T20 Cup vs TCC 11th August 2012

MCC met TCC in the quarter final of the T20 cup at home. The appointed umpires failed to show, and Herr Hobbs was drafted in as a late replacement. MCC won the toss and bowled first.

TCC got off to a decent start at 30/1 off five overs. Dom was brought on at first change to make an impact, and would have had a triple wicket maiden in the first over had it not been a wide first ball. Dom had two more in his third over, making it 40/6. The tail wagged a bit to take TCC to 77 all out off 16.2 overs. Former/Current MCCer Aamurth was stranded on 8*.

In reply to the low target of 78, MCC fell to 11/3 off the first 10 balls, with the three best bats of the season so far back in the pavillion. Ferguson saw the dreaded finger of Hobbs and the MCC were 31/4. The ANZAC pairing of Wright and Clare saw things home though, putting on an unbeaten 47 off 8.1 overs.

The early finish allowed the MCC pentathlon or similar to take place, followed by the emptying of Helmut’s fridge. An away semi-final against SSC or LSCC awaits sometime in the next 3 weeks.

Weston 4, Bowled,
O’Meagher 4, Caught
Veser 2, Bowled
Wright 23*,
Ferguson 6, LBW, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Clare 21*, 0.2 overs, 0 mdns, 1 run, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 1 wkt
Garner DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt
Gill DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 5 wkts, 2 catches
Blades DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Scott DNB, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

MCC 78/4 off 15.1 overs beat TCC 77/10 off 16.2 overs by 6 wickets

MCC MOM – Gill (5fer and 2 catches = 7fer)

T20 Cup vs POCC 4th August 2012

MCC met POCC in the Achtelfinale of the BCV T20 cup competition at the Hirschanger. Having lost 5 times (league + 4 friendlies) so far this season to POCC, and a loss meaning the end of the competitive season, there was a lot at stake for the MCC. MCC won the toss – and as has become custom this season – bowled first.

Scott opened up and had a caught behind third ball – an unmistakable wooden noise and deviation. The MCC celebrated,  meanwhile the batsman didn’t walk, and the umpire remained motionless (initially thought to be waiting for the batsman to see himself off). Foreshadowing of things to come. The batsman was encouraged to depart and the umpire to make a decision one way or the other, and eventually the batsman was given out, and trudged off.

POCC built up some momentum off the next couple of overs before the other opener holed out to Bryan off Blades in the deep. Weston had another caught behind off Scott, which brought Omar to the crease. Twice Omar got a sizeable edge caught behind off Blades, but twice the appeal was declined. Omar followed that up with a 4 and 6 off consecutive balls, and Tones is probably still ranting.

Things started to get out of control when two further massive edges were caught by the keeper off Bryan’s bowling, only for the umpire to deny hearing or seeing anything. The batsmen stood their ground, citing the umpire’s decision as final. However, when Clare had yet another caught behind, and the umpire chose to give it, the batsman still stood his ground. Bryan eventually took a wicket off the last ball of the innings – POCC finished on a subpar 97/9.

In reply, MCC cruised it home, not losing a wicket and taking the umpiring out of the equation too. POCC’s total was just large enough for Weston to bring up an unbeaten 50, ably support by MOM.

Weston 51*, 3 catches, 1 stumping
O’Meagher 34*, 2 catches
Sarma DNB, 1 catch
Ferguson DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Algar DNB,
Clare DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts
Rabbani DNB,
Garner DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Gill DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 2 wkts
Blades DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wkts
Scott DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 2 wkts

MCC 98/0 off 14.4 overs beat to POCC 97/9 off 20 overs by 10 wickets

MCC MOM – Weston

League vs Punjab CC 14th July 2012

What were the opposition going to be like? Having thrashed them in the league matches the last 2 seasons but beaten by them in the T20 cup competition two years ago, it was a question worth asking. The s**t had been mown out of the wicket by professional mower, Igor Sestan, at the Friday afternoon nets and all was ready for the final league game of the season. The opposition turned up with only ten players which was perhaps an omen and Captain Weston used Maria Theresa to win the toss and chose to bat on a fairly soft wicket. After only a few balls had been bowled the opposition captain, Tirath Singh complained that the Flicx was wet and dangerous and, since no return creases had been marked, insisted on being able to bowl from outside the Flicx on the grass. The skipper agreed to this demand, presumably his mind aleady wandering and dreaming of hanging over the bar at the Brass Rail.

