MCC ex-treasurer absconds with match fee after defeating Serendib Breakaways!

Making a first appearance this season, splendidly elegant in his whites Seb O`Connor, one half of the South Coast Mafia graced the Hirschanger yesterday arriving only 15 minutes after he should have but then, what do you do with Godfathers? Turning up late was the usual problem and the usual culprits, three of whom have been given a last warning and one who turned up after the game had started didn`t get to play at all. The ex-treasurer and South Coast Mafia had a good game taking 2 for 5 in two overs including 2 wides, the wickets coming off consecutive balls so just missing the hat-trick. After the match was over and after the teas provided by Barrett, the ex-treasurer absconded without paying his match fee and apparently had recruited Otmannkhil and Govendar into his mob for they too left without paying. Will this be the heart of a new MCC Breakaways team?

Anyway, captain Kantor lost the toss and MCC were asked to field in a bat 12 field 11 20 over friendly, and opened with Cross and Barrett. With his third ball Cross got a wicket, coolly held by the captain, setting the standard for the innings with seven catches being taken and not a single one dropped. This shows what coming to Friday nets can do for you. After four overs Govendar and the Mafia came on, Govendar getting his wicket with his second ball and the Mafia his two in his second over leaving the Breakways 31 for 4 down after 8 overs. The carnage continued when Mahmud Khan and Bowes bowled the next four overs aided by some top class catching by Barrett and Cross and after 12 overs they were 56 for 9 down. The captain tried his arm but only got one wicket leaving it up to Toke to take their 11th from his 3rd ball and they were all out for 62 in just 13.3 overs

A quick turnaround and MCC opened with Imtiaz Ahmed and Waqas Khan, two of the late arrivals. Imtiaz faced six balls and was bowled for 2 bringing Toke to the crease. He returned to the pavilion in the 7th over having scored 8 as did the duck race candidate captain Kantor who seemed to have got a bummer of a decision but, after 7 overs, MCC were 33 for 3. In came Bowes to force the pace scoring four runs from his first 20 balls and finishing not out 7 from 26 balls. The runs to victory were scored by Waqas who finished on 30 not out.

Imtiaz Ahmed, 2, bowled

Waqas Khan, 30*

Toke, 8, bowled, 0.3 overs, 2 runs, 1 wkt,

*Kantor, 0, LBW, 1 over, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Bowes, 7*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 3 wkts

O`Connor, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Mahmud Khan, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 2 wkts

Barrett, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Cross, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

+Ottmankhil, DNB

Bhalerao, DNB, 2 catches

Govendar, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 1 wkt

MCC, 63 -3 in 12.4 overs, beat Serendib Breakaways, 62 – 11 by 8 wickets,

MCC MOM: Bowes

A second T20 was started, MCC batting first and opening with the two not out batsmen from the first match. They retired with the score on 47 and 72 respectively to be replaced by Bhalarao and Barrett, alliteration in “B” being all the rage. Barrett joined the duck race to bring Mahmud Khan to the crease and they put on 18 before the heavens opened. This was enough for the Breakaways who packed their kit and fled although the weather did brighten up for a while so the game was abandoned.

Waqas Khan, 27* retired

Bowes, 22*, retired

Bhalerao, 22*

Barrett, 0, bowled

Mahmud Khan, 2*

MCC, 91 for 3 down, match abandoned.



MCC 2’s beaten by POCC in Division II fixture at the Hirschanger

On a sunny Saturday afternoon MCC lined up against POCC for their 5th league game of the season. With what seemed to be one of the stronger line up’s of the season Captain Alagh won the toss and chose to bat first. Bowes and Bhamare opened the batting with the latter being bowled very early on. In came Bhat with the score on 4 and following a brief knock hit one in the air for a short lived 2. Toke came in at 4 and the partnership between him and Bowes kept MCC at the crease until the 14th over, Bowes being the batsman out, bowled for 28 having just carted the spinner for a 4 and a 6, then tried the same shot again and simply missed the ball. Partnership was worth 38 and MCC were 54-3. Bhalerao then joined Toke at the crease before the rain ensued. The rain gap was kindly filled with quotes from Mohammed Amir’s new autobiography on match fixing. The chairman was later quoted: ‘A worthwhile read about people being given a second chance.’ Following the rain break MCC continued onwards with no batsmen getting out of double figures leaving us with a final total of 106 all out, after Craig decided to take on the fielder at silly mid-on, running Farid out in the process. Teas were provided by Bhat and following a short break POCC went in to bat. Amin Khan and Imtiaz Ahmed opening the bowling, both starting with rather wild wides, followed by a change in the bowling to the two spinners, Barrett and Toke. Unfortunately neither had great success which brought Bhamare and Bhat into the attack. Both bowled with good lines and restricted the batsmen, before Bhamare made the breakthrough, with Shattab being stumped very abley by FArid. POCC then continued the onslaught and scored 107-1 after 18 overs. After the game we had a team building drinking excersise where everybody bowled at one stump, and if you missed you had to take a sip of your drink. Needless to say everyone was slightly tipsy when we left the Hirsch!

