Verona 2003

MCC Italian Job Numero 3 – Aug 30/31 2003

VULTURING IN VERONA

Norra Lorra People Know This…

but MCC embarks on their latest Italian cricketing adventure during the last weekend in August. We have been invited to take part in the Bardolino Cup – an 11aside 4team tournament of the highest order – allegedly.

We seem to have assembled a fine and upstanding group of farmers for this tourneo.Plan on travelling down by road/train on the Friday, returning after successful job completion Sunday evening. Journey time is allegedly 3 1/2 hours by road to Verona, depending on which model sportscar you have acquired. Train direct approx 5 1/2 hours only to Verona.

Excellent accommodation is available at a handy and humane Italian hotel for down and out cricketers of all nations. We can of course expect to experience the finest Italian wines, pasta, pizza and who knows the talented local bella donnas.

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Tournament Location
Yours liberally

Marco Lovelli

The Italian Job

The Film (1969)

You all know the story; no sooner is Charlie Croker out of prison than he receives a message, “Beckerman, Rm. 1666.” Upon arriving at Beckerman’s room he learns that Beckerman has been killed in a car crash (“It wasn’t an accident”). Beckerman’s wife gives Charlie “the plans my husband didn’t have time to complete.” These plans are to steal $3 million in gold bullion while it is being delivered to the Fiat car factory in Turin. Charlie takes the plans to Mr. Bridger via a secret meeting in Mr. Bridger’s prison toilet.

Needless to say Bridger is none to pleased, “I don’t want him killed, just given a good going over”, but eventually gives Charlie financial backing. Stealing the gold itself seems to be the easy part, but with the Italian Police and Mafia both after Charlie’s men getting away with it could be quite another matter. The gold is loaded into three Mini Coopers and the gang attempt to make their escape through the Turin traffic jam, with the Police always hot on their tail. One of the best car chases ever filmed then ensues, the outcome of which sees the team escaping across the Alps to Switzerland with the gold in the back of a bus………and the rest, as they say is history!

The Italian Job was written by Troy Kennedy Martin, Produced by Michael Deeley with music by Quincy Jones. The film was Directed by Peter Collinson and was released in 1969 by Paramount Pictures and was an Oakhurst Production. All the stunt driving was by ‘Equipe Remy Julienne’.

The Cliffhanger Ending

The film ends with a cliffhanger – literally. The team have the gold, the cars have been pushed out of the bus and over a cliff (again without stopping) and the bus is heading for the Alps. They’ve made it! Or have they? Big William is driving too fast; the coach skids and lands with its rear wheels hanging over the abyss. It is balanced on a knife-edge – and the gold is in the part of the bus hanging over the edge!

As Croker crawls towards the gold, the bus tilts alarmingly.

Hang on a minute lads – I’ve got a great idea. Er…

Roll credits, and pan out to see the spectacular scenery and the bus still hanging in mid-air…

That Song…

We are the self-preservation society,

The self preservation society.

Put on your almond rocks and daisy roots

Brush your Hampstead Heath, wear your whistle-and-flute

Lots of lah-de-dahs and Cockneys here

Look alive and get out of here

Get your skates on mate, get your skates on mate

No bib around your Gregory Peck today, hey!

Drop your plates of meat right on the seat

This is the self-preservation society,

The self-preservation society.

Brighton 2003

MCC TOUR OF ENGLAND AUG 7-9

Thursday v Newick 40overs 2pm

Newick is a charming classic English village with a village green, cricket pitch and choice of traditional pubs. The village is about 7 miles to the east of Haywards Heath, 8 miles north of Lewes, and about half an hour’s drive from Gatwick, Brighton or Tunbridge Wells. Newick CC hit the headlines last year when Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, a Newick resident and keen cricketer, recruited 5 test match stars to

bolster his family XI in their annual match against the club. West Indies legends Richie Richardson and Alvin Kallicharran, and England maverick Phil Tufnell, all took part.

MCC WON TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT ON A TYPICALLY WARM ENGLISH SUMMERS DAY.

MCC 175-8 40 OVERS

NEWICK 176-9 OFF 39-2

LOST BY 1 WKT

Hebel Amos 38 1-36 off 8

VD Pram 45 2-24 off 5

Sembian Shabash 38 0-16 off 2.2

Lovell cpt wk 12

Blades Anton 12 2-23 off 8

Nichols Rolex Azores 0

Giles Dough 7

Jacobs Anton 0 2-32 off 8

Hammo Hammo 0*

Bradley Chairman 1*

Langfelder Christian dnb 0-36 off 8

Umpire B.Bowden-Bostock

Most of the chosen few flew over at various stages on the Wednesday in preparation for the club’s virgin tour of England. Games had been lined up from Thursday to Saturday, 4 games in 3 days in fact. Still ample opportunities for leisurely pastimes such as golf, cinema, alehouses or strip joints. Whatever took one’s fancy really. Bradley allegedly spent the evening in the ‘Cricketers’ Pub near the ‘Lanes’.

Hammo Hamilton et al enjoyed a sneak preview of the new ‘Terminator’ movie starring the next governor of California. It was felt that our hotel was very lucky to have been awarded a third star when the pitch inspection was done in the 1950’s. Great British fry-up for breakfast though so can’t complain really.

The next day we made an early start to the ground with Nichols having drove up from Oxford and Sembi from Croydon meeting us at our 3star accommodation. We enjoyed lunch at the Royal Oak and proceeded to meet up with MCC stalwarts/legends Jacobs, Giles and Langfelder at the very quaint ground. It would be great to play on grass again. Real grass indeed.

Lovell surprisingly won the toss and unsurprisingly decided to bat with temps in the mid-nineties for the 2pm start.

Openers VD (45) and Hebel (38) saw the new ball off capably aided by some village fielding. The pair stayed together for 22 overs before they both succumbed within moments of each other – with the score on 95. Wayne fell to a great catch by the keeper down the leg side standing up. Amos finally skied one to someone who could catch. This brought Lovell and Sembian to the crease and they motored along before Lovell fell bowled for 12 playing down the Brighton line. Sembian (38) was then well supported by Blades (12) as they took the score up to 164 in the 36th over when both also followed each other back to the hatch in time for tea and biscuits. MCC finished on 175-8 off their 40 overs as the opening bowlers attempted to cruelly expose a longish tail. Doug Gilo did stroke it along nicely though during his time at the crease. High elbow.

A great tea was then the order of the day before VD and Blades took the new ball ably supported by Andy Hebel. They reduced the home side to 50-4 before the skipper turned to the bowling experience of Jacobs and Langfelder with a combined cricketing age of over 120. They both performed extremely well in the scorching heat with Jacobs claiming 2 lbw decisions. Plumb – even the home side later acknowledged this in the bar (allegedly). Aided by a couple of tidy run outs the home side found themselves needing 20 to win with just one wicket left. Some lusty blows took them to their target in the last over in a good tight opening tour match for MCC.

We then enjoyed some hospitality at the ground and then at the Royal Oak in Newick. Some more than others. Some did express themselves a trifle disappointed to be left waiting in the dark for two hours for a taxi in the Sussex countryside but that’s another story. Thanks to Sam, Nick and all at Newick for their efforts on the day.

Friday 20/20 CHALLENGE V BVCC/Goettingen @ East Brighton Park 11am

Lovell Cpt wk dnb/dnb

Hebel Cranky dnb/43 2-13/0-15

Vdaddio 44*/dnb 1-10/0-5

Khanna Stumpage wk dnb/4 0-17

Sembian Croydon 23/dnb 1-9/2-7

Giles Textbook pulls dnb/29*

Hamilton Geoff Miller 11/dnb

Dean Reverse sweeper 8*/dnb 2-30/0-15

Bradley Bell-ringer dnb/dnb 0-3/0-7

Morton K Ringer dnb/9* 2-6/1-7

Smart J Ringer dnb/dnb 2-7/1-10

SUMMARY

Lovell lost both tosses on the day. On both occasions MCC were asked to field first and ended up winning each game relatively comfortably by 8 wickets.

GAME ONE

GOETTINGEN 87-10 OFF 19-5 OVERS

MCC 91-2 OFF 18 OVERS

MCC WON BY 8 WKTS

First up were fellow German beachtowel stormtroopers Goettingen in this international 20/20 challenge match. The Northern side got off to a poor start to be fair and never really recovered. Overnight we had indeed ‘picked up’ two good guests/ringers John and Kevin and they both shone with the ball alongside Sembi, VD, Hebel and Teddy Leopard Dean. Bradley also launched six explosive handgrenades at the shell-shocked Gottingers for just 3 runs. Goettingen closed on 87. A makeable target Richie.

VD went out with the ‘Darkest of all things equine’ Hamilton in an experimental opening partnership. Hamilton (11) outshone and outbearded VD before he was bowled with the score on 27. This included a massive launch through cow, as the mathematical genius seemed somewhat perturbed by an alarming increase in the run rate equation. He thus decided to chance his arm/beard. ‘To hell with my bloody average’, he silently mused, stroking his 999 day growth.

