Match report vs MBCC 7th September 2013

Yet another wonderful late summer day, temperatures in the lower to mid-twenties, sunny with scattered clouds, and MCC ready to mend some burnt bridges with a 35 over friendly against the Munich Boys after the fracas of the league match against them. As it turned out this was to be the last match of the season at the Hirschanger as we learned later the ground was to be closed until mid-October for repairs/maintenance.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat, opening with Veser and O`Meagher. They scored quickly at around five per over, until Veser, having made the 500 club for this season, went for 24, caught behind in the tenth over and the score on 55. Mitchell came and went quickly, LBW offering no shot to a ball that turned around corners and he was replaced by Parameswaran playing his first game for the club and playing for the first time on a Flicx having been spoilt by the old British Army grounds in Berlin. He was out caught behind in the 24th over with the score on 100. Born again cricketer Caspari went in to demonstrate his new-found capabilities hitting some lusty shots before being run out for 14. O`Meagher had gone earlier for 50 and this gave captain Sarma an opportunity for a pretty little cameo innings of 32 off 18 balls, including 5 boundary fours. In strode our Viking Nielsen, full of intent to pillage many runs from the opposition bowling, hitting two sixes and a four in his 15 ball knock. O`Connor made a useful 13 from 15 balls then left it to Bhamare and Sestan to take MCC to 197 for 8 after 35 overs.

After the tea break, kindly provided by O`Connor, Blades and O’Connor opened the bowling for MCC with four wides in the first two overs. To be fair the MBCC umpires were very harsh in their judgement of wides throughout the innings, MCC bowling 35 as compared to the opposition who bowled 18.  Nevertheless Blades got his first victim, LBW in the 5th over, with the score on 23. Ali and Ali Lohdi put on 80 for the second wicket and the game was heading away from us at a rapid pace but Veser made a superb direct hit to run out Ali for 55 in the 13th over with the score on 103. Bhamare went for 19 off his first over but recovered well in his second spell and finished with 1 for 38 off seven overs. Parameswaren bowled his first balls for the club and had the misfortune to be on the end of two seven ball overs the first going for a six, the second going for two wides and then a four. If only umpires could count he would have had  2 overs for 9 rather than 2 overs for 21. Nielsen bowled very well taking 3 for 39 in seven overs and treating the large crowd which included old club members Ross Crichton, John Hamilton and Alex Gale to some extraordinary war cries. With three overs left and MBCC needing 11 runs to win captain Sarma brought himself on and promptly bowled two wides. O’Connor`s final over took the scores level and Sarma went down with the ship, the winning single coming off the third ball of the 35th over.

Veser, 24, caught,

O’Meagher, 50, caught,

Mitchell, 1, LBW

Parameswaran, 14, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts,

Caspari, 14, run out

Sarma, 32, caught, 1.3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs. 0 wkts, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Nielsen, 24, caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch, 1 stumping

O`Connor, 13, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 2 wkts

Bhamare, 3*, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 38 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 1*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Blades, DNB, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 197 – 8, lost to MBCC, 198 – 9 by 1 wkt

MCC MOM  Nielsen

Match report 31st August vs MICs

The end of the season only a few weeks away and 18 members wanted to be selected for this friendly at the Hirschanger causing a mini crisis in the selection committee. It was a warm late summer day, scattered clouds and temperatures around 20°C.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat sending out Soundararajan and Weston to open for MCC.The first three overs were tight, wides scoring most but unfortunately Soundararajan could not repeat his staying powers of last week and he joined the duck race after facing 14 balls. Weston though was scoring freely and hammering the boundaries although he chose the right fielder to send the catches to in cow corner. O’Connor stayed long enough to kill off any hopes he had of retaining the duck award this season and actually put on 42 with Weston for the third wicket. He was replaced by Bhalerao who once again looked very classy but went for nine runs, the first of three catches by Johnson. Nevertheless, the fourth wicket partnership was 47 runs when Carrie became Johnson’s second catch to be replaced by Blades. The fifth wicket partnership was 58 when Weston was bowled in the 24th over having scored 103 which included 8 fours and 6 sixes. Hobbs of Prague infamy joined Blades and they made another 40 runs before Hobbs went for 12 in the 30th and final over becoming Johnson’s third victim. MCC were 214 for 6 after the 30 overs and retired for yet another splendid tea provided by Carrie and Dr Franz Spiess who arrived for his annual visit in his usual way like a hurricane, but bearing loads of cakes and buns, hung around like a tornado and then left us thinking “see you next year”.

