MCC on tour in Lancashire challenging Stretford (04 Aug 2017)

The MCC Bumblebees had travelled to Manchester using various means of transport – car, plane and even by train from Munich. On arriving at the Hilton hotel where we all stayed except treasurer Giles who was slumming it in another venue we were greeted by a distinctly under the weather Khanna who had arrived early and had done a week`s touring in a single afternoon. He retired to his luxury bunk bed and four of us departed for the City Arms pub, a well-known watering hole with good ales on sale to await the arrival of the others. They came in dribs and drabs – the wait was about four pints worth as I recall – and we then went to Chinatown for a superb dinner.

At around 10: 30 the next morning we walked to Piccadilly gardens to get the tram to Stretford which is one stop after Old Trafford and, being the first day of the test match, it was quite crowded.

The tram to Old Trafford was crowded
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
A passenger on the tram Shows Collings how Robin Hood used to bat
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

On arrival at Stretford tour-captain Barrett informed us it was a 15 minute walk to the ground but, as was proven on many occasions over the weekend, he needs a new timepiece.

The oldest canal in Manchester with the oldest boat
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
The Robin Hood Pub on the walk to Nottingham
Photo: Desmond Bradley
Barrett`s 5 mile route march
Photo: Andrew Wembridge


Iron rations needed on the march
Photo: Andrew Wenbridge

Some two or three miles later, having passed a pub called “Robin Hood” making us think we were walking to Nottingham and picking blackberries as emergency rations on the way, we staggered into the picturesque Stretford ground.

The Pennine foothills as a Background
Photo: Desmond Bradley
A welcome sight after the route march, the Stretford pavillion
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
Sure to take spin after 2 o`clock
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
Mudussir is not so sure
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

Captain Barrett persuaded the opposition to allow us to field 12, swapping out one fielder as we wished and also agreed there would be no toss and MCC would bat first.

The MCC Team list
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
Admiring the Stretford memorabilia
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

Ayub and Wembridge opened with Ayub almost joining the duck race after 1.2 overs making way for Giles. A partnership of 23 ensued, Giles departing for 4 from 24 balls and was replaced by Jonas de Beer. A seventy run partnership ended when Wembridge was out LBW having scored 48 from 84 balls. Khanna and de Beer added 10 before JD left having scored 23 to make way for Arunachalam- who has taken over the mantle of Knut Haenelt and only plays if a trip of at least 200Kms is necessary, who, with Khanna, had an exciting 31 run partnership. Arunachalam made way for Fudge who had a golden one to be replaced by Gattinger who went for six with one trademark boundary four. Colling and Barrett tried to build picket fences, but not for long – Barrett claims he was out caught on the boundary – and Carr desperately defended his batting average by being 0 not out from three balls faced leaving MCC all out for 160

The sun had been warm and friendly throughout the innings but the scorer was all alone in a shady scoring box and feeling rather like a brass monkey while learning how to operate an electronic score board. After totalling the figures for the MCC innings he went to the club room for tea only to find the rotten *’#++s had eaten everything but a few chips and some ice cream which was just what the doctor ordered.

MCC opened the bowling with Colling and Ayub, the first wicket falling in the third over, bowled Colling with the score on 2. A 56 run partnership ensued before Barrett bowled their second opener for 30. He also bowled their Lancashire player for a duck after he had been subjected to some awful sledging from Carr and Khanna. He plays for the Lancashire under elevens by the way so how our two Ozzies escaped heavy fines afterwards is incomprehensible.

Stretford batting
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

The Stretford wickets fell regularly afterwards and they were 99 for seven after 29.1 overs. There was then a 53 run partnership only ended when the blackberry-collecting Wembridge got a very dodgy LBW decision with the score on 152. With the scores level and nine wickets down Stretford staggered across the winning line with a leg bye on the last ball of the 40th over.

Stretford provided a curry and rice dinner for us and there were also some scrumptious burgers for sale at three pounds each.

Curry & rice and hamburger dinner
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
Some patriotic Brexiters celebrating
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

Many beers were consumed and there was live music outside on the veranda. Captain Barrett also treated us to some karaoke fines.

Finchy had driven to the ground so took some back to the Hilton with him, JD called a large Über van for some others leaving the tour captain with lord and lady Wembridge to make the 30 mile hike back to the tram station to round off a perfect touring day.