Dark Horse’s drastic demise brought Sembian to the crease who hit 4 boundaries in his rapido 23. The game was up for Goettingen as VD was tipped over the bar with the ball going for 6. VD finished eventually on 44* with a couple more sixes launched for good measure at the visiting German female exchange jailbait students keenly watching events from the boundary. Teddy Dean 8* applied the last rites. In a split vote no fine was imposed for his ugly winning shot, not to mention his farcical attempt at a reverse sweep early doors. It hit him on the head, but we’ll let that slide for now.

GAME TWO

Next up were the hosts from Brunswick Village. The selectors decided to controversially adopt ‘the never change a winning side’ policy. Phil Pudds had got lost on his way from work on the South Coast, which made the decision slightly easier.

BVCC 85-6 OFF 20 OVERS

MCC 88-2 OFF 14 OVERS

MCC WON BY 8 WKTS

Dakers farmed his way bravely to 41 for the hosts as they totted up 85 off their allocation. Sembi with 2-7 was the pick of the 8 MCC tweakers with a 3 over per bowler restriction. 3 stumpings for Harry too as the batsmen kept on walking not bothering to get back.

VD was demoted down the order as a direct result of his subdued scoring rate from the opening 20/20 game. Hebel was asked to replace him and he took up the challenge well with 43 before leaving the scene LBW. Doug Gilo meanwhile played the new bearded anchor role with 29* as MCC coasted to their target with 6 overs to spare.

Lovell was later presented with MCC’s 4th trophy of the year. He made a suitably gracious and eloquent speech for the benefit of the massive crowd in front of the players balcony at East Brighton Park. He especially thanked the BVCC organisers for all their hard work – especially skipper Alan and Liam the fixture sec.

There then followed a lengthy convoy back to the hotel as Brighton Gay Pride Week began to take shape. Loud and proud. Food of choice for the evening was a curry washed down with bottles of Nelson/Beater http://www.bottledbeer.co.uk/beer.asp?beerid=297

Or King Cobra even. Plenty more at the Pumphouse with live buskers then back to the hotel bar to join in the festivities with the obligatory Hen Party from Bromley. But that’s another story. Another time.

Saturday v BVCC at Sussex University 40overs 1400.

MCC 213-3 (DEC) OFF 34 OVERS

BVCC 186-6 OFF 40 OVERS

MCC WON BY 27 RUNS

Lovell Grandstand Racing from Ascot dnb

Hebel Nervous nineties 90 0-23 off 8

Giles Gunn&Moore 7*

Khanna Form wk 70* 0-21 off 3

Puddicombe Buckets wk 10 2-4 off 1

Hamilton Rampant dnb 2-34 off 7

Blades Bunt dnb 1-32 off 8

Dean Former Leopard wk 5 0-38 off 8

John (Doug’s driver from Gatwick) dnb

Tommo Gasbelt-Watkins (BVCC guest) dnb 1-15 off 3

Bradley Camouflage dnb 0-11 off 2

Scorer B-Bowden Bostock

A late start for this one as several cars got lost en route to the Uni including one very knowledgeable female taxi driver. Lovell won the toss and decided to bat in tropical conditions.

A left/right hand combo of Hebel and Puddicombe got MCC off to a bright start despite some good left-arm bowling at one end. Pudds fell to an extremely good catch at mid-on for 10. Hebel and Khanna then took advantage of the wilting attack and proceeded to flail the bowling to all pastures of the Sussex Downs. Hebel eventually fell bowled for 90 as dehydration neared. Khanna was going well too as the declaration was made to put an end to the fielding side’s heat torture. Harry ended up with his highest score for the club on an unbeaten 70. MCC 213-3 off 34 overs.

Great tea again but did one detect somewhat of a struggle to go back out again at the end of a long hot tour to field? Hebel bowled with venom with the new ball on a bouncy university wicket. Ed, Harry and Pudds all had a spell behind the timbers as bowlers were seemingly a bit thin on the ground. Pick off the back up bowlers was eventually Dark Horse Hamilton with 2-34 off 7 overs. Left arm grenader Pudds took 2 wickets in his only over aided by a couple of Harry’s many stumpings for the tour. The home side did threaten at one stage before Hammo exposed their limitations and slowed the scoring rate. BVCC finishing 27 runs shy of the target after 40 overs.

A few beers at the home side’s pub the Connaught later followed by another Ruby Murray in Hove. But then the hotel bar called for others too tired to walk to Hove.

The next day – brekkie, swimming, crazy golf and the obligatory fish & chips as the tour ended in record UK temps in and around the South Coast.

Bizarrely no one (even Antipodeans) was heard to be complaining about the good ole British Weather (for a change).

Thanks

M

Zuoz 2003

Zuoz Cricket Festival 2003

Zuoz setting in the Swiss Alps
A confident rabble assembled in great anticipation of the annual Zuoz tournament – keen to bag MCC’s second overseas trophy within a month. No ‘real’ hitches on the way to the Swiss mountains – with the notable exception of border control in Switzerland who waved the antipodean Tranny through, but stopped our suicide bomber Chairman Badly for a quick grope and cavity search. With the trip down Cadbury Ally out of the way, we reached Zuoz in record time. After checking into the Convict, we proceeded to the pizza restaurant where the rest of the upper class rabble touring members and better halves (staying at the Zuoz Hilton; complete with spa, swimming pool and private butler) completed the team. A good hearty meal was followed by the traditional p1ss-up at the Dorta. Some retired to sleep early, others stayed late at the pub and a few went back to the Convict for some compilation tapes, beer and earnest discussions about marbles and the game’s character building qualities.

The following morning saw few early risers, with most attempting to shake off Swiss beer-induced hangovers and the effects of unsolicited chainsaw use in the shared convict accommodation. The draw took place at 11am and for a minute it looked as if we might get the MICC again on the infamous plastic teabag (except this time, no rain in sight). However, we drew Bob’s Last Chance XI on Field 3, so named, as it was Bob’s last chance to bring home the cup. With the game not due to start until 1300, the team members then slowly made their way down to the ground, confident that they could start the tournament with a ‘relatively’ easy game and proceed into the top half of the draw.

Game 1: As it turned out Bob had stashed away some of his most lethal guns, getting them to arrive after the 1300 kick off whistle. This game was to be our closest, arguably the most nerve racking and difficult game of the tournament. Of the 14 players available, Pramod, Bob Mitcham and Alex Gale sat out the first encounter and, after losing the toss, MCC were asked to field first. Things looked good for the MCC, who started well, with the Kiwi bagging 3 sticks in very quick time. Kiwi bowled well to finish with 3-11 off his 6 overs, effectively tying up the top order. After 10 of the maximum 30 overs had been bowled, Bob’s Last Chance were 3-30 and looking a bit shaky.

Bob had a couple of tricks up his sleeve though, and had saved his best batsmen for later (unintentionally, it must be said: they hadn’t turned up in time for the start). The opposition rallied, putting on a run a ball from then on in for a total of 151. On a postage stamp ground with a good pitch, and considering the current form of the MCC batsmen, the total looked more than ‘gettable’.

However the first two wickets fell before a run had been scored off the bat, with Hebel and Sembian both falling to good first slip catches brought on by some steep bounce from the approx. 7 ft 6 opening bowler. Power followed shortly after, but by this time VD had started to steady a little and got the scoreboard ticking. This revival was short lived and he was soon to hole out with MCC staring down the barrel of a first round defeat. Someone even spotted a fat lady on the golf practice greens loosening her vocal chords with the score at 4-29 and four of MCC’s best bats back in the hutch.

Roid’s Grier , having obtained his first pass since ‘The Ashes’ 2002, then put his bronzed hand up – held firmly by Kareoke Khanna at the other end. The two did look a little shaky (to say the least) at the start, but settled in after both gave chances to the opposition. Then Grier let loose. Hazza farmed the strike over excellently to ‘His Roidship’ who hit Bob’s bowlers to all corners of the paddock like a bat out of hell. Just to keep their averages in tow, both sacrificed themselves within a bee’s dick of victory leaving Quiet Man and Bunty Blades to provide the last rites.

MCC positively pulled out of the poo by a magnificent 87 from His Roidship to progress into the second round, winning by 4 wickets against a very strong but unlucky Bob’s Last Chance XI. Man of the match: (with daylight second) the sunnboy himself, Jason Donovan Grier.

After the game another visit to our favourite restaurant was in order and an impromptu celebration at the Dorta. With the MICCs (spotted practicing in the nets before an early night) in the MCC headlights for the semi-final, most interested parties would assume that a tough preparation schedule would then be implemented by Cpt Courageous Andy Hebel. This tough regime is outlined below:

On eve of game make sure plenty of vitamins and carbohydrates are consumed. Best in the form of greasy but very tasty Italian/Swiss pizza or pasta.

On eve of game consume plenty of fluids. Best form is beer, as any number of litres can be consumed in any one night. Also full of carbohydrates and sugar for energy the next day.