Ferguson and Sarma opened the bowling for MCC and bowled three overs each before being replaced by Sestan and Sir Ian Finch of Karlsruhe and Oktoberfest ticket fame. They also bowled three overs as did Weston. Hobbs and Blades bowled two each Carrie one over and Soundararajan 0.5 overs. The MICs batting was surprisingly weak as can be seen by MCC using nine bowlers but the MCC fielding was superb, following on from last week and six very good catches, three of them quite outstanding by Ferguson, Soundararajan and Weston, were taken. Although the first wicket fell with the score on 64, thereafter it went very pear shaped and they were all out for 123 runs, 26 of them being extras. In fact the last six wickets fell for only one run, that being a wide from Blades.

Sojundararajan, 0, LBW, 0.5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Weston, 103, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

O’Connor, 2, bowled,

Bhalerao, 9, caught,

Carrie, 19, caught, 1 over, 1mdn, 0 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Blades, 20*, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 1 run, 3 wkts

Hobbs, 12, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Sarma, 0*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts,

Sestan, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt

Ferguson, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Finch, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 214 – 6, beat MICs, 123 -10 by 91 runs

MCC MOM Weston.

Match report 24th August vs Durham Uni Old Boys

A fine day at the Hirschanger, the fridge stocked with two crates of Tegernseeer Helles and, thanks to Khanna and Soundararajan, we were able to field ten players to match the ten opposition players, their tenth having been recruited at the Chinese Tower on Friday evening.

Durham won the toss and chose to bat and had to face the wrath of MCC opening bowlers Garner and Fudge. Garner took a wicket with his third ball and continued to bowl some wicked, swinging and seaming deliveries. The opposition couldn`t believe that these two were fringe league players. Nielsen and Brunskill took over with Brunskill taking two wickets for three runs in his first over. Nielsen also took a pair, one a very good catch behind by keeper Khanna. Only one Durham player, their organiser, made a score worth mentioning (Rathbone 43, run out). No one else made double figures except our 18 wides bowled. Durham were all out for 107 in 30.2 overs

After a short drinks break Rabbani and Soundararajan opened the batting for MCC with Soundararajan keeping up one end until he was out caught for 8 after facing 34 balls but Rabbani decided singles were not in his repertoire today hitting three fours and two sixes in his 21 ball cameo 28 runs before being mightily out LBW.

Mitchell made a healthy 26 off 20 balls, Clare came and went quickly but O’Meagher and Fudge put on 78 for the 5th wicket. Actually after 17 overs MCC had won the game but as it was so early we decided to call it a double innings match, MCC would bat on and make a score for Durham to chase and give them a time limit up until 18:30 to win. After O’Meagher fell for 40 in the 25th over with the score on 171, Fudge and Nielsen put on an unbeaten 42 for the sixth wicket when MCC declared leaving Durham 107 to win, the same score as they had made in their first innings.

After a tea break which included some marvellous cakes provided by the ladies Brunskill and Nielsen which brought a round of applause from the opposition Durham went out to face MCC openers Rabbani and Clare. Their batting was better second time around as expected but nevertheless only two made double figures and at the cut off time they were 100 for 6 wickets down and an honourable draw was claimed.

The Flicx was quickly stored away as the Tegernseeer was calling and there were some very dark clouds around. Just as we reached the changing room the heavens opened with a prolonged torrential downpour forcing us to stay at the ground until around 9 pm until the Tegernseeer and a couple of extra crates of Lambbräu from Fraulein Grüneis were empty. During this enforced stay the opposition held a hilarious fines court, even fining our captain for the day Mark O`Meagher

 

MCC batting:

Soundararajan, 8, caught

Rabbani, 28, LBW

Mitchell, 26, caught

O`Meagher, 40, caught

Clare, 6, caught

Fudge, 50*

Nielsen, 20*

Brunskill, DNB

Garner, DNB

Khanna, DNB

MCC fielding 1st innings:

Garner, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

Fudge, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Nielsen, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Brunskill, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 3 wkts

Clare, 5.2 overs, 0  mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Rabbani, 1 0ver, 0 mdns, 3 runs, 0 wkts

Khanna, 2 catches

Soundararajan, 1 catch

MCC fielding 2nd Innings

Rabbani, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt

Clare, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 2 wkts

Khanna, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts

Berunskill, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Nielsen, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts

