Match report vs Pak Orient, 2nd July

A match anticipated with some excitement, MCC needing to win to retain any hopes of being league champions should Serendib come a cropper and Pak Orient needing to win to be league champions provided they beat Serendib. There had been some heavy rain in the night on Friday and probable showers were forecast for Saturday and, around 11am, the heavens opened with a violent hailstorn. However at the start there was some cloud and some sun, temperatures around 20°C and there was one rain interruption only, during Pak Orients innings. Despite using the correct coin, skipper Weston lost the toss and Pak Orient chose to bat, their innings being started at 12.40.
At the agm two years ago there was a passionate discussion resulting in the club investing in some expensive bats to ensure our batters performed well. These were duly purchased and followed up with some new batting gloves, chest guards and thigh guards this year. The success of these measures are reflected in the stats and it was time to do something for the poor old bowlers. The committee recommended purchasing a new Flicx pitch because our bowlers are getting hammered with too many wides and no balls since umpires have started to call no-ball when a ball pitches off the matting, not, as was defined by Harit Khanna when he was umpiring coordinator, when the ball careers away after hitting the side of the matting. I think the reasoning behind the recommendation is to lay two mats alongside each other, thus doubling the width of the pitch and giving our bowlers a chance to bowl fewer than the 46 wides and 5 no-balls they bowled against Pak Orient. Extras, 52 of them, were far and away the highest score for Pak Orient, the second highest being 35 from Mateen. Had it not been for the extras all the MCC bowlers would have returned good figures but as it was, Wright was the pick or them with 3 for 24 in 4.4 overs. There was some very good fielding including a run-out of Anwar who can be dangerous and two superb catches by Van Dalsum. Pak Orient were all out for 180 after 39.4 overs.
Up until the 10th over the scores were virtually identical but thereafter MCC lost wickets regularly and were 72 for 6 after 20 overs whereas Pak Orient had been 86 for 1 at the same stage. Wright and O`Meagher were the only batters to make any sort of score with 22 and 28 respectively and there was a rather enjoyable 10th wicket partnership of 21 from Blades and O`Meagher. The captain tried nine bowlers as he had in the other two league matches we lost but MCC were all out for 125 after 33.1 overs. On the positive side the duck race received a little boost with two ducks in the innings, one of them a newcomer to the race.
So roll on the new Flicx pitch because the ball cannot be seen against the green background of our old Flicx, the umpires and visitors mock us for playing on such an unworthy specimen, we lose too much net practise time repairing it, the ball shoots and gives low bounce getting our batsmen out (not the opposition batsmen because we seem to have difficulty hitting the mat) and we bowl too many wides and no-balls on the old pitch. Once it is installed we will surely win every match.
These were among the reasons given to me for justifying the purchase of the new Flicx and please excuse my vicious  mickey taking as there has to be some fun in writing these damned match reports.

Desmond Bradley.
Weston 2, caught
Ferguson 12, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 18 runs
Van Dalsum 11, caught, 2 catches
Wright 22 caught, 4.4 overs, 0 mdns, 3 wkts, 24 runs
Clare 0 caught, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 23 runs, 1 catch
Goldsack 1, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 35 runs
Rabbani 2, LBW, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 13 runs
Sear 6, caught, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 9 runs, 1 catch
O`Meagher 22, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 22 runs
Hobbs 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Blades 3*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 16 runs.

MOM Wright.

