Goldener October for MCC`s friendly against the Munich Lions

Goldener Oktober, memories of multi-hued leaves on the Autumnal trees, a table wine and MCC with its own version of this famous phrase. Some would say it was the arrival of Lord Wembo of Pretoria with Lady Wembridge as colourful as the autumn leaves but in reality it was an innings featuring four ducks, three of them golden, the final one much to the mirth of the spectators.

The match against the Breakaways, one week after the scheduled last match of the season, was arranged at short notice as witnessed by the hilarious team selection with more comings and goings than you would see on a busy day at the Hauptbahnhof. When Cassandra Craig turned up after working on a Sunday morning we were finally represented by a full team. Captain Ayub lost the toss and MCC were asked to field choosing youngster Samiulla Tanka as keeper after his sterling performance in the six-a-side last week. Brooks and Deverill opened the bowling, Deverill getting the first wicket on the final ball of his first over and the Lions on 16 total. On the second ball of his second over he got another, well caught behind and the score on 22. After nine overs, Ayub replaced Deverill and after 13 overs, Brooks was rested. He was replaced by Sandhu, fresh from his exploits against Serendib, who bowled very well and got a wicket in his third over, caught by Craig (taking him to the top of the catching table) and the Lions were now 94 for four down, their third wicket having fallen to Toke, the partnership breaker extraordinary. Ayub got the next wicket with the score on 119 but a 70 run partnership was only broken when Toke was brought on for one more over and got a hilarious hit-wicket to his name. The seventh wicket fell on 195, an LBW for Ayub and the eighth on 202, the first of two run-outs. Ayub also got the ninth on 223 and the tenth was another run-out on the last possible ball of the innings, the score being 283.

After teas, biscuits and cinnamon cakes bakes by Crystal Craig – long may she support us – and some pizza, MCC opened their innings with Khan Mahmud and Wembridge. Mahmud survived a wide successfully then became the first to add gold to the Munich skies. He was replaced by Tanka who brought as many lives as a black cat with him but batted splendidly before falling for 37 in the 12th over with the score on 61. Captain Ayub came in and showed his intentions by hitting a cracking four but that was all he hit, the next ball he missed completely and was bowled leaving us on 65 for three down. Wembridge at this stage was still plodding along, having slowly crept through the entrance door of the 500 club and was on 17 when the captain departed. A 52 run partnership between Deverill and Wembridge ended when Deverill was bowled for an uncomfortable 11 off 38 balls faced. MCC were now well behind the required run rate and needed a big hitter so Craig came to the wicket and was part of a 57 run partnership (of which he scored seven), broken when Wembridge went for 85 from 97 balls in the 33rd over and the score now 174. Imtiaz hit a quick-fire 11 but left with the score on 200 for 6 in the 36th over. Michahelles replaced him and saw Craig become very aggressive hitting three boundary fours before George left for a duck with the score on 213. Five runs later Craig was caught in the deep going big again and MCC were now 218 for eight down after 38.1 overs. Usman Sandhu was next to bat and next to add to the Goldener Oktober, falling after 38.3 overs. Brooks replaced him with clear instructions to make them bowl their forty overs at the very least. After 34.4 the golden skies reverberated once again to the sound of the stumps crashing accompanied by hilarious laughter and MCC were all out for 220.

There were a couple of noteworthy incidents during the MCC innings, the first when five penalty runs were awarded after a ball thrown in by a fielder hit a jumper left lying near the wicket. This is only the second time I have seen this, the first being in Zuoz where a rather stroppy opposition keeper caused five penalty runs to win us the game by not preventing the ball from hitting a helmet placed behind him. The other incident was a certain run out of an MCC batsman but the wicket was already broken and the fielder held the ball in one hand and lifted the stumps with the other while the batsman scrambled home. Congratulations to Captain/Umpire Ayub for knowing the laws.