Certain Besonderheiten (specialties?) to assist with analysis of the previous day’s cricket.

Plenty of sleep. 3-4 hours is generally considered sufficient. Though some of MCC’s best performances in recent years have been obtained from as little as two.

Plenty of pre-match preparation time. A hearty breakfast, shower, brushage of teeth, package of bag, getting to ground, warming up. A suggested maximum of 23 minutes and 47 seconds is all that is required here. No more, be warned.

Needless to say, MCC adhered to this ever-grueling pre-game routine in preparation for the next day’s semi against local rivals MICC. Most of the usual suspects were in attendance, with the Kiwi leading the way and showing everyone where the Dorta was again (couldn’t remember: too pisched from night before). Emmerdale Farm, great show that, eh Kiwi? Knut enjoyed the local beer and Des, in an attempt to inject more culture into the team, insisted on sampling some of the local wines. ‘His Roidship’ and Hazza celebrated their partnership by dancing the lawnmower, the sprinkler and the shopping trolley. Miss Sweden made an appearance to brighten up everyone’s night and a few of the boys were spotted reacquainting themselves with old friends. Tony, Wayne and Bob were on the lookout for Charlie’s Angels as they made their way back to barracks early doors, intent on kicking back to some Billy Brag and pottering around in the garden. Several tourists got into a strange local car (despite being warned about stranger danger) to visit an establishment further down the road at St. Moritz. Pro tour p1ss-up specialists Gale and Power weren’t spotted on account of them trying out the unknown turf in St.Moritz.

The following morning an early game against the MICCs awaited and almost everyone felt worse for wear, except for Sembian who went to bed straight after dinner (dedication) and the young captain who tried to set the example (in vain, alas).

Sembian, Hazza and Pramod sat out Sunday morning’s game. The latter was due to play but alleviated the skipper’s selection nightmares by declaring himself unfit. Rumour has it he may have dislocated his liver. Nasty business that.

Game 2: After winning the toss and batting against the MICCs, MCC got off to a much better start than the day before, with Captain Not-So-Cranky (early night) and Van Doobie getting off to a solid start (albeit a little scratchy, playing and missing on numerous occasions). After 10 overs, MCC were scoring at a run a ball and the century stand was reached a couple of overs before drinks. Van Daddy was slightly ahead in the race to 50 before he middled yet another one, only to hole out in the deep to a good juggling catch. This brought Roid to the crease to continue in the same ‘vein’ as the day before. With Hebel over his early scratchiness (after some good advice from van Daddy) both batsmen took the bowling attack apart, making it unsafe to drive on the adjacent highway or park ones car near the ground. The services of a local diving team were also required to retrieve a number of cricket balls from the river. Hebel brought up his second century for the year in double-quick time with about 7 overs left and Roid, after some powerful sixes, eventually fell to a good catch on the boundary for a very quick 47. Hebel eventually fell with 3 overs left for 129 and the MICC were happy to see the back of him. Steve the Stare came and went quickly after trying to up the tempo even more, and was replaced by Alex ‘Moo’ Gale. Just as it looked like the end of the innings might quieten down, Hurricane Nichols strode to the crease. Munich’s very own whirling dervish smashed 24 off 7 balls – 23 on his own in the final over including three well timed sixes (one of which also ended up over the road and in the river) and a four. The final score was an amazing 280 off just 30 overs with a head count of four motorcyclists seriously injured and one dented bonnet (sorry!). This total must be one of the highest scores in Zuoz history!

MICC started their innings in a hurry. Bob Mitcham had inherited Hazza’s gloves for the game and took a good legside catch from Kiwi’s bowling to secure the initial breakthrough. PD and Waleed both scored very quickly until PD fell – LBW to van Daddy from a full bunger. After some BIG hitting, Waleed was next to go thanks to a brilliant catch on the boundary by the Quietest of Men, Paul McGree. Any slight chance the MICCs had disappeared with the big man. Saeed scored a good 50 but it wasn’t enough, and the MICCs ended their innings on 215. MCC won by 65 runs.

Man of the match: chief tw@tter of pies and other assorted pastry, the skipper Amos Hebel.

Then it was on to the final with the boys full of confidence.

Game 3: After a 10 minute break between games, the final of the Zuoz 2003 world championships was between the MCC and Milano, Italia.

Knut, Hurricane and Power (who had a pressing engagement to be ‘entertained’ by Robbie Williams and left early) sat out this game. Captain Cranky took a leaf out of Lovo’s book and lost the toss. MCC continued where they left off from the semi and fielded on what could be arguably the cricket ground with the smallest boundaries in the world (the smallest measuring about 25m). Sharp singles and lucky edges got the ball rolling for Milan, who brought up their 50 in the sixth over for no loss. A couple of wickets didn’t slow them down much, and at the halfway mark of this 25 over game Milan had amassed over 100 runs. MCC were looking down the barrel of a 230 run chase. However, with the subsequent tightening of screws by Hebel, McGree and Mr. Moo himself, Alex Gale this never looked like happening. The pressure was back on the Italians and sharp singles soon turned to suicide singles. MCC capitalised with 3 run-outs, including a direct hit by Bunty Blades (Big Tones! Plays in Zuoz?) In the end, MCC worked admirably in the field to restrict Milan to a very makeable score of 180.

Once again, Van Damage and Hebel provided the MCC with a good start. Van Daddy gave one of the Milan opening bowlers heart burn after hitting his first 3 balls for two sixes and a four. Hebel fell plum as they come, LBW to a ball that was missing leg and off and striking smack bang in the middle for 20 with MCC charging forward: 70 on the board. Moo Gale came and went, before Roids appeared once more to hammer the opposition bowling. By the time he was out (for another well-scored 45 off bugger all balls) MCC were in the box seat requiring about 20 off 7 overs. Van Damage was still batting exceptionally well and finished the match off with the assistance of Pramod for an unbeaten 82 with 5 overs to spare. The excitement only increased as Bunty Blades stripped on the sidelines and ran through the crowd – thus writing his name in the Zuoz history books as the first person to streak at the annual Zuoz cricket festival.

MCC ended up coasting to victory, in what was a very well played final, by 7 wickets. MCC man of the match: the van Daddy of all van Daddies, van Daddy himself.

Following the game, the winning captain made a sterling acceptance speech in the Lovell mould, classy to say the least, with a subtle and moving poo reference. Many were visibly moved to tears.

The weary team then packed into the tranny and Des’s car to head back ‘home’ from a fun and very successful trip.

Another Trophy Bagged for the MCC: Team (Top left -> bottom right) Des, Sembi, Van dammage, bob Mitcham, Knut, rusty Nichols, freak Grier, Pramod, Moooo Gale, Kiwi, Tony, captain Hebel, Mcgree, Hazza (Steve Power missing due to Robbie Williams concert)

MCC personnel:

Scorer/Chairman Richter Des – driver and suicide bomber from hell, ensuring there were no English in the Tranny. Lover of all things cricket and great job of scoring. Wine connoisseur.

Players:

Cpt. Cranky Hebel: Did an outstanding job of organising the trip, drove the Tranny on the way back, scored a magnificent 100 and captained superbly. Excellent use of the word ‘poo’ in the acceptance speech.

Tony Blades: ‘Big Tones’ plays at Zuos. Streaked in Final. Compilation tape king of the convict. Only snores in rooms not allocated to him. Pot, Kettle, etc.

Wayne Van Daddy: Drove all the way there and half the way back – thanks Wayne. Batting superb and bowled well. Quote of the trip: ‘Playing marbles is great, because it teaches you about life!’ Set an excellent example for the innocent and impressionable Mitcham. I don’t want to change the world…

Roids Grier – His Roidship was man of the series. Great batting in all 3 innings. Saved our arses in the first game especially. The Force is strong in this one. Give up the rugby, much better cricketer.

Kiwi Bostock– Bowled well. Again. Ended five long years of hurt with a victory in the Zuoz tournament. A butchering display of which Schmidthuber would be proud.

Quiet Man McGree– Very good bowling to get the key wickets. Got close to a decent chance at a bat “I thought I was a pretty good chance when we were 4-29 and I was next in”. Last man standing on Sat night (again).

Sembian Appavu – Refused to take off his whites all weekend – even to sleep or shower. Early nights – man on a mission.

Hazza – Iron gloves, foreign correspondent, Farmer of the Strike and dodgy pub dancer extraordinaire. Thinks marbles are overrated.

Alex Gale – Bowled well but did not get a chance to shine with bat. Quiet man on the tour. Trying to achieve dark-horse status? Came with an escort to protect him from ravenous Emmerdale beauties.

Steve Power – Great bowling against the MIC. Not spotted on Sat night. In St Moritz perhaps? That date with Robbie: tight leash? We can only hope so.

Knut – Ultimate Tourist. Didn’t get the chance to score his 100th run for the club. But as he proudly likes to point out, he’s never lost a game in Zuoz.

Hurricane Nichols – made the most of his chance. Only faced 7 balls, but scored 24. Legend.

