Match report vs Nuremburg 29th June 2014


Match report vs Nuremburg 29th June 2014

Yet another away fixture, this time in Nuremburg with a 9 am departure in heavy rain but, apparently, no rain at the destination. Four cars departed from various points in Bayern and all arrived in good time for the scheduled 11:30 start. It was however raining so we took shelter in the bar of the tennis club, some even hired out raquets so that Gattinger could demonstrate just how much better he was at tennis than all the others. At 12:10 we were informed the rain had stopped, it was clearing up and the match would start at 12:30. When we approached the “pavilion” we were pleasantly surprised to see a wonderful barbecue being prepared and the Nuremburg CC immediately rose in our estimation. This was short lived for it turned out to be a private party of Serbs/Croats, or so we believed, who serenaded us all afternoon with songs of home. We were relegated to an old garage along with lots of junk. Ligaleiter/umpire Ravi insisted that although we were starting late it would still be a 40 overs per innings match although it should have been reduced to 32 overs which would have suited us as we wanted to be home for the Dutch diving championships – Robben can’t look to his club directors for guidance can he with smuggling watches, tax evasion of 30 million and a suspected bribery &corruption involvement. Happily though MCC are not of that ilk and captain Sarma duly lost the toss and we were asked to field.

Scott opened the bowling and went for one in the first over when the heavens opened. We crowded into the garage for 25 minutes and the innings was reduced to 37 overs. It took so long to lay out the mat on the concrete track that before the second over was bowled another over per innings was deducted. Thereafter there were no more stoppages.

Carrier and Scott were very tight and after 10 overs Nuremburg were 23 for one down. Clare and Sarma continued the good work and at the 18 over half-way stage NCC were 72 for three down. We had a problem though in that six of our first team bowlers had made themselves unavailable and the three used in their place went for 51 off 6 overs, so that NCC finished on170 all out in 32.4 overs, when we could have had them for 140 or fewer with a stronger fifth bowler.

MCC opened with Veser and Mitchell to some good aggressive bowling to face. After 10 overs we were 32 for two down so ahead of them at this stage. Slowly NCC overtook us and at the half-way point we were 58 for five down. Konchada, who was playing well was stuck on the side of the guard in the next over, suffering a cut where his shattered glasses had been forced into his cheek below the eye. Not for the first time Lady Carrie undertook a hospital transport. Clare and Furlonger made some useful scores and all defended doggedly with the aim of reducing the effect on our overall run rate but, eventually we were all out (nine wickets) for 107 after 34.3 overs.

Veser. 9, caught, 1 catch

Mitchell, 11, bowled, 1 catch

Sarma, 5, caught, 5.4 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 4 wkts

Konchada, 13, retired, 3 overs, 0 Mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Carrie, 3, bowled, 8 overs, 0 Mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts

Gattinger, 3, bowled,

Clare, 19, caught, 5 overs, 0 Mdns, 31 runs, 2 wkts, 3 catches

Parameswaran, 0, caught, 2 overs, 0 Mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts

Furlonger, 14, caught,

Carr, 6*, 1 over, 0 Mdns, 12 runs, 0 wlts

Scott, 1, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 29 runs, 3 wkts.


MCC, 107 – 9, lost to NCC, 170 – 10 by 63 runs

MCC MOM: Clare


Match report vs Lufthansa 7th June 2014

Finally our first home match of the season at the Hirschanger and that against Lufthansa who had narrowly beaten the MICS the week before  although they had only 10 men so it was not expected to be a walkover. To general astonishment, captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat first.

MCC openers Mitchell and Veser got off to their usual promising start and put on 58 before Mitchell was bowled for 22 off 35 in the 10th over. Shortly afterwards in the 13th over Veser somehow managed to get a ball come under the helmet grill and hit him seriously in the right eye. He was treated in hospital and was able to return to the ground but not play again so he was logged as retired hurt with 39 from 51 balls with the score on 73. Sarma and O’Meagher continued to score freely and at the 20 over mark the score was 112 for 1. After the drinks break though just about everything went south and at 40 overs MCC were 164 for 9 down, the last seven batsmen scoring 17 runs off the bat between them.

