Match report, 15th September vs Effigies

Effigies are a team from London who play six or seven games a season, one of them a touring match and, in true Richard Clare mode, they go to a different country every year and to date have never returned, not, I would add because of their unruly behaviour. They have toured to countries where MCC has not yet been such as Estonia, France, Iceland and Malta.

They provided two umpires for both innings, one of them (Bob Eaton) played for the British Lions in Bulawayo during the South African tour of 1974 and the other (Hugh Ellerton) was wearing a pair of deckchair design trousers owned at one time by Elton John. How he came by them no-one knows and no-one really wishes to know.

As the Effigies had suffered from a number of baillages three MCC members – O`Connor, Soundararajan and Jadwani – volunteered to play for them to make a game of two ten-a-side teams.

Captain Clare won the toss and chose to bat in a 30 over friendly and sent in O`Meagher and Fudge to begin the innings. Fudge started well but was soon out in the fourth over having scored 5 from 7 balls and made way for keeper Garner who hung around until the ninth over before being bowled for 6 off 13 balls. In came Wright for his last innings at the Hirschanger before returning to Australia. He and O`Meagher put on a good partnership of 31 for the third wicket but eventually Wright went for 14 off 20 balls with the total on 68. Captain Clare came to the crease and put on 27 for the fourth wicket together with O`Meagher but was bowled by West for 21 in the 18th over. Hobbs shared a partnership of 19 for the fifth wicket before being caught for 7 off 17 in the 23rd over. Next in was Michahelles for his first innnings ever. He faced five balls before being bowled by Jadwani and joining the duck race – three balls more than I faced to get the same score in my first game for the MCC. Blades and O`Meagher put on another 11 for the seventh wicket but Blades was caught O`Connor in the 27th over with the score on 127. Scott joined O`Meagher and they put on an unbeated 30 runs for the eight wicket, Scott doubling his aggregate and average for the season and O`Meagher cementing his place at the top of the batting statistics. Throughout the innings O`Connor had showed that Sarma cannot be complacent about his title of master sledger

Plentiful teas were provided by Jadwani and O’Connor and included some uncooked eggs, a definite first in the MCC catering history.

After the break, Scott and Blades opened the bowling for MCC and bowled their full allocations straight off, Blades taking two wickets and, after 12 overs, Effigies were 45 for 2 (MCC had been 56 for 2 at the same stage). Clare and Wright took over for three overs each, kept the run-rate below that required and after 18 overs Effigies were 80 for 2 (MCC had been 95 for 4 down). Kavi, fresh from his 3 for 2 last week came on with Garner but was tonked for 24 off 2 overs – cricket can be a soul destroying game. After 22 overs Effigies were 120 for 2 (MCC had been 109 for 4) so the captain brought on a very nervous secret weapon named Hobbs. He and Garner almost did it, Effigies losing another four wickets, one of them the Effigies top scorer, caught by Michahelles, a superb catch in his first game,  before scoring the winning run off 29.3 overs.

An enjoyable, friendly, but competitive match, with some wonderful sledging by O`Connor, finished at around 5.30 pm allowing us plenty of time to attack Helmut`s cool fresh before retiring to the Chinese Tower.


O`Meagher, 68*

Fudge, 5, caught

Garner, 6 bowled, 5.3 overs, 0 mdns, 37 runs, 1 wkt

Wright, 14, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Clare, 21, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts

Hobbs, 7, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts

Michahelles, 0, bowled, 1 catch

Blades, 6, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Scott, 12*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts,

Kavi, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts.


MCC, 157 for 7 lost to Effigies, 158 for 6 by 3 wickets.