Khan Mahmud, 0, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Wembridge, 85, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs 0 wkts

Tanka, 37, caught, 1 catch

Ayub, 4, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 52 runs, 2 wkts

Deverill, 11, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 2 wkts

Barrett, 28, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Imtiaz Ahmad, 11, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns 26 runs, 0 wkts

Michahelles, 0, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Toke, 2*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts

Usman Sandhu, 0, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 16 runs, 2 wkts

Brooks, 0, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 44 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 220 – 10 in 38.4 overs, lost to Lions, 283- 10 in 40 overs, by 63 runs

MCC MOM: Wembridge

MCC beat Poddington tourists in a friendly and together with supporters from Littleborough sink 1000€ of beer in the Italian cafe adjacent to the ground

A wonderful sunshiny day was upon us last Saturday as the MCC rolled up to Situlistrasse to play a game of cricket against touring team Poddington from the UK.
Upon arrival we were tasked with the usual setting up procedures, before Bowes and Farid picked up the opposition team, still rather drunk from the night before, from the U-Bahn. It is safe to say that a portion of the MCC team were also struggling with Wiesn hangovers, meaning that we were prepared for a very hungover day, well until we purchased beer, that helped.
The decision was made to play a 2 innings T20 match. Ever the gentleman Barrett forfeited the toss, allowed the opposition to open the batting. A new face emerged for the MCC – Mohammed (one of Farid’s mates) who described himself to your author as a ‘quality all rounder’….
He opened the bowling with Altmann, the latter bowling the opposition captain in the first over and claiming a wicket maiden. Mohammed, left arm round, was actually very good! He took his first MCC wicket with his third ball, a fantastic stumping by Farid, worthy of a highlight clip on German Cricket TV! At this point the opposition were struggling at 5/2, so Altmann bowled his second before captain Barrett decided to give the opposition a chance, bringing on Bowes and Michaelles. Flight attendant George bowled very well and got a well deserved wicket. Bowes’s right arm ‘nobody is quite sure’ was also useful, claimed his first wicket of the day, a stunning one handed caught and bowled. Desmond Bradley felt a shudder down his spine as this happened, knowing that Bowes would be back at the top of the bowling averages!
Poddington rallied and built themselves up to 50/4 before Prafuls first ball of his spell destroyed the stumps. Nirmal also got himself a wicket, well held by Praf at long on before Mohammed claimed another 2 wickets, both bowled. Bowes was brought back on for the final over taking the final wicket, caught by Giles at first slip.
MCC were straight out to bat after a 2 minutes break with Altmann and Parlour opening for the MCC. The two of them put on a 61 run opening partnership in the first 4.5 overs, both batsmen hitting 3 6’s before both departed 3 balls apart. Nirmal managed to avoid the duck race, Bowes did not. Praf scored a very nice to watch 22. Signel figures for Mohammed and Farid, before Craig came in and hit more boundaries than had ever been seen before in his 20 – bowled with 1 ball to go (thinking of the team not his average for once), bringing Giles in to finish 1 not out.
At the halfway stage MCC were ahead by 18 runs.
During the first innings we were also greeted by Littleborough CC (our hosts in the UK tour) who had come over to celebrate some form of festival in Munich. Much to the pleasure of the owner of the small café (whom we had informed at the beginning of the day to prepare for an onslaught of drunk Brits) the 3 teams managed to drink over 150 of his cold beers before 1600.
Because alcohol I don’t remember too much about the second innings.
The second innings of Poddington (in which 2 of their fielders played for us due to Farid and his friends having to leave for work) was much more eventful with all 3 of their top batsmen making 25+ before a mini-collapse at the end left them on 110 wickets coming from Barrett, Parlour Nirmal and a run out – leaving the MCC requiring 92 off 15 overs.
Michaelles opened the batting, batted for 8 overs and hiot his first ever 2 boundaries for the MCC, much to his delight, raising his bat to the crowd, before being triggered to a ball which wasn’t really hitting anything.. Nirmal got another low score bringing Altmann and Praf to the crease. Altmann batted for 13 overs by the way and only faced 16 balls.
Praf and Parlour both fell for low single figures leaving MCC requiring 51 from 4.5 overs. Bowes and Altmann (when he was allowed to face) both hit big boundaries and brought the innings to a close, Bowes scoring 6,4,4 byes off the last over to win the game with 1 ball to spare!

