Friendly vs Pak Orient, 24th September

A beautiful autumn day with clear blue skies and the temperature just above 20°C awaited us for the last game of the season at the picturesque Hirschanger. Captain for the day Rabbani lost the toss and MCC were asked to field. Club captain Weston stayed only long enough to take some video films then had to leave to change into his toy boy kit for an excursion to the Oktoberfest. Naveed and Matheen opened the batting for Pak Orient and faced Scott and Blades. The run rate was kept under control, the score being 32 for 0 after seven overs but, significantly, 11 of the runs were wides. The two openers fell in the ninth and 13th overs respectively but numbers three and four both scored rapidly and turned in the highest scores of the match. One of them, a new player on the scene, went under the glorious name of Sher Khan and was the cause of many Kipling quotes. Khan finished on 54 from 61 balls before being caught by Fudge off Rabbani`s bowling and his partner, Sheraz, scored 64 from 51 balls before retiring. Fudge had taken an excellent catch in the deep having earlier treated us to a beautiful ballet dancing sketch – at least that is how Sestan defined it – also on the boundary while missing another catch completely. Basit, playing again for Pak Orient, made 31 not out but none of the other batters made any significant scores. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 243 for 8 including 51 extras leaving MCC needing only seven an over to win.
Fudge had provided the teas and as it was the last game of the season we decided we would offer teas to the opposition too. They promptly ate everything and Fudge had to leave for the supermarket again to purchase some snacks for the MCC players.
Palfrey and Veser opened MCC`s innings, Palfrey giving only a single chance in his innings on the third ball he faced leaving MCC on 0 for 1 after three balls. Sarma replaced him and he and Veser put on 69 runs for the second wicket, Veser going for 35 from 32 balls in the 12th over. That, unfortunately for MCC, was it with only Sear of the remaining batsmen reaching double figures. A couple joined in the duck race and MCC were all all out for 102 after 25.4 overs. The main destoyers were two slow spin bowlers, the infamous Sher Khan (1 – 18 from 7) and Hashim (5 – 14 from 7).

Palfrey 0, caught
Veser 35, bowled
Sarma 26, bowled, 1 stumping
Hobbs 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts
O`Meagher 1, run out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 2 wkts,
Sear 12, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 50 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 1, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Rabbani 5, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Sestan 1, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 4 wkts
Scott 0*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 102 for 10, lost to Pak Orient by 141 runs.


Friendly vs CCB, 20th August 2011

A combination of MCC and Tegernsee took on a combination of CCB and Punjab in a 30 over friendly at the Hirschanger. CCB won the toss and chose to bat and got off to a disastrous start losing their first two wickets, both for ducks, for a total of 6 in four overs. Blades`s first two overs were wicket maidens. The enthusiastic Yash from Tegernsee was his opening bowling partner. Captain Weston had obviously decided to give the Tegernsee players most of the bowling and have MCC players leading the batting, the bowling split being 18:12 in favour of the Tegernsee players. The bowling was pretty reasonable but the fourth and fifth wicket partnerships of 47 and 71 respectfully were hard to break. When the 5th wicket fell for 137 in the 24th over the captain had already resorted to bowling number three who outperformed a Caspari in his second over. After 30 overs CCB were 192 for 6, including 28 extras. Clare took his 20th catch of the season, an astonishing performance for an outfield player. Keeper Albert took a stumping and was so thrilled believing it to be his first ever for the club that he left without paying his match fee. In fact it was his third stumping so the excitement was unnecessary but don´t worry Wolfgang, we will only charge you one match fee.
Weston and Wright opened the batting for MCC but Weston departed after three balls determined to compete in the duck race. Number three Sobek put on 29 with Wright for the second wicket, this being the highest partnership of the innings, the next being 25 for the fifth wicket between Clare and Blades. MCC were all out for 103 after 21 overs.

Weston 0, bowled, 1 catch
Wright 23, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Sobek 6, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Blades 4, caught, 4 overs, 2 mdns, 11 runs, 3 wkts
*M. Matthew 0, LBW, 3 0vers, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Clare 17, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Furlonger 25*
*T. Sharma 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkt
*J. Streibl 0, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 43 runs, 2 wkts
*Y. Govendar 6, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Albert 1, caught, 1 stumping.