Garner had provided scrumptious teas including freshly baked scones complete with fresh clotted cream and strawberry jam. There is a real danger of him getting the PTM post – permanent tea maker.

Carrie and Garner opened the bowling for MCC and Lufthansa, particularly Peter Adit, scored quickly and after 10 overs were 72 for one down. In the 11 over, Clare’s second he got the first of his Michelle, all of them bowled. Wickets were falling fairly regularly but it wasn`t until the 17th over that they fell behind MCC’s equivalent score and at the 20 over mark they were 104 for 4 down, Clare having bowled Adit for 66 in the 19th over.

After the drinks break Lufthansa too followed the Canada Geese migration south and were all out for 134 after 30.1 overs, their last 9 batsmen having scored only 28 runs off the bat.

It was pleasing that some many members turned up to watch the match and help to punish Helmut’s cool fresh – Priyesh came through the gate just as the last wicket fell and while we were on our way to the tower for post-match deliberations Paul Scott joined us having landed three hours previously from Shanghai Tthere was a happy crown at the tower in a wonderfully warm early summer evening.

Veser, 39, retired hurt

Micthell, 22, bowled

Sarma, 32 LBW

O’Meagher, 16, C&B

Rabbani, 2, caught

Carrie, 1, caught, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches

Clare, 4, bowled, 7.1 overs, 2 mdns, 16 runs, 5 wkts

Nielsen, 0, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts

Garner, 7, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 3, run out, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 39 runs, 3 wkts

Sestan, 0*

MCC, 164 for 9, beat Lufthansa, 134 for 10, by 30 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

Match report vs CC Bavaria 1st June 2014

After the severe hammering handed out by the MICs last week, we were a little more optimistic having held the first training session on Friday at the Hirschanger  after its reopening.

CCB though are a bit of a bogey team for us for often we play them early in the season and they put the kybosh on our dreams of being league champions. Nevertheless the team was on time to watch the captain lose the toss – this is becoming a habit – and MCC were asked to bat. The start of the innings was anything but auspicious, Veser falling second ball for his first ever MCC duck. He wasn`t alone though, three others joined him, two of them to rather village run outs – if you crash the ball straight to a fielder lads it is probably not a good idea to go haring down the pitch. MCC were four down for 35 after six overs Fortunately Sarma, Rabbani, Carrie and Nielsen all made some useful scores and MCC finished on 195 for 9 after forty overs.

There was some amount of jealousy by the MCC opening bowlers who were clearly put out by the entries in the duck race which didn`t include them so they decided to do something about the wide boys table. After three overs CCB were 17 for 0 and of the 17 runs only three came off the bat. Thereafter they found their lines and Garner got the first wicket in the fourth over with keeper Furlonger taking the first of his four catches. Actually he should have had a fifth and a stumping but the umpires didn`t agree. The fielding was good, everyone very keen and allowing no easy singles. The bowlers continued to keep it tight and wickets fell regularly. The best CCB partnership was 44 for the eighth wicket between Roy and Simran which Rabbani put an end to with Furlonger’s fourth catch. CCB finished on 173 for nine after their 40 overs.

Veser, 0, caught

Mitchell, 16 bowled

Sarma, 29, caught

Archer, 0, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 36 runs, 2 wkts

Polisetti, 0, run out

Rabbani, 45, LBW, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Carrie, 34, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 0, run out, 8 overs 0 mdns, 35 runs, 0 wkts

Nielsen, 40, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 27 runs, 1 wkt

Furlonger, 7*, 4 catches

Garner, 3*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 3 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 195 for 9, beat CC Bavaria, 173 for 9 by 22 runs

MCC MOM: Rabbani

Match report vs MICs 25th May 2014

Veser stars in MCC’s determined drive to top of the division 2 table

With the splendid victory over the Pak Orient under our belts but with the Hirschanger still unavailable it was off to the MICS ground in West Park for our fifth league match of the season. Captain Sarma once again lost the toss and we were asked to field. Then it was discovered that the kit was in the chairman’s cellar so we had to borrow kit and purchase a match ball from the MICs.