MOM: George Michahelles for his wickets and first ever boundaries and top score for the club! (sorry Jonty!!)

Innings 1:
Altmann 26 Bowled. 2-1-8-1
Parlour 30 Caught
Konchada 1 Caught. 2-0-9-1
Praf Tk 22 Caught. 2-0-6-1. 1 catch
Phil Bowes 0 Caught. 2.4-0-10-2. 1 catch
Farid Otmankhil 1. Caught. 1 stumping, 1 run out
Mohammed 3 Caught. 4-0-25-3
Craig Barrett 20 Bowled. 3-1-16-0
George Michahelles 0*. 4-0-23-1
Doug Giles 1*. 1 catch

Innings 2:
George 10 LBW. 3-0-14-0
Nirmal 3 Bowled 2-0-13-1
Altmann 24*. 2-0-23-0
Toke 7 Bowled 1-0-8-1
Parlour 2 Bowled 2-0-11-1
Bowes 27* 2-0-10-0
Barrett DNB 3-0-21-1
Giles DNB


Submitted by Phil Bowes

MCC quarter finalists in the Serendib 6-a-side tournament

Congratulations to the MCC 6-a-side squad for reaching the quarter finals of the tournament organised by Serendib.
It was a very colourful affair with 17 teams from Frankfurt, Wurzbung, Göggenheim, Burghausen, Tegernsee, Pfaffenhofen and some other places as well as most Munich clubs, arranged in three groups of four teams and one of five and virtually each team in different coloured clothing. Scheduled to start at 08:30 with everyone being present at 08:00 MCC were down to three players then which rather messed up the organisation as we were scheduled to play the first match against the Lions. Mahmoud Khan was there at eight but realised he had left his bat on the U.Bahn so went looking for it and didn`t return until around 09:00, still with no bat. In the meanwhile Imtiaz Ahmad had arrived but nary a word from Maiwand Khan Zazai so we borrowed a player to make up six. The first game against the Lions was won quite comfortably, the second narrowly lost to one of the three Pak Orient teams participating and the third won easily against someone. The good run rate meant we qualified for the quarters and played another of the Pak Orient teams and were thrashed although we were still in with a chance until a rather foolish run out cost the last wicket. In the four matches MCC had shown some excellent batting and bowling skills with some sublime catching. One in particular from Imtiaz Ahmad, a caught and bowled to a ball which endangered any low-flying aircraft and taken so casually was impressive. There were of course some dollies dropped too. Young Samiullah Tanha kept wicket in all matches and performed very well, a new star in the making. In our final match Mudussir Ayub opened the batting, cooly hit a four then a high top edge was very well caught by Waqas Khan, playing for one of the Pak Orient teams. He has taken only 4 catches in 18 appearances for MCC and caught the captain when playing for the opposition. Rearrangement of the batting order next season is definitely called for it seems. MCC were actually well represented in the tournament with Butt Thomas playing for yet another Pak Orient team – the eventual winners – and Shahzad Afzal Qureshi playing for the Lions. The final between Pak Orient and Wurzburg was played in almost complete darkness. Pak Orient were declared winners after Wurzburg left the field claiming there was cheating on the part of the umpires when an apparent high ball was not no-balled. Actually neither Winsley Fernando standing at the non-strikers end nor I at square leg could see the ball to call it.
There were three candidates for best batsman, Mahmoud Khan among them but Butt Thomas was the winner.
It was unfortunate that the sun set an hour too early and so affected the game, perhaps next year there will be fewer teams or a bowl-out arrangement if the light/weather is too poor.
Nevertheless MCC had a most enjoyable tournament and have sent out a search party for Maiwand Khan Zazai from whom nothing has been heard or seen.