MCC, 103 for 10 in 21 overs, lost to CCB, 182 for 7 in 30 overs, by 79 runs.

MCC MOM Furlonger.

Match report vs MICs, 6th August

With one team, including the vice captain, away on tour in the greater London area and the captain checking up on the quality of huge quantities Bacardi and coke in the West Indies it was left to Blades to captain the side against the MICs at the Hirschanger. Getting a team together was not easy and only 10 players, including the first game for MCC for Manfred Veser, actually turned out. It isn`t recorded in the scorebook but since MCC batted first I imagine we won the toss. That was about the only thing we did right apart from some spirited defence by Sear and elder statesman Carr.  MCC were bowled out for 85, 31 of them extras, in 32 overs. Some real progress was made in the 2011 duck race though.
The MICs needed only 15 overs to knock off the runs, the best bowler being Wright with 2 for 13 off 4 overs. The bowling seems to have been quite tight with only 8 wides being bowled in the 15 overs, this being about half the normal rate this season. The one advantage of losing a game so quickly is it results in an early visit to the Chinese tower.

Veser 1, caught
Wright 1 bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 13 runs, 2 wkts
Furlonger 0, bowled, 1 catch
Brunskill 7, caught
Miller 7, bowled
Garner 2, bowled, 2 overs, 2 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts
Carr 16, caught,
Sear 20, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Blades 0, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts
Sestan 0*,
MCC, 85 for 9 in 32 overs, lost to MICs, 89 for 3 in 15 overs, by 7 wickets

Munich CC UK Tour – Day Three v Richmond, August 7 in Richmond, London

After a quiet night acquiring some new club kit in Tottenham, the MCC made their way to Old Deer Park, home of Richmond cricket club, former stomping ground of Mr white line fever – Mark O’Meagher. The toss was negotiated by the captains with Richmond to bat first in a 40 over affair.

After a gentle pre-match lolly warm-up, the MCC took the field raring to go. Scott and Fudge opened up for the MCC, and Scott had two early wickets: one in the pink for Turner and another one in the buckets for Clare at slip. Unfortunately, after 9.1 overs the heavens opened, with the game evenly poised at 37/2. There was a forced break of several hours, which was spent watching football and county cricket, and  enjoying the teas. Samosas. Eventually the weather cleared, and a T20 was agreed upon, with Richmond to start their innings anew in the absence of Herrn Duckworth & Lewis.

MOM opened up in the T20, and his former team-mate Harding-Smith dispatched him back over his head for 6 first ball. Needless to say MOM didn’t pitch any more up. Fudge, schnell aber wahnsinn, started at the other end with an 11 ball over and was promptly removed from the attack. It was quickly apparent that this was not a friendly against Tegernsee or Punjab, with Harding-Smith and first drop Roberts carting it everywhere, albeit helped by some generous MCC catching attempts. MOM had an early wicket caught behind, but Rabbani, van Dalsum and Turner’s mate mate Cameron Moore probably don’t want to see their bowling figures. Clare eventually bowled Roberts for 42 and picked up a second next over. Harding-Smith fell for 83 to Fudgy’s bowling in the last over, and Fudgy had a second next ball. Richmond finished 178/5 off their 20 overs.

MCC went out with the intention to go down swinging. Rabbani, MOM, and Turner all hit a couple of lusty blows, but couldn’t carry on, and MCC sank to 75/5 after 11 overs. Lovell and Clare then put on 74 for the sixth wicket in 8.2 overs, attacking the spinners. Clare was bowled in the last over, and Harry fell in the same manner next ball. van Dalsum kept his head, and hit a single off the penultimate delivery to give Lovell, on 47, the strike for the last ball. The two MCC veterans somehow managed to scarper a 3 off the last ball to bring up a well deserved half century for Lovell. MCC ended on 153/7 – 26 short.

Special thanks goes to Richmond for hosting us on a beautiful ground and making sure we did get a game despite the weather, and to MOM for lining up the fixture. Post-match involved a couple of quiet beers with both teams at the ground, followed by a chicken tikka masala or similar at the local curry house. The VC and Treasurer finished with a post-post-match/pre-flight night cap at Jim Belushi’s bar/hostel with the conversation coming to the conclusion that it had indeed been a quality tour.