League Vs SSC, 26 June

Heavy rain during the night and early morning promised a soggy pitch and an important toss to enable the winner to chose to bowl first. Both sides were clearly up for the game and were all fully present in their whites by 12.30. The captain duly lost the toss and, surprise, surprise, MCC were asked to bat. Although the weather was pleasant now, over 20°C and sunny intervals, the outfield was wet and batting second would be an advantage. Scoring was difficult for MCC openers, Weston and Wright and Wright fell in the eigth over with only 19 runs on the board to be replaced by Van Dalsum. He and Weston slowly accumulated runs with rare boundaries and, at the halfway stage of the innings, MCC were 68 for 1. The team talk had obviously been to be more aggressive after the break but with the score on 81, Weston went for 35 in the 23rd over to be replaced by Ferguson. He played his usual steady innings and remained 29 not out at the end after facing 46 deliveries and scoring only one boundary. Van Dalsum went for 33 in the 26th over with Sear and Goldsack following in the 27th and 30th overs respectively for only a few runs. When Clare came in he started in his usual swashbuckling manner and scored 20 off the first seven balls faced. He hit the penultimate ball of the match for what was at first signalled a boundary four. The batsmen returned to their respective ends and the umpire then revoked the boundary and called it a single run. The next ball was bowled without the batsmen changing ends and Clare was clean bowled. However the scorers pointed out to the umpires that since a single had been called Clare should not have been facing. This led to massive complaints from Serendib on the usual, familiar lines before, finally, play restarted with Ferguson facing the last ball which he diplomatically fended away. MCC had reached 197 for 5 in the 40 overs, a reasonable but not excessive score.
Serendib opened with Milan Fernando and Dushanta and were welcomed in virtually every over with a ball begging to be hit out of the ground which Milan did invariably. He was out caught when he was on 20 but, unfortunately to front foot no-ball. He finally went in the eighteenth over having scored 86 from 58 balls including two fours and eleven sixes. At the halfway stage of the innings Serendib were 134 for 2. The only bowler to excert any real pressure was Wright who finished with 2 for 9 from eight overs, including three maidens and Serendib finished with 200 for 4 in 33.1 overs winning very comfortable.
Weston  LBW, 35
Wright  caught, 8, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 2 wkts, 9 runs
Van Dalsum caught, 33,
Ferguson 29*, 1 over 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 9 runs
Sear caught, 4, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 39 runs
Goldsack LBW, 2,4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 42 runs, 1 catch
Clare 66*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 20 runs, 1 catch
Rabbani DNB, 2.1 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 20 runs
Blades DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 22 runs
Garner DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 34 runs
Fudge DNB, 1 over, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 5 runs

Shared by Clare and Wright both of whom gave MCC a chance of winning


League vs TCC 11 June

Weston  19, bowled
Lovell  21, caught
Ferguson 28, run out, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 3 wkts, 16 runs
Wright 8, bowled,
Clare 28, run out, 8.1 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 26 runs, 1 catch
Sear 27*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 21 runs
Rabbani 3*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 2 wkts, 3 runs
Goldsack DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 16 runs
Chakrabarthy DNB,
Garner  DNB, 6 overs, 0 Mdns, 2 wkts, 38 runs, 1 catch
Blades  DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 0 wkts, 24 runs

MCC 159 for 5 beat Tegernsee156 for 9 by 5 wickets
MCC MOM Ferguson


vs Lufthansa 5th June

Weston 13, bowled, 2 catches, 1 stumping
Sarma 17* , retired hurt, 0.1 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wicket, 0 runs, 1 catch
Van Dalsum 24, LBW
Ferguson 3, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 0 wkts, 3 runs
Lovell 12*,
Wright 4, bowled, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 2 wkts, 32 runs
Clare 16*, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 10 runs, 1 cach
Sear DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 1 wkt, 19 runs
Rabbani DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 1wkt, 14 runs, 1 catch
Blades DNB, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 3 wkts, 21 runs,
Scott DNB, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wkt, 20 runs

MCC 129 for 4 beat Lufthansa 128 for 10 by 6 wickets.
MCC MOM Blades with 3 for 21.