Ayub, 1, caught, 5 mdns, 1 mdn, 7 runs, 0 wkts

Wembridge, 48, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 1 wkt

Giles, 4, LBW

Deverill, 35, caught, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 6 runs, 1 wkt

+Khanna, 23, caught,

Arunachalam, 17, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Fudge, 0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 2 wkts

Gattinger, 6, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

Colling, 6, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

*Barrett, caught 2, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 2 wkts

Carr, 0*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 160 – 10 in 39.2 overs, lost to Stretford, 161 – 9 in 40 overs by 1 wicket.

MCC MOM: Wembridge.

MCC I bid farewell to Division I Bundesliga with a hard fought victory in Nuremberg (30 Jul 2017)

The final division I match of the season and MCC travelled to Nuremberg to salvage what was left of a fairly ordinary season. Everyone met at the Hischanger apart from Barrett who didn`t want to travel with the rabble and we attempted to store the away kit in the kit box ready for the game next weekend against Serendib. This rather upset a security guard who seemed to take a particular objection to me and refused categorically to let us into the ground because it was “unsafe”. Somehow Toke wheedled his way around him and was allowed to deposit the away kit in its proper place.

Everyone arrived in good time at the Nuremberg ground to be greeted by Barrett on a sweltering hot day but we were able to sit under the shade of an oak tree and watch captain Ayub lose the toss and be asked to field.

A happy MCCI before the final Bundesliga match
Photo: Desmond Bradley

Imtiaz and Maiwand Khan opened the attack and bowled very well with no wides for the first 14 balls and their first wicket falling on the 12th ball, caught Konchada, bowled Maiwand. In his third over Imtiaz got a wicket, a superb reflex catch in the gully by Bhat leaving them 12 for two. A 44 run partnership for the third was ended by Maroofkhel with a good keeper`s catch by Otmankhil followed by a lengthy celebration run. The next wicket on 63 was a caught and bowled by Ayub, a great one for the stats and two runs later Toke got an LBW. There were no more significant partnerships and interestingly, all the wickets were either caught (8) or LBW (2). Nuremberg were all out for 109 in the 29th over.

Some healthy teas were provided by someone but it was difficult to break in to the Asian ring and get anything as evidenced in the photograph.

The Asian members hogging the Teas
Photo: Desmond Bradley

With 110 runs needed from 40 overs it looked to be a fairly easy task but then MCC knows how to make a mountain from a molehill. Khan Mahmud and Qureshi opened the batting for MCC, the first over was a maiden, the second yielded a wide and a leg bye. The third brought Qureshi bowled for 0, Bhat LBW for 0 and so, after three overs, MCC were 1 for 2 down. Khan Mahmud took a single in the next to double our score but was bowled by the first ball in the next over. Ayub took a single to allow Konchada to join the duck race leaving us 4 for 4 down after 5 overs. Barrett and Ayub played very carefully putting on 22 for the fifth before Barrett left for another attempt to break into the food ring having scored 2 runs off 16 balls and, amazingly, was caught on the boundary. He was replaced by Toke who batted through to the 25th over, Ayub scoring the winning runs from a mighty six. So MCC celebrated their last game in division I with a victory showing what could have been, if only…..

Just as the kit was packed away it began to rain and an unbelievably violent Gewitter hampered the return trip to the Hirschanger. The same security guard would not let us in to get some kit for the tour to Manchester and, as Toke was in a restaurant somewhere in Nuremberg, we had no-one to grovel our way in.

Khan Mahmud, 1, bowled,

Qureshi, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 0 wkts

Bhat, 0, LBW, 1 catch

Konchada, 0, caught, 1 catch

*Ayub, 64*, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Barrett, 2, caught, 1.2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Toke, 23*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 3 wkts

+Otmankhil, DNB, 1 catch

Maroofkhel, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Ahmad Imtiaz, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Khan Maiwand, DNB, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 13 runs, 1 wkt,

MCC I, 113 – 5 in 24.4 overs, best Nuremberg, 109 – 10 in 28,2 overs by 5 wickets

MCC MOM: Ayub Mudussir


Epic Giles / Carr partnership of 128 in Division II match in Burghausen (23 July 2017)