40 over

Owens DNB
Turner DNB, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB
o’Meagher DNB
Fudge DNB, 4.1 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts
Lovell DNB
Clare DNB, 1 catch
Khanna DNB
van Dalsum DNB
Giles DNB
Scott DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts


Owens 6, caught
Turner 10, bowled, 1 catch
Rabbani 20, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts
o’Meagher 16, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 1 wkt
Fudge 5, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wkts
Lovell 50*
Clare 23, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 2 wkts
Khanna 0, bowled
van Dalsum 1*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Giles DNB
Moore DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 0 wkts

Friendly Vs TCC, 30 July

Tegernsee and MCC met for a 12-a-side 40 over friendly at the Hirschanger on 30 July, with MCC supplying 4 bodies to Tegernsee. Maxi won the toss, and elected to bat first on the new flicx under overcast skies.

Blades had the new pill, and took the maiden wicket on the new flicx third ball – clean bowling the newly embossed MCC stumps. MCC members Albert and Miller then put on a solid partnership, keeping out both Blades and Ferguson, and scoring 13 and 24 respectively. VC Clare donned the (iron) gloves for the first 20 overs – 0 byes on his watch – with the skipper noting a possible future as a goalkeeper.

Tegernsee squandered their solid start, with regular wickets falling in the middle overs. Dangermen Maxi and Yash were both dismissed cheaply – Wright bowling Maxi for 2, and Yash ran himself out for 3. Carr and Tazilder with 19 and 27* managed to recover things somewhat and set a Hirschanger-competitive 137. MCC used 11 bowlers, making a complete mess of the scorebook, with the wickets shared around. Jet took his first wicket for the club, having Robinson caught at slip.

MCC were in a evident hurry to reach Goldsack’s leaving do before the Augustiner Keller ran out of beer, and quickly slipped to 65/7. Weston fell to a good catch in the deep, Sear was bowled by Yash, Aamruth was adjudged caught behind, Sarma was run out in a mid pitch mix up with Wright, Igor didn’t trouble the scorers, Clare could have walked for his LBW, and Brunskill got out just as the buffet arrived. Through all this Wrighty kept his head, and Ferguson came out and smacked 45 not out off just 40 balls. The eighth wicket partnership was an unbeaten 74, putting the rest of us to shame.

Weston 8, Caught, 1 catch

Sear 5, Bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 1 wkt

Shankar 1, Caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1wkt

Wright 33*, 4 overs, 1 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts

Sarma 3, Run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 0 wkts

Sestan 0, Bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 1 wkt

Clare 9, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Brunskill 3, Caught, 0.4 overs, 0 mdns, 4 runs, 1 wkt

Ferguson 45*, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts

O’Meager DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt


MOM Wright, with Ferguson a close second

Friendly vs PCC, 25th June

Rabbani  3, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 6 runs, 1 catch
Wright  13, caught, 1 catch
Fudge  8, caught,
Caspari 19*,
Weston 26*, 1 catch
Blades  DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 5 runs
Sestan DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 26 runs
O`Meagher DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 2 wkts, 17 runs, 1 catch
Robinson  DNB
Shankarappa  DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs
Ferguson  DNB, 2 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 2 runs

MCC, 82 for 3, beat PUnjab CC, 81 for 9 by 7 wickets.

MCC MOM Blades. 2 for 5.

