Match report vs Lufthansa 21st July 2013

A hot sunny day, 30°C plus and MCC gathered at the Hirschanger at 11:15 to ensure we all arrived at the ground in Attaching in good time not to risk forfeiting the match after last week’s affray against MBCC,Captain Sarma broke with etiquette and allowed the home captain to call at the toss, who called correctly and chose to bat. Blades and Ferguson opened the bowling and Blades in particular was very tight for his first six overs being 2 for 22 after six. Ferguson took a break after three overs having bowled seven wide balls and was replaced by Polisetty playing in his maiden league game. Blades was obviously tiring and should probably have taken a break rather than bowl his eight overs straight through as he went for 23 runs off the last two. Wickets fell pretty regularly and at 20 overs Lufthansa were 101 for 4 down. The hard dry outfield mad it difficult for the fielders and a rate of 5 runs per over was thought to be pretty good. Lufthansa were all out for 194 after 38.4 overs, Ferguson taking a three-for. After the innings break, Verser and O`Meagher opened the batting for MCC and got off to a good start with Veser looking particularly the part. Unfortunately after facing three highish bouncers he was bowled for 15 by one which kept very low, the score being now 31 for 1. Nest in was captain Sarma and together with O`Meagher they put on 53 for the second wicket. Weston came and went quickly as did Algar and at 20 overs MCC were 98 for 4 down. Polisetty went for a couple in the 22nd over to be replaced by Ferguson. Who top scored with 47 and finally fell in the 37th over leaving MCC on 176 for 9. For a while it looked as if Carrie and Blades would take us there but an awful mix-ip lead to a run out and MCC were all out for 178.

Veser, 15 bowled,

O`Meagher, 29, bowled

Sarma, 31 LBW, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 2 wkts

Weston, 5 caught, 3 catches

Algar, 4, bowled

Polisetty, 2, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 0 wickets, 1 catch

Ferguson, 47, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 49 runs, 3 wkts

Furlonger, 8, bowled

Rabbani, 9, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 1, run out, 6.4 overs, 1 mdn, 21 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 1*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 45 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch


MCC, 178 -10, lost to Lufthansa, 194 – 10, by 16 runs MCC MOM Ferguson

Match report vs CC Bavaria 29th June

Another summer’s day at the Hirschanger, meaning it had been raining on and off since Friday evening. Nevertheless the hardy squad gathered at the ground ready to start but couldn`t do so because of persistent rain. After two hours the umpires agreed to begin but the time lost meant it could only be a 25 over match. The boundary flags had not been placed and the CCB captain demanded that he be automatically awarded the toss claiming the playing area was not ready. The umpires rejected this, captains Appavu and Sarma made the toss, which CCB lost and MCC chose to field.

Immediately play began the drizzle returned but play continued. The CCB captain went second ball for a duck in Blades’s first over which rather lifted MCC spirits.  The bowling was tight and the very wet outfield made it difficult to score. Wickets fell regularly and when they were nine down for not very many, the CCB captain, who had been in the umpires ear all the innings, presumably hoping for an abandoned match and shared points, persuaded them to call a rain break. The rain stopped and the innings was reduced to 23 overs and at the close CC Bavaria were 104 for 9 down.

After a splendid tea provided by Clare – an emergency trip to a shop to purchase some gooey cakes –  Algar and O’Meagher took the field to open the batting for MCC. Algar stayed only three balls and couldn`t repeat his Zuoz heroics out caught for 3 off Sunil. In strode captain Sarma, clearly effected by the consistent attempts by the CCB captain to influence the umpires and proceded to carry his bat through the innings. He and O`Meagher made 20 for the second wicket, and, with Weston, 49 for the third. The rain had been increasing, CCB captain continued to bend the umpire’s ear and, after 17 overs, with MCC needing nine to win, they all came off.

After a long rain break the umpires insisted play be continued but the CCB captain at first refused to do so until he was advised he would be reported and there would be consequences. The last over was bowled by the captain himself – wide, wide, dot, two, three, four –  which was rather poetic.

MCC won the match in 17.5 overs by 7 wickets.


The umpires have written to say that the behaviour of the MCC players was at all times exemplary (clearly he didn`t see Chris Carrie beginning to explode).


Algar, 3, caught, 1 catch

O’Meagher, 15, caught, 1 catch

Sarma, 33*,

Weston, 31, caught, 2 stumpings

Archer, 10*

Rabbani, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 1 wicket,

Scott, DNB, …………………………………………………specialist fielder

Clare, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wicket

Ferguson, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wicket, 2 catches

Blades, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 3 wickets

Carrie, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 2 wickets


MCC, 107 – 3, beat CCBavaria, 104 – 9 by 7 wickets.