Sunday 23rd July and MCC travelled hopefully to Burghausen to play the league leaders knowing that a victory would probably mean reaching the play-offs for promotion to division I. Three cars met at the Hirschanger and I had the honour of collecting and conveying the umpire to the ground – much good it did as we were still lumbered with 34 wides and 4 no-balls which, with the 10 byes, added up to 48 extras.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the game was to be played in the Wacker SV stadium and looked forward to hordes of spectators. Captain Barrett lost the toss – does he ever win one? – and MCC were asked to field first. Bhamare and Khan Maiwand opened the attack so that after 12 overs they were 47 for 2 down both caught Bowes, bowled Maiwand. Barrett and Toke were the first change bowlers and, after twenty they were 88 for 4 down which, considering the relatively small ground, was a good position for MCC. The fifth wicket fell in the 21st over, Adil caught Kotru bowled Barrett. Adil got his revenge though, later bowling Barrett as part of his Michelle. Their sixth went in the 23rd over leaving them at 94 for 6 down. Thereafter things went more than a little pear shaped, Toke, Ibrahimkhel, Carr, Konchada and Bhat all getting tonked, Konchada going for two sixes in an over, Ibrahimkhel and Bhat for three and Carr going for four off consecutive balls. The net result was that from a pretty good position for MCC with Burghausen 94 for 6 in 23 overs, they finished at 268 for 8 in 40 overs.

Some really splendid teas were provided by Carr, before Bhat and Kotru opened the batting for MCC. A good partnership of 45 was ended when Kotru was bowled for 18 in the 9th over and Konchada who replaced him went in the 14th over with the score on 79. Bhamare continued the good work until he fell in the 23rd over with the score on 116. That really was it as regards partnerships until the elder statesmen Giles and Carr came together for an eighth wicket partnership of 128. Unfortunately that represents their accumulated ages not their scores. In fact Carr was run out, – how could it not happen? – after a partnership of four 19 balls. MCC were all out for 165 in 35.3 overs and any last hopes of reaching the play-offs were dashed when we learned that Passau had equal points and a better run rate so Kirchanschöring came back to haunt us.

Kotru, 18, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Bhat, 53, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Konchada, 3, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Bhamare, 20, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts

Toke, 2, bowled, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 32 rins, 1 wkt, 1 catch

+Bowes, 9, caught, 2 catches

*Barrett, 4, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 4 wkts, 1 catch

Giles, 2*

Carr, 2, run out, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 1 wkt

Obrahimkhel, 8, stumped, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 9 wkts

Khan Maiwand, 0, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 165 -10 in 35.3 overs, lost to Burghausen, 268 – 8 in 40 overs by 203 runs

MCC MOM: Bhat R.


MCC I put to the sword by Serendib at the Hirschanger (22 Jul 2017)

The first of two games to be won handsomely if we were to remain in Division I  saw MCC hosting Serendib on a perfect cricketing day at the Hirschanger. Captain Ayub used Maria Theresa to win the toss, choosing to field first and gave a rousing pre-match speech in the changing room.


Waqas opens from the Surfers end
© Philip Crebbin
Maiwand from the Chinese Tower end
© Philip Crebbin

MCC opening bowlers Waqas and Maiwand both bowled good first overs, albeit with a couple of wides each, but thereafter were a little wayward In subsequent overs and were replaced after three and four overs respectively.

Deverill from his unfavoured Surfers end
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Deverill took over from Waqas at the surfers end but for one over only as he prefers the Chinese Tower end.

Toke had one over while a worried Roshan Looks on
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Toke had one over to allow Deverill to move to his favoured end and his performance improved noticeably.

Mudussir with a Jimmy Anderson style
© Philip Crebbin

The ground was hard and dry and good shots brought rewards to the extent that after seven overs Serendib were 80 for one down, Maiwand getting their opener, Peter Adit, caught well by Barrett.

Barrett, a whiter shade of pale in shades
© Philip Crebbin

Deverill got the second with the score on 88, the dangerous Rohan caught after smashing it to Toke. Two overs later Deverill got his second. Anthony falling to a very good catch by Maroofkhel with the score on 102 and 13.1 overs gone.

Milan dropped on 19 and goes on to make 119
© Philip Crebbin

The next wicket partnership between Milan and Dushanta was 85 although Milan should have been out caught when he was on 19 – he went on to make 119, before being caught by Maroofkhel off Butt`s bowling and the score on 276 in the 35th over.

Mahmud tries his luck
© Philip Crebbin
Collins concentrates, a great pose
© Philip Crebbin
Butt finally got Milan, caught Maroofkhel
© Philip Crebbin

The tonking continued and Serendib finished on 325 all out after 39.5 overs.

Captain Ayub had provided some splendid teas but the team were in a rather shocked mood with a target of just over eight runs per over to meet.