Match Report vs TCC 4th June

A friendly fixture against a very friendly team with five MCC members actually playing for the competition and MCC able to field only nine players. Howerever, full of confidence after the win over Erlangen last week we still thought we could do it. Tegernsee won the toss and chose to put MCC in to bat in what was agreed to be a 35 over innings.
Brunskill and Sestan opened putting on 9 before Brunskill fell for 2, caught by Tony Mayger, an MCC member. O`Meagher came in and took a long time to play himself in, scoring only 2 runs off 24 balls before playing some aggressive strokes and putting on 43 for the second wicket with Sestan who went for nine with the score on 51, the fifty coming up in fifty minutes. Algar joined his Kiwi partner and they put on 45 for the third wicket before Algar left for 23 having been caught off Mayger’s bowling, to the great delight of the Mayger family who were operating the scoreboard. Goldsack, yet another Kiwi, came in and they put on 82 for the fourth wicket before O`Meagher finally departed for 79 off 83 balls, caught by Lovell after 34.3 overs. Captain Weston came to the crease and scored 8 runs off the three balls available to him leaving MCC on 184 – 4 after 35 overs.
Shankarappa and Wright opened the bowling against Tilak and Hoeck who scored very quickly with Maxi Hoeck in particular playing some very impressive straight hits for six. They put on 87 before Tilak fell to the wily Hobbs for 18 in the 11th over. He was replaced by Jack to give us the interesting spectacle of Hobbs bowling to Jack. Maxi Hoeck went at last in the 17th over, again to Hobbs, having scored 72 runs off 46 balls, a truly remarkable innings and a joy to watch. The third and fourth wickets put on 3, 31 and 40 respectively with Lovell, another MCC member finishing not out on 27. The other MCC members, Robinson, Carr, Miller and Mayger did not get a bat as Tegernsee reached their target of 185 with five down in 32.3 overs.
Brunskill     2, caught,  2.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 6 runs
Sestan       9, LBW,
O`Meagher  79, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 15 runs
Algar    23, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 37 runs
Goldsack   23*,
Weston   8*  2 catches
Shankarappa  DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 54 runs
Wright  DNB,  7 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 35 runs
Hobbs, DNB,  7 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 29 runs

MCC, 184 for 4 lost to Tegernsee, 185 for 5 by 5 wickets.
MCC MOM O`Meagher


29 May Vs FSV Erlangen, Friendly

Having persuaded Hobbs at the Chinese Tower Biergarten on Saturday night to join the squad as we were one short, we assembled outside Starbuck`s at 0850 on Sunday morning for the 0904 train to Erlangen via Nuremburg. At least ten of us did as Ferguson had rang in at 0630 to advise he had been called in to work and couldn`t travel. Tattu simply did not appear nor did he advise that he wouldn`t be attending which certainly makes the culling of the Zuoz party a great deal easier.
After the usual complaints of bad planning and why did we have to wait for almost an hour for the connection in Nuremburg we arrived safe and sound at the main station in Erlangen. From there we took a bus – the wrong one – to Erlangen Bruck and had a 20 minute walk to the ground at a location with which we were only vaguely familiar. Blades foolishly insisted we follow a sign to FSV Parkplatz rather than continue on the main road towards what looked like the club buildings. Fortunately for him it lead us directly to the playing area and we had a very pleasant surprise. The playing field was at least two football fields in size, it was hard and a new Flicx was laid on it. There are two other football grounds on the same site, one was not being used but there was a girls match taking place on the other and we had to wait until this was finished before we could start, not wanting to injure any of the kids or spectators.
Captain Weston duly lost the toss and somewhat surprisingly Erlangen decided to field and the MCC innings began at 1355 with Weston and Wright opening what had been agreed as a 30 over innings. The bowling was very good and the pitch even better allowing shots virtually unknown at the Hirschanger to be played – cuts, pulls and hooks. The openers put on 103 before Wright fell five runs short of his 50 in the 13th over after hitting six fours and two sixes. Weston went for 38 shortly afterwards as did Embleton, Rabbani and Algar, Rabbani playing a glorious shot to deep backward point but straight down a fielders throat. Goldsack and Shankarappa put on 31 for the sixth wicket before Shankarappa went for 14 in the 26th over. Hobbs replaced him and  went for seven in the 29th over after a stand of 14 for the seventh wicket. Goldsack finally fell for 27 in the 30th over leaving Blades on 0* and the innings closed as we had only nine players.
FSV were very apologetic that they had no tea for us but hoped in the future to get some power outlets on some new lamp standards to allow a cuppa to be brewed.
Rather than take the offered opposition fielders MCC chose to field with only nine players and all the bowlers enjoyed the hard, true, pitch. It was very unforgiving and byes and wides easily ran away to the boundary making life difficult for keeper Weston who was standing up to help compensate for the missing two fielders. Opening bowlers Blades and Rabbani were quickly amongst them and FSV were two down for 20 in the fourth over. A South African, Wynand, came in at number three. He comes from Pretoria and batted like a Praetorian guard in true Jacques Kallis fashion staying in until he fell in the 18th over having made 14 off 38 balls in 65 minutes and leaving FSV on 101 for 4. Hussein (25), Sanjay (36) and Sakit (17) were the main scorers after Wynand`s departure, all three being stumped very ably by Weston off Goldsack, Hobbs and Blades respectively. Their number 11, Vishnu had attended a few of our Friday practise sessions last year before moving to Nuremburg to study and was probably a little surprised by the celebration when Blades got his partner out stumped, not realising that we had not only won the match but that it was Blades`s 250th wicket for the club. FSV then were all out for 173 in 29 overs, the nine MCC fielders having excelled themselves chasing everything that moved.
The opposition could not have been more friendly and it was a pleasure to play them – as someone remarked they have not been spoiled by exposure to Munich cricket. They are hoping to play in the BCV league next season and from our point of view will be very welcome.
The trip home began with a half hour wait at the bus stop which was rather pleasant in the warm summer evening, then a 10 minute ride to the station and another half an hour wait for the train to Nuremburg with yet another 50 minute wait for the connection to Munich. However the waiting times were long enough to allow us to stock up on cool fresh for the long ride home.