Garner, 1 stumping

MCC, 213 – 5, drew with Durham Old Boys, 107 -10 and 100 – 6

MCC MOM Brunskill

Match report, 17th August vs. Serendib

A glorious day at the Hirschanger, 25°C plus, sunny with scattered clouds, a cooling breeze and everyone keyed up for the social event of the season, a friendly against SSC where the arrangements were: SSC to provide the curry – chicken curry, Dal curry, curried potatoes and beans with Basmati rice – and MCC to provide the beer and whisky. Blades and Garner had cleaned the refrigerator on Friday evening and stocked up with four crates of Augustiner in good time to ensure it would be cool and fresh for the event.

Captain for the day Blades and Nelson went for the toss, Nelson winning for the SSC team which was a collection of SSC, MICs and Munich Boys (clearly the word of free beer and whisky had travelled) and chose to bat.

Berenger and Khan opened for SSC to face MCC opening bowlers, Garner and Rabbani, both of whom bowled tightly, Garner 0 for 10 off 5, Rabbani 0 for 22 off 4. Fudge was given his opportunity to move quickly towards the food table and took two wickets in his first over, Berenger who went for 6 brilliantly caught right hand – left hand by Brunskill in the slips and Renner, caught behind by Furlonger, for a golden duck. In all MCC used nine bowlers, the pick being Algar who took three wickets in only his second over, finishing with 3 for 8 off two overs, which included 4 wides. Captain Blades brought himself back on to get closer to curry table and finished with 3 for 11 off 3.4 overs, SSC being all out for 159 in 34.4 overs.

After a quick tea which included some really splendid cup-cakes provided by Mrs. Jet, MCC openers Mitchell and Algar took the field to face SSC openers, Ravi and Sampath. Clearly they were feeling a little peckish for the runs flowed to some beautiful stroke play and after 125 overs with the score on 114 for 0, Mitchell retired having made 56 off only 40 balls and was replaced by the MCC phantom cricketer Caspari, whom no-one thought would turn up as he was last seen in Venice but made everyone very happy to see him again. In the 17th over with the score on 122, Algar retired having made his 50 off 50 balls. He was replaced by Brunskill who, together with Caspari, proceeded to nurgle off the required runs until Caspari went for 16 in the 27th over with the score on 155. He was replaced by Sestan who played the straightest possible of straight bats to the three balls he faced leaving Brunskill to make the winning run, a single off Sampath.

The match finished at 17:22 leaving more than ample time to attack the cool fresh, enjoy the marvelous curry and marvel at the Sri Lankan predilection for whisky and coke. It was an enjoyable social occasion and many friendships deepened as a result, play hard and party hard afterwards being the motto, with the hope expressed that the event could be repeated in 2014.

As usual a group of hardy members, ten in all, retired to the Chinese Tower at around 8:30 and stayed until well after midnight sorting out the problems of the world.

Mitchell, 56, retired, 1 catch

Algar, 50, retired, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wickets, 8 runs, 1 catch (nonchalantly)

Caspari, 16, bowled, 1 catch

Brunskill, 18*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wickets, 3 runs, 2 catches

Fudge, DNB, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 2 wickets,15 runs

Sestan, 0*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wicket, 31 runs

Furlonger+, DNB, 2 catches

Nielsen, DNB, 5 overs, 2 mdns, 0 wickets, 16 runs

Rabbani, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wickets, 29 runs, 2 catches

Garner, DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wicket, 14 runs

Staub, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wickets, 22 runs

Blades*, DNB, 3.4 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wickets, 11 runs

MCC, 160 for 3 in 28.2 overs, beat SSC, 159 for 10 in 34.4 overs by 7 wickets

MCC MOM Algar

 

Footnote: Mitchell and Algar both count as “retired out” for the match result but MCC has always considered retired out as not out for the club statistics.

