MCC were only 17 for two down.

A partnership of 46 ensued until Altmann was also run out for 25 with the score on 63 after 12 overs so just up with the required run rate. One ball later is was four down and after 17 overs with the score on 80 it was five down. Then it was six down on 89 after 18.5 overs and then seven down for 92 after 19.2 overs. MCC needed five runs for victory from four balls and tension was rising. Two singles and a dot ball followed then there was a wide and the batsman, Waqas Khan was run out. Umpire Ali signalled wides differently to how I was taught which should be “call and signal wide, wait until the ball is dead, turn to the scorer, signal wide and wait for acknowledgement”. He always waits until the ball is dead then turns to the scorer and calls and signals wide. The opposition were incensed when after the run out the umpire signalled a wide which actually meant that MCC still needed two runs to win from one ball and a new batsman at the crease. The umpire was accused of cheating and the opposition refused to continue meaning MCC won on forfeit.

Butt, 0, run out, 2.5 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

+Altmann, 25, run out, 3 catches, 1 stumping

Wembridge, 5, caught

Hoeck, 23, bowled, 2 catches

Ayub, o, caught

Bhavsar, 15*

Deverill J, 1, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 2 wkts

Qureshi, 2, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts

Khan Waqas, 1, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

Barrett, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs. 4 wkts

*Blades. DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

MCC, 95 for 8 in 19.5 overs beat PACC, 86 for 10 in 19.5 overs by forfeit

MCC MOM: C. Barrett (for his chocolate biscuits and a Forfar which could have been a Michelle had a sitter not been dropped on the boundary).

The early finish meant that the three crates of cool fresh could be attacked and the party atmosphere raised a few levels while the second match – now reduced to 16 overs – was played.  Among the spectators was the vice-captain of MCC II, Kantor whose train to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix had also been cancelled. Captain Alagh won the toss and chose to bat opening himself with Deverill as partner. The partnership lasted eight balls before Alagh was bowled without extending his lead at the top of the duck race and the next ball Gattinger followed him with a golden one. Next to go was Deverill with the score on 13 and five runs later Ayub who had had one of those days. A huge partnership of 14 between Mahmud Khan and Otmankhail was ended when Ottmankhail joined the duck race in the 9th over with the score on 32. Mahmud Khan went for 29 in the 16th over and was the 8th wicket to fall. Imtiaz and Usman batted out the remainder and MCC finished on 65 for eight down.

MCC bowlers Ayub and Hashimi opened the bowling and each went for 11 runs from their two overs. Imtiaz and Usman replaced them, Imtiaz going for 18 in his two overs and Usman being 7 for one from his one over. The heavens now really opened, just as predicted by Cassandra, and the match was abandoned. So MCC did not finish either match in this two match adventure but the party in the changing room from 5pm onwards and then at Fräulein Grüneis´s was worth turning out for. MCC male voice choir, having sunk the three crates of cool fresh were in fine flow but why did the music stop after the eighties? I used to play a game asking people to name a song title which was a girl`s name with a warning that it really showed one`s age. I reckon the songs sung were also a fair measure of age too. I only recognised “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie”

Deverill J, 3, run out

*Alagh, 2, bowled

Gattinger, 0, caught

Khan Mahmud, 29, caught

Ayub, 1, bowled. 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts

Cross, 0, bowled

Qureshi, 2, LBW,

Imtiaz, 2, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs 0 wkts

+Otmankhail, 2*

Usman, 6*, 1 over,0 mdns, 7 runs, 1 wkt

Hashimi. DNB, 2 overs, o mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts

MC, 65 –8 in 16 overs, Breakaways, 48- 1 in 7 overs were lucky to escape.

MCC MOM: Khan Mahmud. Normally a MOM would not be awarded in an abandoned match but his performance was so outstanding compared to the rest of the batsmen, making the highest score of anyone in the whole afternoon and the game was almost over anyway.

Blades`s Forfar finishes CCB


A fine day at the Hirschanger saw MCC wanting to win to maintain their slight chances of topping the league table and CCB wanting to win to stave off a drop into division II. Captain Weston lost the toss and MCC were asked to bat first opening with Weston and Altman. In the fourth over Weston was caught behind with the score on 16, thereby continuing his unfortunate run of low scores whenever his family are watching. Sarma replaced him and put on 47 for the second with Altmann but departed for 21 in the 16th over. A few runs later Altmann left for a cup of tea and at the crease were now Butt and Ayub who put on 20 before Ayub was bowled in the 25th over with the score on 88. Wickets fell regularly afterwards, the only significant partnership being 26 for the seventh wicket between Butt and Otmankhail. Still every little helps, no-one joined the duck race, and MCC were all out for 140 after 39.5 overs which included a magnificent ”off his toes” flick for four by Otmankhail.