No rusty Swiss watches this year though – disappointing.

Bob Mitcham – Good job keeping against the MIC. Blinding fielding on occasions. Easily led astray by darkhorse Van Datsun. Also thinks marbles are crap.

Pramod – Couldn’t make it out of bed to play the MIC’s. Bowled well in the final and at the crease for the winning runs. Almost pulled a mountainous Swiss bird. A lucky escape?

Support:

Jenny Hebel (gorgeous missus of the skip, tamer of all things Cranky)

Bianka (S…..S…..S…..Schlumpfy)

Ali Power (lover of Cricket, Steve and Robbie, not necessarily in that order)

A great tour overall.

Hazza, Bobby Mitcham & Hebrew

Tournament Rules

1, There will be coffee served in the Aula room which is in the main school building on Saturday morning at 11.00am. During this time the draw of the teams and the pitches they play on will be made.

2, All matches on Saturday will start at 1.00pm.

3, All games will be 30 over matches, with a maximum of 6 overs per bowler.

4, The four winning teams from Saturday will go though to the winners competition for positions 1-4 on Sunday. Whilst the losing teams from Saturday play off for positions 5-8.

5, The first games on Sunday will start at 9.30am, with the finals starting at 2pm.

6, Can each team please provide an umpire and a scorer with a scorebook?

7, The fielding side provides their own ball.

8, No spiked shoes are allowed on the cricket pitches.

Friendlies 2003

Match Details MCC vs APRIL 27 v MICC at Westpark – Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell ct 20
Khanna ct 19
Balaji st 109
Dean b 12
Sembian lbw 0
Chris WI st 14
Edwards c&b 7
Holmes ct 9
Blades * 1
Hamilton * 1
TOTAL 40 Overs 205 for 9

Bowler O M R W
Chris WI 8 1 44 2
Dean 5 0 20 1
Sembian 8 1 27 2
Blades 7.1 1 18 3
Balaji 8 0 37 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 27 runs. No real controversies for a change. Des Badly – exemplary umpiring.

Comments on the Match

Winning his first toss of the season Lovell insisted on batting on quite a nice day. Balaji was the rock of the innings never looking in any danger at the crease. He hit several humungous sixes and was a joy to watch. He was well supported at all stages of the innings as MCC amassed 205 off their full allocation. In defence the MCC bowlers all chipped in with wickets with Bunty Blades the pick with 3-18. Chris from St.Lucia and Sembi threatened too. A good victory all in all. Thanks to Sembi for his spicy snack at the interval.

MCC Man of The Match

Balaji 109 on debut. Shabash. Say no more.

Match Details MCC vs Salzburg, Austria May 10 – Home E.Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Power b 0
van Daddie b 5
Bostock b 2
Sembian b 0
Pramod lbw 0
Hebel * 60
Lovell b 0
Parry b 1
Blades lbw 2
Mitchum * 10
TOTAL 40 Overs 109 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 5 2 7 2
Blades 5 1 14 1
Pramod 6 0 21 0
Hebel 6.3 1 8 5
Sembian 6 1 10 2
Van Damascus 4 0 16 0
Power 2 0 10 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC beat Salzburg by 19 runs.

Comments on the Match

Well we won somehow after finding ourselves at 32-8 early doors with the ball swinging like a banana. Hebel battled in fine fashion until joined by Bob Mitcham who kept his ‘end up’ as they put on 77 for the 9th wicket. The outfield was wet and slow and 109 was a reasonable score given the less than solid start! Their opening bowlers were swinging it big style and with unerring accuracy found most of the top order defences more open and vulnerable than a 50eur whore on the reeperbahn. Still after strawberries and tea from darkhorse Hamilton we had a chance to do the same with the ball. Bostock and Blades started the rot as Salzburg slumped to 9-3 early doors. But it looked dodgy until Hebel came up trumps again with the ball and a top catch at midoff off a rasping drive. Lots of lbw decisions too as the pitch skidded through. Sembian profited for example thus. In the end they were skiddled for 90 as the shop steward was triggered. Happy Birthdays to Dr Parry and Alex Rustywatch Nichols.

MCC Man of The Match

Captain of vice Hebel 60* & 5-8 and a nice catch (straight to him though!) Shabash.

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Match Details MCC vs MCC vs Lufthansa May 18 at the Airport

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Harry Caught 41
Baliji Bowled 1
Andrew Caught 33
Blades Caught 18
Arnab Ray Run Out 2
Smith Caught 1
Chris WI Run Out 1
Gazza Bowled 11
Dan Sear Run Out 0
ANOther NOT BAT DID
TOTAL 35 Overs 129 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Chris WI 3,3 0 20 0
Blades 7 1 28 1
Andrew 7 1 16 0
Smith 5 0 13 2
Baliji 7 0 24 0
Dan Sear 1 0 16 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 4 wickets.

Comments on the Match

After winning the toss, the decision was made to bat first in what were very blustery and overcast conditions on the Lufthansa tea bag. From the onset it was going to be tough for the MCC with big boundaries and long grass and the wind creating in swingers. MCC battled their way to 123 off the allotted 35 overs with Harry top scoring with a well scored 41 and Andrew chipping in with 33. MCC then took the ball with Milan opening the batting and everything resting on his shoulders. After some very wayward bowling, the sky clearing and the wind dropping, the MCC managed to get their line after Lufthansa punished everything short or on leg. After grassing Milan when he was about 35, he made us pay with some classical big hitting teeing off with some of the biggest 6’s one is likely to see. After a great performance in the field by Ray to run Milan out with a direct hit, MCC were in with a chance. However, 123 needed to be about 150 and the boys just could not get over the line. But a good effort anyway! Things to work on at training: – line and length bowling – catching – running between the wickets Congratulations to Milan and his boys. They played well and deserved the win.

MCC Man of The Match

MCC MAN OF MATCH AND WHY……. Harry was the man of the match on this occasion with his 41 runs holding the MCC innings together for a while.

Match Details MCC vs MICC MAY 25 AT WESTPARK

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 7
Khanna b 6
Smith b 0
Pramod ct 9
Chris WI b 23
Werner ct 0
Hebel b 25
Lovell b 6
Edwards * 24
Blades 1
TOTAL 33.1 Overs 120 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Smith 4 1 13 1
Blades 5.4 2 14 2
Pramod 8 2 22 4
Chris Nixon Mclean 6 0 29 1
Parry 1 0 10 1
Khanna 3 0 14 1
Hebel 6 2 15 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won a close encounter of the friendly kind by 2 wkts.

Comments on the Match

The Butcher farewell game threatened to descend into farce when only 7 good men and true were present at the appointed time. Excuses, excuses. It’s just not good enough. Therefore the vice captain was summoned from his marital quarters to fill the gap. His balls have only just been removed from the vice allegedly. Thus Chairman Bradley also subbed for an extended period as well and scooped an absolutely marvellous catch at 1st slip to remove Haroon. This was the highlight of the game personally! Butcher and Blades opened well with the ball before Pramod spun his web to gain 4 good wkts. Once Waleed was brilliantly caught for a solid 50 by Buckets Parry MICC folded to a disappointing 117 all out. Werner also took a fine catch on debut. Hazza and Bob Mitcham both kept solidly with H stumping someone off a wide whilst the skipper was searching/grovelling for his contact lenses. MCC’S reply started in pretty mediocre fashion summed up by the Butcher’s departure second ball. Just goes to show one doesnt always get what you deserve in life Schmidthuber!! Chris WI brought some life and colour to proceedings with some lusty blows including a massive straight six in his 23. Hebel and Edwards grabbed the innings by the throat though and did the hard yards in the middle before the tour manager Gareth took us over the line with plenty of QDT (Quality Drinking Time) to spare at 1655hrs. Shabash Gary!!

MCC Man of The Match

Gary Edwards, top catch on boundary in an energetic fielding display. An unbeaten 24 to win the game finishing the proceedings with a huge six into the Westpark trees. Only half an hour late for start as well. Improvements being shown all round. ‘Ow bist!?

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Match Details MCC vs PAK ORIENT AWAY IN JOHASENBERGL JUNE 7

MCC Performers

Batsman
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RAY CT COW 21
LOVELL CT WALKED QUACK
APPAVU CT COW 1
SEAR B FARM 17
CHRIS WI CT SOFT 1
DEAN CT SOFT 18
BOSTOCK B FARM 2
BLADES CT SOFT 32
WELTHAGEN B LEFT 7
BRADLEY * LEGEND 23
TOTAL 37 Overs 153 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
BOSTOCK 8 1 24 2
BLADES 6.4 0 38 1
SEAR 6 1 44 1
CHRIS WI 6 0 31 0
APPAVU 5 1 19 1
BRADLEY 7 0 72 3
DEAN 1 0 18 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WELL BEATEN BY 105 RUNS ON A STINKING HOT DAY.