Butt bashes another 72 in semi-final against Wurzburg

After beating Erlangen in the quarter-finals MCC had a home ground fixture in the semis against Wurzburg. Unfortunately the Hirschanger was closed for repairs after a Schicky-Micky event had caused considerable damage to the playing field. Fortunately Adschi Keim of Pak Orient agreed to allow us to play on their ground and saved us from a long trip to Wurzburg.

The game was scheduled for a 12 noon start and MCC arrived promptly at 11:15, or most of us did. Unfortunately for Wurzburg one of their cars containing three of their players had an accident on the way and they were not expected to arrive until around 3pm. This meant that MCC could have claimed the match as nine players have to be present no later than 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Umpire Ravi agreed that we could start the game with the opposition having eight players only and captain Ayub duly used Maria Theresa to win the toss. Surprisingly and very sportingly he chose to field first arguing that if we could not beat them when they had a full side (during the MCC innings) then we did not deserve to be in the final.

MCC opened the attack with Brooks and Khan Maiwand, both, in true MCC Tradition, bowling a wide with their first ball but thereafter bowled very well. After five overs Khan Waqas and Butt took over, Waqas getting the first wicket in the 7th over with the score on 27. In the 12th over Ayub came on with a wicket maiden, and, in the fourteenth, Qureshi entered the fray and the wide boys race, but also got a wicket, caught Butt, in his only over and Wurzburg were now 69 for three down after 15 overs. Ayub got a second, caught by Waqas and, when he was brought back on, Waqas took two wickets in his fourth and final over, leaving Wurzburg on 96 for 6 after 19 overs. No more wickets fell and they made a total of 102 in their allotted 20 overs.

Plentiful teas were supplied by Qureshi and, because of the temperature, a longer than usual break was allowed.

MCC opened the batting at 13:50 with the opposition having only eight players in the field but, at 14:10, the remainder arrived and ran straight onto the field without waiting for the third over to finish. After three overs the MCC openers, Butt and Khan Mahmud, had put on 31. Butt in particular was very aggressive and, after six overs the score was 48 for none and the game almost in the bag. The first wicket fell with the score on 90. Mahmud going for 15 to be replaced by Qureshi. MCC took only 12.2 overs to reach the target score finishing another great team effort.

Butt, 72*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Khan Mahmud, 15, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Qureshi, 2*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt

Konchada, DNB,

Ayub, DNB, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 2 wkts

Khan Waqas, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runbs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

Ibrahim Akmal, DNB,

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

Otmankhil, DNB, 1 catch

Tanha, DNB,

Khan Maiwan, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts,

MCC, 103 -1 in 12,2 overs, beat Wurzburg, 102- 6 in 20 ovrs, by 9 wickets

MCC MOM: Butt T.K.


After the semi-final another T20 was arranged, MCC vs a combination Pak Orient/Wurzburg XI. Captain Konchada presumably lost the toss as MCC fielded first once again. The bowling was opened by the Khans Waqas and Maiwand, both taking wickets and the score was 55 for three after six overs. They were replaced by Bhatia and Maroofkhel who also took wickets and after 12 overs the score was 112 for six. Tanha, Usman, Qureshi and Ayub also bowled, Tanha taking two wickets and Usman rewarded with a run-out in his first over. Pak Orient /Wurzburg finished at 184 for 9 in their 20 overs.

After a short break MCC opened the batting with Khan Mahmud and Usman, Usman departing for some more Kentucky fried in the third over with the score on 9. In came Benedikt Zellhuber-McMillan, a new member who only turned up to watch but was thrilled at getting a game. As he is an anesthetist we wondered if he would bat like Geoffrey Boycott and send everyone to sleep but then, as Geoffrey says, when they wake up I`m still batting. As it happens it was obvious that he has played cricket before and actually faced seven balls before getting run out. Qureshi made a boundary filled 15, Ayub made 11 from six balls and then made way for Butt. He seemed not to take it too seriously and was taunting the Pak Orient fielders by playing Dil scoops, taking a left hand guard and playing left handed until he was forced to retire having amassed 29 and the total score 81 for six after 12 overs. Bhatia and captain Konchada put on a useful 41 for the seventh until Bhatia was run out and made way for Khan Waqas who scored a lusty 22 including two fours and two sixes.

