First home league match vs Nuremberg (30 Apr 2016)

After an intensive net session on the Friday evening when only half of the team selected for Saturday turned up, MCC were all keyed up for the first Division I league match of the season to be played at the Hirschanger. Ravi the Ligaleiter arrived on time as the only umpire and the opposition arrived with no scorer but they were very good in hollering out the name of the new bowler whenever there was a change. It was a beautiful spring day with clear skies and the temperature hovering around 20°C. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat first, opening himself with vice-captain Mascarenhas who didn`t stay around long being bowled for four in the 3rd over with the score on 18. In came Wembridge, the MOM from the previous week, and proceeded to run out the captain after a partnership of 40 for the second wicket. Guess who will bat number eleven and field at third man next week. Butt came in and had difficulty scoring facing 32 balls for his 7 runs before becoming the first victim of Safiz`s Michelle. Arunachalam arrived for his last innings before moving to make Freiburg unsafe and hit some lusty blows before leaving LBW for Safiz`s second. Ayub joined the duck race and Altman scored five being numbers four and five of the Michelle respectively. Deverill, known as J.D, had landed from California in the morn so probably should now be known as J-L for jet-lagged. He was certainly time lagged in his wild stroke as he joined the duck race with a golden one. Colling remained not out despite getting a broken thumb and both Blades and Govendar managed to score one run each, Govendar being the fifth of the Michelle. From a reasonable position of 66 for two down after 20 overs MCC batted abysmally to be all out for 121 after 35.1 overs and this despite the new helmets with the go-faster MCC logo on them.

Excellent teas were provided by Blades as well as some really tasty cheese brought back from Amsterdam by Arunachalam.

MCC opened the attack with Govendar and Blades determined to make inroads in the wide boys table but, in the seventh over, Blades stuck with consecutive balls narrowly missing his first ever hat-trick for the club. Butt made even greater inroads in the wide boys list but Jet Lag bowled very tightly going for three runs only from his first three overs. Nuremberg`s captain Naveed Al Huq had retired hurt so at 20 overs they were 80 for two or three down, however you want to call it. Mascarenhas and Altmann got tonked around so Altmann replaced Weston as keeper who showed everyone how to do it bowling three overs for zero runs and taking two wickets. Nuremberg finished with 122 for four or five down after 27.4 overs. The go-faster helmets were consigned to the Eisbach and after repairing the Flicx we retired to the Chinese Tower and onwards to Harit`s pit to celebrate.

Weston, 28, run out, 3 overs, 3 mdns, 0 runs 2 wkts

Mascarenhas, 4 bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts

Wembridge, 25, caught,

Butt, 7, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkt

Arunachalam, 15, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Ayub, 0, LBW, 0.4 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 0 wkts

Altmann, 10, bowled

Deverill, 0, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 16 runs, 0 wkts

Colling, 5*

Govendar, 1, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Blades, 1, bowled, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 15 runs, 2 wkts

 

MCC, 121 for 10 in 25.1 Overs, lost to Nuremberg, 122 for 4 in 29.4 Overs, by 6 wickets.

MCC MOM: Weston

 

Match Report vs Serendib (23 Apr 2016)