15 May League vs MIC

With the weather forecast variable, some predicting no rain, others a lot of rain, and the temperature around 12°C, we headed for the West Park for a “must win” fixture against last years league winners who were also unbeaten so far this season. The key question before the match was would the terrible trio be playing? They were supposed to be and Walid was down to be captain but had, apparently, cried off on Saturday evening. Captain Weston finally used the correct coin and promptly lost the toss but this is irrelevant as using the correct coin means we win the match. MICs chose to field and were obviously putting their faith in one of the forecasts predicting rain and were hoping for a 20 over second innings bash to win the game. Only one umpire had been allocated, Maxi Hoeck of Tegernsee, so the batting side had to provide the square leg umpire.
Lovell and Weston opened and put on a brisk 47 for the first wicket when Lovell went for 8 in the 8th over. This was the highest first wicket partnership of the season and the first to break the 40 run barrier to go in the partnership stats. Van Dalsum replaced him and, on his third ball, smashed a typical six off his legs to the square leg boundary – welcome back was the encouraging shout from the pavillion. The run rate was maintained and VD fell in the 15th over after a partnership of 55 and the score on 102. Ferguson replaced him and set about building a proper innings while Weston hammered away at the other end, finally falling for 80 in the 25th over with Ferguson on four. Thereafter all the batsmen made useful scores and kept the run rate up around six or more. The final wicket was a run out on the very last ball with Blades sacrificing his wicket trying, along with Garner, to turn an easy one into a very difficult two. MICs had taken a leaf out of MCC`s bowling and donated 31 wides and the final 40 over score was 261 for 10.
At the 20 over drinks break, there was an additional 13 minutes due to a sharp rain shower making 18 minutes in all, but this cleared away quickly leaving the outfield wet and the ball difficult for the bowlers to control.
The MICs innings began at 16.27 with Durn and Rajdaniel (Johnson) opening. Rajdaniel went, caught behind for 8 in the 5th over but wouldn`t accept he was out, claiming he had not hit it and it was a wide ball. This led to some ugly scenes but after several minutes during which the umpire and the MCC players were verbally abused he left. The MICs kept up with the required run rate and, from the 15th over onwards, continued to bat in increasingly heavy rain. Helped by an eventful 19th over from Garner (2 – 15) taking them to 115 and needing only 10 to reach the better 20 over score, they were set back when Sear bowled a supurb 20th over costing only three runs, so from MCC`s point of view it could rain as much as it liked. There was a rain break from 16.41 to 17.08 and the rain had been heavy resulting in a very wet outfield and hard work for the bowlers. None of the MICs batsmen, apart from Krishna with 41, made a decent score and they were all out for 153 after 26 overs. MCC won the wides and no-ball battle too, bowling 34 wides but, in all fairness, the no-balls were probably due to the slippery state of the ball and the Flicx pitch.

Weston, 80 bowled, 2 catches
Lovell, 8, caught
Van Dalsum, 17, LBW
Ferguson 40, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt
Wright, 12, caught, 1 catch
Clare, 12, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Sear, 20, caught, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt
Rabbani, 13, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 11 runs, 2 wkts, 2 catches
Garner, 15*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 3 wkts
Shankarappa, 1, LBW,
Blades, 1, run out, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

MCC, 261 for 10, beat MICS, 153 for 10 by 108 runs

MCC man of the match – difficult, either Weston for his 80 or Sear for his very tight bowling which ensured MICs did not reach the winning score at 20 overs and thus couldn`t even consider calling the game off due to rain and a wet playing area.

7th May League vs MBCC

Another cloud-free sunny day, around 24°C and MCC a little jittery due to their shambolic performance last week when losing to CCB and because the opposition were an unknown in that we had never played them before. There was some encouraging news before the start in that Max, who had bowled us out almost single-handedly last season when he played for the Pak Orient had already resigned as captain of MBCC and was not playing. As it happened MBCC had only 10 registered players  at the toss which they duly won and chose to bat. Skipper Weston wanted to ensure everything went right today and asked for the special coin which wasn`t available as he has scorned using it all season. The umpires, Kappadia and Butt, both from Lufthansa,  got the game off only 8 minutes late at 12:38 and, throughout the match, were very particular about regular updating of the score board, even going so far as to run from the pitch in the middle of an over and threaten the batting side with a five-point deduction if this was not done – another Munich first.
MCC fielded exceptionally well getting a run out off the second ball of the game and three run outs in the MBCC ininngs. Only 19 wides were bowled in  the 25.3 overs needed to get rid of all nine MBCC batsman, with Ferguson taking 2 for 2  in his two overs. MBCC put on 50 after 12.2 overs and 100 after 23.3 overs but despite the usual huge six-hitting from Omar and some powerful play from their captain Ali, who both scored 23, were all out for 104 after 113 minutes.
After a tea with no tea brewed due the rapid collapse of the last four MBCC batsmen, MCC began well with openers Lovell and Weston. Lovell impressed with three of his trade-mark cover drives for four before being given run-out somewhat unfortunately in the third over with the score on 17 leading to a massive fit of chronic Jack Horners. Weston, 46 not out and Sarma, 28 not out took MCC to the winning score of 105 in15.4 overs and only needed 64 minutes.
This led to a very early pilgrimage to the Chinese Tower with predictable results.

