World cup final day 2014 saw the MCC travel to Rosenheim to play MBCC. MCC were anxious for a win (or maybe a tie or even possibly a close loss) to finish in the top 6 of the league and ensure Bundesliga status for 2015, and to get back to Munich for the football in a timely manner. Strangely for Rosenheim, it was actually sunny and the outfield was a delightful picture with, in particular, the purple flowers blooming.
Sarma lost the toss and MCC were asked to graze on the purple paddock first. It was soon apparent that sixes and wides would be the main sources of runs as the ankle high meadow wasn’t conducive to driving, and the tea bag pitch had less bounce in it than a dead cat. Scott and Blades opened up, with the former particularly economical, conceding just 12 off his 8 overs, also picking up 2 poles. MBCC lost wickets reguarly but all their batsmen could put the full tosses/half trackers away into the rainforest, and benefitted from a steady stream of wides, with the match reporter particularly responsible.
Ominously for the MCC, Sarma took the last wicket (the ninth as MBCC only had 10 players) bowled with a ‘ground-grubber’, and there were 4 LBWs in the innings – the umpire was keen for an early finish too. MBCC posted 128 – competitive given the state of the outfield, behaviour of the pitch, and the twitchy umpire.
Perth Scorchers Weston and Carrie opened up and started scorchingly with Weston peppering the cylce path, and Carrie supporting ably. A mix-up saw Carrie run out, and Sarma fell to yet another LBW in the match. Weston brought up his fifty with the team score still in the low 60’s, and the MCC rollicking along at 6 an over. Post 50, Weston immediately fell caught in the square leg shrubbery, followed quickly by Bhalerao and Algar before drinks.
At drinks, the MCC needed 40 to win off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets in the shed. Clare hit the first ball after drinks for 6 to raise hopes of an easy finish, but was out LBW later in the over trying to repeat the shot off a ‘worm-burner’. MCC somehow managed just 28 runs off the final 19 overs, unable to get it off the purple square. MCC finished all out off the last ball of the 40th over, with Kulanavagam caught at cover trying to hit a four to tie the game.
Weston, 50, caught
Carrie, 11, run out, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts
Sarma, 4, LBW, 2.3 overs, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
Bhalerao, 1, bowled
Algar, 1, caught & bowled
Clare, 13, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 2 wkts, (8 wides), 2 catches
Nielsen, 9, LBW, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 2 wkts (1 wide)
Kulanavagam, 6, caught
Blades, 1, bowled, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 1 wkt (4 wides)
Scott, 3, bowled, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts (5 wides)
MCC, 124 for 10 from 40.0 overs, lost to MBCC, 128 for 9 (all out) from 33.3 overs, by 4 runs.
MCC MOM Weston.