Veser and O`Meagher opened for MCC and scored at a little more than 4 per over until Veser fell for 42 in the 20th over, which was also taken as the drinks break, the total being 95 for 1. This 42 took him well into the 500 runs club so congratulations there Manfred. After tea Weston joined O`Meagher and showed that his mind was really in the Brass Rail as he heaved a catch to mid-off for 2 – going big too early skip. Ferguson and O`Meagher enjoyed a partnership of 47 for the third wicket, O`Meagher falling for 79 with the score on 151 for 3. Thereafter apart from Ferguson only Fudge reached double figures. Clare was run out as non-striker, the bowler getting his fingers to a hard hit from Ferguson and deflecting the ball onto the stumps. Rabbani and Garner came and went quickly – was this revenge for Big Bird admonishing the chairman for putting water from the hot tap in the tea urn to boil for tea, as he had done for 20 years or more? Hobbs walked after being caught behind – a South African walking, what is the world coming to? Then Gill, our second Northern light after Scott of the jumpers, came and went facing one ball only followed by the jumper man himself who was given out by the spectators, LBW first ball, before the umpire raised his finger. MCC finished up 197 all out after 39,3 overs.

After a tea with some superb rolls provided by our first Northern light, Punjab went out to bat to face MCC openers Scott and Ferguson. Punjab were soon in trouble being 27 for 1 in the 9th and 43 for 4 in the 15th overs, Scotty taking three and Ferguson one of the wickets. The second Northern light replaced Scott in the 17th over and, just as when he batted, a wicket fell first ball although, to be fair, the ball he bowled was infinitely more watchable than the stroke he played during his mammoth batting outing. In fact he took two wickets in his first over and Punjab were just about finished. They were all out for 67 after 20.1 overs, Fudge having the honour of bowling one ball to take the last wicket.

The game was over before 5.30 pm and a happy MCC enjoyed Helmuth`s cool fresh until 7pm before moving on to the Chinese Tower to mull over games lost that should have been won and delve into the possibilities of what others needed to do to allow us to be league champions. Probably some very selective Lovell hailstorms are required was the general consensus.

Veser, 42, bowled
O`Meagher, 79, bowled
Weston, 2, caught, 1 catch
Ferguson, 27 bowled, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 20 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Clare, 1, run out,
Rabbani, 2, stumped, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Fudge, 17*, 0.1 overs, 0 mdns, 0 runs, 1 wkt
Garner, 2, bowled,
Hobbs, 2, caught
Gill, 0, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch
Scott, 0, LBW, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 3 wkts

MCC, 197 for 10, beat Punjab CC, 67 all out by 130 runs.

MCC MOM O`Meagher (chosen by the skipper from the Brass Rail).

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 Nurnberg 24th June

With seven members attending the tournament in Austrian Velden it had been difficult to get a team together to travel to this match in Nürnberg but, fortunately, two league match virgins, Jadwani and Sestan, pitched in and Algar confirmed late on Friday, making eleven hardy travellers. We met at the Hirschanger at 0930 to collect the kit and left as a convoy shortly after 1000, complete with a cooler box filled with heavenly smelling freshly roasted semmeln, cheese, wurst, biscuits and apples for lunch/teas. Within 10 minutes the convoy disintegrated and the three cars made their separate ways to Nürnberg but all arrived at the expected time of 12 noon. It was a warm summers day, temperatures around 23°C and a hazy cloud cover which thickened as the afternoon progressed and the first raindrops fell about half an hour after the match finished.