Opener Colling and Mahmud set about the job with good intention, Colling leaving after just two overs, caught in the slips by Milan.

Mahmud opens for MCC
© Philip Crebbin

In came Butt clearly meaning to stamp his mark on proceedings scoring 34 from 17 balls in a 43 run partnership with Mahmud but was then out, caught by Milan.

Butt leathers one to leg
© Philip Crebbin
and lofts another for a boundary
© Philip Crebbin


Maroofkhel narrowly avoided a golden one being out LBW to the second ball faced.

A fine catch in the deep
© Philip Crebbin

Ayub who replaced him also went quickly scoring four only and MCC were now 64 for4 down after 9 overs.

Mudussir caught by the opposing captain, Peter Adit
© Philip Crebbin

Toke hung around for a while allowing Mahmud to make hay, but then went for 12 with the score on 95.

Mahmud makes hay
© Philip Crebbin

A good 43 run partnership between Mahmud and Deverill took MCC to 138 before JD was castled.


Deverill misses a straight one
© Philip Crebbin

Konchada went for 2 runs only, Barrett has his customary 5 not out and Maiwand made one before being bowled comprehensively.

Barrett sweeps to leg
© Philip Crebbin

Waqas did not bat having damaged his ankle when fielding so MCC closed their innings   on 160 for 9 after 30.5 overs.

The rather tasty beers delivered by Deverill were consumed before moving on the Fräulein Grüneis Kiosk and afterwards for a curry.

Colling, 4, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 0 wkts

Khan Mahmud, 75, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 3 wkts

+1Butt TK, 34, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Maroofkhel, 0, LBW, 2 catches

+Ayub, 4, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 59 runs, 1 wkt

Toke, 12,caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Deverill, 11, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 2 wkts

Konchada, 2,bowled

+2 Barrett, 5*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Khan Maiwand, 1, bowled, 5.5 overs, 1 mdn, 47 runs 2wkts

Khan Waqas, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 160 – 9 in 30.6 overs, lost to Serendib, 325 – 10 in 39.5 overs by 165 runs

MCC MOM: Mahmud Khan

Wendi-Meg Breward’s letter from Pretoria (15 Jul 2017)

MCC Gold 151ish-8 (35 overs) (A.Wembridge 45*, X. Wides 29, O. Mushtaq 19, J. Deverill 2-4) defeated MCC Black 117-9 (25.2 overs) (Y. Wides 30, M. Khan 20, Obaidullah 18, W. Khan 3-12, P. Toke 3-14)

Man of the match: Obaid Mushtaq for his 19 runs and 22 servings of simply divine curry.

This long-overdue match report from 15-07-17 has been simplified into a dot-point summary for your Sunday reading convenience, mainly due to the author’s laziness