MCC MOM O`Meagher

Match report, 8th September vs Munich Boys

MCC, resplendent in their new leisure kit, turned out in force to play a bat 12 field 11 fixture against the Munich Boys at the Hirschanger. Some thought that batting wearing sunglasses under the helmet was going a little too far but, as Basil Fawlty said “you wouldn`t understand dear, its called style”.
Be that as it may, captain Weston duly used Maria Theresa to win the toss and decided to field first. Blades and O`Connor opened the attack for MCC and forged ahead with the wide count; after six overs the Munich Boys were 34 for 0 of which 13 were wides. Apparently the ball was swinging profusely. Rabbani and Weston took over the attack, bowling slightly fewer wides and two wickets fell in Weston’s first over, one a run out, the other clean bowled. After 14 overs the score was 94 for 2 and on came Hobbs, terrified that he would bowl pies and ruin his position at the top of the bowling table. He was sporting a 60`s style Django moustache hoping to scare the batsmen into giving away their wickets. His first over went for 17, including two sixes and a four so pleas for a safety razor were heard. Wright, at the other end, bowled economically taking a wicket in his first, second and fourth overs. With Hobbs taking one in his second and bowling a little tighter, things were looking slightly better but, after 24 over overs when Hobbs and Wright were replaced by Wasiewicz and Kavi, the score was 177 for six down. The problem for MCC was that Khan, who had been dropped when he had only a few runs on the board, went on to score 123 before being stumped by Van Giezen off Kavi, having hit 8 fours and 10 sixes. Khan was in fact the eleventh wicket to fall (bat 12, field 11) and Munich Boys finished on 230 for 11 after 29.4 overs leaving MCC needing slightly under 8 runs per over to win.
After a splendid tea provided by Brunskill, MCC opened with Brunskill and Wright. The target of 8 an over quickly disappeared over the horizon and, after six overs MCC were 19 for 1, Wright having been bowled for 12. Rabbani and Brunskill put on another 9 runs for the second wicket before Brunskill was bowled for 4. He was replaced by the shades wearing Caspari who rather unfortunately played across a straight ball and went to join the duck race. Rabbani and Van Giezen put on 10 runs before Rabbani went for 12, stumped by Ali. In came Miller who went first ball after getting a real bummer of a caught behind decision but, like a good Kiwi, he didn`t hang around to protest. In came Hobbs, very relieved not to have been toppled from the top of the table and proceeded to top score with 18 off 31 balls including 2 fours. Wasiewicz had replaced Van Giezen who went for 9 and O`Connor now came in for Hobbs after he and Van Giezen had put on 26, the highest partnership of the innings. O`Connor had another of those simply unplayable balls and went first ball, clean bowled by a snorter from Amir. In came Kavi, determined to face more than 1 ball and not move up the duck race table. In fact he and Wasiewicz put on an unbeaten 22 for the 9th wicket scoring 11 and 15 respectively. MCC finshed on 99 for seven after 30 overs, slightly short of the 231 required.
Brunskill, 4, bowled
Wright, 12, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 3 wkts
Rabbani, 12, stumped, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts
Caspari, 0, bowled, 1 catch
Van Giezen, 9, bowled, 1 stumping
Miller, 0, caught
Hobbs, 18, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 1 wkt
Wasiewicz, 15*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
O`Connor, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Kavi, 11*, 2.4 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch
Weston, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Blades, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 12 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 99 for 8, lost to MBCC, 230 for 11, by 131 runs.

MCC MOM Wright.

Saturday 25th August vs Pak Orient

With four other league clubs playing in T20 knockout matches this weekend it was back to our old friends Pak Orient for a friendly match – no arrogant messages about putting out a good team from them, they like to stuff us by as many as possible. Heavy overnight and early morning rain made an abandonment a distinct possibility but the heavens cleared and we were ready for a 1 pm start. Captain Weston, bleary eyed and hung over from leaping around in his army boots in a disco until 4am and burning up 1700 calories in the activity, won the toss and chose to field. I think this decision was based on giving opener O`Meagher, who seemed to have celebrated Friday night even more than Weston, some breathing space before batting.

The wonderfully named Sher Khan and Janan opened for Pak Orient to face MCC opening bowlers Gill and O`Connor. They batted as if there was no tomorrow and, after 9 overs, were 94 for 1. Jadwani had replaced O`Connor but his style was also very much to the batters liking – they even complained he was throwing but as they were tonking him for fours the protest was not taken seriously by the umpires.  After 12 overs, with the score on 112, the skipper brought on the first of his secret weapons and Hobbs bowled a modest first over going for only 7 runs. After the drinks break, Clare who had kept wicket and not given a bye or dropped a catch, was replaced by Turner who arrived just in time for the drinks. Sobek now joined Hobbs and his first four balls were “w”s – wicket, wide, wide, wide. Why on earth he was allowed another over no-one knows but the captain. However, the concatenation of the lightning fast Turner behind the stumps and the donkey-drop tempters from the two slow bowlers was simply breathtaking. From 129 for 2 after 15 overs, Pak Orient subsided to 168 all out after 26.4 overs, Sobek with a three-for, Hobbs with a six-for, including a hattrick. However the bleary eyed captain fell down on his counting and allowed Hobbs to bowl 7.4 overs when he should have been restricted to five. As so often in our matches the wide count was very high – the third highest score but the ball was very wet and slippery.