The Nürnberg playing area is two soccer pitches and the cricket pitch is a layer of concrete covered with matting and laid permanently between the two soccer pitches. The outfield is short, pretty flat and well drained, in other words it looked like it would be a “proper” cricket playing field.

Once the two soccer games being played finished we met the SV team, a group of young, pleasant fellows and inspected the wicket, our bowlers trying to stop drooling before the match began. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bat, not considering that MCC batters might like to see how the pitch played first and very confident of our ability to bat and bowl on such a pitch. Before the game commenced, umpire Uday Kapadia inspected the IDs of those he didn`t know already, as required by the DCB playing rules. I was amazed that people actually carry these things around with them as, in my early days in Germany, I was forever suffering summary fines for not having ID, car papers or driving license wth me.

O`Meagher and Weston opened for MCC  and Weston showed how good the outfield was by hitting fours off the second and third balls of the first over which went for 11 runs in total. Their run rate was good but they didn`t stay long, O`Meagher going for 5 in the third over and Weston for an equal highest score of 13 in the fourth over, the score then being 23 for 2. Algar looked good hitting two 2’s and a 4 in the 10 balls he faced but fell in the 6th over, the score now being 33 for 3. Feguson and Sarma steadied the ship and put on 40 for the 4th wicket, the highest of the innings, the highest of the match actually, before Ferguson went for 13 in the 14th over. Sarma followed, also with 13, two runs later in the 14th over and MCC were 75 for 5 down. In came Jadwani for his maiden innings for the club and Garner who hit an impressive straight driven six off the fourth ball he faced – the only six of the match – but he went for eight in the 19th over. Jadwani was out the next ball well caught on the boundary having faced 19 balls, the third highest number of balls faced by any MCC batsman, to enter the duck race. Sestan had replaced Garner and now Blades replaced Jadwani with the score on 84 for 7 at the drinks break. Sestan went for one, a delightful leg glance, first ball after the drinks break to be replaced by Gill who looked to be very comfortable on this wicket, finishing up not out for 8. Blades did his damnedest to stay there facing 19 balls for his 2 runs and wearing a couple of medals for the club in the process. He fell in the 27th over and was replaced by Scott who played some lusty shots, mostly to fielders before being given out LBW in the 29th over to a ball he appeared to have nicked. MCC then were all out for 102 in 29 overs and wondering if this was defendable as SV were expected to know how to bat on this concrete pitch.

After the innings break Scott opened the bowling for MCC and showed once again just how much he enjoys bowling on “proper” pitches, hardly a wide and very aggressive. With his third ball he got their opener, Ali, caught Garner at backward point fending away a very good rising ball. Ferguson followed with a maiden and SV were 1 for 1 after two overs and wondering what had hit them. The bowlers continued their excellent lines and lengths and the second wicket fell to Scott, bowled in the 5th over, SV now 11 for 2 down. Mudassar, their captain and Asher put up some resistance and put on 14 for the 3rd wicket before Mudassar fell for 12, LBW Scott in the 11th over. Asher went in the 12th over, a wicket maiden for Ferguson, well caught behind by Weston so SV were now 25 for four down. Mahmood and Kamran battled out the remaining overs of MCC´s opening bowlers and the rest of the team were shouting encouragement that there was only one ball left of Ferguson’s spell to face and then there would be different bowlers.
Little did they know what captain Weston had up his sleeve. O’Meagher replaced Scott and his first over was very fast, accurate and again SV were wondering what to do against it. Gill replaced Ferguson and his first over was a wicket maiden of fast accurate balls. O`Meagher got his first wicket in the next over and SV were now 40 for 6 down and, at the drinks break were 50 for 6. O’Meagher got his second wicket in the first over after drinks and his third in the 25th over. In the 29th over he got his fourth and in the 31st he got his Michelle getting Mirzawaqas, their most dogged batsman who faced 34 balls, more than anyone in the match, for 16 caught by Sarma in the covers.