We play the Munich Rebels next week in a friendly so look forward to seeing you there! MCC MOM: Bowes Bhamere 2, Bowled 4.5 – 0 – 29 – 1 Bowes 28 Bowled Bhat 2 Caught 3-0-19-0 Toke 15 Bowled 1-0-11-0 Bhalerao 9 Caught Amin 8 Bowled 4-0-23-0 Manav 1 Bowled Barrett 4 Not Out 2-0-9-0 Imtiaz 0 Bowled 3-0-11-0 Cross 1 Bowled Farid 6 Run Out 1 Stumping

Zuoz tournament reigns again


Friday 10thwas a bright, early summer day, temperatures around 20° and everyone getting excited as the departure time approached. I left home at 1pm heading for the car rental to meet committee member Bridgett Bowes. We then headed for the Forschingsbrauerei in the mini-van, then to my cellar to collect the matting to lay on top of the Flicx for a trial, then to Westy`s to collect the away kit and finally to the Hirschanger to deposit the matting and collect the eight MCC Steine to give the proper respect to the Forschungsbrauerei Pilsisimus. The motley crew of travellers including Olie Deverill and Southern Comfort Seth Reinhart who had never even seen a cricket match before were all waiting patiently, even Sam Cross on his first ever visit to the Hirschanger. Waiting must have been thirsty work for before we finally departed at 16:35 two litres of the 24 litres available were sunk without trace and the driver was concerned there would be none left for him when we arrived in Zuoz.

Before we reached the turnoff towards Insbruck Cassandra Craig, who had been sending through ever gloomier weather forecasts all week, sent a message that he and Thumbs Colling had left at 1600 and were already in Garmisch. This was fine as it meant they would be in good time to join Captain Carr, who was travelling from Basel to Zuoz in a private Pullman car, courtesy of Swiss railways, for the pre-tournament briefing in the Dorta. The mini-van meanwhile threaded its raucous way though the Inntal into Austria, turned right there and then left through the 7500 metre tunnel towards Switzerland counting bridges and horses all the way. Amazingly there were no border controls at all and, after frequent stops to water the flowers, we arrived at the Convict in Zuoz at 2100 to be greeted by Captain Mango Carr who had been all alone at the briefing so had gone for a pizza instead. Cassandra and Thumbs arrived some 15 minutes after the van, Cassandra flashing a weather forecast and crying it will be pissing down tomorrow. After a convivial Pizza etc. in Walter`s Pizzeria most returned to the Convict but a couple went to the Dorta where the Freshwater crew turned up at around 11pm having been travelling via Gatwick, Milan and the mountain passes all day. Their relief at finding a place selling alcohol at this time in Zuoz was a joy to behold. Around 1 am I left with two Freshwaters to return to the Convict only to find the street lights were out, it was a pitch black night and the only illumination was from a mobile phone.

It had been arranged to meet at the grounds at 9am to view the weather and decide on the schedule for the day. Cassandra showed three different forecasts each saying pissing down until around 10 then clearing up until around 1pm then pissing down again as it was when he showed the forecasts. The arrangement was to take lunch at the school at noon, then reconvene at the ground ready to start at 12:45. MCC were drawn against Geneva Sri Lankans in the first round and, as Cassandra`s forecast was correct as he insisted on reminding us, we arranged a friendly game against the Genevans, a ten over thrash everyone bar the keeper bowling one over. MCC started as they meant to continue throughout the weekend and dropped a fair few sitters but took the difficult ones and ran out final victors of the friendly. During this match elder statesman Giles arrived and joined us for lunch but declared himself unavailable for today`s matches having been weakened by attending a Paul McCartney concert in Munich on the Friday night.

The first round match against the Geneva Sri-Lankans on pitch 3 was a different matter. They had some good, quick bowlers bowled only a few wides and restricted MCC to 80 for 9 in 20 overs. In return they scored 81 for none down in only 4.5 overs which included 15 wides whereas Geneva bowled only 8 wides in 20 overs.