  • Serendib Sports Club e.V withdrew interest in the match at the last minute, however Craig Barrett remarkably managed to organise 20 (mostly) MCC participants
  • Clever decision made for both teams (and umpires) to wear identical black clothing
  • Deverill arrived resplendently in a shiny new Napa Valley Cricket Club blazer, resembling some sort of candy-cane thief.
  • Wembridge fresh off the plane from an African safari (of sorts), accused of challenging Deverill for the title of ‘silliest arrival costume bearer’
  • Teams picked, Praf and Craig skippering their respective ships
Presented without comment or taste.
Photo by Shahzad Qureshi
  • Praf, wielding some plausible excuse about traffic accidents, arrived to find Farid and Waqas padding up to open the batting
  • Mahmoud caught a Waqas fly-ball at mid-on in Abdul’s first over, cementing the left-arm strike bowler’s prized number 11 position for at least the duration of this mortal life
  • Fortunately this duck will not count toward the official duck race leaderboard
  • Shazhad made an elegant start but guided a Colling short ball into the loving hand of an unrecorded mid-wicket fieldsman
  • Farid fell for 9, caught off the bowling of Obaidullah, ending a hitherto well-disciplined opening performance which certainly caught the eyes of the selectors
  • Maiwand seemed to have turned up by now and was cheerfully enjoying watching the match before realising he had been selected for the fielding side
  • Usman and Obaid Mushtaq built a handy partnership of 39 before Master Chef Mushtaq was caught for a well-earned 19, giving Deverill his first wicket.
  • Nirmal allowed JD to nab his second wicket, unfortunately being bowled for 2
  • Usman continued his attack with new partner Wembridge
  • A partnership of somewhere between 13 and 15 developed, if we apply some sort of logical deduction techniques from the unorthodox scorecard
  • Warhol would have been proud
    Photo: Andrew Wembridge
  • After a ‘timeless’ drinks (etc) break, Usman was clean bowled by Seyar for 17, bringing captain Praf to the crease.
  • Really quite difficult at this point to distinguish the difference between ‘1s’ and ‘.s’ in the scorecard, or 4s, 7s and all other Arabic numerals for that matter.
  • The proud skipper and his antipodean lackey poked around for an indeterminable period of time for an indeterminable quantity of runs
  • Barrett snaffled a catch behind the stumps to give Imtiaz a taste of glory, Toke finally being dismissed for a total of ‘1Y’
  • Remarkable to report that not a single runout dismissal occurred despite the wonderfully diverse run-calling methods practiced by the MCC Gold team
  • Not a single LBW given, naturally due to some sort of interplanetary magnetic force dragging every ball contacting the pads well down the leg side.
  • Ring in Rohail was cheated of facing his fair share of deliveries on more than one occasion, given his foul-tempered partner’s accidental farming of the strike.
  • Rohail bowled for four by “Sam”, where a rare Fall of Wicket entry suggests the score was 141 at the time.
  • A true dolly was dropped at backward square leg off a Maiwand Khan short ball, allowing Wembridge and new batsman Akmal to close out the innings for (allegedly) 151
  • Mahmoud Khan extremely unlucky to finish wicketless, bowling a superb 4 overs 0 for 8, and wides accounting for 29 (or 19,2%) of the total MCC Gold score
  • An undisputable man-of-the-match winning effort from Obaid              Photo: Shazhad Qureshi
  • MCC Gold and Black were treated to a magnificent tea courtesy of the wonderful culinary skills of Obaid Mushtaq
  • Chicken curry and lentils were wolfed down with delicious brown roti, chased with chocolate biscuits.
  • A description of ‘triumphant’ would be severely understating this mouth-watering intermisso from our established semmel-based standard
  • Rumour has it that the wife of Mushtaq is in no way partial to curry, and this was the Master Chef’s big chance to show off his skills
  • Non sequitur, the Gin en Toxic indoor CC, Pretoria
    Photo: Andrew Wembridge
  • MCC Black made a healthy opening partnership of 31 between Hashimi and the in-form Mahmoud Khan
  • This was facilitated by several mangled caught and bowled opportunities by Sanger Khan.
  • Shazhad knocked over Hashimi’s castle for nine, bringing Barrett to the crease
  • Waqas snagged the prized wicket of Mahmoud with a simple, regulation catch at gully
  • Deverill fell for a fortunately unofficial duck to become Waqas’ second victim, caught behind by Farid
  • Abdul managed to belt around a few boundaries before one finally stuck in Sangar Khan’s mitts at mid-on after a woeful delivery by Wembridge.
  • Barrett was bowled by Akmal for nine and MCC Black were beginning to look a little shaky at 5 for 84
  • Promising resistance from Colling (10) and Obaidullah (18) was soon to be interrupted after captain Toke’s decision to warm up his shoulder
  • The captain effortlessly blasted through the pair (and follower Maiwand), taking his three wickets for a mere 14 runs, virtually sealing the victory for his team
  • Waqas delivered the death blow to the other S. Khan, earning himself a well-deserved ‘three-fa’
  • Well done to all for hauling our arses off the couch and spending our Saturday outdoors sharpening those cricket skills.

Wendi-Meg Breward

MCC wins at Situlistrasse (09 Jul 2017)

Sunday, 9th July, a bright, sunny day with the promise of thundershowers later, saw MCC return to Situlistrasse for a 35 over friendly against the Breakaways (Munich Lions). Captain Ayub used the wrong coin and duly lost the toss meaning MCC were asked to field first. The two team groups were some distance apart meaning the two scorers were not in contact, in fact for the Breakaways innings I was all alone, no-one standing blocking my view, no-one asking how many runs did so-and-so have etc, so it was really enjoyable. There were of course drawbacks, not knowing the players they were entered as “white pads”,”white hat”, “Johny Cash”, “Bavarian Shirt”, “helmet” and so on. Also, the final innings scores were different, their scorer, unsurprisingly, had a total of five runs more than I had noted.