A shell shocked SV1873 were all out for 79 in 30. 3 overs, keeper Weston taking four superb catches and dreaming of playing on Perth pitches again. It was another remarkable team performance by MCC after last week`s match against Serendib, the fielding and bowling were superb and it was proved once again that low scoring matches are the most exciting of all.

It was interesting to compare some statistics between the Serendib match on the soggy Flix at Hirschanger and the SV1873 match on the hard concrete pitch.

Serendib match: Serendib scoring balls: 78 (32.37%), MCC scoring balls: 85 (37.61%)
SV1873 match:  SV1873 scoring balls: 31 (16.85), MCC scoring balls: 43 (24.43%)
The number of dot balls and  plays & misses encouraged Sarma in particular to come up with some very innovative sledging.

O`Meagher, 5, bowled, 7.3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 5 wkts
Weston, 13, caught, 4 catches
Sarma, 13, caught, 1 catch
Algar, 8, LBW,
Ferguson, 13, LBW, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Jadwani, 0, caught
Garner, 8, caught, 2 catches
Sestan, 1, bowled
Blades, 2, bowled
Gill, 8 not out, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Scott, 1, LBW, 8 overs, 1 mdn 21 runs, 3 wkts

MCC, 102 for 10 beat SV1873, 79 for 10 by 23 runs

MCC MOM O`Meagher for his beautiful Michelle

League vs SSC 16th June

After weeks of very iffy weather, it was a glorious summer day, 30 degrees and cloudless skies. MCC were keen to put one over last year’s league champions but nevertheless skipper Weston agreed to delay the start until 1pm as some of the Serendib players were working and couldn`t make a 12.30 start. In fact two of them, Milan Fernando and Dushanta didn`t arrive until after 2pm. The correct Maria Teresa coin was used, Serendib won the toss and chose to bat because of their missing players.

Blades and Garner opened the bowling, Blades going for a mighty six by Nelson on his third ball, Garner for a four off his fourth. However that was it for Nelson, he was caught behind in Blades`s second over, a very good catch by keeper Weston, that the batsman reckoned he didn`t hit. Anthony and Winsley Fernando put on a useful 57 for the second wicket until Anthony fell for 35, caught Blades, bowled Clare. Malik was run out after some excellent fielding and then Winsley went in the 15th over with the score on 79 for four. Milan had arrived by now and went in at number five rather than opening as he usually does. He was bowled for 27 by an absolute peach of a ball from Ferguson. All the MCC bowlers were efficient with only 17 wides bowled in 40 overs and at the end Serendib were 155 for 8 down.

MCC`s innnings began in a similar fashion to Serendib`s, Veser tonking the first ball for a boundary four. Unfortunately O`Meagher was run out on the fifth ball of the innings going for what proved to be a suicidal second run. He was replaced by Sarma who scored 27 in a second wicket partnership of 74 with Veser before being run out – two wickets down, both run outs. Veser was caught and bowled by Rafiq for 47 in the 26th over with the score on 104. Ferguson, Wright and Clare all had double figure scores and MCC progressed sedately at around the necessary 4 runs per over while wickets continued to fall. After 37 overs MCC were 5 down for 150 but two wickets off the first two balls of the 38th over made it very exciting. Out strode Furlonger, having fielded for 40 overs in the searing sun and his flashing eyes showed he was in no mood to waste time. The first ball received was tonked away for four through point, thereby doubling his aggregate runs for the season, the second ball was whacked for two and MCC were winners at 156 for 7 down.

It was a very good all round performance by MCC, all the catches were taken, the bowlers bowled economically and the batsmen eased their way to the required target without panicking. They were almost certainly helped when both scorers and Murray Coles, the scoreboard operator, took to serenading them with refrains from Gilbert and Sullivan with HMS Pinafore being the favourite. Helmuth`s fridge was emptied of Augustiner before  a general move to the public viewing at the Chinese Tower.