After teas MCC opened the batting with O`Meagher and Clare. Two wicket maidens later the score was 0 for 2 and Weston and Hobbs were at the crease. Weston went for 9 with the total score on10 but then Hobbs and Turner put on 23 for the 4th wicket, Turner facing 24 balls, keeping his end up in scoring his 3 runs. Next in was new member Anil Kavi who hadn`t played for two years. He decided the only prize worth going for so late in the season was the duck race and went after facing one ball. Now came the other secret weapon, Sobek, who put on 12 for the 6th wicket with Hobbs and another 12 for the seventh wicket with Gill. Gill went for 2 and in came Soundararajan, determined to improve on his performance of last week. Sobek went for 10, the only double figure score so far after the umpire tried desperately to find a reason why he couldn’t give hime out LBW and this introduced a nervous Jadwani to the struggle. He and Soundararajan put on 10 for the 9th wicket before Soundararajan fell for 4 and allowed number eleven, O`Connor, his chance to shine. This he did excellently remaining on 8 not out and putting on 30 for the 10th wicket in a partnership with Jadwani who top scored with 19.

MCC finshed on 89 all out after 26.4 overs so were soundly beaten but had a wonderful day with many memorable happenings. We sat around sampling Helmut’s cool fresh until 7pm then decided to go for one more at the kiosk in poofters alley. At 7:30 the heavens opened with torrential rain for almost two hours so we were forced to extend the one more into two more and so on while`st watching the rivirs of muddy water streaming past.


O`Meagher, caught

Clare, 0, caught, 1 catch

Weston, 9 bowled

Hobbs, 8, bowled, 7.4 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 6 wkts, 1 hat-trick

Turner, 3, bowled, 4 stumpings

Kavi, 0, bowled

Sobek, 10, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 3 wkts

Gill, 2, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 54 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Soundararajan, 4, caught

Jadwani, 19, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts

O`Connor, 8*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 0 wkts


MCC, 89 all out lost to Pak Orient, 168 all out, by 79 runs.

MCC MOM: Hobbs


Match report vs MIC, 18th August 2012

Finally, summer had arrived with temperatures over 30°C, clear blue skies, three crates of cool fresh in the changing room fridge, plenty of shade for the scorers to sit and mock the perspiring fielders all day long and an opposition whom we had stuffed in a recent fixture with a very friendly MCC team but who had written that they hoped we would put out a “proper” team against them for this match. So we were more than up for it, to the extent that captain Weston actually won the toss and chose to bat in a 35 over fixture.

Sarma and Clare opened the batting to face Johnson, he of Sir Richard Turnbull fame, and George, and scored at a healthy 7 runs an over until Clare went for 38 off 37 balls in the eleventh over with the score on 69. Weston and Sarma put on another 54 for the second wicket, Weston hitting some almighty sixes and powerful fours in his 34 off 19 balls. Sarma and Hobbs took the score to 187 with a third wicket partnership of 64 before Sarma, who had really looked to be on a hundred played across a straight one and was clean bowled for 75 off 75 balls, the score now being 197 for 3 down. Soundarajan departed five runs later after joining in the duck race having faced eight balls. Wright came to join Hobbs, who was having the time of his life, and scored 8 off 10 balls allowing Fudge to come to the crease. Hobbs fell for 39 off 43 balls in the next over, this being his highest score for MCC, to be replaced by O`Connor who decided not to be upstaged in the duck race and went after facing one ball only. In came Sestan, the Croatian Killer to meet the hattrick ball with a straight bat and survived the rest of Johnsons double wicket maiden over. Sestan and Fudge put on 23 for the eigth wicket, Sestan being run out on the very last ball of the innings – remember to ground your bat Igor – and MCC finished on 240 for 8 after the 35 overs.