Situlistrasse is a very pleasant small ground, short grass outfield and a decent size allowing good shots to get runs and also good fielding to get run-outs. MCC opening bowlers, Brooks and Bhatia, both bowled well, baker Bhatia in particular and after nine overs the score was 45 for 2, one wicket a bowled by Bhatia, the other a direct hit run-out from Maroofkhel, the first of three in which he figured. Although the openers bowled well they did set a kind of benchmark for wide balls, bowling six in the first eight overs. They were replaced by Ayub and Bhat who easily beat the benchmark with Bhat determined to maintain his lead in the wide-boys table. Neither of them took early wickets and after the 13th over the score was 89 for two down. Konchada replaced Bhat and in the 17th over there was another Maroofkhel/Ayub run out (of Johny Cash) and in the next over there was a third run out. Ayub got one bowled in the 20th over making them 134 for five down. In the 24th over, veteran Carr came on, went for four from his first ball then took the first of his three wickets, bowling their Player “no hat”.  Maroofkhel and Ibrahimkhel also bowled, Ahmad getting their tenth wicket and the score on 198 – or 203, whichever you believe.

Teas were provided by Seyar Hashimi, making a welcome return to MCC cricket and he brought pre-baked buns to the total amazement of Bhatia.

Giles and Otmankhil opened the batting for MCC, Farid aiming not to get another golden one and the Audi badge. He went for five with the score on 10 to make way for Bhat who departed with the score on 20. In came the prodigal son Hashimi who batted extremely well putting on 69 for the fourth wicket after Giles had left with the score on 29 in the ninth over. Baker Bhatia who replaced him put on 79 for the fifth wicket with captain Ayub so MCC were 177 for five down in the 30th over and needing 27 more to win. Konchada and Ayub strolled to victory in the 33rd over, helped by a 5-no-ball and, as soon as the field was cleared, the first heavy raindrops fell.

Giles, 3, bowled,

+Otmankhil, 5, caught,

Bhat, 3, caught

Hashimi, 27, bowled

*Ayub, 83*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 43 runs, 1 wkts, 1 catch

Bhatia, 39, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts

Konchada, 13*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Maroofkhel, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Ihbrahamkhel, DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 3 runs, 1 wkt

Carr, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 3 wkts

Brooks, DNB, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 204 – 5 in 33.3 overs, beat Breakaways, 203 – 10 in 32 overs by 5 wickets

MCC MOM: Mudassir Ayub


The rains came and Duckworth-Lewis takes over at the Hirschanger (08 Jul 2017)

A 40 over friendly against MIC saw captain Barrett win the toss and decide to bat, Kotru and Khan Mahmud opening up for MCC. The MIC bowlers were able to get a lot of bounce throughout their spells as the ground was dry and hard after a couple of weeks without rain.

Mushtaq looking good
© Philip Crebbin

This was Kotru`s downfall as he gloved one to the keeper after looking really good before then. Captain Barrett replaced him and to everyone`s astonishment he hit a four from the second ball he faced. Not only that he hit two more fours in an innings lasting 53 minutes where he faced 37 balls and scored 22 with a scoring rate of almost 60%. Together with Khan Mahmud the second wicket was worth 70 runs. Mustaq hit a couple of fours then left to make way for Toke, who didn`t look comfortable at all for the 15 balls he faced. Bowes replaced him, hit nine from eight balls then made way for keeper Kerr. 

Bowes connects – but is caught at mid-on
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Kerr cuts to Point
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He in turn soon made way for Khanna, who wanted to impress his dad and his uncle.

Khanna skies one to leg
© Philip Crebbin

A few singles later he was back in the box talking to them while Singh took over.

Khan Mahmud Hammers one to off
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Khan Mahmud finally fell in the 35th over, having scored a magnificent 86, to be replaced by Khan Waqas. Diamonds were sparkling in the skies as Waqas departed, run out without facing a ball. Imtiaz took his place, determined to avoid being the first to the Audi badge.

Imtiaz is skittled
© Philip Crebbin

He scored one before being bowled in the 38th over leaving MCC 174 all out.

Waqas, Aneesh and Imtiaz enjoying Harit`s tea
© Philip Crebbin

After plentiful teas provided by Khanna – was that why his dad and uncle came along? MCC opened the bowling attack with Khan Waqas and Singh.

Waqas hurls one down
© Philip Crebbin
with Kerr and Bowes waiting
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They both bowled maidens first off and, after nine overs, the score was 20 for 0 down.

Singh eyes his target
© Philip Crebbin
While Kerr waits again
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Disco run-up Khana and Toke took over and the run rate increased somewhat so that after 18 overs they were 85 for 2 down, just 4 runs more than MCC at that stage.

