SCV knock up 346 in Esslingen am Neckar despite a Barrett ‘Michelle’ (08 Apr 2018)

Stuttgart Cricket Verein 346-10 (40.0 overs) (C. Barrett 5-63, J. Jonkiffe 3-22) defeated MCC 121-9 (35.3 overs) (A. Wembridge 18, R. Bhat 15)

MCC Man of the match: Craig Barrett

  • Very early start at the Hirsch for a Sunday morning, with meeting time assigned to be 7:30am. The very-well disciplined Farid Otmankhail proved himself once again to be a real early-bird, heard to have arrived at 7:00am without so much as a hint of a hangover.
  • Vehicle 01 ‘Harrison’ commanded by John ‘Doc’ Jonkiffe departed at 7:38am with Brooks, Mushtaq, Otmankhail and Wembridge aboard.
  • Vehicle 02 ‘Merciful Merc’ commanded by Captain Prafull Toke departed at 7:46am with Shaikh, Bhat and Mahmoud aboard.
  • Craig Barrett made his own way to the ground somehow whereas Usman Sandhu did not make his own way to the ground anyhow.
  • Anyway, a pit stop en route pepped up our spirits, with fast bowler Adrian Brooks making the most of the extensive selection on offer at an Aral along the way.
Adrian Brooks enjoys his Tankstellefrühstück as club photographer Farid Otmankhail watches on.
  • This really was a weekend tailor-made for cricket; a  glorious, cloud-free day without a hint of moisture on the field. Captain Praf decided it was perfect conditions to field and the MCC hit the middle after a brief warm-up; an eleventh player by the name of Shahir being kindly loaned to us by SCV. (Who was periodically replaced by a vertically challenged Afghani with an unbelievable rocket-arm.)
  • Opening bowler Mahmoud struck early with a dubious LBW but the next SCV wicket fell with the total on an unfortunate 152 runs, despite the other opener copping a beauty on the toe and hobbling off the ground retired hurt.
  • At least 3 edges inexplicably fell to ground between the keeper and first slip along the way, until Craig ‘Buster’ Barrett began his slaughter of the opposition batsman with a sky-high caught and bowled.
  • Captain Toke finally got the big breakthrough, bowling ‘Aravinda’ de Silva just short of his century, while all other MCC bowlers were pummled all over Baden-Wüttermberg. Barrett continued on his merry way with a catch by Praf, an LBW and two ‘bowleds’; a certain stumping to snag an ‘Irish Hattrick’ sadly failed to eventuate due to a keeping fumble.
  • With the score creeping over 300, Captain Toke reached for his never-before used secret chemical weapon in Doc Jonkiffe who snagged TWO wickets – LBW and stumped –  in his very first over bowled in a cricket match.
  • Barrett kindly allowed Jonkiffe the final scalp by bowling a considerably less-intense final over of his spell; the two Goras finishing with five and three wickets respectively when father-to-be Obaid swallowed a fly ball to mid-off off the final ball of the innings.
  • The battering on the field was only beaten by the four delicious pizza toppings kindly provided by SCV for the tea interval, washed down with a few Bavarian Helles carted across the border by the captain.
Ready to slam 350 with the finest selection of weapons, including the newly acquired Prafull Toke PREDATOR and Naveen Arunachalam NAVIGATOR
  • Obaid and Farid steeled themselves up to open against the vicious SCV attack, with a required run rate of 8.65 from the get-go.
  • Doc Jonkiffe continued his winning form as an umpire this time by mishearing an edge that coincidentally registered 8.65 on the Richter scale in the meteorology headquarters of the striker’s native Kabul.
  • Obaid unfortunately went early, but had a near-man-of-the-match winning performance given his following lightening-fast skill development in scorekeeping accuracy.
A thoroughly encapsulated Obaid Mushtaq enjoying the sheer thrills of the run-chase as John Jonkiffe gives him a break from the scorebook.
  • A promising partnership of 42 with Rahul ‘Daddy’ Bhat ended when Farid was eventually bowled after a respectable 36 ball innings.
  • Rahul elegantly guided the ball around, with three fours in his total of 15 before getting trapped out of his crease whereas Zeeshan and Mahmoud were only able to offer token resistance before both being caught out while still in single figures.
  • Praf was bowled for five after being tied down by some remarkably crafty spin bowling on the wooden-boards-with-thicker-matting-on-top pitch which REALLY got some grip.
  • A 31-run partnership between Wembridge and ‘Michelle’ was interrupted with the return of the opening bowler; the Australian unintentionally allowing one to squeeze through a gap between his bat and pad.
  • Brooks suffered a virtually-identical fate two balls later, allegedly by another seething off-cutter that must have also jagged a mile.
  • Barrett kindly accommodated the Doc’s desire to finish his innings undefeated (0* from 2), allowing everyone to polish off the last few beers before the 2.5 hour trip back home. Cricket the winner once again, but at least we got some well-deserved vitamin D after a long, dark winter.