After a splendid tea provided by Fudge, complete with his infamous boiled eggs, MCC toook the field and opened with Gill and Jadwani who hadn`t batted in MCC`s innings. Gill struck with his fourth ball, getting the MIC opener Srini for a duck, LBW. In his second over he got the MIC captain Obaid, clean bowled for 4 and in his third over, Jadwani got Pramod clean bowled for 2. MIC were now 30 for 3 after 5.5 overs and in trouble but Kashif was at the crease and he was a joy to behold. He finished on 128 off 114 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes, being out finally, caught Fudge, bowled Wright with the score on 196 for 9. Sestan, who bowled very well and took 3 for 40 almost got him caught behind off a ball that the umpire called a wide despite a convincing appeal by all those close around the bat.  MIC were all out for 197 after 31,3 overs only Amit with 16 scoring above 10 runs and the victorious team enjoyed a swim in the Eisbach, loads of Helmut`s cool fresh then repaired to the Chinese Tower to discuss tactics until around midnight.

Note to Gill: It is extremely bad form to swim without your togs and even more so to swim with a bottle of cool fresh in your hand.


Sarma, 75, bowled

Clare, 38, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Weston, 34, caught

Hobbs, 39, bowled, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 run, 1 wkt

Soundarajan, 0, caught

Wright, 8, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Fudge, 18*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs. 1 wkt, 1 catch

O`Connor, 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 3 wkts

Jadwani, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 1 wkt

Gill, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch


MCC, 240 for 8, best MIC 197 for 10, by 43 runs.


MCC MOM Sarma.

Match report vs. Pak Orient, 15th April 2012

An awful day dawned, overcast, not raining but there had been rain in the night. An hour before the match captain Weston sent out a message that having talked to Pak Orient, the game was definitely on and scheduled for a 1230 start.

In the meanwhile it had begun to rain, not heavily but more than a drizzle. A few MCC stalwarts gathered outside the ground, wondering where the opposition were for 10 minutes or so when finally about eight of them arrived, having travelled up from Rosenheim. MCC numbers had now increased to eight, including a new, keen member, Tejas Jadwani who was getting a brilliant introduction to Munich cricketing weather. Unfortunately we had some five bail outs, disrespecting the cricketing tradition of turning up at the ground to experience the match being called off.

Ibrihim had sent an SMS advising he was on his way from Rosenheim and Wrighty confirmed he was coming too, bringing MCC up to ten. It continued to rain and the sensible thing would have been to cancel the fixture but the opposition were very keen, as many of them had travelled a fair distance to get there. Also O’Meagher stated that they played club cricket in the north of England in such weather and we didn`t want to be labelled a bunch of poofters, like the bail outs, by Yorkshire members of the club – eat dirt Steven Pryke!

So the match was on and captain Weston duly lost the toss, a very bad toss to loose in retrospect. The scorer settled down in his Zuoz attire – thick woollen shirt, long sleeved MCC sweater, a hoodie, a padded winter jacket, an MCC cap and a pair of gloves plus a battered umbrella and a flask of steaming tea.
Ferguson opened the bowling with a no-ball and demonstrated that it was going to be extremely difficult to control the ball at any pace. In fact MCC bowled 32 wide balls and 8 no-balls making an extra 6.4 overs to be bowled and endured by the freezing scorer whose tea flask had been shattered by a six hit towards the end of the Pak Orient innings. Pak Orient had scored at around 7 per over up until the half way stage when they turned up the screw and finished with 248 for 9 after the allotted 25 overs. It was very difficult to keep the score, all the fielders’s were dressed like Scott’s Antartic expedition and there was no scorer from the opposition to help. They even retired one batsman after he reached fifty and replaced him with Omar Khan without advising the scorer who enjoyed a vicious revenge when Omar asked how many he had scored, only to be told, none, because you were not listed in the batting order. MCC bowlers did their best under shocking conditions, the best probably being Ferguson who went for 34 off his five overs and only bowled three wides and one no-ball.

After a short break enjoyed in the warmth of the changing room, Sarma and Wright opened for MCC against the bowling of Suleiman and Sheraz. Suleiman had trouble controlling the ball, as had the majority of MCC’s bowlers and he put down seven wides in his two overs finishing with 0 – 24. He was replaced by Omar who showed that it was possible to control the ball but nevertheless, the MCC openers were very aggressive and scored at ten an over until Wright was out, caught off Omar’s bowling for 21 in the seventh over with the score on 57. Algar came and went, being run out without facing a ball – the second time in his career with MCC and Sarma went in the same over for 25, the score at the end of the eighth over being 60 for 3.