Match Report vs Pak Orient 10th August 2013

It was supposed to be a match against a touring team from Yorkshire, St Patrick`s but they cried off on Monday saying they had simply forgotten to tell us earlier and asking for help as to locations where they could watch the Ashes in Munich instead. Our old friends at Pak Orient stepped in and confirmed the fixture on Tuesday. It was a warm afternoon with a blue-white Bavarian sky, temperatures around 24°C and captain Sarma duly lost the toss so MCC fielded first. Blades and Clare opened the bowling for MCC and were soon among the wickets, with Pak Orient 64 for 3 in the 10th over, the third wicket being a superb slip catch by Lovell off Clare’s bowling. The outfield was hard and scoring boundaries was never difficult but really only Omar and Waleed actually took advantage of this. In all MCC used eight bowlers, including new boy Bhamare who took one wicket and Veser excelling with his low-flying–aircraft threatening loopers, one of which accounted for Tahir, the Pak Orient stalwart. The last two wickets fell to Sarma in the 29th over, one of them an amusing hit wicket and Pak Orient finished on 183 for 10, just over six per over.

After some French cuisine for teas, including seemingly armour-plated, unopenable plastic Wurst packages provided by Staub, MCC opened with Veser and Lovell to face Omar and Mustaza. They started modestly scoring at around four per over until Lovell fell in the 12th over with the score on 60. He was replaced by new boy on the block Tom Mitchell who had fielded well and showed he had a superb throwing arm. Mitchell went for 13 off 13 balls in the 18th over with the score on 91 and captain Sarma strode to the middle. He and Veser took MCC to the winning total of 184 after 28.5 overs, hitting 14 fours and one six in the process.

Veser, 80*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Lovell, 19, LBW, 1 catch

Mitchell, 13, caught,

Sarma, 51*, 3.2 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 3 wkts,

Van Giezen, DNB, – nearly had a catch but it was given out LBW

Staub, DNB,             1 over, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Garner, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Bhamare, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdnns, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Kantor, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 43 runs, 4 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 184 for 2 in 28.5 overs, beat Pak Orient, 183 for 10 in 28.2 overs by 8 wickets

MCC MOM  Veser

Special thanks to Pak Orient for setting up a game on such short notice.

Match report 3rd August vs CC Bayern Munich

A glorious summer day at the Hirschanger, high hazy skies, 30° plus and a light breeze to help the sweltering fielders. An awful sight greeted us at the start, Helmuth had omitted to stock up on cool fresh but Sarma and Weston, who had turned up to watch, kindly collected a crate of Augustiner from Tengelman’s between riding the Eisbach.

Captain O’Meagher duly lost the toss and MCC were asked to field against the newly formed Cricket Club Bayern Munich. Clare and O’Connor opened the bowling and quickly set the standard with a couple of wides each in their respective first overs, an example which all MCC bowlers followed bowling 45 wides and four no-balls in total. Nevertheless O’Connor struck in the fourth over with another two wides and two wickets. He took a third in his third over and finished with 3 for 16 after four overs.CC Bayern Munich were then 35 for three after seven and when Saleem, their top scorer with 54, went in the 18th over with the score on 89 we thought the game was pretty much ours. However two other batters, Quasim and Murtaza with 39 and 45 respectively had other ideas, helped by the fact that skipper O’Meagher played the friendly game properly and gave everyone who wanted a bowl. Including two new members in their maiden game, Thomas Nielson our athletic Viking and Scott Styris look–alike, James Kanton from New Zealand. The CCBM were all out for 228 in 31.4 overs, the total including 50 extras.

After a tea break which included another magnificent chocolate cake provided by Mrs. JET – can he not make himself available more often so we can pretend to be Brian Johnson on TMS?- MCC opened the batting with Veser and Brunskill. It looked to be a batting wicket but unfortunately Brunskill went LBW and joined the duck race after facing 9 balls. O’Meagher replaced him and with Veser put on 51 for the second wicket before Veser was bowled for 34 in the 10th over, his knock including 7 boundary fours. O’Meagher and O’Connor put on another 49 for the third wicket, O’Meagher going for 32 in the 18th with the score on 115. MCC were well up with the run rate but thereafter it all went more than a little pear shaped with the Great Dane the only notable score, going for 21 including one spectacular boundary six.

So MCC lost what had been a very friendly game and stayed around afterwards finishing off the Augustiner while’st following the antics of an Indian gentleman casing out the Hirschanger in anticipation of their independence day party to be held there on 15th August. He declared himself not impressed with the facilities which so shocked us we were forced to retire to the Chinese Tower for additional refreshment.

Veser, 34, bowled, 1 catch

Brunskill, LBW

O’Meagher, 32 caught, 1 catch

O’Connor, 27, run out, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 3 wkts

Clare, 11, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Nielson, 21, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Sestan, 1, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 0 wkts

Garner, 2, caught, 2.4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Blades, 6, run out, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 25 runs, 1 wkt,

Michahelles, 1, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 0 wkts

Kantor, 1*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch.