Khan Mahmud, 13, caught, 2 catches, 1 stumped

Usman Asif, 2, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Zellhuber-McMillan, 0, run out, 1 catch

Qureshi, 15, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts,

Ayub, 11, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts

Butt, 29, retired out,

Konchada, 29*, 1 catch

Bhatia, 9, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Khan Waqas, 22*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 22 ruins, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Ibrahim Akmal, DNB,

Khan Maiwand, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 1 wkt

Maroofkhel, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 147 – 7, lost to Pak Orient/Wurzburg, 184 – 9 by 37 runs

MCC MOM; Khan Waqas

Brutal Butt Bashes Beautiful 72 in quarter final T20

After some stupendous thunder storms over Saturday night and spots of rain from the overcast Munich sky still falling, MCC assembled at 9am outside the Hirschanger for the trip to Erlangen for the BCV T20 quarter final match. Lack of transport meant we had to hire a mini-bus although mini is a strange way to describe it as it was really an 18 seater with three rows removed and was very, very long. Five players piled into John Jolliffe`s car and six more plus umpire Ravi and the scorer piled into the van and all arrived in time, just after 1130 for the 12 noon start. The weather in Erlangen was good, sunny skies, no rain and temperature around 20° plus although the playing field was still damp from the overnight rain.

Captain Ayub put Maria Theresa to good use, won the toss and cleverly chose to field first opening the attack himself with Khan Maiwand. His first ball was a wide, as was Maiwands and that of Wàqas when he came on, thereby continuing an MCC tradition. Nevertheless with the last ball of the first over their opener Ali hit the ball to Maroofkhel, who rarely drops one, and Erlangen were 4 for 1 after one over. With the last ball of the fourth over Maiwand got their other opener and captain to nick one which was spectacularly caught by keeper Otmankhil leaving them 19 for 2 after four. Ayub bowled a third over but Maiwand was replaced by Waqas who, as already commented also opened with a wide. However on the sixth ball of the first over he saw the sight that warms the heart of every fast bowler, the batman`s off stump cartwheeling away, making them 29 for 3 after five. Khan Mahmud replaced Ayub and had two wicketless but fairly tight overs while Waqas got a second clean bowled in the last ball of his third over. On the third ball of the same over the captain dropped a fairly easy dolly but, since the striker had assumed it would be caught, he didn`t run and both batsmen were at the striker`s end when Ayub threw-in to Waqas to run out the dangerous Gusher Singh who had returned 106 not out against us in the recent league match. Erlangen were now 57 for 5 after ten. Butt took over from Waqas, giving only a miserly two runs from his first over and Maiwand replaced Waqas. On his third ball Maiwand got his second wicket, Aniket caught Akmal and in the fifth ball of his second over Butt got an LBW leaving them 72 for 7 after thirteen. There was then a 42 run parnertship between Philip Milton and the hard-hitting Jimmy Joshi before, in an inspired move, Akmal was brought on and got Milton in an easy caught and bowled from his first ball leaving them 117 for 8 after seventeen. Three runs later Ayub bowled Joshi but a partnership of 20 for the last wicket, aided by some poor fielding, took them to 137 for 9 after 20 overs.