Comments on the Match

MCC had a hectic schedule last weekend with a double header against Pak Orient on Saturday and Tegernsee on Sunday. Pak Orient away is always an attractive prospect and last Saturday was no different. Having called incorrectly, the skipper gave the signal for MCC to take the field in the blistering heat minus Paul West Indies. Due to the inefficient public transport system in Munich, Paul was unable to find the Hauptbahnhof. Thankfully, Pak Orient were able to supply us with an extra body, however, his lack of German and English did cause a problem and he was not really able to grasp the concept fine leg. Still, at least he probably knows where the Hauptbahnhof is. Usual suspects Kiwi and Tony opened up and Tony in particular took some tap with his first 2 overs going for 18. Having followed the skippers instructions of bowling outside off stump, Tons was particularly “stumped“ when the Pak Orient opener launched the kitchen sink and placed him back over mid on twice in his second over. Fortunately this blossoming partnership was quickly curtailed due to some quite village calling by Pak Orient and some quite brilliant work by Arnab aka Ray, with a direct hit from cover. Sembian came on first change and slowed down the run rate considerably. Sembo was turning the ball miles and was unlucky to have a couple LBW decisions turned down. Chris West Indies and Dan plugged away in the mid afternoon heat and their figures probably do not reflect their performances. A tactical piece of captaining from Mark saw the introduction of Des. While Geoff Boycott might describe his stock ball as a lollipop, MCC commentators refer to it as flight and who could blame them. Des was indeed pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-72 off seven. Economical. Ed Dean ably supported the attack at the end with creditable figures of 1 over, 0 wickets, 18 runs. Chasing a machbar target of 259 Mark opened up with Ray. This was by no means a match made in heaven and Mark was soon back in the hutch without troubling the scorer, having feathered one allegedly to the keeper. Sembian then came in and looked comfortable until he middled one right down the mid on´s throat. Ray was particularly disturbed by this and had to take a mid over spew, through the grill of his helmet. Dan played some nice shots but did not really settle. Chris came and went cheaply. By this point Ray had seen enough and generously retired himself due sun stroke/ dehydration/ sukage. Tony and Des then capitalised on what can be loosely described as generous bowling. In other words, the buffet bar was open and both men tucked in to the pies. MCC batted out 38 overs to keep the Orient in the field Although the game was lost, positives were taken in the customary post-game Mass. The day, however, belonged to the chairman.

MCC Man of The Match

Des Bradley 23* 3-72. Legend. MCC Suk of the Day Arnab Ray aka Ray

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Match Details MCC vs TEGERNSEE DAY/NIGHT JUNE 8 PFINGSTEN

MCC Performers

Batsman
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HOLMES B 18
DEAN CT 25
NICHOLS RO 1
EDWARDS B 0
PARRY * 49
GLIGOROV B 1
KHANNA B 6
BOSTOCK CT 0
MITCHAM CT 5
LOVELL * 0
TOTAL 20 Overs 122 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
GLIGOROV 4 0 13 0
NICHOLS 3 0 25 0
BOSTOCK 4 1 9 2
BLADES 4 0 22 3
DEAN 3 0 14 0
PARRY 2 0 14 1

Summary of Match Result

2 X 2 20OVER SEPERATE INNINGS MATCH. (40 TOTAL IN THEORY) FIRST DAY NIGHTER IN GERMAN CRICKETING HISTORY. BATTING ORDERS REVERSED FOR 2ND DIGS. SEE BELOW.

Comments on the Match

SEE BELOW.

MCC Man of The Match

SEE BELOW.

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Match Details MCC vs (SEE ABOVE) TEGERNSEE DAYNIGHT CONTINUED

MCC Performers

Batsman
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LOVELL CT 75
BLADES CT 7
MITCHAM CT 0
BOSTOCK B 0
KHANNA CT 15
GLIGOROV B 10
PARRY * 2
EDWARDS * 8
NICHOLS,DEAN,HOLMES DNB
TOTAL 20 Overs 134 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
BOSTOCK 2 0 20 1
BLADES 2 0 7 0
NICHOLS 1 0 1 3
GLIGOROV 3 0 10 1
EDWARDS 2 0 14 2
DEAN 3 0 7 1
PARRY 2 0 14 0

Summary of Match Result

***NOTE TEGERNSEE WERE BATTING TWELVE BUT AFTER THEIR 10TH WKT FELL IT ALLEGEDLY BECAME TOO DARK FOR THE SCORER TO SEE THE SCOREBOOK. COMPLAINTS RECEIVED OF NEEDING TORCH/CANDLES ETC. THUS ALLEGEDLY WON BY APPROX 55 RUNS****

Comments on the Match

Munich Cricket Club re wrote the record books on Sunday with the first Day Night Cricket match ever played in Germany against Tegernsee. Interest in the occasion was such that a genuine wives club was formed as we congregated at the Hauptbahnhof. The Treasurer took charge with tickets, some were sceptical of his maths as the Bayern Tickets only covered 15 of the 16 travellers. The captain, however, took a dump for the team by hiding in the toilets with impeccable timing. Andy Hebel even made a surprise visit and was let off the lead long enough to do a stint of umpiring. The weather was unfortunately not our friend on Sunday and the first two innings were a little stop start. By the end of the first innings though MCC had reached 120 against a competitive 100 from Tegernsee. Such was the complexity and ambiguity of this game from here on, I have broken from MCC tradition of writing a match report, instead, opting for a player by player profile of the match. After all, cricket is a team game. Mark Lovell aka Lovo. Highlights Impeccable second innings 75, hiding in the toilet for the sake of the team. Shockers Running off the pitch during the middle of the over in the rain like a twelve year old and then putting on his civvies pretending he wanted to go home, while the rest of team stayed on the field in the pouring rain. Basics. Verdict Great form this season, but must stop spitting his dummy to fulfil potential. Tony Blades aka Bunty. Highlights A bag full of sticks in the first innings, direct hit from point in the second, quote of the day “Big Tony plays at night“. Shockers Soft dismissal, cranky at opposition umpire and own players. Verdict Very good when the sun is on his back, rain makes him moody. Andrew Bostock aka Kiwi. Highlights First MCC bowler to bowl with the white pill, usual economical and fruitful spells. Shockers Bagging a pair in front of his missus and co. Verdict Nets for a month. Matt Parry aka Doctor Parore. Highlights Attractive, unbeaten 49 not out, solid display with the ball. Shockers Bad mathematician, very crimson shirt, occasional leg side spear with the ball. Verdict Good day at the office. Jason Gligorov aka Glig, Gimp. Highlights Hitting his first six in his cricket history, hitting the six off his first ball, swinging the ball more than any other MCC bowler, making a scene as he was patrolling the boundary. Shockers Being told by his girlfriend that he was village in the first innings. Verdict Tegernsee Freak. Greg Holmes aka Clumsy. Highlights Scoring a solid 18 in the first innings, massive arm. Shockers Managing to beat the high fence and crack a windscreen in practice and disputable umpiring decision. Verdict Ugly but effective Hitman. Edward Dean aka Leopard. Highlights Lovely, Gilcristlike 25 from 16 balls, bowling off 1 pace. Shockers Being told by the team that calling your name 3 times to catch the ball is confusing and wrong, bowling in general. Verdict Always been a great timer of the ball. Harry Khanna aka Hazza. Highlights Remarkable diving catch at cover off a half tracker, looked comfortable with bat. Shockers Making horrible hash of bowlers catch, then over usage of excuse, running into bench with both shins. Verdict Redeemed himself with ggggggreat diving catch. Gary Edwards aka Gazza. Highlights Hitting the last ball of the day for 6, bowling for his first ever hat-trick. Shockers Bowling his hat-trick ball about a foot outside leg stump, scratchy first innings duck and then checking the pitch when he was bowled. Verdict Jack of all trades with bat, ball and gauntlets – All-round liability. Alex Nichols aka Hurricane. Highlights On a hat-trick in the second innings, two top catches with a slippery pill. Shockers Needing a dump in the middle of umpiring, soft delivery for hat-trick ball. Verdict Tegernsee Freak. Ian Mitcham aka Bob. Highlights Great stumping, great fielding at deep mid off. Shockers Poky, scratchy duck in the second innings, slopping off for a look at Tegernsee talent – fruitless, pointless. Verdict Flatters to deceive. A great day was had by most, excluding perhaps some members of the Wives Club, the novelty of the Day/ Nighter had obviously worn off by nightfall. Mark then encouraged everyone to stay till the eleven-o´clock bus before sneaking off under orders in the Chairman’s Merc. Basics. Clearly a team player. There then followed the Tegernsee bus ticket scandal. Nasty business that. Heads will roll.

MCC Man of The Match

MCC Man of the Match Dr Matt Parry. MCC Suk of the Day Mark Lovell. Rain unfriendly.