Very much in a similar start to the Zagreb report, the majority of our team was selected at nets on Friday. However we were successful in our search and actually managed to bring 12 players to the game with us on Saturday! Arriving promptly at 1130 we were able to get the game underway after Prabash had managed to rally his troops for a 10am start to prepare the pitch and surroundings. Captain for the day, Bowes agreed to lose the toss and bowled first. With a plethora of bowlers to select from, including many that had made a real impact at training on the Friday, MCC opened the bowling with Khan ‘the bodybuilder’ Amin and Waqar (I think was his name). Amin took only 4 legal deliveries to get the first wicket, held at the second attempt by Rahul Bhat at first slip. The two young lads then got their way through the first 7 overs with the damage not being too high. The first of the changes brought Seyer Hashimi and Imtiaz Ahmed (after swapping shoes with Amin) into bowl Imtiaz bowled with great lines and length and pace and managed to restrict SCC to only 18 runs off his first 4 overs. Seyer on the other hand had different ideas and managed to get hit for 20 runs in 1.4 overs before Amin took a catch, very similar to that of Ben Stokes, in the covers. No exaggeration required the ball was about 2 meters above and behind him and he managed to somehow get one hand to it and bring it down. Another change of bowling then brought our 15 year old Abdul into the attack who bowled 3 overs very well and almost managed a maiden until he nearly decapitated Dusantha!! Other bowling changes included Amit Bhalero, Praful Toke, who took 1 wicket very well caught by Bhat on the boundary, and Bhat himself, who after getting a run out on his first ball, then bowled 3 wides on the trot before producing a ball which was right on the pathway to the pavilion and brought an edge which Bowes held on to. The innings was then wrapped up by Hashimi who had a very well taken catch by Amit at long off followed by Imtiaz bowling their number 11. After a very quick change over for teas we headed out to bat. What followed was slightly calamitous….our top 3 batsmen, Shahid, Toke and Usman were all run out, with Saqib then holing to square leg we were 16/4. A strong middle order partnership between Bhat and Bhalero held us together; the latter scoring 8, before Bowes went in and missed a straight one. Bhat then carried on in a very broad shouldered fashion before finally mishitting one to square leg, finishing on 21. Hashimi and Abdul (gloveless and in wicket keeping pads) then had a bit of fun both hitting 4’s with great ease and showing up the top order. Hashimi finished with 18 and Abdul with 20 before Imtiaz, Waqar were out without troubling the scorer. Amin went in at the end and stood at the other end watched Abdul get bowled by Dushantha and in a fit or rage managed to throw his bat halfway down the track before being consulted by Praful. It is safe to say we need some batting practise but SCC also need to work on their bowling too (wides top scoring with 28. All in all a lovely day out and managed to get home before the rain.

Usman 2 Run Out

Shahid 6 Run Out

Toke 1 Run Out

Saqib Caught

Bhalero 8 LBW 1 Catch

Bhat 21 Caught 2 Catches 1 Run Out

Bowes 0 Bowled 1 Catch I

mtiaz 5 Caught

Waqar 0

Hashimi

Abdul 20

Bowled

Amin 6 Not Out

MCC, 128 – 11 in 23 overs, lost to Serendib, 202 – 10 in 29.2 overs, by 74 runs

MCC MOM: Rahul Bhat

 

MCC maintain 100% win record at home vs Zagreb (16 Apr 2016)

The Friday afternoon net session was the scene of some selection contortions as we tried to get three teams together for an unprecedented three games in three different venues in two days and provide players for Zagreb who had had trouble getting visas for their three best players. Nevertheless it was sorted out and promptly at 12 noon MCC arrived at the gates of the Hirschanger for the first home match of the season and Zagreb arrived shortly after but with only seven players. This problem was solved too and Charles Beresford, complete with coloured hat, agreed to play for them. Three other wanderers, Bhamare, Carr, and Gattinger made up the Zagreb eleven.

After a week of lousy weather forecasts it was actually quite a pleasant afternoon and captain Blades won the toss and chose to bat, opening with Ayub and Wembridge. The Zagreb bowling was very tight and scoring was difficult. The first wicket fell in the 9th over, Ayub caught behind for 21 with the total on 37. Captain Blades had promised those lower down in the batting order not to worry as usually everyone gets a bat in our games. This, unfortunately, was borne out and the only significant score was a 55 off 72 balls from Wembridge who had played himself in before opening up with four sixes and four fours in total. Lady Wembridge, colourfully dressed, rather like a spring butterfly, arrived in time to see her man get his fifty. Next ball he was out but let`s say he wanted to rush off the field and embrace his lady. No-one else apart from wides reached double figures and MCC finished on 127 all out in 29.1 overs. Carr, who was improperly dressed to play for MCC and was wearing a pair of fetching black tights had helped us to this total by dropping a dolly – I think it was Wembridge early in his innings. Bhamare and Gattinger on the other hand failed to follow his example both taking wickets, Gattinger even a caught and bowled.

After splendid teas provided by Furlonger and Sestan the Zagreb batsmen lined up to face MCC opening bowlers Altmann and Colling. Altmann bowled a maiden then had a two-fer in his second over and Colling got his, their third wicket, in the 10th over with the score on 26.

Khanna came on in the 11th and put on his magnificent disco run-up display taking a wicket off his fifth ball and bowling a maiden in his second over. It is probably fair to say the Croats had never seen anything like it. Butt who had returned from Manila at 10am and Eliah Beresford bowled tightly although Butt did his level best to head the wide boys table. Sestan, Ayub and Furlonger all got wickets too and, with 33 wides, Zagreb were all out for 103 in 29.2 overs.