Khanna gives it some air
© Philip Crebbin
Toke puffs his cheeks to get a Little more flight
© Philip Crebbin

Bowes and Kotru had taken over and were both tonked so that when the heavens broke in the 20th over, MIC were 106 runs to our 28. Play for the day was then abandoned.

The day that the rains came down
© Philip Crebbin

Kotru, 5, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Khan Mahmud, 86,

*Barrett, 20, caught, 1 catch

Mushtaq, 8, caught

Toke, 6, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt

Bowes, 9, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts

+1Kerr, 7, caught

+2Khanna 4, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts

Singh, 3*, 5 overs, 2 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts

Khan Waqas, 0, run out, 4 overs, 2 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Ahmad, 1, bowled

MCC, 174 – 10 in 37.3 overs lost to MIC, 106 – 3 by 30 runs (Duckworth Lewis)

MCC MOM: Khan Mahmud



MCC II come second at the Hirschanger, Bhatia strives to get the baker´s prize (01 Jul 2017)

MCCII at the Hirschanger for a Regionalliga fixture against the Munich Lions whom we had beaten by over 100 runs in a friendly a couple of week ago so the team was fairly confident of getting the points. However, Captain Barrett foolishly made the toss using something other than the Maria Theresa silver dollar which was a bad omen to start with – and he lost so MCC were asked to field first.

MCC opened with Bhamare and Khan Maihwand and in the first two overs the wide boys race hotted up, with nine bowled and the run rate at seven per over. The run rate stayed between six and seven for the whole innings, the ground was dry and hard so good shots went for boundaries and the fielding and catching, to put it extremely diplomatically, was pretty awful. Their first wicket – bowled by Bhatia – fell in the tenth over with the score on 61, the second in the 18th over with the score on 112. Toke and Konchada looked for a while as if they were going to get on top of the batsmen but it didn`t last and the wide count mounted – 40 wides in 40 overs – and the Breakaways finished on 257 for 8 down off 40 overs, 57 of the total being extras.

We had all been looking forward to some scrumptious teas provided for the first time by Bhatia. He made an extra effort to make sure everything was fresh and brought along buns which had first to be baked for 12 minutes in an oven. Pillock is the least of the names that spring to mind. However, Khan Mahmud saved the day by going shopping and brought back some Semmeln which, I`m sure, were better quality than would have been the case with Bhatia`s oven fresh.

After teas, MCC opened with Bhat and Konchada – the two highest scorers from last week. Captain Barrett had cleverly put himself way down the order to prevent Bhat giving him another diamond one. Bhat was back eating Semmeln in the 4th over with the score on 16, and Konchada in the 8th with the score on 29. Mustaq joined the duck race, LBW, for which the umpire later apologised – rubbing salt into the wound some would say. Bhamare went for 10 in the 10th but then a splendid partnership of 56 between Bowes and Toke ended at the drinks break. Kerr and Barrett ground out double figure scores but the best hit to watch was Maroofkhel, the very last ball of the innings, hitting their best and fastest bowler for an almighty six. The bowler was not amused.

Bhat, 4, caught,

Konchada, 13, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Bhamare, 10, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Mushtaq, 0, LBW, 1 catch

Toke, 37, caught, 5 0vers, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 2 wkts

Bowes, 24, caught

+Kerr, 14, caught, 1 catch

*Barrett, 16*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts

Bhatia, 9, caught, 1 catch, 24 unbaked Semmeln

Maroofkhel, 11*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Khan Maihwand, DNB, 6 0vers, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 191 – 8 in 40 over, lost to Munich Lions, 257 – 8 in 40 overs by 66 runs

MCC MOM: Praful Toke

MCC lose their way in Hasenbergl (25 Jun 2017)

MCC II turned up at the Eduard Spranger ground in Hasenbergl ready for a 12:30 start and were greeted with heavy rain. Umpire Ravi wanted to hold the toss anyway to save time when the prospects improved but this was rejected by the opposition who wanted to see how many overs were left before taking the toss. This led to a rather unseemly altercation and the umpire insisted on doing it his way. However, in the meanwhile, the Pak Orient captain had left the ground and no-one else was allowed to stand-in for him. After the rain stopped the toss was won by the home side and the game reduced to 38 overs per innings.