Deverill J, 19, caught, 0.5 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts

Altmann, 1, bowled

Bhamare, 3, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 27 runs. 0 wkts

Colling, 8, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts

Bowes, 6, caught

Carr, 7, bowled

Cross, 12, bowled

Khanna, 8, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Barrett, 1 caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Deverill O, 0*

Reinhart, 0*

MCC, 80 for 9 in 20 overs, lost to Geneva Sri-Lankans, 83 for 0 in 4.5 overs by 10 wickets.

Getting absolutely thrashed in such a short time meant that we could set up another ten over friendly against the school who had suffered a similar beating at the hands of Zurich Nomads. A Lyceum player had lulled a thigh muscle when running and should clearly be aiming to be an actor. His movement and groans in the field together with his guttural comments in a version of English had the rest of his team in fits. We also won this friendly which finished around 8pm, the time at which we had reserved a table in Walters. Half the squad wanted to use take-aways rather than dine leisurely as they wanted to watch England lose against Russia. The convict had a TV room so many retired there complete with a generous amount of rum, whisky and coke. A couple of us journeyed on to the Dorta where Freshwater were in full swing as we watched England try very hard to lose against Russia. One of the Freshwater players got lost on the way home as there were no street lights and wandered around to the next town and finished up sleeping in a toilet, returning to the Convict at 7am.

The next day was a complete change from Saturday, no rain, warm and a lot of burnt faces on those who hadn`t heeded the warning about the strength of the sun up here. Southern Comfort looked like a Cherokee from Western North Carolina for a while. Cassandra consulted umpteen weather forecasts to allay his misery after the England football performance and we were all at the ground at 9am ready to take on Winterthur on pitch 4 to decide where we would be in the table, anywhere from 5th to 8th. Captain Mango lost the toss and MCC were asked to field. The meaning of the Wide-Boys award seems to have been misinterpreted as in 3 overs we bowled 18 wides which, together with dropped catches helped them to a first wicket partnership of 85 which was broken in the 7th over by a superb catch from Cross off Deverill J`s bowling. Another fine catch by Cross, again off JD`s bowling brought the second wicket in the 11th over with Winterthur on 113. After the first 3 overs only one more wide was bowled and the run rate was pulled back but they finished with 182 for 5 down after 20 overs.

MCC opened the batting with Deverill J and Altmann who put on a splendid 91 before JD was caught by Kruger the younger in the 9th over. Altmann was unluckily run out in the 12th over and Bhamare joined the duck race in the same over with the score on 106. Bridget and Thumbs added 38 for the 4th wicket but then Bowes was caught in the 15th over At this stage MCC needed 39 to win from 5 overs so were looking reasonable. In the next over Thumbs Colling went for 35 and thereafter the run rate dropped and we finished up with 170 for 8 in 20 overs.

Deverill J, 37, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 2 wkts

Altmann, 48, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts

Colling, 35, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts

Bhamare, 0. Bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 0 wkts

Bowes, 9, caught

Khanna, 11, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 2 wkts

Cross, 1, run out, 2 catches

Carr, 3, caught

Deverill O, 1*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts

Giles, DNB

Barrett, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 170 for 8 in 20 overs, lost to Winterthur, 182 for 5 in 20 overs by 12 runs.

MCC MOM: Deverill J

After lunch we were scheduled to play Freshwater – who had made a terrible hash of their match against the Lyceum – on pitch 4 to determine the 7th and 8th places in the table. Freshwater batted first – not sure who won the toss. Deverill O left us to play for the Sri-Lankan Stars as several of their players had sloped off after having lost their second match. Cassandra Barrett kept wicket, flashing his 37th weather forecast and hoping that wearing gloves all the innings would be beneficial in the arctic blizzard he was expecting.

MCC opened the bowling with Cross and Colling, alliteration in C being always a winning combination. In his second over Cross bowled a double wicket maiden and Colling also got one in his second over. Bowes and Carr took over, Carr getting one in his first over, a second in his third and another in his fourth whereas Bowes took a double in his fourth. They were now nine down and Captain Mango brought on Khanna in a master stroke that will live on in our memories forever. With his second ball which was his first to Van der Castille, he mesmerised the batsman so much he raised his bat and watched the ball onto middle stump without moving. The whole ensemble of players and umpires erupted into laughter.