As part of the lengthy after match tactical discussion over a couple of crates of Augustiner and Andechs, when Blades and Garner decided that Rembrandt could not bowl an off-cutter, although his portrait of David Bowie was hanging in the National Gallery but that Van Gogh could after his ear was removed, the visitors were presented with a signed MCC stump. In return we were invited to tour Zagreb either in October or as a boot camp. It was a fine match, very friendly against super opposition and the weather just about held off for the game to be finished.

Ayub, 21, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 1 wkt

Wembridge, 55, bowled (Bhamare),

Garner, 1, caught,

Beresford E. 2, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt

Khanna, 1, caught (Gattinger), 2 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 1 run, 2 catches

Butt K, 6, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Sestan, 6, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Furlonger, 4, caught (Bhamare), 0.2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Colling, 0, caught, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 1 wkt

Altmann, 2*, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 11 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 8, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 11 rns, 1 wkt.

MCC, 127 – 10 beat Zagreb 103 for 10 by 24 runs

MCC MOM Wembridge

 

Match Report vs Stuttgart, MCC make it three in a row! (10 Apr 2016)

After the fixture arranged for the previous day had been cancelled because of bailages, lack of players and a poor weather forecast, the opposition offered us a game on Sunday when there was a much better forecast. The event was duly posted and eleven hearty players registered, only for one Habib to announce at the Friday nets that he was bailing because he was going to Dresden to demonstrate for Pegida. Someone else dropped out too but we were able to recruit Amir Khan who turned up for nets and actually goes home to Stuttgart every weekend. Suitable threats to MCC II captain Manav persuaded him to join us so we were back up to eleven.

The game was scheduled to begin at 11am so we gathered at the Hirschanger at 8:15 with one car and a mini bus, only to learn that four of the team had no whites. This meant a diversion to Bowes`s Altbau flat and up four flights of stairs to get the club`s whites, recently purchased. Good time was made to Esslingen and we arrived around 11:30 only to discover a football match being played on the ground and a new start for us of 12:30. This put the kybosh on Sarmas plans to begin the drive home around 4pm.

There was no toss as we had travelled there to appraise their special kind of matting and we wanted to bowl first. The Stuttgart openers put on 54 before Sarma struck with a caught and bowled. Eighteen runs later Sarma had his second and after another 20 runs his third. The next two wickets were taken by Zahinullah Khan and they were 106 for five down. Two of their batsmen retired out but one returned after 10 wickets had fallen making the scorer`s life very difficult. After 30 overs they were 214 for 11.

The two Khans (not the two Ronnies) Amin and Zahinullah opened the batting for MCC but Z wanted to join the duck race and was bowled after facing four balls with the score on one. Amin joined him 11 runs later and was replaced by Sarma who played a beauty of an innings. Shahid Ahmad had been run out for four and was replaced by Mudassir Ayub. He and Sarma put on 60 for the fourth wicket before Sarma departed for 37. Bowes shared a partnership of 20 before being run out for nine and was replaced by Qureshi who, together with Ayub, put on 45 for the 6th wicket. Hashim shared in a 7th wicket partnership of 20 before being bowled for six. Thereafter no-one stayed around for long but credit must go to Sid Shekhar who showed great club spirit in haring down the wicket after being called for an impossible run and being run out. MCC had been pretty much up with the run rate throughout the innings and finished with 184 all out after 29.5 overs.

Khan A, 7, bowled, 6 overs 0 mdns, 40 runs, 1 wkt

Khan Z, 0, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

+2 Sarma A, 37, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 3 wkts, 3 catches

Ahmad S, 4, run out,

Ayub M, 68, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

+1 Bowes P, 9, run out, 1 catch

Qureshi S, 23, bowled, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Hashimi S, 6, bowled

*Alagh M0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs1 wkt

Shehar S, 2, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 11 riuns.0 wkts

Afridi S, 1*

 

MCC, 184 for 10, lost to Stuttgart, 214 for 11 by 30 runs

MCC MOM Sarma

Match Report vs Serendib (03 Apr 2016)

A wonderful spring day with temperatures well above 20C saw us heading hopefully to the vicinity of the Forschungsbrauerei for a bat-as-many- as-you-have, but only field 11 at any one time, 35 over friendly against Serendib in Neu Perlach.

Captain Weston was late so MCCII vice-captain Kantor duly lost the toss and we were asked to field, opening the bowling with Qureshi and Blades and it took until the 15th ball before a wide was bowled. The first wicket fell to Qureshi with the score on 36 after 8.2 overs. At the end of the over their second opener retired to give others – they had 14 batsmen – a chance. They were 46 for 3 and then 46 for 4 after 11.3 overs but then Peter Adit and Tharka put on 49 for the fifth before Adit was caught Butt, bowled Sestan for 32. Tharka and Beringer put on 39 for the 6th, Bhat bowling Anthony for 34 in the 23rd over.Tharka retired for 26 at the end of the 25th over leaving them 153 for seven down. Their 13th wicket fell in the 35th over with the score on 201.