Teas had been provided by Mahmud but there were no knives to spread the strange looking speads on the semmeln which led to much innovation. The target of 138 was achievable but not easy but the team were reminded that if Butt started as he had against Erlangen in the league match we could do it. Also choosing to bat second helped as the outfield had dried significantly and it was better for batting. Consequently MCC opened with Butt and Khan Mahmud, with Butt facing. Erlangen opened in true MCC fashion and the first over was +, ., +, 4, 4, ., ., meaning umpire Ravi had called a five ball over but with 10 off the first over we were on our way. Butt`s first four scoring shots were all boundary fours, not slogs but very good cricketing shots. Mahmud went for 9 with the score in 33 in the 6th over to be replaced by Jolliffe in his very first innings for MCC. The opposition scorer couldn`t believe we would let anyone bat at three who had never before played for us until he learnt that he has a large car and can take five to away matches. Jollife went for a duck with the score on 48 in the 9th over to be replaced by captain Ayub who, at first, played a very secondary role to Butt who was now in the six-hitting mode, taking Joshi for 6, 6, 1, 1, 6, and 1 in one over to cruise past his 50. He finally fell for 72 in the 15th over with the score on 95 leaving MCC needing 33 to win 5.5 overs. Waqas and Ayub made short work of the task, Waqas finishing the  game with two consecutive classy fours.

Mcc thus won with a very good team effort and look forward to the semi-finals.

Butt, 72, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 1 wkts

Khan Mahmud, 9, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts

Jolliffe, 0, bowled

Ayub, 39*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 2 wkts

Khan Waqas, 16*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Khan Maiwand, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Akmal Ibrahim, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdn, 17 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Maroofkhel, DNB, 1 catch

Usman Asif, DNB

Tanka, DNB

Otmankhil, DNB, 1 catch

MCC, 140 -3 in 17.3 overs, beat Erlangen, 137 – 9 in 20 overs by 7 wickets


MCC take on Littleborough, Gary Sobers` old club

On Saturday 5th the complete party including lady Wembridge assembled at Piccadilly gardens after some deliberately confusing instructions made to bump up the fines box, and took the tram to Old Trafford for the second day`s play of the test against South Africa. It gave Wembo ample opportunity to wear his Proteas shirt and cultivate his pseudo Saffir accent, much to the amusement of the other tram passengers.

Crowding into the test match
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

We saw some wonderful test cricket but, unfortunately, we were in the Fosters party stand which is a pseudonym for “amongst the yobs”. After 4 o`clock thousands were so pissed and we were showered with missiles from the upper ranks, so much so that Giles left the ground and Finchy moved to the other side of the ground. None of this troubled Veith at his first test and he joined in the creation of the long beer mug snakes wholeheartedly. Unfortunately once the snakes broke they were turned into beery missiles.

After the match tour manager Barrett decided we would all go for a Ruby Murray very close to the tram stop at Deansgate.

Deansgate Station, miles from the Restaurant
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

Suffice it to say that his idea of very close is different to anyone else`s and we walked miles only to be told there was a 45 minute wait to get in. On the way we had passed the Hilton hotel and saw one of the umpires, Aleem Dar, he with the frightening beard, entering. Not to worry said the long distance runner there is another one just around the corner – the corner being some ¾ mile away – but we made it and enjoyed a very spicy dinner.

After dinner the manager said we would walk to a nearby pub resulting in another long route march and, once again, we were refused entry. Not to be daunted he led us to another watering hole which, although far, far away was well worth the effort and there we stayed until closing time and once more walked back to the hostel.

Finally made it to the Pub
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
JD looking happy and contented
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

The next morning we assembled at around 1015 to travel to Littleborough, some by car, some by Über taxi and six of us by train from Victoria station.

Tiled Art-work in Victoria Station
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

This is where the bomb killing all those young people was set off recently so was cause for a little reflection before boarding the train. Once again the Saffir accents came out remarking that we wondered how long it would be to Old Trafford. One fellow passenger finally pointed out that this particular train did not go there.

You know this Train doesn`t go to Old Trafford?
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

It was a short 15 minute walk from the station to the ground which is situated in a park frequented by Springer dogs it seems, as we passed three of them on the way there.

Barrett makes friends – but not with a springer dog
Photo: Andrew Wembridge
The delightfully named shop “Knickerice Allsorts”
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

We also admired a notice on the station building pointing out that there was no lead on the roof so please don`t attempt to steal it. There was also a cute little lingerie shop with the amusing name of Knickerice Allsorts. We were looking forward to playing a club who have had a fair number of celebrated cricket players in their ranks over the year – Joel Garner and Gary Sobers for example – and some of their photographs are hung in the club room.