Their openers scored at around five per over and Scott got the first wicket with Johnson caught behind in the 7th over. In the 18th over with the score on 90 Nielsen got Murali LBW and, at 20 overs, they were 105 for 2 so a reasonable 5 runs per over. Clearly they had something funny in their tea as they scored another 211 runs in the next 20 overs for the loss of only two more wickets finishing on 316 for 4. Best of the MCC bowlers were Scott, Clare and Rabbani.


Mitchell and Veser opened and put on 72 before Mitchell went, bowled for 26 in the 8th over with the score on 72 so we were well up with the required rate. Captain Sarma joined the duck race after four balls and Palfrey accompanied him with a golden one which was a fast, swinging yorker and a horrible ball to get first up. Veser and Carrie put on 48 for the fourth wicket and, at the 20 over mark and no sign of rain or hail, we were 115 for 3 down. Carrie went for 19 in the 21st over, and Veser finally fell for 76 in the 26th with the score on 159. So we were still fairly up with the run rate but apart from Rabbani, who fell for 24, the eighth to go in the 31st over, no one else did anything, apart from join the duck race. In fact Oweis had a hatrick with the last three wickets of the innings and the losing margin was so high that our net run rate for the five league matches played is now negative.

Veser, 76, bowled, 2 catches

Mitchell, 26, bowled

Sarma, 0, bowled

Palfrey, 0, bowled,

Carrie, 19, caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 84 runs

Rabbani, 24, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 17 runs

Clare, 8, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 54 runs

Nielsen, 3, caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 62 runs

Konchada, 1, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 24 runs

Arunachalam, 0, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 53 runs

Scott, 0*, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 1 wkt, 16 runs


MCC, 182 for 10 in 30.5 overs, lost to MICs, 316 for 4 by 134 runs


Match report vs Pak Orient 18th May 2014

It was back to the E. Spranger playing field which is now a very nice one with all the undergrowth cut away and the only astro turf wicket in Munich. We travelled hopefully but with some trepidation for Pak Orient have a young, talented team full of excellent fielders and, with a record of played three lost two in the league so far, another MCC loss would project us rapidly in the direction of division two next season. In the warm up before the team lists were handed over L’ Òiseau Grand injured his back and Sestan, who has never played in a league match and lost stepped in so was this a good or a bad omen?

Unusually captain Sarma won the toss and chose to bat on a day with temperatures around 16°C and lots of cloud cover. During the second innings the clouds cleared, the temperature went up to around 20°C and it was a beautiful day for playing cricket.  Openers Veser and Mitchell took all that Murtaza and Iqbal could bowl at them and, after 10 overs, the score was 55 for none. Mitchell fell for 35 in the 12th over after a fine innings – this man doesn`t bother with fours when sixes will do. Sarma and Palfrey followed quickly and in the 16th over the score was 92 for 3 down. Then followed a magnificent 95 run partnership between Veser and Carrie for the fourth wicket although Carrie was lucky not to go early on, hitting in the air with a straight drive. When he went in the 35th over the score was 192. In came Clare hitting two sixes with his trademark David Gower cover drives. After the 40th over Clare was 23* and Veser had taken his score to 110*, his first 100 for the club and only the twentieth to do so in our 32 year history. MCC finished on 230 for four and were fairly confident at the tea break.