Captain Mango Carr reversed the batting order as the target was only 79 in 20 overs and opened with Khanna and Cross. Khanna was bowled rather hilariously in the 4th over for 6 and Cassandra, still wearing gloves, came in to make a good 12 not out. Cross though went in the 5th over with the score on 29 to be replaced by Giles who showed us all what a raised elbow can do for style. That is until he spooned one up to mid-on allowing Southern Comfort Seth Reinhart to take the field for the first time in a competition match. His first ball was hit for an almighty six, narrowly missing the first aid helpers, way back from the boundary. That was it as far as he was concerned, as it was for Bowes who replaced him and joined the duck race with a golden one. It was left to Captain Carr to join Cassandra for an unbroken 35 to win the match and secure us 7th place in the table.

Khanna, 6 bowled, 0.2 over, 0 mdns, 1 run, 1 wkt

Cross, 12, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 25 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Barrett, 14*

Giles, 3, caught

Reinhart, 6, caught

Bowes, 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts

Carr 16*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 3 wkts

Bhamare, DNB

Altmann, DNB, 2 catches

Deverill J, DNB

Colling, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 1 wkt

MCC, 80 for 5 in 13.2 overs beat Freshwater, 79 for 10 in 13.2 overs by 5 wickets

MCC MOM: alliteration in “C”, Carr and Cross.

As the game finished early there was time to knock the top off a few Pilsisimus with the Freshwater crew allow Khanna to take some stunning photographs and then watch the presentation of the winner`s trophy to Zürich Nomads before leaving on the long drive home counting bridges and horses again.

We had a memorable weekend with some good cricket and thanks to all the tourists for making it so.

Michelle rules again vs Serendib

Another fine hot humid day with thundery showers forecast for later. The game was scheduled to start at 12 noon, there were only six MCC players present then so the toss was forfeited. The last team member arrived at 12:20 and, as is usual, he was the one living closest to the ground. MCC were asked to field but as captain Westion wuld have chosen to field anyway, MCC were not punished for their tardiness, They opened the bowling with Bhamare and Arunachalam, complete with headband, and making a last appearance before disappearing into the depths of the Black Forest. In the first over Bhamare got his wicket, a magnificent leg side stumping off a wide by Weston and we were lucky the square leg umpire from Serendib was alert and honest for it was very close. The two openers bowled tightly and after 12 overs the score was 47 for one down. Altmann and Blades took the ball, Altmann going for one wide only in his first over. Blades on the other hand experimented with his length and was hit for a six off the first ball, a full toss. This led to the somewhat unusual occurrence of the batsman sledging the bowler which didn`t go down too well. Blades went for 11 in his first over, and this was followed by a maiden from Altmann. In the first ball of his second Blades got his revenge and sent the sledger on his way to a loud farewell. His next ball was a superb caught and bowled followed by a single, a six and yet another wicket. From 60 for 1 after 15 Serendib moved to 67 for 4 after 16. In the 20th over there was a run out and then Blades got his fourth leaving them 80 for 6 down at drinks. A splendid stand of 48 took it through to the 31st over when Mascarenhas got a two-fer. In the 32nd Sarma got Dissanayaka, their highest scorer, caught behind by Weston and Blades came back to finish it off and get the Michelle of his dreams in the 33rd.

After the innings break MCC opened with Veser and Weston and were soon in trouble although Veser hit a couple of powerful boundaries. Weston joined the duck race in the second over and Veser went in the third, both caught behind off some very good fast bowling. Sarma went to a caught and bowled for 4, Butt was caught for the same score in the 7th over and things were looking a bit grim with all four top batsmen making an aggregate of 26 off the bat. Mascarenhas and Hoeck steadied the ship playing very carefully and put on 20 before Mascarenhas got a top edge with the score on 47 in the 12th over. Hoeck departed in the 16th with the score on 60, dark clouds amassing and the 20 over score taking on additional importance. The 17th over went for 20 runs, two fours and two sixes from Ayub and then after 20 overs MCC were ahead on 87 for 6 down. Altman and Ayub put on 58 for the 7th wicket taking us to 118 in the 24th over. The Serendib bowling changes had become increasingly frantic as MCC edged towards the winning total of 137. Altmann and Arunachalam took the score to 126 at the end of the 27th over so just 11 runs were needed as the rain began, not heavy but threatening to be later. The next over went for 3 wides, a wide, a four, a single and 2 wides and before the scoreboard could be updated to show the match was won, Arunachalam was out caught going for glory. As a parting gift before he left for Freiburg, we were able to prove to the umpire and the opposition that the game was in fact over before he was out and so he finished with a not out score.

Veser, 12, caught, 2 catches

Weston, 0, caught, 2 catches, 1 stumping

Sarma, 4, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt

Butt TK, 4, caught,

Mascarenhas, 6, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 2 wkts

Hoeck, 11, bowled,

Ayub, 45, caught, 3 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Altmann, 13*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Arunachalam, 8*, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 21 runs, 0 wkts

Bhamare, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, DNB, 5.4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 5 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 137 for 7 in 27.3 overs, beat Serendib, 136 for 10 in32.4 overs by 3 wickets.