Veser, 47, caught
O`Meagher, 1, run out
Sarma, 27, run out, 1 catch
Weston, 5, bowled, 2 catches
Ferguson, 15, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 24 runs
Wright, 24, bowled, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 27 runs
Clare, 12, not out, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 2 wkts, 19 runs
Rabbani, 0, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 26 runs, 1 catch
Furlonger, 6, not out,
Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 29 runs, 1 catch
Garner, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 28 runs, 1 catch

MCC, 156 for 7, beat Serendib, 155 for 8 by three wickets.

MCC MOM Clare for insprired bowling and good all-round performance.

League vs MBCC 9th June

The previously washed-out league game vs MBCC in Rosenheim was thankfully rescheduled to the Hirschanger. Rain was again in the air, and MBCC and the umpire turned up late for a reduced 35 over game. Phil Caspari, however, never made it, and the MCC fielded only 10. MBCC won the toss and elected to bat.

MBCC started slowly with Billy Block and Terry Test Match not offering many shots. Maj took a couple of early wickets and Blades went for only 8 runs off his 7 overs, to leave MBCC on 39/2 after the openers bowled out after 14 overs. Enter the better batsmen and some looser bowling and the game changed completely. Ali struck a quick 81 taking MBCC to 181/9 off their 35 overs. The next highest score was 15.

MCC started well in the chase of 182, with Manny and Westy putting on 42 in the first 5 overs. Once the openers departed though, the runs dried up, the required run rate increased, wickets fell at regular intervals, and it never looked likely. Only 3 boundaries were hit in the 24 overs after the openers were out. MCC were all out 46 runs short with only 3 overs left unused.

Weston 17, Caught, 1 catch
Veser 22, Caught, 1 catch
Sarma 3, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Ferguson 19, Caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 2 wkts
Wright 15, Bowled, 1 catch
Clare 8, Bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 1 wkt
Rabbani 15, Caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 2 wkts
Furlonger 2, Caught
Garner 0, Caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 50 runs 3 wkts
Blades 2*, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts

MCC 136/10 off 32 overs lost to MBCC 181/9 off 35 overs by 45 runs

MCC MOM – Blades

League vs POCC June 3rd

The MCC ventured to Beirut (Hasenbergl) for the fifth league game of the 2012 season. Morning rain meant a late start and a reduced (30 over) game. POCC won the toss, batted, and got off to a flyer, being 48/1 off 5 overs. The wicket was a direct hit run out from Clare at mid-on. Ferguson once again bowled well. His 6 overs in the middle going for only 12 runs. Everyone else went for at least 6 an over. Bryan’s only blemish was taking a wicket off a no-ball. Clare took a couple of wickets and Rabbani one, but otherwise it was one-way traffic. POCC finished on 208/6, with the final wicket a pointless run-out off the last ball by Dennis behind the stumps.

The MCC innings well and truly got this year’s duck race underway – with five noughts in the book. Is this an MCC record Des? Manny played a lone hand at one end, being last man out – caught on the fence for 46. Weston and Brunskill were the only others to make double figures. The rain came too late to save the MCC.

Veser 46, Caught
Wright 0, Caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts
Weston 14, Caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts
Algar 5, Caught
Ferguson 1, Run Out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches
Clare 0, Caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 2 wkts,
Rabbani 0, Caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 1 wkt
Brunskill 11, Run Out
van Giezen 0, Caught
Gill 0, Bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 41 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 0 wkts

MCC 102/10 off 21.4 overs lost to POCC 208/6 off 30 overs by 106 runs

MCC MOM – Ferguson. Veser honourable mention.