The Pak Orient openers, Murtaza and the magnificently named Sher Khan scored at a fair rate, slightly below that required and after the 10th over the score was 47 for none. Murtaza had been lucky in that three catches varying from absolute dolly to medium on the difficulty scale had been put down, two of them off Scott who nevertheless was very tight. He decided not to risk another dropped catch and cleaned up Murtaza’s stumps in his 6th over and Pak Orient were 58 for one after 11.  The Pak Orient wicket keeper fell very unhappily shortly afterwards caught behind by Veser off Carrie. A 64 run partnership for the third wicket left them on 126 after 20 overs and 23 runs ahead at the equivalent stage. Clare got Sher Khan for 51 in the 23rd over and a super catch by Arunachalam on the boundary gave Clare his second and the Pak Orient captain, Mateen, departed for 4 leaving them on 142 for 5 down in the 25th. Now came the time for some rape and pillage for the Viking who finished with figures of 5 for 32 and, after 34 overs, Pak Orient were all out for 168.

Veser, 110*, 1 catch, 1 stumping

Mitchell, 35, caught

Sarma, 5, LBW

Palfrey, 1, caught, 1 catch

Carrie, 33, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 1 wkt

Clare, 23*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 37 runs, 2 wkts

Rabbani, DNB

Arunachalam, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Nielsen, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 5 wkts

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 37 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, DNB

MCC, 230 for 4, beat Pak Orient, 168 for 10, by 62 runs


Match report vs Serendib 10th May 2014

Off to Neu Perlach to the newly completed sports centre at the Heinrich Heine gymnasium where all the bushes on the boundary have been removed so half the time is not wasted looking for lost balls. And they have proper facilities there with crates of cool fresh for sale. If that is not enough, on a warm summer evening it is only a ten minute walk to the Forschungsbrauerei.

Captain Sarma, claiming he was protecting the environment, arrived on his push bike, last of the squad but in good time to lose the toss and MCC were asked to bowl. This they did in spectacular fashion, the first four overs going for 6, 0 18 and 0 with not a single wide but four sixes hammered to the square leg boundary. Another two sixes to the same spot in the next over and the team was reeling a little. Thereafter the bowlers pulled things together and the run rate slowed, at one time to below five per over. Clare finally got Milan, the second wicket to fall with the score on 102. Of the 15 sixes scored by Serendib, Milan clobbered 10 of them. The seabird half of the South Coast Mafia had a good 5 over spell at the end taking a three-fer. Wides though were the usual MCC trademark and we gave away 31 in all – another six overs in which the opposition can make hay. The fielding was good but Serendib finished on 226 for 9 from their 40 overs.

MCC batters kept well up with the required run rate and, after 20 overs both scores were level at 105 – 3. Unfortunately though all but three of our batsmen were out hitting the ball in the air and although Serendib did their best to lose the game by putting down at least 12 catches they still managed to take seven. Clare and Polisetty put on 56 for the 4th wicket and the 7th wicket stand by Clare and Garner added another 44. In the end, despite the dropped catches and 28 wides bowled by Serendib, MCC fell short by 19 runs.

Veser, 14, caught

Mitchell, 28, rather harsh LBW, 1 catch

Sarma, 6, caught

Polisetty, 24, caught

Rabbani, 24, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Clare, 46, bowled, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 51 runs, 2 wkts

Carrie, 5, caught, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 29 runs, 1 wkt

Garner, 9, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 3 wkts

Parameswaran, 10, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts

Arunachalam, 9, LBW, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 33 runs. 1 wkt

Blades, 0*, 8 overs, 1 mdb, 43 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 207 -10, lost to Serendib, 226 -9, by 19 runs

MCC MOM: Clare

Captains report vs Erlangen, 1st May


Won the toss and chose to bat after a detailed inquiry from the opposition on Daniel Weston absence, Scoring was tough when it did happen came mostly through boundaries…almost everyone contributed with the bat  Manny 25, Sarma 17 , Scott Archer 17, Carrie 32, Maj 30, Abhijith 16… Paul Scott bowled a brilliant opening spell and we had them in trouble at 70/4 at drinks. At this point we read the news of the Tergernsee win and forgot we had our own game to win! Bowled poor lengths and their patience was rewarded. Top bowling effort from the Great Dane kept us in the hunt with 2 wickets.

Lessons learned: Top order needs to capitalize on starts and seamers to bowl fuller in the middle overs.