MCC MOM: Blades

MCC run out lucky winners in friendly vs PACC

A fine day at the Hirschanger and the first game ever against PACC from Neu-Ulm. The friendly was arranged against Serendib but they bailed on Thursday evening so all credit to PACC for confirming the fixture after only 30 minutes checking on Friday afternoon. Captain Alagh won the toss and decided to bat first in a 30 over friendly which was soon changed to a 35 over friendly. Although we had a full team, Mahmud Khan turned up and PACC agreed to play a bat 12 field 11 fixture.

MCC opened with Otmakhil and Altmann, with the bearded one departing for 1 in the 2nd over and the score on 8. Hashimi arrived and together with Altman put on 29 for the 2nd wicket then, when Altmann departed was joined by captain Alagh who immediately ran himself out on the first ball he faced. Bowes also joined the duck race and MCC were 32 for 4 down. Hashimi and Furlonger put on 19 for the fifth before Hashimi was bowled for 11 and four runs later Usman Asif also ran himself out. Govendar and Furlonger added 19 runs for the seventh before Furlonger was run out, this time a very good direct hit. Some hard hitting by Govendar, aided by Toke gave a 30 run partnership for the eigth wicket. Then Govendar was bowled and In the next over with no addition to the score Toke went. Sestan and Imtiaz Ahmed added 5 for the 10th wicket leaving Sestan and Mahmud Khan to bat out the remaining overs and take the final score to 125.

After teas provided by Bowes MCC opened the bowling with Govendar and Altmann who bowled tightly taking five wickets between them, Altman one in each of his three overs. After six overs the score was 17 for 4 down. Imtiaz replaced Altmann, got his wicket and was very liberal with his wides for two overs before being exchanged for Sestan who bowled one over only. Toke bowled well for four overs getting two wickets as did Usman Asif who bowled three overs for 10 runs, six of which were wides or no-balls. Hashimi had one over and took the decisive wicket of Qamar, their top scorer, just at the time when it appeared the opposition might yet win the game. PACC decided they would not bat 12 so the last wicket was taken by Imtiaz Ahmed in his second spell. Next Saturday there will be a Division II league match against PACC, again at the Hirschanger, so it was useful to get a look at them beforehand.

Ohmankhil, 1, cauight, 1 catch

Altmann, 15, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 3 wkts

Hashimi, 11, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Alagh, 0, run out

Bowes, 0, bowled,

Furlonger, 15, run out

Usman Asif, 1, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Govendar, 24, bowled, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 21 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Toke, 7, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 2 wkts

Sestan, 5*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts

Imtiaz Ahmed, 3, bowled, 3.1 ovwrs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Mahmud Khan, 6*, 1 catch

MCC, 125 – 10 in 35 overs beat PACC, 106 – 10 in 22.1 overs by 19 runs

MCC MOM: shared by Altmann/Govendar

MCC victorious at the new CCB West Park venue

A wonderfully warm day with the temperature hovering just below 30° and MCC travelled to CCB`s fine new ground in West Park. It is infinitely better than their old Züricherstrasse ground and better than MIC as the ground is flat and of a reasonable size. A running track surrounds it and there is a sand pit so it brings back happy memories of the Hirschanger.

Captain Weston lost the toss and we were asked to bat, somewhat nervously as we had heard reports that the pitch was poor and the balls stayed very low. The reports were wrong for it played very well even allowing a few bouncers when bowlers really put their backs into it.

Weston and Veser, opened as usual – we must start counting the number of opening pairs we have had and scored at a rate of just above five an over until Weston went for 10 in the 8th over with the score on 44. Sarma and Veser put on 50 for the second wicket, Veser in particular being very aggressive until he was bowled for 60 off 44 balls in the 17th over. Sarma was playing a very reserved innings and as will be seen this was just as well. We needed someone to anchor the innings. At 20 overs the score was 108 for 2 down. Butt disappeared in the 22nd over followed by Mascarenhas in the 26th who hit his trademark massive six into the next field. Hoeck and Sarma put in 27 for the 5th wicket, Hoeck falling to a direct hit run out. Ayub had a bummer being out from the 7th ball in the over and MCC were 175 for 6 down in the 33rd over. Altmann was run out in the 36th over and Sarma finally fell in the 37th over having scored 63 from 89 balls and really held the innings together. Khan went in the next over after some almighty heaves and Govendar made a useful 8 before being bowled leaving Blades stranded just short of his fifty.