League vs Lufthansa May 26th

Skipper Weston again won the toss and inserted Lufthansa into bat. 12th man Wright, who had selflessly dropped himself to give someone else a go, got a late reprieve as Dominic Gill was a touch too late for his league debut.

Blades’ first 3 balls showed it was going to be an interesting day in the field. The first was bottom edged to Turner and a loud caught behind appeal was met by a wide signal. The second was clipped to midwicket where a diving Rabbani got a hand to a low chance. The third was a full toss that was leading edge spooned to VC at midoff who inexplicably juggled then held the sitter.

Lufthansa continued to play as if it were a T20 or they had the early flight throughout their innings. Ferguson again bowled his 8 overs straight from the pavillion end, being both economical and picking up 3 wickets with good heat, bounce and the left armer’s angle. Blades, Garner and Clare all picked up some tap at the other end, as the bad ball invariably disappeared over the cow corner fence. Ferguson was replaced by O’Meagher, who recovered from 0-6 before he bowled a valid ball to take 3 wickets – like Bryan using the unusual pace and bounce in the flicx. Maj finished off the tail, who strangely were their best batsmen, with 2 wickets. The catching was again very good, with Amith taking 2 high ones at deep point.

Veser and MOM put on 112 for the first wicket – their third 50 partnership of the league season so far (out of 4). A mini MCC collapse couldn’t stop a win by 7 wickets with 15 overs to spare. Weston with 12* off 3 balls was again keen to finish it early – allowing MCC to delve into the Augustiners in Helmut’s fridge.

Veser 54, Caught
O’Meagher 32, Caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch
Sarma 7, Caught,  2 catches
Weston 12*, 1 catch
Ferguson DNB, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 28 runs, 3 wkts
Wright DNB
Clare DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 2 wkts
Turner DNB, 2 catches
Garner DNB, 3 overs, 1 mdn, 20 runs, 0 wkts
Blades DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 2 wkts

MCC 138/3 off 27.4 overs beat LSCC 137/10 off 25 overs

MCC MOM (Man of the Match) – MOM (Mark O’Meagher) All round Kiwi 1 day freak performance.

League vs MIC 19th May

MCC sought to get their league campaign back on track against MIC. Returning captain Weston won the toss and – surprisingly for an Aussie – elected to graze first. A good crowd of lost Chelsea fans and MCC supporters were in attendance.

Blades and Scott opened up and kept the scoring in check, with Blades picking up the early pole. MIC limped along to 47/3 at drinks, with first changes Ferguson and Rabbani also miserly. Ferguson bowled his 8 overs straight, conceding just the 19 runs. Word of his spell, or perhaps his teas, evidently reached the Chinese Tower, with chants of “Bryan, Bryan, Bryan” echoing round the ground as he came into bowl. Maybe he is the Messiah?

The fielding was also much improved from the CCB game, with Wrighty and Sarma both enacting runouts. The same two were also trusted with the death bowling and excelled. Sarma was tight and Wrighty induced a collapse with four wickets. MIC were all out for 132 in the final over.

Veser and O’Meagher opened up for the MCC and put on 59 for the first wicket in 15 overs when Veser was caught behind. MOM and Sarma then put on 40 more before Amith was adjudged LBW. Skipper Weston came out and smoked 21 runs off 9 balls to finish things off, leaving just enough time for MOM to bring up an unbeaten 50.

The game was played in good spirits by both teams throughout, unlike the previous year’s “MF” fest.

Veser 20, Caught
O’Meagher 50*
Sarma 11, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkt, 1 catch
Weston 21*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkt
Ferguson DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Wright DNB, 5.2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 4 wkts
Rabbani DNB, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 18 runs, 1 wkt
Clare DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Turner DNB,
Blades DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Scott DNB, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 16 runs, 0 wkt

MCC 134/2 off 23.3 overs beat MIC 132/10 off 39.2 overs

MCC MOM – Wright for his 4 wickets edging out O’Meagher with 50*