Lessons not learned: someone look after the score book entries before heading for home

Veser, 25, caught

Mitchell, 3, bowled

Sarma, 17, bowled

Archer, 17, stumped, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

Rabbani, 30, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts

Carrie, 32, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts

Polisetty, 2, bowled,

Nielsen, 1, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wktsd, 1 catch

Bhamare, 16, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 0 wkts

Gill, 6*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts

Scott, 2, run our, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 3 wkts.


MCC, 170 -10, lost to Erlangen, 172 – 5, by 5 wickets.

MCC MOM: Scott

Match report vs Tegernsee 1st May 2014

Once again it was the time of the year to listen to “Born Free” on the hill down into Gmund but sadly not for the traditional mayday friendly against Tegernsee as the fixture had been changed into a league match because the Hirschanger is closed for maintenance work. This makes it a first in any cricket in Germany as MCC had to field two league teams in the same division to play on the same day in venues almost two hundred miles apart.

MCC were all present and correct ready for the 12:30 start, captain Blades duly lost the toss and we were asked to bat which he would have chosen to do anyway. Openers O’Meagher and Bhalerao batted steadily at around three runs per over against some tricky bowling but both went in quick succession with the score on 15, as did number three, Algar, who took a golden one to challenge Michahelles in the duck race. Furlonger also joined the race in the next over with the score on 16 and things were looking a little gloomy. A splendid alliteration in C partnership of 10 runs followed between Clare and Carr – playing in his first league match for a considerable while –  before Carr went for 2 off 17 balls with Clare joining him in the next over trying for his favourite shot and playing some 30 minutes too early and going for 5 off 21 balls. At 26 for 6 MCC were just about up the proverbial without a paddle but the South Coast Mafia were now at the crease and stayed together for almost an hour putting on a magnificent 55 runs for the 7th wicket. L’Oiseau Grand was shot down for 18 in the 27th over and El Capo went for 22 in the 29th. Blades tried desperately to get run out but was eventually bowled for 2 with the score on 92 for 9 down. Sestan faced a wide and a dot ball and Arunachalam made a good aggressive 12 from 15 balls before falling leg before in the 31st over leaving MCC on 99 all out.

Tegernsee openers, Bäckstädt and Gowda faced up to the wrath of Blades and Clare, but not for long. Clare’s first over was a double wicket maiden and Tegernsee were 2 for 2 after 2. The partnership of Govender and Bäckstädt was lucky to last as long as it did, as Govender in particular seemed intent on smashing every ball to the boundary. However, Bäckstädt was the next to fall, rather hilariously charging Blades and yorking himself leaving Tegernsee at 7 for 3 in the 5th over. Partnerships of 10 for the 4th and 14 for the 5th wickets took them to 31 for 5 in the 12th over. On a direct comparison they still had a 5 run and single wicket advantage over MCC but did not have a South Coast Mafia pair. Continuing very tight bowling meant that they were all out for 50 runs in the 27th over.

The BCV had provided two respected umpires, Ravi and Milan which was just as well for this was the first time that the umpire’s assessment sheet with such assenine questions as “were you satisfied with the umpire’s LBW decisions” was to be completed.

At the boisterous team tactics talk in the beer garden the South Coast Mafia threateningly put their case for opening the batting on the next league match before all retired to the local curry house.

O’Meagher, 4, caught, 1 catch

Bhalerao, 7, bowled

Algar, 0, bowled

Clare, 5, bowled, 7.3 overs, 3 mdns, 11 runs, 5 wkts

Furlonger, 0, bowled

Carr, 2 bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 3 runs, 0 wkts

O’Connor, 22, LBW

Garner, 18, bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 7 runs, 2 wkts

Arunachalam, 12, LBW, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches

Blades, 2, bowled, 7 overs, 1 mdn, 19 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 0*

MCC, 99 for 10 beat Tegernsee, 50 for 10 by 49 runs.

MCC MOM after long consideration as there were so many candidates: Clare