During the MCC innings scorer Crebbin took a number of photographs and now has two “B” s to his name to reflect the dual tasks he performs.          IMG_1822

The captain reflects on his run of low scores

when his close family are watching


Sarma and Altman push on


              Sarma drives to extra cover


       Altmann demonstrates a high elbow


After teas provided by Altmann MCC opened the bowling with Blades and Sarma, both of whom started with maidens. They continued to strangle the run rate and the first wicket fell to Blades in the 7th over with the score on 20. Blades also got his second in the 9th over bur Sarma was not to be outdone and got his first in the 12th over getting their dangerous captain Appavu LBW off a full toss. There was then a good fourth wicket partnership of 31, ended by Waqas Khan who absolutely skittled the middle stump. Numbers five and six fell rather quickly the sixth being a stumping by Altmann who had taken over the gloves from Weston and needed to remind the leg side umpire that “on the line is out”. Then there was another good recovery of 26 for the seventh wicket, broken by Ayub who bowled one over, got one wicket for five runs, all of them wides. I really think you have misunderstood the meaning of the wide boys prize Mudassir. CCB were now 104 for seven down and needing only 37 to win off 12 overs so things were getting tight. After a few tight overs by Barrett and Waqas Khan the opening bowlers were brought back on and Blades immediately got his Forfar Athletic, his return over going for one run and two wickets including a caught and bowled for the stats. Sarma took the tenth and CCB were all out for 121 in the 32nd over.

Weston, 12, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts

Altmann, 21, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Sarma, 25, caught, 7.3 overs, 1 mdn, 21 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Butt, 31, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Ayub, 7, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 1 wkt

Khan A, 1, LBW

Khan w, 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Ottmankhail, 9, caught

Barrett, 4, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt

Cross, 1, bowled,

Blades, 2*, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 4 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 140 -10 in 39.5 overs beat CCB, 121 -10 in 31.3 overs by 19 runs

MCC MOM: T.Blades

Erlangen Bowlers made to suffer in Division I league match

A fine hot summer day at the Hirschanger and MCC looking to beat Erlangen after a tie in the away match earlier in the season. Captain Weston lost the toss and MCC were asked to bat and opened with Veser and the captain. Veser was out caught off the sixth ball for his first duck of the season bringing Sarma to the crease. There was a magnificent 83 run second wicket partnership before Sarma went for 20 in the 12th over and his place was taken by Butt. As usual Butt played himself in with test match batting scoring 2 runs from 13 balls before striking his first boundary. Thereafter his strike rate increased and the third wicket partnership of 89 was broken in the 28th over, Weston departing for 85 having hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 78 ball innings. There were no more big partnerships but after 40 overs MCC were 251 for 8 wickets, which included 44 wides.

After teas were taken, MCC opened the bowling with Khanna, who had hit a magnificent six from the last ball of the MCC innings, and Blades. After one over Khanna was replaced by Sarma and he and Blades bowled tightly, the first wicket falling to Blades in the 8th over with the score on 36. Sarma got his first in the 11th over with the score on 56 and then Erlangen crumbled losing wickets with the score on 56, 66, 68, 86 and were 88 for 7 down in the 19th over when Ayub took two wickets. Then there was a huge 104 run partnership between Jimmy Gaurav and Phil Milton. Milton had opened in the match at Erlangen and used up 63 balls to score 35. Here he scored 38 from 38 balls. Skipper Weston tried just about everything to break the partnership, finally exchanging the keeping role with Sarma and bowled one over himself. With his fourth ball Milton went for another six over long on and was very well caught by Veser in the deep with the score on 194 in the 36th over. Now Weston played his trump card and brought on Qureshi who took the remaining two wickets in the next over from 4 balls – well six I suppose as he bowled two wides. Erlangen then were all out for 196 in the 37th over.

The match had been scored by Philip Crebin, our new member and world champion yachtsman who kindly offered to do so after he learned that the regular scorer would be away in Ulm

Veser, 0, caught, 2 catches

Weston, 85, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 1 wkt, one stumping (off a leg side wide)

Sarma, 20, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 42 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

Butt T.K. 39, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts

Mascarenhas, 36, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 0 wkts, 3 catches

Ayub, 7, caught, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 17 runs, 2 wkts

Qureshi, 6, caught, 0.4 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 2 wkts

Deverill, 4, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts

Khanna, 7*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 7 uns, 0 wkts

Kantor, 3*

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 32 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 251 for 8 in 40 overs, beat Erlangen, 196 for 10 in 36.4 overs by 55 runs

MCC MOM: Weston.