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Match Details MCC vs MCC vs POCC, June 14 – Away

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Hebel *averages 64
Appavu bowl pearl 15
Parry bowl outy 1
Khanna *averages 16
Sear not req –
Toussaint not req –
Welthagen not req –
Scott not req –
Edward P not req –
Bradley not req –
TOTAL 18.3 Overs 109 for 2

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Paul Scott 6 – 26 3
Paul Edward 4 – 21 1
Tony Blades 7 – 29 4
Chris Toussaint 3 – 14 –
Sear 2.1 – 8 1
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Summary of Match Result

MCC cruises to victory winning by 8 wickets.

Comments on the Match

Great performance by the boys especially the bowlers. After going in to the game as self proclaimed under dogs (or all the other names we have been called under the sun, which on this day was reminiscent of AUSSIE)Hebel followed in the footsteps of the asteemed Captain and failed to win the toss. This meant MCC had to bowl first again against a team that has shown their strength batting first, destroying MCC on numerous occasions. However, this was to be different. With Paul Scott jumper in hand and Paul Edward with the new pill and fire in their belly, MCC had a glint in their eyes. With the outfield lighning fast, it was thought there could be something in the wicket. This was confirmed with the batsmen calling for skid lids after a couple of balls zipped around the ears. With a little inconsistent bounce, MCC started well with the openers dispatched (along with a couple of helmets during the day from viscous deliveries. Great spells from the openers softened POCC up allowing man of the match, mr. Blades to slice through the middle order with some genuine swing bowling. Having the chance of a hattrick twice and figures of 4 for f*$ckall after 3, a five for was on the cards. Was not to be with Khalid showing his class and bravery batting 11 with a broken hand and topping the scoring with 25. That brought POCC to a final score of 108 in 22.1 overs. Great effort by MCC to contain the might of POCC with some superb bowling and fielding. MCC’s turn to bat, and obviously liked the faster bouncier conditions of the pitch, chased the total of 108 in quick time. Some nice stroke play by the fill in skipper hebel as well as Sembi (falling to a great leg cutter from waquar) and Harry (not out), allowing hebel to get home to the missus for her birthday. A great game by MCC and something to be proud of.

MCC Man of The Match

Tony Blades man of the match performance of 4-27 of 7 ripping the heart of the POCC middle order. Great performance of genuine swing bowling.

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Match Details MCC vs Freiburg, June 22 – Hirschanger

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Hebel caught 23
Sear bowled 34
Chris WI LBW 11
Edwards bowled 0
Mitcham averages 36*
Blades bowled 7
Werner caught 7
nicholls averages 25*
Hammo – –
Paul WI – –
TOTAL 35 Overs 156 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 5 4 1 0
Paul WI 4 – 18 –
Blades 4 2 7 1
Hebel 4 – 9 1
Hammo 4 – 15 1
Sear 5 – 18 1
Gazza Edwards 3 – 17 3

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 45 runs in a game that was played in the true spirit of cricket

Comments on the Match

Another very solid performance by the MCC boys especially well supported in the top order by Sear, getting the team off to a great start and then in the middle order with man of the match Mitcham and very close behind him Nichols (scoring at more than a run a ball) piling on the runs at the end to get MCC to the very solid total of 156. MCC then took to the field and bowled very consistantly, not giving anything to Freiburg to hit. Kiwi in containment mode was only taken for 1 run in his 5 overs. Freiburg looked solid early and with some good batting were without loss after 10 overs. Until Mitcham and Blades combined in a great catch by the man of the match to get the ball rolling. All of the bowlers contributed to the effort with Gazza bagging a 3 for, the pick of the bowlers with his cream puffs. Eventually in the end, containing Freiburg to 111 off their allotted 35 overs. A big thank-you to the Freiburg guys… a great, competitive and enjoyable game was had by all and hope to see you again soon.

MCC Man of The Match

Mitcham man of the match after terrorising Freiburg with the bat and taking a blinder at square leg. Dan Sear and Alex Nichols were a very close second and third behind the big man!!!

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Match Details MCC vs Prague Sunday 29th June English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Khanna ct 36
Power ct 101
Sembian ct 34
Hebel ct 32
Sear * 27
Nichols * 10
Scott,Werner,Mitcham dnb
Lovell,Finch dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 266 for 4

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 2 21 1
Nichols 5 0 32 0
Hebel 7 0 35 3
Sear 5 0 44 1
Sembian 8 0 48 3
Finch 2 0 19 0
Power 3.5 0 40 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON A HIGH SCORING RUN FEST BY 22 RUNS.

Comments on the Match

A fine maiden century from Steve Power laid the foundations to another MCC victory, this time against the Prague tourists. Lovell batted first after the Prague captain called incorrectly. Opening the innings with Hazza, Power got off to a steady start stealing runs with his customary good calling. However, what really got his innings going was when the pie van arrived. Steve was first in the queue, feasted away and was quickly back for more, endangering drunken cyclists and stray walkers alike passing the Hirschanger in the English Garden. Hazza was barely outshone as he scored 36 before holing out. Together they put on 109 in 19 overs. Sembian joined Steve at the crease, who by now was well over 50. A quiet period ensued, before Sembian decided to also tuck in at the buffer bar, dealing exclusively in 4s and 6s before he was caught behind for 34 off 30 balls. Flowerpot Hebel continued where Sembian left off, while Steve began accelerating towards his 100. The partnership ended when Hebel was well caught for 32 off 29 balls on the fence. Soon afterwards Steve reached his 100 off 107 balls, showing no evidence of the nervous nineties. He was eventually caught on the boundary for 101 trying to lift the total to even higher proportions. A quickfire 3 over partnership of 37 between Dan (27 * off 14 balls) and Nichols (10* off 5 balls) took the total to the imposing 266 for 4 off 40 overs, with the sticks having never been broken. The Prague reply began well for MCC as Paul Scott struck in the 3rd over, with Sembian taking a fine reflex diving catch in the gully. However, despite an aggressive 8 over spell Paul couldn’t achieve a further breakthrough. Impressive batting by the Prague opener and the young no.3 later set Prague up for a brutal assault on MCC’s total. At 20 overs Prague were 82 for 1 and the match seemed over as a contest with the fat lady loosening her vocal chords. However, with increasingly aggressive hitting and a ‘strict’ interpretation of a wide (a total of 42 were bowled, Prague’s third highest scorer) Prague’s run rate began to rise. This wasn’t the only thing to rise, as Hebel the Hulk (“you won’t like me when I’m angry”) cranked up the speed. He finally sent the opener back to the hutch for 73, taking a very sharp caught and bowled, before sending the stumps of Prague’s middle order cartwheeling. Sembian also joined in with 3 wickets, finally nailing the left handed no.3 for 41. However, while all about him were seeing their stumps flying the famous Scott Page (of Lodi fame) watched from the other end, before brutally laying in to all comers. Dispatching enormous 6s to all corners of the ground, he was particularly severe on Dan and Steve. With 2 overs left Prague required 28 with 1 wicket left, and for the first time doubts possibly spread amongst the MCC fielders. However, man of the match Power was to have the last laugh. He bowled the penultimate over, from which the ginger magician Page was only able to hit a single 6 before, with 8 balls left and 22 required, he hit a hard flat pull to the mid-wicket boundary where a diving Hebel took an exceptional catch close to the ground to win the game.

MCC Man of The Match

Steve Power.Maiden century, winning wicket. Great catch too by Hebel to win match!

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Match Details MCC vs MICC July 13 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell ct 56
N Sharma ro 9
Sembian b 46
Sear ct 2
Werner ro 4
Edwards ct 16
Holmes ro 14
Bostock ct 12
Mitcham ct 9
Gligorov b 1
TOTAL 40 Overs 218 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sear 5 0 31 0
Gligorov 7 0 27 1
Bostock 8 0 49 0
Blades 5 0 32 0
Sembian 8 0 38 1
N Sharma 3 0 30 0
Edwards 3 0 16 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 17 runs. 12aside. Blades 12* Hammo 2* the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.

Comments on the Match

The opposition MICC skipper Pd called correctly and put the cat amongst the pigeons by asking to bat first. Glig was the pick of the early bowlers with some late swing. An all-round p1sspoor fielding display though dug the MCC grave. It meant that the home side were always seemingly chasing the game after letting the opposition batsmen off the hook on multiple occasions. Even Waleed felt sorry for the fielding side and retired hurt in sympathy. MICS finished on 235-3 off their 40overs. In reply after Larry Holmes’ tasty tea, Snake Sharma and Lovell started brightly before the youngster was unluckily run out by a direct hit. Lovell and Sembian took the score to around 120 with some positive cricket. The Madras maestro coming back to form with some big big shabash shots. Unfortunately Lovell holed out and Sembi succumbed soon after for a communal shower. The writing was on the wall. Edwards,Holmes,Bostock and Blades all made double figures just as the fat lady was oiling her vocal chords. MCC battled to 218 off 40overs.

MCC Man of The Match

The weather. Lovely. Clement. nb. hail forecast for next weekend.