During the tea break the Carrie family arrived complete with the young princess but didn`t stay very long as there was no-one for Lady Carrie to escort to hospital. Lord and Lady Scott, fresh from the arctic, also arrived, he sporting an expensive looking new bicycle. He it was who intercepted the message from the Hirschanger stating MCC II had scored 279. Skipper Weston had issued a challenge promising a mass of beer to any bowler bowling a minimum of five overs and giving away fewer than one wide per over. The MCC opening bowlers were Govendar and Blades and it was soon obvious that Govendar was on the waggon. However he got a wicket in his third over and was bowling with some pace. Blades got his wicket in his fourth over and, horror of horrors, was then taken off so no mass for him. After eight overs CCB were 44 for 2 down and now Altmann and Ayub took over the bowling. Both bowled very well and tight going for only 4 runs an over. After 20 overs CCB were 94 for 5 down so just about up with the required run rate but having lost three more wickets than MCC at this stage and things were looking good. Five became seven down after Sarma`s first over, the 23rd, and the eighth fell again to Sarma in the 31st over (this time a Jayawardene style run out) with the score on 148. Mascarenhas got the ninth in the 34th over and Sarma cleaned up the innings with his third in the 35th.

Veser, 60, bowled,

Weston, 10, caught

Sarma, 63, caught, 6.2 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 3 wkts

Butt, 8, bowled, 1 catch

Mascarenhas, 8, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch (brilliant)

Hoeck, 11, run out, 2 catches

Ayub, 2, caught, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 20 runs, 3 wkts

Altmann, 2, run out, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 0 wkts

Khan A, 7, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Govendar, 8, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt,


MCC, 208 for 10 in 39.5 overs, beat CCB, 166 for 10 in 34.2 overs by 42 runs

MCC MOM: Sarma

First Michelle of the season for Deverill in the Div II match at the Hirschanger

A glorious spring day after a pretty cold and miserable week saw MCC II back at the Hirschanger to take on the might of Passau, a newly re-formed club who stopped playing some 10 years ago but with the influx of refugees from cricket playing nations, Brian Fell has got a team back together. Their first two excursions into league cricket have resulted in hammerings leading to some unwarranted cockiness on the MCC Facebook page. Elder Statesman Giles turned up at 12:15 to score and the Passau team were all present and correct waiting for the toss, which they won and chose to field.

MCC opened with Toke and Bowes but Bowes was in a hurry to check the cool fresh in the fridge and departed for 1 in the third over, Khanna followed him for 3 in the 6th over with the score now 19 for 2 down. Why bar keeper Khanna should be in a hurry to check on the beer remains a mystery. In came Deverill to play a long innings and put on 27 with Toke for the 3rd wicket before Toke went for 13, the highest score of the innings. In came Bhat and, in the context of the game, another good partnership of 16 ensued before Deverill went for 11 and the score on 62. A reasonable score was on the cards but the MCC batsmen had other ideas and insisted on cross-batting going for the big fours and sixes with only two of the last six batsmen hitting solitary fours. Quereshi went for 7, Alagh and Kantor participated in the duck race, Kantor with a golden one, Gattinger for 4, Ottmankhil for 1 and Sestan remained not out on 3 having run out of partners. Highest scorer of the innings was wides with 23.

After teas provided by someone, when a message was posted on Facebook “MCC 2 79” which we at the division I fixture took to read “MCC II scored 279”, MCC bowlers Qureshi and Deverill took on the might of Passau`s batting. It started well, Qureshi with a maiden, Deverill with a wicket maiden. By the sixth over Deverill had a three-for and Passau were 11 for three down. Three became four in the next over, Qureshi getting his first wicket and in the 10th over Deverill got his fourth with the score on 32 for five down. A good partnership of 14 in the context of the match ensued before he got his Michelle, the first in the club this season. Nine runs later Dirty Dancer Khanna got a wicket, a stumping by Ottmankhil, but then a serious partnership of 16 for the 8th wicket before Qureshi got his second took Passau to the verge of victory. This came in the 23rd over and a probably shell shocked MCC retired to the two crates of cool fresh with their tails between their legs. Never underestimate the opposition lads, or as George Dubya was wont to say never mis-underestimate them

Toke, 13, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 0 wkts

Bowes, 1, caught,

Khanna, 3, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Deverill, 11, bowled, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 22 runs, 5 wkts

Bhat, 8, caught,

Qureshi, 7, caught, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 24 runs, 2 wkts

Alagh, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Kantor, 0, LBW

Gattinger, 4, bowled

Ottmankhil, 1, runout

Sestan 3*

MCC II, 78 for 10 in 23. 4 oversd lost to Passau, 80 for 8 in 23 overs by 2 wickets

MCC MOM : Deverill

MCC sledge of the match: Deverill reminding the umpire of the dead ball ruling if no stroke ios played.