MCC MOM Blades


Note: the bowling figures may be slightly worse than you were expecting. Although the number of wides bowled per bowler were listed, they were not entered against the bowlers figures so I corrected that.

Footnote: The CCB captain received a one match ban for showing disrespect to the umpires and CCB finished up in the lower half of the league table meaning second Division cricket for them next year. The four points they would have received had the game been abandoned would have sufficed to move them into the top half of the table.

Match report 9th June vs Nürnberg

Finally a beautiful, sunny day at the Hirschanger with a blau-weisse Himmel and temperatures in the low twenties. The pitch had been laid out for the Friday evening nets, the grass being mown by VC O’Meagher, standing in for injured grass cutter Sestan

Ex-captain Tony Murphy, who played for us from 1986 to 1989 turned up to watch together with scoreboard manufacturer Stuart Bennett and elder statesmen David Carr and Doug Giles. Adschi Keim and Mansoor Chowdry of Pak Orient, who know Tony of old, also came along to say hello.

Captain Sarma won the toss but didn`t use the Maria Theresa silver dollar – was this to be an omen? Be that as it may, he chose to bat and MCC openers Veser and O’Meagher took the field. The grass mower fell in the fourth over, with the score on 13, to be replaced by Sarma. He and Veser progressed at a reasonable rate before Veser shouldered arms to one which moved in off the pitch and took his off stump. At 53 for 2 off 12 overs we were on track for what was considered to be a par score of around 180. Fudge came and joined the duck race after two balls but claimed he really wanted to get off to oversee the splendid teas he had provided which he then oversaw from the depths of Brunskill’s hammock. In came Weston and was looking very good until he received a superb ball from Sadiq, who took three wickets in total, which completely yorked him and he went for 12 in the 18th over. At the drinks break MCC were 88 for 4 down. After drinks MCC pushed on apace mainly due to some hard hitting by Clare and Sarma and, at the close, MCC were 208 for 6 down, Sarma a superb 81*, a pretty reasonable score we thought.

Scott opened the bowling for MCC and went for a huge six off his first ball, a short shoulder high bouncer which Ali played very well. Clearly Nürnberg were going to go for it. Blades, the other opener also went for a six off the first scoring ball of his first over, again by Ali. Thereafter the bowlers were on top, conceding very few runs and, even more important, taking wickets. After 14 overs using the two opening bowlers Nürnberg were 58 for 5 down, Blades getting his 300th wicket for the club in the process. Thereafter it all went a little pear shaped despite the usual parsimonious bowling from Ferguson. After 20 overs Nürnberg were 106 for 5 so looking to be a little in front. Wickets fell regularly, despite MCC’s propensity to drop catches or even not even get into position to make a dropped catch. Nürnberg’s top scorer, Wajid, fell to a very good catch by Scott on the boundary for 93, the total now being 180 for 8 and MCC had the upper hand. Then it was 188 for 9 in the 38th over and 198 for 9 after the 39th over so 11 needed to win in one over, with one wicket left but the “in” batsman on strike. A single and a dropped catch off the first ball brought their number 11 on strike. The first ball was a massive six leaving four to win off four balls. The second ball another massive six and Nürnberg had won by simply refusing to give up and leaving a shell-shocked MCC to lick their wounds with Helmuth’s cool-fresh and an after match tactical discussion at the Chinese Tower.

Veser, 23, bowled, 2 catches

O’Meagher, 5 caught,

Sarma, 81*, 3.3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts,

Fudge, 0, caught & bowled,

Weston, 12, bowled, 1 catch

Ferguson, 7, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 19 runs. 0 wkts

Clare, 28, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Rabbani, 11*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs. 2 wkts,

Garner, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, DNB, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 35 runs, 3 wkts

Scott, DNB, 7 overs, 4 mdns, 23 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 208 for 6, lost to NCC, 211 for 9, by 1 wicket

MCC MOM, Sarma

Match report 18th May vs Tegernsee

A depleted Tegernsee team turned up for the league match, but were still hoping to put one over MCC after the very high scoring friendly in Tegernsee on 1st May. Captain Sarma duly lost the toss and MCC were asked to field.