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Match Details MCC vs PAK ORIENT FRIENDLY JUL 20 – HASENBERGL

MCC Performers

Batsman
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LOVELL B 44
GILES CT 3
HEBEL LBW 0
NICHOLS B 19
SEAR B 27
BLADES B 0
SHANKAR CT 6
HAMILTON B 0
PARRY * 2
BRADLEY B 4
TOTAL 26.4 Overs 125 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
HEBEL 5 0 13 1
SEAR 3 0 8 1
BLADES 5 1 15 1
COLES 3 0 21 2
BRADLEY 6 0 52 1
SHANKAR 3.3 0 7 2
NICHOLS 2 0 15 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 25 RUNS.

Comments on the Match

”You were wounded badly enough last time. Why are you so eager to try again?” “For the love of the game, Courtney, for the love of the game.” Sunday saw the last two MCC batsmen make the slowest walk/limp/trudge/ ever back to the pavilion hedge/shack/hutch. Muzza, rtd hurt his shoulder in tatters, and Dr pazza with what appeared to be a grapefruit inserted under his kneecap. Worse, it was all guts and no glory: in the blazing sun, MCC had succumbed to Pak orient by 25 runs. An earlier start ensured the game was played in the hottest most baking conditions possible. To make matters worse, Hebel completely misread the flight of the coin in the air and lost the toss. So MCC kitted up and plodded out to bowl to 11 Pak orient batsmen who, in the absence of waqar, all tried to be waqar. As is the MCC custom in friendlies, the bowling responsibilities were shared around. Hebel, Sear and Blades were up to their usual best with a wicket apiece and exemplary economy. Tony also illustrated the importance of fitness in the modern game by running from fine leg to fine leg between overs. The pick of bowlers on Sunday though were the slows. Give Muzza landing rights and he’ll point the batsman in the direction of the changing rooms. Bradley also snaffled two wickets with what were less hand grenades and more weapons of mass destruction. Finally armitage shanks (SHANKAR) pony showed spin is the future for him; tight bowling led to two deserved wickets. The luncheon interval was taken when Pak orient were finally dismissed for 150 in the 29th over. Lovell, sharp behind the stumps, made a stumping and was only too happy to help young Hebel with captaining decisions. No catches went to ground, which only shows that, as far as this weekend was concerned at least, catches don’t win matches. I should also point out that Nichols took 2 quick wickets but he’ll be the first to say he should have had more. In all fairness, the wicket was a bit of minefield and the MCC batsmen did not exactly race through lunch. The openers began well before sharp bounce accounted for Geoffrey Giles. Then Hebel got a shocker of a delivery that was allegedly only equalled by the shockingness of the lbw decision. Lovell, Nichols and Sear then both took turns to steady the ship. Alex showed why he is called “big al” with 2 effortless sixes and a 4, all taken off middle stump. Dan also got into the act with his new big bat. Sadly, after Lovell departed and two golden ducks (Tony Hamilton and Mark Blades–names have been changed to not cause embarrassment), there was not enough batting left. The last bright spot was a classic square cut from w.g. Bradley for 4.

MCC Man of The Match

HARD TO SAY REALLY..SHANKAR HAD A GOOD GAME THOUGH WITH 4TH TOP SCORE AND 2 WKTS ON HIS COMEBACK.

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Match Details MCC vs PASSAU AWAY SAT 26 JULY

MCC Performers

Batsman
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POWER B 4
KHANNA LBW 17
WERNER B 3
LOVELL B 1
HAMILTON.J. B 4
NICHOLS B 1
HAMILTON.M. B 0
SHANKAR * 5
PAUL LBW 0
BRADLEY B 0
TOTAL a few Overs 77 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
POWER 8 3 13 1
SHANKAR 8 1 46 4
NICHOLS 2 0 11 0
BRADLEY 1 0 8 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC came second by 5 wkts.

Comments on the Match

After a huge struggle getting enough bodies for this one-day tour, an under-strength MCC team set off to Passau to attempt to show the three river people how to play cricket. The trip started on a good note with everyone arriving for the scheduled meeting time, well almost. 5euro Munich – Passau return courtesy Deutsche Bahn, cheap as chips. Cheers easy. In Passau the hosts welcomed us with a personal police siren escort up to the castle and the venue for the day. The journey went smoothly until our opening bat got stuck behind a traffic light, getting lost in his 007 sportscar in the process much to his wife’s displeasure. The cricket then started on a seemingly familiar trend when the captain called the toss wrong. Calls himself a “gambling” man, with that luck? The surprise was that we were then asked to bat! But then the bowling team’s onslaught began. With plenty of aid from the matting the batsmen, one by one, stumbled to balls staying low or nipping around from the pitch. The opening bat of Khanna tried desperately to steady the ship, but was finally adjudged LBW for a dogged 17. All but two MCC batsmen were otherwise bowled. (David) Boon Ping from Singapore’s first ever ball in cricket was a full toss which he bravely took on the elbow to prevent a hat-trick by the fired up portly Passauian paceman. Otherwise a pretty p1ss poor MCC performance which shouldn’t really be just brushed under the matting. MCC all out for a paltry 77 on Passau’s pretty paddock. The bowling team should however be thanked for their gracious performance – for trying to give the batting side something to defend with a somewhat generous 43 in the extras column. The reply started convincingly with good tight bowling and a few early wickets by a very inspiring Shankar 8-1-46-4). Power bowled well without much reward. Then enter the bat of Wolfgang Schmidthuber with some crowd killing sixes and rocketing fours he took the game away from MCC. Well done Passau, a well deserved victory! A disappointing day for MCC. But every cloud has a silver lining. The game finished at an early hour, which allowed for some excellent Shankar veggie curry and a couple of gallons of Bavarian homebrew. Well the beverages soothed the pains for most, but Nichols still tried jumping underneath the train to put an end to his grief. After all there was a league game the following day for which he was plainly disappointed to be 12th man. Not all batsmen were unhappy with the day’s events though. Hamilton senior (John), resplendent in his elegant white Fred Perry shirt, added four more sweet runs through square leg to extend his lead to 14 runs (in MCC all-time batting records) over fellow stalwart and Chairman Des Bradley, who unfortunately made a golden blob. He left the crease cursing Hamilton with words like pins, dolls and voodoo coming from his foaming mouth. Always next weekend Des.

MCC Man of The Match

Shankar – 5* & 4 wkts and an even better curry. Shabash.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB AUGUST 3 AWAY

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
WERNER B 0
SHANKAR CT 0
LEPANI CT 5
KHANNA B 69
HAMILTON J CT 6
NICHOLS B 3
HAMILTON M CT 15
BRADLEY CT 2
BOON * 3
FINCH * 11
TOTAL 40 Overs 153 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
NICHOLS 5 3 13 0
FINCH 4 0 35 0
LEPANI 5 0 44 1
SHANKAR 6 0 32 1
WERNER 3.3 1 12 1
HAMILTON 2 0 10 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 6 WKTS

Comments on the Match

This was the first match to be held on the CCB home ground since they were recently allocated Zuricherstrasse. MCC put out a very friendly team and the match was indeed played in a very friendly spirit. We did suffer somwhat from the aftermath of McGree’s stag party. At the scheduled starting time there were only four MCC stalwarts at the ground which increased to 6 at the time of the toss which fortunately we won. In dribs and drabs another four players turned up, the 10th being Finch who has decided to go on a bicycle tour of upper Bavaria on his way to the ground. Giles who had begged and pleaded on Saturday to be included in the side, so much so that Blades dropped out to give him a place, decided that it wasn’t worth playing after all and when we left the ground at around 6.30 pm had still not turned up. Pretty bad form and definitely not cricket from one who regularly bores us to tears with his pontificating on maintaining the old standards. Having only seven players when we went out to bat the openers, Welthagen and Shankar were instructed to simply stay there until other players arrived. No problem said Werner. His idea of staying there is fundamentally different form the captains and consists of taking an almighty swipe at the first ball, jumping away from the second which would have hit his legs and than taking another almighty swipe at the third ball to be promptly caught behind. MCC 0 for 1 after three balls but now with eight players. Lepani and Shankar pushed the rate on nicely until Lepani fell in the 7th over to be followed by Shankar in the eigth leaving MCC at 25 for 3 after 8 and facing a rather embarassing score. Hamiton J stayed around with Khanna until 13th over and Nichols then until the 16th leaving MCC at 55 for 5. In strode darkest of things equine Hamilton M, sternly surveying the field as he approached the crease. Hammo shared a magnificant 50 run stand with Khanna before being caught on the boundary for 15. Khanna finally fell in the 33rd over for his favorite number and his first 50 for the club. In came Finch recovered from the Tour de Bavaria to join David Boon Ping who doggedly defended his wicket under great pressure with a ring of fielders around the bat before crashing a two through them and later another single. His first runs for the club and a joy to watch. Finch’s unbeaten 11 together with Boon’s unbeaten 3 took MCC to 153 after 40 overs. The two CCB opening bowlers had used the pretty poor pitch to great effect swinging and seaming it with the ball unpredictably sailing over the batsmans head for a no-ball or shooting through low. The majority of the MCC bowlers took a collective decision that the pitch was so bad they would not bother to use it and offered an enticing range of variously flavoured pies, all of which were snapped up with abandon by the CCB opening pair. The first CCB wicket fell in the mid eighties, the second for one hundred and something and the game was pretty much over. Some tight bowling at the end from Welthagen and Hamilton M brought another two wickets and saved our honour somewhat. A great catch by the Tour de Bavaria cyclist on the boundary off Hammo made up for a somewhat easier one dropped by someone who wishes to remain anonymous as he is still looking for his fiftieth. There was one interesting interpretation of a double bouncing ball by one of the CCB umpires when he determined this to be a dead ball. David Weatherall where are you now? In summary it was a very friendly match which we all enjoyed and look forward to many more.