MCC in another thriller away at Erlangen

Travelling to Erlangen on Whitsunday. It was painful for some of us to leave the sheets on a bitterly cold and rainy morning. Nevertheless the team plus scorer plus umpire Waleed Basit were on time outside the Hirsch at 9:30. Bhamare had to go back home as he had lost one of his contact lenses but returned around 09:40. We collected the match helmets with the go-faster insignia from the kit box and had some unnecessarily long discussions as to how many cars we needed and finished up with three. We said farewell to Garner who had come to see us off and after only 12 Kms we had to leave the autobahn as Maxi Hoeck had run out of petrol. He filled up and while everone was slowly, very slowly, stirring sugar into their coffees Maxi had the hood of his vehicle raised and was probing around with a puzzled look on his face. Would we actually make it to Erlangen? Finally, the coffee was stirred, the hood was lowered and at 10:18 we set out once again.

The trip thereafter was uneventful and fast for we all arrived just after 11:30 in time for the 12 noon start. The weather was awful, under 10°C, rain squalls and at least a 10°C wind chill factor. But the rain stopped and the toss was made. Captain Weston duly lost and we were asked to bat.

The Erlangen ground is a fast run scoring ground with close boundaries, short grass and a hard, fast outfield. MCC openers Veser and Weston scored freely at five an over until Veser went for 17 with the score on 52 in the 11th over. They had been particularly good in taking quick singles putting the fielders under pressure and causing a few dropped catches. Sarma and Weston put on 91 for the second wicket before Weston was run out to a very good direct hit from Gursher Singh. Butt who replaced him didn`t stay long being caught behind for five and two runs later, with the score on 159 Sarma departed. After 20 overs we had been 143 for one down and looking for a 300 plus score. Mascarenhas played a useful cameo 14 from 16 balls including two sixes but the fifth wicket went down in the 30th over with the score on 182 and we were looking at finishing with a very modest total. In strode the motor mechanic Hoeck who played himself in slowly with 2 from 10 balls, 15 from 22 balls but finished with 46 from 38 balls which included some magnificent straight drives for six. Bhamare, complete with contact lens and Ayub saw out the innings and we finished on 260 for 7 down.

During the innings break the heavens opened, the icy wind from the artic grew in force but the umpire insisted the innings be started in pouring rain punctually. MCC opened with Blades and Weston reasoning that the game may well be abandoned and the 20 over score could determine the winner. After one over the match was halted, the players took shelter under trees there being no other protection at the Erlangen ground and after some five minutes play was resumed. The openers bowled very tightly and after their 16 overs the score was 61 for 1 down. At 20 overs they were 83 for one so needed nine an over for the remaining 20 overs and we were feeling confident. However in the 22nd over their opener, who had used up a lot of balls, was bowled by Mascarenhas bringing their captain Bilal Ahmed to the crease. He rather took us apart scoring 27 from 10 balls, got his fifty in 20 balls and finished the innings not out on 88 from 57 balls. By the 30th over Erlangen were ahead or our equivalent score and gradually built up this lead until after 36 overs they were 235 for five down, needing 26 to win from four overs. (MCC had scored 48 from our last four overs). Inspired bowling changes bringing on Ayub and Wembridge meant that the final four overs went for 3, 9, 4 and 9 respectively. It was magnificent bowling at the death and the final ball of the innings was a scrambled two with some panicky fielding and throwing resulting in a run out before a third run could be completed and resulting in a tied match.

Veser, 17, bowled,

Weston, 87, run out, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt

Sarma, 27, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Butt, 5, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 2 wkts

Wembriuge, 28, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Mascarenhas, 14, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 62 runs 2 wkts,

Hoeck, 46, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Ayub, 1*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 2 wkts

Bhamare, 4*

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Govendar, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 260 for 7 after 40 overs tied with Erlangen, 260 for 8 after 40 overs.