Some past greats at Littleborough
Photo: andrew Wembridge

Once at the ground we agreed with the opposition that we should start as early as possible and play 25 over innings as rain was not only forecast but an absolute certainty in these parts.

Another 128 partnership in the offing?
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

MCC were allowed to bat without a toss as “it would be sad if you came all the way here for nowt”. MCC opened with Giles and Ayub, thereby removing any chance of another 168 partnership between Giles and Carr. Giles left after four balls to admire the pictures in the club room and was replaced by Arunachalam who clearly likes playing in England on grass wickets.

MCC batting
Photzo: Andrew Wembridge

He tonked 16 before Ayub joined Giles in the art gallery and was replaced by Fudge who faced five balls before departing so missed out on a double gold. Wembridge replaced him and there was a 21 run partnership until Arunachalam fell with the score on 41 of which he had scored 35. Deverill and Wembridge put on 23 for the 5th wicket and Wembo made way for Khanna. Thirteen runs later Colling replaced Deverill and ten runs later he made way for Finch, MCC now 87 for 7 after 19.3 overs. This changed to 93 for 9 when Carr replaced Khanna and stayed at 93 when Finchy was bowled to give Gattinger a bat. Five runs later Veith departed so MCC were 98 for 10. Captain Barrett tried to improve his average and came in as the 12th batsman but was out for a duck on the second ball faced – serves him right too. Carr had defended his second 0 not out of the tour but doesn`t see that this does not improve his average.

After some splendid teas – the really look after you up north – MCC opened the attack with Colling and Ayub. In his second over Mudi got two off consecutive balls and after four overs Littleborough were 12 for two down. A partnership of 35 for the third wicket was broken when Deverill bowled their opener and highest scorer for 35. Two runs later Deverill got his second bowled with the score on 49 for 4 after 12.2 overs. In the next over Barrett struck making them 54 for 5 down and he got a second two overs later with Littleborough 58 for 6 down after 16 overs.

Another freezing scorer`s box but out oif the rain
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

By now the promised rain had set in and conditions were very bad but the brass band in the park continued to play manfully, was it Handel`s water music I heard? Had we not been a touring side the game would have been abandoned long ago. The 7th wicket partnership of 19 was broken when Arunachalum took his second catch of the day this time off Carr´s bowling making it 75 for 7 down after 19.4 overs. The splendidly named Sandford-Mitchell and Khan Z knocked off the required runs in just under four overs allowing us to retire to the club house. Many jugs of ale and lager were passed around, one young lady wouldn`t believe I was German so made a fuss of Veith.

You`re not a German
Photo.Andrew Wembridge

Several of us enjoyed fish & chips with mushy peas although Carr wouldn`t touch the peas as they smelt funny.

A taxi to the station, the night train to Victoria station and then to a superb pub just around the corner from the hostel.

Littleborough Station at night
Photo: Andrew Wembridge

The demands of being tour manager was clearly too much for captain Barrett. As the night wore on he became increasingly puggled and extremely loud but, it was a great tour and he deserved all the pleasure he was getting.

Giles, 0, bowled

Ayub, 0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wickets,

Arunachalam, 35, LBW, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Fudge, 0, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts

Wembridge, 15, caught, 1.1 overs, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts

Deverill, 23, stumped, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 2 wickets

+Khanna, 8, caught, 1 catch

Colling, 7, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts

Finch, 4, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Carr, 0*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Gattinger, 4, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts

*Barrett, 0, caught, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 3 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 98 – 11 in 23.5 overs lost to Littleborough, 99 – 7 in 23.1 overs by 3 wickets.

MCC MOM: Arunachalam


Epic Giles / Carr partnership of 128 in Division II match in Burghausen

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.


The rains came and Duckworth-Lewis takes over at the Hirschanger

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
© Philip Crebbin
Kerr cuts to Point
© Philip Crebbin

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
© Philip Crebbin

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
© Philip Crebbin

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
© Philip Crebbin

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