Scott and Blades opened the bowling, Scott very nearly getting Tegernsee’s ultimate highest scorer out very first ball after a valiant attempt at a caught and bowled. In his second over Scott went for six off one ball without the ball hitting the bat – it was a wide and five penalty runs for hitting a fielder’s helmet behind the keeper. Tegernsee progressed at around 4 runs per over and were 43 for 0 after ten, 11 of which were wides. In the 11th over Scott removed Maxi Hoeck who had been playing very defensively, finally bowled for 7 off 43 balls. Both openers were bowled out and replaced by the extremely parsimonious Ferguson and Garner who even disguised himself as O’Meagher for one over. Ferguson also bowled his eight straight off and finished with superb figures of 1 for 9 off eight overs, three of the runs being wides. His single wicket was that of Saleem Khan, their top scorer with 35 off 106 balls. The remaining overs were shared between Garner, Sarma, Rabbani and O’Meagher posing as Garner. Tegernsee were all out (only ten batters) for 133 after 38.2 overs, Sarma becoming the club’s first Michelin man of the season.

After the plentiful Furlonger-provided teas, MCC opened with Veser and O`Meagher (not posing as Garner now). Tegernsee’s openers were Tasildar, the U-19 German player and Julian Streibl. Julian’s first two overs were quite astonishing, the ball performing Z-curves on it`s way to the batsman and both openers fell in the fourth over with the score on 11 for 4 and 5 respectively. Sarma and Weston replaced them, Sarma falling LBW to Tasildar for 10 in the ninth over. MCC were now 44 for 3 and beginning perhaps to wonder. In came new boy Chris Archer playing his first ever game in Germany. They put on 42 for the fourth wicket, Weston going for 44 after having hit some very aggressive boundaries, including the only sixes of the match. Archer and Ferguson put on 16 for the fifth wicket and Rabbani and Archer finished the game off in the 28th over with an unbeaten partnership of 32.


Veser, 4, bowled,

O’Meagher, 5, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts,

Sarma, 12, LBW, 7 overs, 3 mdns, 10 runs, 5 wkts, 1 catch

Weston, 44, caught, 1 stumping,

Archer, 20*

Ferguson, 6, caught, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 9 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches

Rabbani, 17*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Garner, DNB, 4.2 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, DNB,

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts,

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 23 runs, 1 wkt,


MCC, 134 for 5, beat Tegernsee, 133 for 9 by 5 wickets.

MCC  MOM, Sarma,


Things to note:

Blades needs three wickets to do his Jimmy Anderson for the club.

Sarma has passed the 1000 runs aggregate for the club.

Garner needs another two wickets to become a centurion

Clare needs another six wickets to do the same.

Match report, 4th May vs Pak Orient

Fresh from the victory against Erlangen the previous week, the team was looking forward to the game against Pak Orient, who had surprisingly lost to the Munich Boys the week before. Also it was the first league match at the wide horizons on the Hirschanger, wide being the operative word as MCC bowled 36 wide deliveries in 38 overs. The weather was a great deal better than in Erlangen, cloudy with sunny intervals and around 17°C with a possibility of rain.

Captain Sarma lost the toss and MCC were sent out to field, opening the bowling with Ferguson and Blades. After two overs eight wides had been bowled and it seemed to be just one of those days for the MCC bowlers. Was the ball swinging too much? The umpires were pretty strict but that wasn`t the only answer. Nevertheless, it appeared to be difficult to score, Mateen top scoring for Pak Orient with 34, finally being bowled by Ferguson. However the score progressed at around 4.5 runs per over and after 33 overs, they were 156 for 5 down, aided somewhat by five dropped catches. Then the Snake Charmer played his master card, bringing on Rabbani who took 3 for 6 in his first over and finished up with 4 for 12 off 3 overs. Pak Orient were all out for 185 after 38.3 overs, the highest score being extras with 41.

Veser and O’Meagher opened for MCC both falling caught behind for 12 and 30 respectively but at 20 overs MCC were 77 for 2 and still in with a good chance. Sarma went for 36 attempting to go big but only finding Sher Khan at deep mid off. Of the remainder only Ferguson looked very good, going for 27 eventually, again caught behind and probably facing a suspension for Sir Richard Turnbulling the umpire after a couple of leg side balls were not called wide The umpires will report the incident despite Rabbani’s pleading with them as was confirmed by the Ligaleiter when I talked to him on Sunday. MCC were eventually all out for 146 in 36.1 overs, eight being caught, one bowled and one run out.

At the post match party at Fräulein Grüneis’s (she even gave us a round of schnapps to make us feel better) it was decided that had we won the toss we probably would have won the game so it was all the captain’s fault – its hard being captain of the MCC.


Veser, 12, caught, 1 catch

O’Meagher, 30, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Sarma, 36 caught,

Turner, 1, caught, 3 catches

Ferguson, 27, caught, 7.3 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 7, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 4 caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 4 wkts

Furlonger, 4, run out,

Garner, 2, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 2 wkts

Blades, 0, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Scott, 0*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 0 wkts.