Wendi-Meg Breward


Match Report : Friendly vs CCB (07 Apr 2018)

Warm and sunny Saturday afternoon greeted the MCC team which was visiting the new looking CCB on their new ground in Westpark. Jonkiffe, Wembridge and Toke were told by a certain MIC player who they met Enroute to the playing field that they were mistaken and CCB played in some other part of Munich. Thankfully the address was correct and the MIC chap wasn’t. Not so thankfully we had only 8 players present at the ground. Sandhu, Shaikh and Michelles completed the touring party at 12.30 in time for the toss.

Captain Toke lost the toss and MCC was asked to showcase their batting strength. In the very first over Otmankhil tried to steal a non existent second run only to find himself heading back straight to the shed. Wembridge joined MCC debutant Deshpande for a nice partnership which steadied the MCC for the next 7 overs adding 22 valuable runs. Deshpande played a lovely on flick over the square leg to register first boundary for his side. Soon after he was dismissed trying a similar shot bowled by right arm fast bowler Anup. Jonkiffe took a leaf out of Wembridge’s book and blocked all the deliveries successfully until he was bowled for 1. Debutant Shaikh from Paris was dismissed tried to play a cheeky flick for 1. Captain Toke looking to lead from the front was dismissed while trying to play spin on the back-foot for 3 runs only. Michahelles attempted another suicidal run and therefore departed leaving MCC at 60 odd runs after 20 overs at the drinks break. Rejuvenated Wembridge played nice aggressive shots to keep the scoreboard moving. He was very hard on Simran, the experienced CCB bowler, hitting him for a glorious six over covers and one over mid-off. Wembridge stitched a good partnership with patient Sandhu to take MCC past 100 given the total some respectability. Good support role was played by Hashimi and his friend Ahmed taking the score to a respectable 147 in 40 overs. Wembridge played a magnificent 79 runs followed by generous 34 wides from the CCB bowlers. All the other batsmen weren’t able to gauge the pitch and were just rusty as it was the first game of the season.

After the lunch break, MCC opened with bowlers Bhatia and Hashimi with the new bowl. Bhatia struck in his second over thanks to a great catch from Michahelles in the second slip. Ringer Ahmed bowled tight lines and swung the ball which was very commendable since he was playing his first hard ball game . Spinners Sandhu and Toke got 2 wickets each to create some jitters in the CCB dressing rooms. CCB highest scorer Tayyab survived a straight forward caught behind appeal of Toke however was run out later to give MCC a ray of hope. Batsman Samar and Shamshad ensured that no further damage is done and took CCB very close to the victory. Pace bowler Ahmed bowled well and broke the partnership which unfortunately was very late as CCB cruised their way to the total in the 26 over. 30 odd wide deliveries bowled by all the MCC bowlers helped the CCB cause in a great way.

It wasn’t the ideal season opener for MCC however areas requiring improvements were highlighted. Wembridge provided a template to all MCC batsmen on how to construct an inning in a 40 over game. Thankfully no catches were dropped which was another positive coming out of the game.

MCC lost the toss and batted first
Lost the game by 3 wickets
Man of the Match : Andrew Wembridge
Special Thanks to Doug Giles for helping with scoring.