There were a number of candidates for MOM including Hoeck and Ayub for tteir batting and bowling respectively but, after due consideration:

MCC MOM: Weston



MCC pip Pak Orient in a thriller at the Hirschanger

A fine spring day at the Hirschanger, the temperature at 20° C plus and MCC looking to improve on the abysmal batting performance against Nuremberg the previous Saturday. Captain Weston won the toss and decided to field first, opening the bowling with Blades and Butt, our two quickies. The decision to field first seemed to pay off as the opposition lost wickets in the 2nd, 4th, 11th, 13th and 15th overs, one of them a superb leg side stumping by Weston off a wide, and, at the drinks break, Pak Orient were 104 for 6 down and things were looking good. After the tea break the wide boys took over and the seventh wicket was finally broken when they had made a stand of 122. In total MCC bowlers bowled 46 wides and five no-balls or an additional eight and a half overs which at 5 runs per over and the penalty runs equates to an extra 90 to 100 runs given to the opposition. Perhaps more should turn up to net practise. Pak Orient were all out for 236, the last wicket being a run out on the last possible ball of the innings.

After teas provided by Weston he and Veser opened the batting and put on 132 – the eighth highest for the first wicket- Weston finally going for 60 to be replaced by Wembridge. Fifteen runs later Veser departed for 58 and Butt took his place. Wembridge went for 23 after a 29 run third wicket partnership. MCC were now 176 for three down and had only 7.9 overs to score the required 61 runs for victory. Mascarenhas went with the score on 221 after 37.1 overs, but he and Butt had savaged the bowlers putting on 45 for the fourth wicket in five overs. Butt went after 38.2 overs with the score on 228 leaving nine runs required from 10 balls by Ayub and Hoeck. They made it with three balls to spare bringing an unlikely victory and saving the bowlers blushes.

Veser. 58, caught

Weston, 60, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Wembridge, 23, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 7 runsl 0 wkts

Butt, 38, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 4 wkts, 1 catch

Mascarenhas, 24, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts

Hoeck, 3*2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Ayub, 6*. 2overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Altamn, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 4 wkts, 1 catch

Kantor, DNB, 1 catch

Blades, DNB, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 45 runs, 0 wkts

Govendar, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 237 for 5 in 39.3 overs beat Pak Orient, 236 for 10 in 40 overs by five wickets



Historic first league win by MCC II

A glorious spring day, temperatures around 25°C with a clear blue sky and MCC II headed to Attaching near the airport to play on Lufthansa`s super ground, which may fall victim to the 3rd runway if the Bavarian parliament have their way. The opposition were unrecognisable from previous years with Azam Butt being the sole older member although Roshan was there as organiser.

Captain Alagh won the toss and chose to field as the outfield, although cut short, was still slightly damp from overnight dew. Opening bowlers A. Khan and Bhamare kept the run rate down to four an over although Bhamare staked his claim for the wide-boys prize until he was later caught and surpassed by Toke and Bhat. A bowled-Khan-caught-Bowes combination brought the first wicket in the third over with the score on 16 and, in the eigth over, Bhamare had a two-fer making the opposition 31 for three down. The opening bowlers were replaced by Bhat and Sestan with Sestan bowling a perfect first over and getting 2 for 0 whereas in hís second he chose not to let the ball bounce and finished after two overs with 0 for 23.

They were replaced by Toke and the Dirty Dancer Harit Khanna. The opposition couldn`t believe his – I hate to call it run-up – and paid for their laughter as he finished with three wickets for two runs in 2.2 overs. Toke and A. Khan took the remaining two wickets and a disappointed Lufthansa were all out for 115 in 24.2 overs.

After a short tea break, MCC opened with Toke and Bhalerao. Toke joined the duck race in the first over but seemed to have received a bit if a bummer as, from the boundary, the ball appeared to hit him very high up. A. Khan and Bhalerao put on 51 for the second wicket before Khan departed after getting a little restless and going for some big shots, generally missing and finally being plumb LBW. A couple of runs later Bhalerao nicked one to the keeper so Bowes and Bhamare were left to chase down the runs in 18.5 overs. Bowes seems to have cultivated the Dilshan scoop as he played it every ball faced according to elder statesman and club treasurer Giles who had arrived after 20 overs of the Lufthansa innings, hoping for a Long, enjoyable afternoon watching cricket.

So it was an historical win for MCCII being the first ever league victory and an enjoyable time was spent in the beer garden afterwards.

Toke, 0, LBW, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Bhalerao, 14, caught,

Khan A, 21, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Bhamare, 25*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts,

Bowes, 20*, 1 catch

Bhat, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 riuns, 0 wkts

Khanna, DNB, 2.2 overs, 1 mdn, 2 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

Alagh, DNB, 1 catch

Otmankhil, DNB

  1. Asif, DNB

Sestan, DNB, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 23 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 116 – 3 in 18.5 overs, besat Lufthansa, 115 – 10 in 24.2 overs by 7 wickets

MCC MOM Amin Khan.