Weston, 38, LBW, 3 stumpings
Wright, 45, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt
Embleton, 4, caught, 1 catch
Rabbani, 10, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Algar, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Goldsack, 27, bowled, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 30 runs, 3 wkts
Shankarappa, 14, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 0 wkts
Hobbs, 7, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, 0*, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 22 runs, 2 wkts

MCC, 183 for 7 in 30 overs, beat FSV Erlangen, 173 for 10 in 29 overs by 10 runs.

MCC MOM Goldsack


28th May 2011 vs CCB, Friendly

It was back to the Hirschanger for the first match of a double header weekend but this time with no picket fence to allow the Red Bladder`s hordes of screaming Dervishes to charge through whenever it was opened – only the, shall we say more mature among you will recognise the Goon show script referred to here.
Both teams were at the ground well in time for a 12.30 start but so was the rain for the heavens opened at 12.25 and we couldn`t start until 13.30 , the match being reduced to 35 over innings. CCB won the toss and chose to bat with a very wet outfield and a slippery run-up for the MCC bowlers. There was no more rain afterwards and conditions improved significantly during the afternoon. Their first wicket fell in the eighth over for 39, the second in the 20th over for 108. The only other noteworthy partnership was for the 5th wicket which put on 59. In total MCC used 10 bowlers making it a really friendly game and a nightmare for the scorer. Second highest score for CCB was wides once again with 45. O`Meagher was clearly upset with Miller, a lad from Marton beating him, an Auckand born Kiwi, in the Wide Boys table and promptly bowled 11 wides in his six overs. To be fair, as he remarked after the game, he usually bowls 11 wides in 2 overs so it was a marked improvement. CCB finished on 211 for 8 in their 35 overs.
After a splendid tea provided by Sestan, complete with specially selected Spanish cucumbers, Sarma and Clare opened the MCC innings. Sarma departed quickly for 2 in the 2nd over with the score on 14. Clare was on fire hitting six fours and four sixes off 36 balls before being out caught behind for 59 in  the 10th over with the score at 86 for 2. O`Meagher came in to form the backbone of the innings scoring 24 off 68 balls and sharing partnerships of 22 and 29 with Hobbs and Weston respectively. When Weston came in at the start of the 20th over, MCC needed 109 from 15 overs to win the match and CCB immediately stationed four fielders on the leg side boundary. Weston was thus forced to go for sixes, hitting four of them in his cameo 30 ball innings which ended when he was caught in the deep for 39. Chakrabarthy, 20* and Shankarappa, 8* who was only playing today because Fudge had cried off claiming he was still suffering from indigestion from the vast amount of food he consumed at the teas in the match last weekend, enjoyed themselves putting on an unbeaten 14 for the 10th wicket. Before that Caspari had  beaten the third golden duck on the trot by making an impressive 3 runs from 9 balls but was probably disappointed when Sestan caught him up in the duck race.
MCC finished with 196 for 9 in 35 overs with the measly figure of only 20 wides bowled.