MCC opened with Bhat and a very short visit from captain Craig who joined Jonas de Beer in getting a diamond one, run-out in the first over without facing a ball (will Bhat be in at number eleven in the next match? Watch this space). Konchada replaced the captain and a superb partnership of 96 ensued before he was out caught in the 17th over. He was replaced by Bowes who continued the precious stones and metal effect by getting a golden one. One run later Bhat left the field to sit well away from the captain and was replaced by Sandhu. He and Brooks, who came in for Bowes, put on four runs of which Sandhu contributed zero, to be replaced by Bhatia who scored one in the resulting partnership of five and then left the field. Next up was Maroofkhel who tonked a single in a partnership of three then made way for Ottmankhel who added to the precious metal for the second week running. Cross, dreaming of the rugby sevens, scored one in a partnership of four to be the third wicket in this over. Maiwand Khan scored 2 not out and put on a huge partnership of five with Brooks who was out caught for five leaving MCC moving from 96 for one to 119 all out in 25.5 overs.

After a fairly somber tea break, MCC opened the attack with Brooks and Cross. No details of the overs, nor the fall of wickets are entered in the score book but Pak Orient II knocked-off the necessary runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

Bhat, bowled, 34

*Barrett, run-out, 0, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 11 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Konchada, 35, caught,

Bowes, 0, bowled

Brookes, 5, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 2 wkts

Sandhu, 0, caught

Bhatia, 1, bowled, 1 catch

Maroofkhel, 1, caught, 1.5 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts

+Ottmankhel, 0, caught, 1 catch

Cross, 3, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 1 wkt

Khan Maiwand, 2*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt

MCC II, 199 – 10 in 25.5 overs, lost to Pak Orient II, 120- 5 in 19.5 overs by 5 wickets

MCC MOM: Adrian Brooks

Magnificent 164* from Wembridge in Division I match, but Erlangen take the day. (25 Jun 2017)

A must win match against Erlangen to retain any hopes of remaining in Division I next season as Serendib had actually stuffed Nuremberg the previous day and had three wins to our one under their belt. A win in Erlangen would mean we could still top them with two more matches after this weekend, one of them at home against Serendib.

Three cars left the Hirschanger at 0830, two heading directly for Erlangen, one in the opposite direction to collect Butt who was resting after a raucous night and also preparing himself to play in the Norwegian premier league on 1st/2nd July.

Captain Ayub used Maria Theresa to win the toss and chose to bat, opening with Altmann and Wembridge, who had regained his form the previous day with a 71 not out against FFOP. Altmann returned to the hutch in the second over with the score on 3 to be replaced by the future Norwegian premier leaguer. In the tenth over, Butt left to bone up on his Norwegian and captain Ayub took his place. There followed a superb partnership of 155 for the third wicket – the third highest ever –  Ayub going in the 40th over for 64 and the total on 177. Khan Mahmud went in the same over with a golden one and made way for Deverill. Ninety one runs later Deverill was out caught, allowing Bhamare to join the golden ducks for the day. Qureshi replaced him and was able to score two and Wembridge to carry his bat for a magnificent 164 not out, thereby occupying second place in the elite 150 plus runs-in-an-innings club

The target of 286 in 50 overs for Erlangen was certainly defendable and after teas provided by Qureshi, MCC opened the bowling with Khan Waqas and Deverill. After bowling two overs and going for 15 runs, Waqas was replaced by Khan Mahmud who was also very generous for his first two overs. In fact, apart from Deverill, all the bowlers were pretty wayward and, after 10 overs, Erlangen were 60 for none. MCC managed to take four wickets only and the fifth wicket unbeaten partnership was for 104, the batsmen finishing on 106* and 60* respectively. The fielding had not been good, simple catches being dropped with the score on 58, 90, 126 and 233 and a number of more difficult ones going awry too. To round off a poor day in the field one of their batsmen played on but the bails were not disturbed. The old adage about winning matches certainly rang true.

+2 Altmann, 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Wembridge, 164*,

+1 Butt, 6, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

*Ayub, 64, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 46 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Khan Mahmud, 0, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 2 wkts

Deverill, 28, bowled, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 0 wkts

Bhamare, 0, caught, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Qureshi, 2* 3 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 0 wks

Kotru, DNB

Khan Waqas, DNB. 10 overs, 0 mdns, 55 runs, 1 wkts

Ahmad Imtiaz, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 284 – 6i in 50 overs, lost to Erlangen, 286 – 4 in 43,3 overs by 6wickets

MCC MOM: Andrew Wembridge