League vs FVSE Erlangen 7th July 2012

MCC were very excited about hosting the match with the current league leaders at the Hirschanger, having beaten them in a thrilling friendly at their ground in Erlangen last season. Captain Weston was winging in from KL on the Friday evening and, in fact, joined us at the Chinese Tower to discuss pre-match strategy after commandeering the internet connections on the flight home via Dubai to order us to mow the shi** out of the pitch before laying the Flicx at Friday`s practise session, in order to give our quickies all the help we could.

Later on Friday the heavens opened with torrential rain and the rain continued until around 08:30 on Saturday morning. The Erlangen team had already telephoned and texted asking what would be expected in the afternoon and were told, no problems, we will get the match in. As often happens in Munich, by the time the game began the clouds had blown away and we had a beautiful, hot, sunny afternoon.

Captain Weston used Maria Theresa to lose the toss but remained certain we would win the match as the correct coin was used. Superstition reigns supreme in some quarters.

FVSE chose to bat and opened with Satish and Bilal to face MCC`s opening pair, Scott and Ferguson. The outfield was still wet and it was difficult to score any boundaries even if the ball was hit well which was apparently difficult to achieve, the first wicket, Bilal, falling to Ferguson for 8 in the 6th over with the score on 16. Ferguson also accounted for Satish who went for 9 in the 8th over with the total now 21. Wyanand a South African and Wasif scored very slowly but FVSE lost no more wickets before the drinks break when the score was 50 for 2 after 80 minutes. FSVE appeared to be following the traditional ODI philosophy of saving wickets for a big charge towards the end. Wyanand was bowled for 16 by Clare in the 27th over with the total on 75. In the 32nd over Garner, the man of many voices (thank goodness for that “o”) had Akmal out caught by Rabbani for 19 and the score was now 102 for 4 down. In the 33rd over Wasif was finally out for 42, LBW to Clare and the score was now 113 for 5 down. There was a rather comical run out with Captain Gursher and Subjahit both just about at the same end.

FSVE finished up on 149 all out after 38 overs which, considering the difficult batting conditions at the start, was a very competitive total.

After enjoying a Sarma-special tea MCC openers Veser and O`Meagher took the field, O`Meagher hoping to be among the runs again and MCC requiring 3.75 runs per over to win the match. The bowling was tight and scoring difficult although Veser hit a cracking boundary six off his seventh ball. O`Meagher though was having problems and fell for 5 in the 9th over having faced 24 balls with the score on 25. Sarma and Veser pushed the score to 46 before Veser was out caught for 26 in the 16th over. Weston went for 2 in the same over and at the drinks break MCC were 70 for 3 needing just 4 runs per over from the remaining 20 overs. Ferguson and Sarma carried on at just about the required run-rate until Sarma went, bowled for 28 in the 26th over with the score on 89. Clare and Ferguson had a partnership of 39, Clare being bowled for 16 in the 34th over, the score now 128 for 5 and 22 runs needed off 6 overs. When Ferguson was bowled for 29 in the next over MCC were 129 for 6. Rabbani stayed only a short while and after 37 overs MCC were 132 for 7 down and needing 18 to win off 3 overs. Furlonger and Gill put on 11 for the 8th wicket but Gill was bowled for 3 in the 39th over to be replaced by the man of many voices who played dot and a 1 to keep the strike for the final over with MCC needing 7 runs for victory. The first two balls of the final over were wides, greeted with great enjoyment by the spectators then a single to leave Furlonger facing, needing 4 runs from 5 balls. He upped his strike rate and took a single off the first ball so leaving Garner needing 3 off 4. The first ball was met with a massive swipe to be a dot ball, 3 runs needed of 3 balls. Then, joy of joys, Big Bird tonked the penultimate ball for a massive six over square leg and MCC had won a thrilling match with 2 balls to spare. Helmuth`s cool fresh took a hammering in the after match celebrations before we retired to the Chinese Tower for a post match strategy discussion. There was some dispute over the score book, Rabbani claiming he had scored a single and not moved up the duck race table. This claim was, of course, rejected until Rabbani drove the chairman home and passed over a sealed brown envelope so he is credited with 1 run and Furlonger finished up with 6 not out rather than 7 not out.

 

Veser, 26, caught

O`Meagher, 5, caught, 1 catch

Sarma, 28, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts,

Weston, 2, bowled, 2 catches

Ferguson, 29, bowled, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 18 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 16, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs. 2 wkts

Rabbani, 1, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Furlonger, 6*,

Gill, 3, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Garner, 8*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 4 wickets

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

 

MCC, 153 for 8, beat FSVE Erlangen, 149 all out, by 2 wickets

 

MCC MOM Ferguson

League vs CC Bavaria 5th May

The first game at the Hirschanger this season and a league match against CC Bavaria who have put the kybosh on our league aspirations in three out of four seasons since 2008. What would it be like this year?

The weather in the days leading up to the match had been poor for cricket, a lot of rain and rain was forecast for later in the day. Club captain Weston was making Berlin unsafe so club vice-captain Clare was again skipper for the day. Clare duly won the toss and perhaps surprisingly chose to field first. Clearly the threat of rain and the opportunity to keep the opposition contained to a small twenty over score swayed him.