MCC, 146 – 10, lost to Pak Orient, 185 – 10 by 39 runs


MCC MOM Rabbani

Match report 28th April vs Erlangen

The first league match of the season and, as luck would have it, we were drawn away to last year’s worthy winners, Erlangen. We agreed to travel by car and meet at the Hirschanger at 9:45 to collect the kit and drive in convoy to the FSV ground, using my new satellite navigator of which I was very proud. On the way I picked up captain Snake Charmer, Cans Furlonger and Westy who had been out all night visiting cathedrals, synagogues etc. and had had only two hours sleep before joining us and looking very much the part. We arrived at the Hirschanger at 9:55 to be greeted by a lonesome Garner who had been wondering if he had the wrong date. The others arrived in dribs and drabs, surprisingly even Majid was late for a change. By 10:15 we were up to nine players – Lovo was travelling down from Mainz directly – but there was no sign of Amit Subba Row. Just as we were about to phone some other member having a car to ask him to come alone to Erlangen, Subba Row was spotted ambling along Poofters alley. So at 10:20 we left and after a comfortable drive we arrived safely at the FSV ground thanks to my magnificent navigator – the only problem being that Erlangen no longer played there. Lovo had phoned to say he was stuck in traffic and would probably be up to an hour late so the wheels were coming off rapidly. Some desperate searching of the DCB web site gave us an address for the new ground and we hared off in two different directions but all, apart from Lovo, were there on time at around 12:50.

Captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat on a bitterly cold day, 10°C max and, as Lovo was not there to open, O’Meagher and Bhalerao took on the task. They scored at around 3 per over before O’Meagher was caught behind for 11 in the 6th over with the total on 18. Bhalerao followed him in the 9th, going for 3 with the total on 26. Lovell had arrived while the two openers were at the crease so he had gone in at number three and we were once again treated to his trademark extra-cover drives. Weston replaced Bhalerao and was clearly a man with a mission. Lovell went for 9 with the score on 36 in the 13th and Snake Charmer went for 6 in the 16th with the score on 45. Ferguson hung around with Westy for a while and they put on 37 for the 5th wicket but he went for 2 in the 20th over so, at the half way stage, MCC were 82 for 5 down. The appealing for LBW had been very aggressive, sometimes over-aggressive and the umpire did well to withstand the pressure. Clare and Weston began the 21st over with Erlangen still very much with their tails up and they put on 34 for the 6th wicket before Clare was bowled for 5, the total now being 116. In came Rabbani who faced 18 balls before scoring his first run, a boundary four. Westy meanwhile was creaming the ball everywhere before he went for 99 having hit 8 fours and 8 sixes, with the total on 187 in the 36th over. The aggressive appealing had long since disappeared as a score of 160 to 180 was considered a good one on this ground. Furlonger played a delightful 18 ball innings, his second ball being driven straight for six, and he fell for 18 in the 40th over. Garner and Rabbani put on another four and MCC finished up with 218 for 8 after the 40 overs.

Erlangen opened with their South African, Wynand, whom I remembered as being a slow scorer, to face MCC opening bowlers, Blades and Ferguson.  Their first wicket fell in the 10th over, LBW to Clare with the score on 40. The second went with the score on 45, much to Blades’s enjoyment as it was his first wicket of the season having bowled a fair number of overs. Wynand was bowled Clare for 30 off 61 balls in the 25th over with the score on 106 and, in the next over Wasif was run out rather hilariously for 0 and that could well have been a reason to use DRS had it been available.. Throughout the innings Erlangen had been above or around the required run rate and, at this stage were favorites to win. Their fifth wicket was also a run-out, Bilal, their highest scorer going for 52 in 29th over with the score on 140.  Vice captain O`Meagher came on and had one of those days, line and length being all astray, he went for 36 in 2 overs but, perhaps more important, took  2 wickets and, after 34 overs, Erlangen were 189 for 7 down. Garner and Ferguson bowled the remaining four overs and were very, very good, taking the last three Erlangen wickets for only 11 runs, Erlangen being all out for 200.


O’Meagher, 11, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 2 wkts

Bhalerao, 3, caught,

Lovell, 9, bowled

Weston, 99, bowled, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Sarma, 6, c&b, 1 catch

Ferguson, 2, LBW, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, 5, bowled, 8 0vers, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 2 wkts

Rabbani, 21*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 39 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Furlonger, 18, bowled,

Garner, 2*, 6.1 overs, = mdns, 31 runs, 3 wkts

Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt.


MCC, 218 for 8, beat Erlangen, 200 for 10, by 18 runs.


MCC MOM Weston.