Ibrahim went for 1 in the ninth over and then O’Meagher and Weston put on the brakes. It was noticable that the Pak Orient bowlers were better able to control the ball than had the MCC bowlers and, in fact, they bowled only 16 wide balls and 0 no-balls in the allotted 25 overs. It was clear that Weston was completely out of sorts at the start of his innings, but at the end appeared to be back into form so we hope this is an omen for the games in Bucharest next week. He remained unbeaten, with 26 off 52 balls as did O’Meagher with 21 off 45 balls. MCC finished with 114 for 4 after 25 overs thus losing the match by 134 runs

Sarma, 25, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Wright, 21 caught,
Algar, 0, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 1 wkt
O’Meagher, 21*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 2 wkts
Ibrahim, 1, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Weston, 26*
Rabbani, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt
Jadwani, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt
Shakarappa, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts
Ferguson, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 1 wkt, 3 catches.

MCC, 114 for 4, lost to Pak Orient, 248 for 9, by 134 runs.
MCC man of the match, Ferguson, tight bowling, fewer wides and three catches.

Match report, 1st April vs Pak Orient Friendly

The first game of the season and we trundled off to Hasenbergl again as we have been doing for the past few seasons. It was a beautiful spring day, sunshine but rather cool with the temperature around 10°C. MCC had dropped from 15 players to ten, Amruth moving from “playing” to a “maybe” in the morning and Ibrahimi simply not turning up. Nevertheless, spirits were high although captain Weston spurned the assistance of Maria Theresa and lost the toss, and thus gave us the opportunity to field first.

The opposition had several new players and also Omar Khan appears to be back having left the Munich Boys; the beautifully named Sher Khan, who took six wickets against us in the last game of the 2011 season was playing too.

The MCC opening and first change bowlers were pretty tight and they took wickets too. The first five wickets fell with the score on 10, 45, 67, 76 and 76 and, after 18 overs, Pak Orient were 86 for 5. However, after the drinks break Pak Orient went into big-hitting mode, helped by a couple of dropped catches. Awal Khan, one of their new players, finished on 130* having hit 18 fours and 4 sixes, more than many of us hit in a complete season. Pak Orient were eight down for 287, including 34 wides after their 35 overs.

Sarma and Ferguson opened the batting for MCC and put on 54 for the first wicket before Sarma was out for 25, bowled by Sheraz in the 10th over. Veser and Ferguson continued scoring at a fast rate until Ferguson was out for 31, stumped by Aslam off Omar Khan’s bowling in the 16th over. After 18 overs MCC were 120 for 2 and still thinking of winning the match. The good scoring rate continued until the 24th over when Weston was out for 22, bowled by Awal Khan. Wright came and went quickly, only just troubling the scorers as they say, to be replaced by Rabbani. He and Veser continued the good work until Rabbani went for 14 in the 28th over, bowled by Waqar who introduced Caspari to the duck race for 2012 off the next ball.

MCC were now regretting having only ten players but were pleasantly surprised when Happy Hooch Turner turned up, dressed like Johnny Cash, having been out for a bike ride. Like a real cricketer he had his whites in the saddle bag and was persuaded to change from his skin-hugging attire into cricket clothes, ready to bat at number eleven. Albert and Sestan made some useful runs and really enjoyed themselves before Blades with Turner took MCC to 220 for 9 from their 35 overs.

So with over 500 runs scored, everyone getting a bat and a bowl, the first friendly of the season finished with MCC losing by 67 runs but everyone had an enjoyable day in the spring sunshine.

Sarma, 25, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 65 runs, 3 wkts, 3 catches
Ferguson, 31, stumped, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 50 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Veser, 73*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts.
Weston, 22, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt,
Wright, 1, caught, 1 catch
Rabbani 14, bowled, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 27 runs, 2 wkts
Caspari, 0, bowled,
Albert, 3, bowled,
Sestan, 6, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 53 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, 6*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Turner, 1*

Pak Orient, 287 for 8 beat MCC, 220 for 9 by 67 runs

MCC man of the match: Manfred Veser.