MCc openers Weston and Altmann decided they wanted to finish early and watch the final of the world T20 and the score was 11 for 2 down after 2.5 overs. After 5.1 overs Kantor departed with the score on 20 and after 8.2 overs with the score on 36 Qureshi went too. Alagh really wanted to watch the T20 and went first ball with the score still on 36. There was a minor recovery of 10 runs before Otmankhil left and then a huge 17 run partnership for the 7th when Butt had a bummer of a run out, a straight drive from Deverill being deflected by the bowler onto the wicket at the non-strikers end. Deverill went one riun later and after two more runs Blades too departed. Sestan hung around for 17 balls and left next having scored two followed by Hashimi, who also scored two leaving Bhat and Mudassir to a add on a 48 run 12th wicket partnership with Mudassir in particular giving the full McCullum  – or perhaps the full Brathwaite now. MCC were all out for 125 in 28.2 overs.

Weston, 5, caught, 1 catch

Altmann, 1 bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 1 wkt

Kantor, 3, LBW, 1.3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 2 wkts

Butt, 19, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Qureshi, 7, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 25 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Alagh, 0, bowled

Otmankhil, 4, bowled,

Deverill, 4, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, 0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runws, 0 wkts

Sestan, 2, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 49 runs, 1 wkt

Bhat, 16*, 4 overs, o mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt

Hashimi, 2, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt

Mudassir, 34, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 125 – 12 in 28.2 overs, lost to Serendib, 201 – 13 in 34,3 vers by 76 runs

MCC MOM Mudassir

Regrettably no-one wanted to paritcipate in the nectar at the Forschungsbrauerei  – its just not cricket!

Match Report vs Pak Orient (02 Apr 2016)

The traditional first game of the season against Pak Orient on their proper artificial wicket in Hasenbergl. The weather forecast was for temperatures approaching 20°C but it never quite got up that high. Still it stayed fine and captain Weston duly won the toss and chose to bat first, opening the batting himself along with Veser. The Pak Orient opening bowlers, Omar and Imrani bowled tightly and runs were hard to come by. After 13 overs with the score on 47 the openers declared bringing Sarma and Toke to the wicket. Sarma enjoyed a pretty good run rate scoring 25 from 24 balls but Toke continued the test match pace set by the openers. After Toke was bowled for 5 in came Mascarenhas and shortly afterwards Arunachalam replaced Sarma with MCC now 88 for four down after 21 overs. Mascarenhas took a liking to Sher Khan`s bowling and gave him the full McCullum hitting one four and two sixes in one over, which turned out to be the Lion King`s last over. Mascarenhas departed with the score on105 to be followed by Bowes after also hitting a six (yes its true Darren) with the score now 125 for 6 down after 25.5 overs. Weybridge and Aranachalam pushed the score along rapidly with some good running between the wickets, particularly by Weybridge but with the score on 150 they were both gone and only three balls left. Garner sacrificed his innings going for a tight run and eventually MCC finished with 152 for nine down after 30 overs.

After the tea break where I learned that Pak Orient have over 150 registered players this year due to a huge influx of refugees, they opened with Rahim and Sher Khan to face the wrath of MCC bowlers Bhamare and Govendar. Bhamare started correctly with a wide but Govendar was sloppy and took two balls to bowl his first wide – still, he is new and didn`t realise we always start the first overs with wide balls. All MCC bowlers bowled well and after 9 overs the score was 41 for four down. However then Waleed and Omar joined the fray  and things changed rapidly. They both retired with 43 and 33 runs respectively and the score on112 after 15 overs. Thereafter it was easy for Inzer and Imrani who replaced them to score the required 41 runs in 9.3 overs.

Weston, 28, retired out

Veser, 15, retired out

Sarma, 25, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Toke, 5, bowled, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 run, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Mascarenhas, 19, caught

Arunachalam, 21, caught, 3 Overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wks

Bowes, 11, caught

Weybridge, 11, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts

Garner, 1, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkt

Govendar, 1*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt

Gattinger, 1*

Bhamare, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 3 wkts

MCC, 152 -9 in 30 overs, lost to Pak orient, 153 – 6 in 24.3 overs by 4 wickets.

MCC MOM  Bhamare