MCC II batmen in devastating form in Neu-Ulm

Having finally got the transport details sorted out on Friday, three cars with ten players, one umpire and Rahul`s dad plus the kit but without any helmets set off from the Hirschanger somewhat late around 10:45 to head for Neu-Ulm. Actually their ground is in Ulm right alongside the picturesque river Danube and is part of the sports complex for SSV Ulm. It is a super ground, very large, big enough to be able to run threes, short grass, an even outfield and a really bouncy Flicx wicket.

Captian Alagh duly lost the toss and we were asked to field which he would have chosen to do anyway had he won. After a couple of overs Toke arrived blaming the traffic from Stuttgart yet again for his tardiness. MCC opened the bowling with Amin Khan and Sestan, both of whom bowled very well, Sestan claiming the first wicket with the score on 21 and well caught by Bhat junior. Khan struck with the first ball of the next over making them 22 for 2 down. After ten overs the opening bowlers were replaced by Waqas Khan and Mahmud Khan, Waqas in particular looking very handy with his fast left arm action on a bouncy wicket. After 16 overs they were 59 for 5 down. As usual despite taking wickets, the bowlers made MCC batmen`s job harder by ratcheting up the wide count with 35 wides and 3 no-balls being bowled in the innings. Mahmud Khan was replaced by Imtiaz Ahmed who bowled very effectively finishing up with a Forfar Athletic and Neu-Ulm were all out – including a catch by Hashimi – for 104 in 23.5 overs.

During the tea interval it was emphasised repeatedly that we had 40 overs to score only 105 runs, slightly over 2.5 runs per over so absolutely no need to do anything stupid and try to win in ten overs. This seemed to have fallen on stony ground for Ritigahapola, the German U-19 keeper, got a golden one off the very first ball of the innings. Toke and Bhat junior steadied the ship and put on 40 for the second wicket although between them they should have been out three times in the interim. Thereafter wickets fell with the score on 49, 51, 51, 56, 59, 61, and 61 respectively. In total there were six ducks, one first ball, four two balls and one six ball. Perhaps we should be generous and say that most of the duck race entrants played themselves in for a ball or two? On the other hand perhaps it was the proximity of the ducks swimming in the Danube that caused such collective suicide.

The advantage of such a comprehensive hammering was that we were able to get back to the Hirschanger to watch the last hour of the division one league match against Erlangen and then on to the Chinese tower.

+Ritgahapola, 0, caught, 1 catch

Toke, 16, bowled, 1 catch

Bhat, 27, caught, 1 catch

Waqas Khan, 3, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

Mahmud Khan, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Sestan, 0, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Bowes, 1, LBW,

Khan Amin, 1*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt

*Alagh, 0, caught

Hashimi, 0, caught, 1 catch

Imtiaz Ahmed, 0, caught, 3.5 Overs. 0 mdns, 22 runs, 4 wkts

MCC, 61 – 10 in 25.2 overs, lost to Neu-Ulm, 104 – 10 on 23.5 overs by 43 runs

MCC MOM: Imtiaz Ahmed


Match Report MCCI vs Serendib II, T20 Cup first round, (03 Jul 2016)

The first round of the BCV T20 cup and MCCI rolled up to face Serendib at their Neu-Perlach ground, near the Forschungsbrauerei. An early start had been set and the game got underway at 12:05 after captain Weston lost the toss and MCC were asked to field. This may have been because at that time Serendib had only nine players, two reputedly on their way. Actually they never ever arrived and the remaining Serendib batsmen were all very soon on their way too the first being a superb direct hit run out of Jasprit Singh, recently of the breakaways but now back with Serendib. He went with the score on four and the other wickets fell with the score on 18, 21, 28, 36, 58, 58 and 58. The MCC bowlers clearly had a field day bowling them out in 14. 2 overs and bowling only 9 wides in total. Pick of the bunch was Höck who had a Forfar Athletic.

MCC`s batting was even more overpowering, Veser and Ayub getting the necessary in only six overs meaning the match was finished at 13:50 and the team were at a loss as to what to do, it being too early to visit the Forschungsbrauerei.

Veser, 22*, (from 19 balls), one direct run out

Ayub, 36* (from 17 balls),

Blades, DNB, 3overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 1 wkts

Bhamare, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Mascarenhas, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 10 runs, one run out with Altmann

+Altmann. DNB, 1catch, one run out with Mascarenhas

Hoeck, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 4 wkts

Wembridge, DNB,

Qureshi, DNB, 0.2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 runs, 1 wkt

Butt TK, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns 14 runs, 0 wkts

*Weston, DNB

MCC I, 61 – 0 in 6 overs, beat Serendib II, 58 – 8 in 14.2 overs by 10 wickets

MCC MOM: Maxi Hoeck