The move seemed to pay off, all MCC bowlers bowling tightly, and, at 20 overs, the CC Bavaria score was 78 for 2. There was a rain shower making the outfield even wetter but thereafter the weather improved. After around 32 overs the batsmen insisted that the wet outfield has caused the ball to soak up moisture and become too heavy. Although there was no deformation nor any damage to the seam, the umpire finally allowed the ball to be changed and the batsmen were soon profitting from it. After the match I checked with the lawmakers at Lords and was advised that should the ball soak up too much water and become heavier than the weight defined in the laws then it should be changed. However this is something that very rarely, if ever, happens. Should umpires now have to carry a miniature set of scales with them? After 38 overs CC Bavaria were 191 for 5 but some poor bowling at the death allowed them to increase this to 229 for 6 after the 40 overs.

At the start of the MCC innings it was clear that there would be no twenty overs decision, to win we would have to beat their score of 229. Openers O`Meagher and Veser bagan the chase but Veser soon departed for 4 with the score on 9 to be replaced by Sarma. They put on 69 for the second wicket at a fair run rate, Sarma finally being caught for 31 with the score on 78. Rabbani came and went quickly having been run out slowly and was replaced by Algar. He and O`Meagher took the score to 100 for 3 after 20 overs, Algar passing his 1000 accumulated runs milestone on the way. MCC continued to score at a healthy rate but also lost wickets fairly regularly, among them skipper Clare who decided to join the duck race. Pick of the batsmen was Wright, who finished on 52, his first fifty anywhere less than a 90 minute flight from Munich. After 38 overs MCC were 201 for 9 and almost made it when Wright was out caught on the boundary in the final over. Had it carried to be a boundary six we would have needed only nine runs from five balls. In the end a very exciting match and CC Bavaria continue to be the bane of our league title aspirations.

 

Veser, 4, caught

O`Meagher, 37, caught

Sarma, 31, caught, 1 catch

Rabbani, 2, run-out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Algar, 17, bowled

Ferguson, 14, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, 0, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 1 wkt

Wright, 52, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 2 wkts

Turner, 12, caught, 2 stumpings

Garner, 3, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 2*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 1 wkt

 

MCC, 214 for 10, lost to CC Bavaria, 229 for 6, by 15 runs.

 

MCC MOM Wright

League vs Tegernsee, 1st May 2012

The Hischanger wasn`t available for our home fixture so we arranged to play the match in Tegernsee`s picturesque ground. A large party of nineteen or so gathered at the main station by the BOB ticket desk for the 10.15 train. Sobek brought a cooling box with food and he also had some ladies to share the onerous task of watching with him. However on the walk from the station to the ground he got diverted to the Tegernseeer Brauhaus and we didn`t see him or the ladies for some while afterwards. Nevetheless, Palfrey, who had missed the train but took a later one need not worry as he made a new friend in Sestan who took a cooler with eight cans of cool fresh in it. Scott had left his hotel in Hamburg at 7.30 am to head for the airport and arriving in Munich left for Tegernsee without going home first – there’s dedication for you. Veser and family also drove down as did Rabbani and Blades, complete with the kit.

Skipper Clare won the toss – be warned Weston – and chose to bat. It is a small, but beautiful ground with snow topped mountains in the background.

Veser and O’Meagher opened and put on a very good partnership against good Tegernsee bowling from Saleem and Govindar before Veser was out, caught behind, with the score on 51. Wright and Veser then put on 21 before O`Meagher, complete with a new bat from New Zealand, went for 23 in the 14th Over. Ferguson came and went, joining the duck race, after receiving what, from the square leg umpire’s position, looked to be a bummer of a decision. Then came hard  hitting Rabbani, who top scored with 38 before being LBW in the 21st over with the score on 175. Blades and Garner joined the duck race, Algar and Hobbs enjoyed some lusty hits, Hobbs sacrificing his wicket going for a second that wasn`t on in the 39th over and  MCC were all out for 205.

Ferguson and Blades opened the bowling for MCC and for me it was an unusual opportunity to see how our bowlers were as I usually stand in matches between other teams. Tegernsee were up with the run rate but, in the 6th over Blades struck twice and Tegernsee were 31 for 2. Ferguson got a wicket in the seventh over and Blades another in the 10th over leaving the score on 49 for 4. Garner and the long distance traveller Scott come on and bowled very tightly, the run rate dropped and the game looked to be in the bag and at the 20 over drinks break Tegernsee were 76 for 5. Blades had taken up a fielding position at  third man, close to the volley ball pit and the young amazons playing there – its a hard life for some. Rabbani came on in the 21st over for a short spell of four overs in which he took 2 for 24, Hobbs tried to repeat his performance from Bucharest but got hammered for three fours in a single over.  Tegernsee were all out for 142 after 32.5 overs despite a splendid defensive stand by Denish Ritigahapoln, who top scored with 36 not out.

After the match we stayed at the ground sampling Tegernseer helles until they ran out and had only Weissbier on offer. We then retired to the Brauhaus to admire the spectacle of Hobbs devouring a Haxe in under five minutes and took the 9 pm BOB back to Munich. By this time, Palfrey was reduced to a glassy stare, Algar slept all the way dreaming of long white clouds and the 12 runs he need to make his 1000 for the club. Sobek treated us to a hilarious German lesson and some yoga dancing in the isle.

All in all a wonderful day trip and, as skipper Clare remarked, perhaps we should arrange to play all our league matches against Tegernsee away.

 

Veser, 23, caught, 1 catch

O`Meagher, caught, 23

Wright, caught 14,

Ferguson, LBW, 0, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Rabbani, LBW, 38, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, bowled, 23

Algar, bowled 12

Garner, caught 0, 7.5 overs, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Hobbs, run out, 13, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, caught, 0, 8 over, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 4 wkts

Scott, not out, 1, 5 overs, 2 madns, 15 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 205 for 10 beat Tegernsee, 142- 10 by 53 runs

 

MCC MOM Rabbani.