Weston, 46*, 2 catches
Lovell, 13, run out
Sarma, 28*’
Van Dalsum, DNB, 1 catch
Wright, DNB
Ferguson, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 2 runs, 2 wkts
Sear, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt
Rabbani, DNB, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 0 runs, 1 wkt
Clare, DNB, 6 ovrs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Garner, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC 105 -1 beat MBCC 104 all out by 9 wickets
MCC MOM Weston, for his 46*, 2 catches and losing the toss.


Match Report: CCB League 30 April 2011

It was 23°, sunny and warm and the first game at the glorious Hirschanger, our home ground. Spring is so much more advanced this year with the trees already showing a thick layer of foliage. In the spirit of spring cleaning our new set of benches and table were unveiled, complete with some rather attractive painting, not in the manner of the cubist artists,  more in the line of a drunken sailor repainting the hull.
Birds were chorusing in the trees as the kit box was opened to the pleasant confirmation that the captain`s dance on the lid at the end of last season had been enough to narrow the gap between lid and sides and prevent mice from wintering in there. As the modified dressing table scoreboard was lifted out one could almost hear Bennett`s ghost shouting “ard in” !
Everything was set up and ready for the 12.30 start but once again the captain chose not to use the correct coin at the toss and refuses to accept that we don`t win games in Munich if any other coin is used. What other use is there for a Maria-Theresa silver dollar? Still he won the toss and chose to bat despite what the vice had reported in Michaeli Biergarten the evening before, claiming that having inspected the wicket it was a perfect batting strip and, we had all read the erstwhile captain`s message on how to win a one-dayer. Clearly the message had been written in some obscure language from outer Mongolia – was Erkin Alptekin involved perhaps? – for within 12 overs four of our top six batsmen fell to foolish shots leaving us at 26 for 6. What on earth happened to the advice to protect your wicket and aim to have only four down at the end of 30 overs? The 7th wicket fell with only six more runs on the board but then O`Meagher and Ferguson managed a sparkling 17 for the 8th wicket, only surpassed by Ferguson and Rabbani with 40 for the ninth and Blades and Ferguson with 20 for the 10th, MCC finishing up with 80 runs off the bat and 29 extras making a grand total of 109 for 10 from 36.4 overs. Pick of the batsmen was bowler Bryan Ferguson
On a normal day we would have been confident of defending this total against CCB and when the heavens opened after their first wicket fell with 9 on  the board after 2.2 overs, we felt more confident as the wet Flicx and wet outfield made batting and scoring even more difficult. In actual fact the bowlers did well only conceding 59 runs from the bat in the 24.2 overs required. However the wides war within the club was fiercely competitive and we gifted them 47 wides, 3 no-balls and 1 leg bye to give them victory with 8 wickets down. Bowl to your field the erstwhile captain had written in outer Mongolian.  Pick of the bowlers was Grant Algar with  two for six off two overs and no wides or no-balls.
As the kit was stored away by a shell-shocked MCC it was unclear if it was really the wind sighing in the trees or perhaps Bennett`s ghost weeping bitterly?

Weston 15, caught
Lovell 4, caught
Sarma 0, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 3 wides
Embleton, 0, bowled
Wright 1, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 18 runs, 1 wkt, 5 wides
Clare 0, caught, 5.2 overs, 1 mdn, 17 runs, 2 wkts, 12 wides, 1 no-ball,
Algar 5, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 2 wkts, 0 wides, 1 catch
Ferguson 31, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts, 4 wides,
OMeagher 3, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 1 wkt, 6 wides
Rabbani 18, bowled,
Blades 3*, 8 overs, 0 mdns, 22 runs, 1 wkt, 10 wides, 1 catch

CCB, 110 for 8 in 24.2 overs beat MCC, 109 for 10 in 36.4 overs by 2 wickets.

MCC man of the match, Ferguson for his batting performance.