 

MCC 180-10 in 33.2 overs, lost to CCBM 228-10 in 31.4 overs, by 48 runs.

MCC MOM O’Connor

Match report 1st May vs Tegernsee

A sunny day and 20°C plus forecast meant that MCC were catching the BOB for the traditional May-Day friendly against Tegernsee – well two years running makes for a tradition doesn`t it?

Twelve intrepid players arrived from various corners of a circular world – Dallas (Scott), Bangalore (Soundararajan), Allgäu (Veser) to participate in a match that showed once again that cricket is a cruel sport and a great leveller.

Captain Snake charmer lost the toss and MCC had to field opening with Scott and Blades bowling to Maxi Hoeck and Salem. Maxi went, caught Garner bowled Blades for 14 in the 8th over and the score on 32. The next wicket fell with the score on 66 but by now Salem had found his range and the next wicket, Maxi Meindl went for 23 in the 25th over with the score on 172. Salim finally fell to Rabbani for 120 in the 29th over with the score on 201. MCC’s secret weapons, Sestan, Staub and Soundararajan could do nothing to halt the onslaught and Tegernsee finished their 40 overs on 344 for 6 down.

Veser and Brunskill opened for MCC and Veser’s first two balls were superb cuts to backward of point and things were looking good. However Brunskill went for 5 in the 3rd over with the score on 20. Soundararajan hung around for three overs but went for 1 in the 5th over shortly to be followed by Miller who joined the duck race in the 8th. Clare and Veser then put on 92 for the 4th wicket when Veser fell for 56 with the score on 129. Sarma scored 28, Clare went for 55, France’s finest again refused to join the duck race and went for 2 and Sestan moved towards the lead in the duck race. MCC were now 190 for 8 down after 25 overs. Now was the time for Rabbani to show his mettle and with Garner, the 9th wicket was worth 78 runs, Garner falling for 27 off 34 balls. Scott and Rabbani put on 27 for the 10th wicket, Scott being out LBW off the penultimate ball and the final score 295 for 10.

A magnificent day’s cricket in picturesque surrounding, well over 600 runs scored, everyone who wanted batted and bowled and we all got home in time to watch Bayern stuff Barcelona – who have never been the same since MCC toured there.

 

Veser. 56, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 0 wkts

Brunskill, 5, bowled,

Soundararajan, 1, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Miller, 0, bowled

Clare, 55, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs. 1 wkt

Sarma, 28, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Staub, 2, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wkts

Sestan, 0, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 79 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 52*, 5 0vers, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 3 wkts,

Garner, 27, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Scott, 6, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 295 for 10, lost to Tegernsee, 344 for 6 by 49 runs

 

MCC MOM Rabbani.

Match report 26th April vs MICs

A warm sunny day and everyone happy to be back at the Hirschanger for the first home game of the season. Getting a full team had not been easy but piling on undue pressure at the Friday night training session meant we were able to put out a full eleven. Hobbs seemed to have camped out all night in front of the gates but it is always those who travel furthest who arrive earliest.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat and appointed Hobbs and Brunskill as the openers.They put on three before Hobbs joined the duck race after receiving a snorter from Krishna. New member Amit Bhalerao whom some refer to as Amit Subba Row, replaced him and a fine partnership of 66 for the second wicket ensued, Brunskill being run out for 35 in the 16th over after valiantly attempting to turn a single into a two. Captain Snake Charmer strode out and took the score to 113 after 20 overs. The partnership continued to flourish until Subba Row was out LBW  in the 23rd over with the score on 129. O’Connor came and joined the duck race after facing five balls being run out to be succeeded by Miller who was very happy to get a single before being bowled by Kashif, MCC now being 140 for 6 as Sarma  had departed having been bowled by Kashif a few runs earlier. In strode France’s finest, Nicolas Staub, the Strassbourg sprinter. The first ball he faced he managed a French cut for four – sometimes called a Chinese cut. As it was an Indian bowling to a Frenchman perhaps we should call it a French Indo-China cut from now on. Staub departed for 4 runs and in came Garner to join the duck race after facing two balls, MCC were now 140 for 8 down. Sestan, Blades and Furlonger all batted aggressively and took the score to 175, Blades being the last to fall.