Sarma, 2 LBW
Clare, 59, caught, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 24 runs, 1 wkt,
O`Meagher, 24, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt
Hobbs, 9, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 1 wkt
Weston, 39, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts
Van Giezen, 2, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Chakrabarty, 20*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 5 runs, 1 wkt
Sestan, 0, stumped, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 1 wkt
Scott, 1, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 44 runs, 2 wkts
Caspari, 3, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts
Shankarappa, 8*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 1 wkt.
MCC, 196 for 9, lost to CCB, 211 for 8 by 10 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

21st May Vs Prague Barbarians CC

The weekends celebrations began on Friday evening at the Euro Youth Hotel sponsored fund raiser. The keg donated by Augustiner was tapped (eventually) by the chairman who, being a handless fool, struck his left ring finger with the hammer on the first blow.  It is still heavily bruised and painful if anyone is interested. The beer though was very tasty and enjoyed by the impressive number of members who turned up. Matt Fudge`s girlfriend Tina had actually turned up one week early with nine of her colleagues from work which is taking a partiality to Augustiner just a little far. The opposition from Prague were staying at the hotel and so joined us as the night wore on, some of them celebrating until the bitter end at 6 am. Knut Haenelt, true to form, came at 11.30 via Augsburg to ensure it was a long trip, almost qualifying as a tour. Several hundred euros were raised on the night and will go to the artificial wicket fund.

The guests arrived well on time for the first game of 20 overs against MCC A on Saturday, despite their late celebrations. They were already wearing their one-day kit, a black outfit without any numbers or names and they wore black batting helmets too making the scorers life a nightmare. They also brought with them a white picket gate which was nailed into the ground on the boundary and all players had to use it to enter and leave the field of play.
Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat and put on 93 for the first wicket with Embleton, then another 43 for the second wicket with Ferguson before retiring for 101, his 50 coming in 30 minutes off 24 balls and his 100 in 58 minutes off 44 balls. MCC A were 171 for 4 after their 20 overs, only 13 of the runs being wides. In reply Prague Barbarians were all out for 84 in 19 overs, their highest scoring batsman being R. Osbourne with 21. Fudge was pick of the bowlers with 3 for 11 off three overs. However it appeared that the adding of the wide boys page to the stats caused some confusion for some bowlers seemed to want to head the table rather than be at the tail end of it and, in total, 33 wides were bowled.
After a tea break, Prague won the toss but chose to field and MCC B opened with Sarma and Van Dalsum who put on 83 for the first wicket before Van Dalsum retired on 55, with his 50 coming up in 32 minutes off 23 balls, so well on the way to beat Weston`s figures. Other notable scores in MCC B`s innings were Sarma with 33, Clare with 20 and Goldstar with 33 not out. The final score was 157 for 8 in 20 overs. There were some notable ducks and, although by no means final, there is now a clear leader in the duck race.  In reply, Prague Barbarians were all out for 72 in 13.5 overs, with only two batsmen reaching double figures. Pick of the MCC B bowlers was Goldsack with 5 for 11 off 4 overs and Van Dalsum, although not keeper, took four catches.
The confusion as to the purpose of the wide boys page continued and MCC B, not to be outdone, also bowled 33 wides but in far fewer overs.
After the match the remainder of three crates of Augustiner purchased from Helmuth were consumed before retiring to the Chinese tower to discuss tactics.
Weston, 101*, 1 catch
Embleton, 15, bowled
Ferguson, 19, run out, 1 catch
Chakrabarthy, 12, bowled
Rabbani, 9*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 4 runs
Blades, 1*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 0 wkts, 5 runs, 1 catch
Robinson, DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 1 wkts, 8 runs
Hobbs, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 12 runs
Scott, DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Mayston, DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 18 runs, 1 catch
Fudge, DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 11 runs, 1 catch

MCC A, 171 for 4 in 20 overs, beat Prague Barbarians, 84 for 10 by 87 runs.
MCC MOM, Weston

Sarma, 33, caught, 1 catch
Van Dalsum, 55*, 4 catches
Miller, 0, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 9 runs
Clare, 20, caught, 1 catch
Sestan, 2, bowled
Brunskill, 0, bowled
Caspari, 0, bowled
Goldsack, 33*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 5 wkts, 11 runs, 1 catch
Carr, 5, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 19 runs
Garner, 2*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 12 runs
Shankarappa, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs.

MCC B, 157 for 8 in 20 overs beat Prague Barbarians, 72 for 10  by 85 runs
MCC MOM Goldsack