Obaid and Renner opened for the MICs to face Blades and Garner, Renner falling to Garner’s third ball for a duck The MCC bowlers were very tight and after 20 overs, MICs were 73 for 6 down. After five balls in the first over after the drinks break the heavens opened with thunder, lightning and Lovell’s infamous hail. Well over an inch of rain fell and the gsame was abandoned to leave us to the serious task of emptying Helmuth’s fridge of cool fresh.

 

Hobbs, 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts,

Brunskill, 35, run out,

Bhalerao, 29, LBW,

Sarma, 35, bowled, 1.5 overs, 1 mdn, 0 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches,

O’Connor, 0, run out, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 3 wkts,

Miller, 1, bowled,

Staub, 4, bowled,

Garner, 0, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 18 runs, 2 wkts,

Sestan, 9, bowled,

Blades, 8, caught, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts,

Furlonger, 11*,

 

MCC, 113 –2 after 20 overs, beat MICs, 73 – 6 after 20 overs on the 20 over ruling.

 

MCC MOM Sarma.

Match report vs Pak Orient, Sunday 14th April

“Clear blue skies, temperatures around 18°C and MCC headed to Hasenbergl for what was expected to be the start of season thrashing by the Pak Orient. Captain for the day Blades had decided at practise on Friday that we would field first to make a decent game of it, provided we could get a team out at all. Fortunately we were able to get a couple more players from the nets and with Veser bringing a cricket playing friend along we were able to field just eleven players. At the DCB agm on Saturday afternoon Adschi stated that we had better have a strong team otherwise his members would crucify him. I told him not to worry as we had selected the strongest team we could get.

The game started punctually at 12:30 and, as new member Amit Bhalerao had informed us he would be late, a Pak Orient player, Shafiq, fielded for us. When Amit arrived it was agreed to play a bat and field 12-a-side game anyway. MCC bowled and fielded extremely well against a strong Pak Orient team, six catches were taken, two by keeper Van Giezen. There were probably another five catches put down but that is to be expected in the first game of the season. Ferguson with 2 for 14 off five and Garner with 0 for 17 off five were particularly parsimonious but everyone bowled well and only became expensive in the later big bashing overs. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 199 for 10.

During the innings break we had a small presentation and Bryan Ferguson handed over the best bowler cup of the recent BCV indoor championship to Paul Wasciewicz.

Veser and Ferguson opened the MCC innings, both looked in good form before Veser was caught behind for 18 in the 6th over and the total on 37. Bhalerao replaced him and immediately looked very relaxed although it was the first time he had played on a Flicx pitch. He and Ferguson put on 40 for the second wicket before Bhalerao was out LBW for 14. He was replaced by Praveen K P, Manny’s friend from Baden-Württenberg who, unfortunately, will not be available much for the remainder of the season. Ferguson was out shortly afterwards, top scoring with 30 and in came France’s finest, Nicholas Staub, who scored his first run ever in Munich cricket. Staub went for one  being bowled by the magnificently named Sher Khan, the first of three wickets for him. Van Giezen hit some lusty shots but went for six, again falling to Sher Khan. Garner was looking good but was run out for one after some poor calling and was replaced by Wasiewicz  who put on 15 with KP until KP became Sher Khan’s third victim, going for  23 in the 26th over. Wasiewicz and Blades put on 10 for the eighth wicket before Wasiewicz went for five, a very high no-ball having been dispatched for a superb boundary four. Blades and O`Connor put on an energetic 10 runs for the 9th wicket, Blades going for 13 with the score on 140. Shafiq had heard of the MCC duck race and wanted to be in it being bowled first ball playing the crossest of cross shots imaginable. Sestan, clearly a bit miffed because O`Connor won the race in 2012 decided to get in a head start and went for nought after facing thee balls. MCC finished on 142 for 11 and everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon in the spring sunshine.

 

Veser, 18, caught, 1 catch

Ferguson, 30, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 2 wkts

Bhalerao, 14, LBW,

Praveen KP, 23, caught, 1 catch

Staub, 1, bowled

Van Giezen, 6, bowled, 2 catches

Garner, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Wasiewicz, 5, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 13, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts

O’Connor, 0 not out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Shafiq*, 0, bowled

Sestan, 0, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 4 wkts.

 

MCC, 142 – 11, lost to Pak Orient, 199 – 10 by 57 runs

 

MCC MOM, Sestan, 4 wickets, leader in the duck race, leading wide boy.”