MCC Man of The Match

Khanna for his sexual 69 and a superb stumping.

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
TOTAL Overs for

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W

Summary of Match Result

Comments on the Match

MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
TOTAL Overs for

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W

Summary of Match Result

Comments on the Match

MCC Man of The Match

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Match Details MCC vs PAK ORIENT 23 AUG FRIENDLY IN ENG.GARDEN

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
HEBEL CT 17
LOVELL B 23
SEMBIAN CT 2
PARRY CT 13
MITCHAM CT 15
JUSTIN CT 11
BLADES * 41
FINCH B 0
SHANKAR * 8
HAMILTON DNB
TOTAL 40 Overs 167 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
FINCH 7 1 28 0
SHANKAR 8 0 42 2
BLADES 7 1 36 1
HEBEL 7.2 2 22 3
PARRY 2 1 12 1
JUSTIN 3 0 14 0
SEMBIAN 5 0 40 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 48 RUNS.

Comments on the Match

A FRIENDLY – FAR REMOVED AS POSSIBLE PLEASE. SHABASH.

MCC Man of The Match

BLADES.

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Match Details MCC vs Sunday 2 May @ Tegernsee – Friendly

MCC Performers

Batsman
;
Asim lbw 40
Hooligan ct finally 64
Lovell b 18+4
Holmes b 39
Welthagen b 0
Power b 6
Blades b 0
Lepani run out 16
Bostock * 10
Bradley * 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 226 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Lepani 4 1 19 2
Blades 4 0 13 0
Power 3 0 12 1
Shankar 2 0 7 0

Summary of Match Result

Rain stopped play. Match abandoned with Tegernsee 55-3 chasing 227 to win.

Comments on the Match

An ultimately soggy end to the day with rain stopping play early into the Tegernsee innings. This did however mean an early chance for MCC to sample the 2004 vintage of Tegernseer Spezial. Mcc batted first after Kiwi surprisingly won the toss. On debut openers Asim and Todd Hooligan impressed with the bat alongside the Hitman Holmes at no4. Asim also doing well with the wk gloves. Lovell ‘scratched around like an old hen’ and was thus deducted 4 runs by the bored scorers. Lepani was the unfortunate victim of the monthly Bostock run out scandal with the new skipper revealing on the train that ‘there was a lot of yes in his no call’. It was a sickening sight Richie. Deviant Lepani did manage to pick up a couple of wickets before letting himself down later in the evening. Highlight of the evenings entertainment has to be the French floozy at the Pizza restaurant. Tres bien.

MCC Man of The Match

Holmes. ‘Brute of a man’ Hitman holmes. Almost redeemed himself after the 2003 Tegernsee windscreen affair. Nasty business that.

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Ashes 2003

MCC v Munich Aussies

Episode XI, September 6 2003

A delayed clash for the Munich Ashes due to earlier fixture congestion. The very late doors of September – an end of season autumnal affair with almost the air of a friendly social gathering about it. Almost.

Ultimately a rare loss for MCC at the arse-end of an ultra-successful season. The Club winning the 2003 South-German (Bavarian) Cricket League Championship, as well as bagging international cricket tournaments in Lodi (Italy), Zuoz (Switzerland), Bardolino (Italy) and Brunswick Village (England). Rumblings have failed to cease though – seems this was not enough for some.

For the first time ever in the 10+ meetings between the 2 sides, the Munich Australians have managed to string together back-to-back victories, following up last years lucky win with another impressive team effort. Although MCC do still have a large overall lead in the keenly contested annual affair.

In a change of format to the previous season’s „Ashes”, the MCC were allowed to field players of non-English origin to ensure that ‘most’ club members could be involved in one of the season’s most eagerly anticipated and competitive games. It goes without saying that most of the Aussies were of British origin anyway so the new format seemed pretty fair at the end of the day.

However the Munich Australians relished the challenge, coming from a seemingly hopeless batting position at one stage to eventually run away decent winners. Umpires Dave Buggerall and Billy Bowden Bostock did a good job too I am told.

The game started with Aussie captain Bunty Blades winning the toss and surprisingly electing to bat first. Opening the batting for the Aussies were Hazza and McGree. They faced a fired up opening bowling combination from the MCC of Scott and Van Damage. Both bowlers probably produced their best efforts of the season, bowling with a consistent line & length (which particularly for VD was a fine achievement). Maybe his newly acquired magic carpet helped him. Or maybe he has turned all religious on us? Scotty was also bowling with great pace for a man clad in 7 jumpers in the blowy conditions. Scott produced the early breakthroughs, dismissing both openers. Hazza caught well by Sembi in the gully and Rowdy Mcgree caught behind the wicket by Lovell. Rumours are that Mr Mcgree even thought about walking for a split-second.

Andy Hebel was batting at first drop and got off to a promising start to his innings only being dropped once. But things were about to turn sour. Rocket Rod was cheaply caught-behind off the wily bowling of Scott. The big-hitting Roid Grier came to the crease, in his last game for the Aussies before escaping back to Sydney to live. Bizarrely Grier followed in the footsteps of „The Don”, being dismissed for a duck in his last innings of cricket before retirement, bowled by a superb inswinger (best ball of the day?) by The Power for a golden. Then Hebel with his score on 15 got a very straight one from Pramod to be LBW and was sent back to the hatch to get the tea boiling. These were critical wickets for the MCC and the Aussie innings was hanging by a thread at 5 for Dave Bugger all. The MCC were playing the perfect game so far and had reduced the Aussies innings to tatters, with half the batsman out with only 36 runs on the board.

Ringers/Non-Regulars/Old heads Kev B & Jules Kann, both playing their first games for the season, now represented the Aussies at the crease. They saw the innings through to the drinks interval, with the score at 5 for 40. The focus for the Aussies was simply to bat out the remaining overs and try to scramble a reasonably competitive together.

And the plan worked brilliantly! As each new over approached, both batsmen grew in confidence without even the need for a ciggie break – finding the gaps regularly to keep the scoreboard ticking over after the break at a healthy 5 an over. The pressure in the field was also eased a little bit, with the MCC struggling to find a 5th bowler to bowl tightly and make it that little bit difficult for the batsmen. In a crucial match-winning partnership of around 70, the guys saw the score pass 100 before Jules was finally dismissed by Sembi caught behind for 28 valuable runs. Kev B, (a former Pro now plying his trade as a bookmaker at an Aussie Bar near you) was also out not long after, for an excellently composed 46 runs, falling just short of a ‘deserved’ 50. Blades hit a quick 16 not out at the end, to take the final score to 8 for 148 off 40 overs. A great recovery from their dodgy position earlier in the day. For the MCC, Scotty was clearly the best of the bowlers, with figures of 3 for 11 off his 8 overs (4 maidens). Lovell also kept well behind the stumps taking 3 catches, but the fielding by the MCC around the ground fell away in the 2nd half of the innings. Very sloppy indeed Rich. Could it be that VanDamage also dropped a catch…? Certainly a rare event.

The MCC opened the formidable chase with Van Damage & Parry at the crease. The opening bowlers for the Aussies were their footy stars Jules & Nathan. In a repeat of the first innings, ball dominated bat early – due to the great line & length of the opening bowling combination. Jules got the critical wicket of Van Damage for a duck in the 2nd over of the innings, with a great catch by Kev B at 2nd slip. Was the game over already, with the MCC’s star batsman back in the pavvy blaming the blinding low-level sun? Jules was rewarded again for his great line shortly later, getting new batsman Pramod trapped in front for 0. Soon it became 3 for 10, with Nathan striking at the other end, to dismiss Sembi for only 4 runs. Lovell joined Parry at the crease and managed to stay together for a while and see off the tiring opening bowlers. However they had tremendous trouble in scoring runs, with Parry in particular frustrating everybody with the number of times of „playing & missing” (or was he just swatting flys?). The pair made it through to the drinks interval, but the score was only 3 for 29 off 20 overs. An aggressive attack was needed by the MCC after the break, as the required runrate approached around 6 an over. A few good overs after the resumption did give the MCC a glimmer of hope with Blades straying to Lovell’s legs. But it was soon thwarted somewhat by the continued tight bowling of the Aussies. The score was around 50 when Parry was finally dismissed for 18 runs off the bowling of Blades. Dangerman Dan (no6) came and went, dismissed cheaply after being caught on the boundary off McGree trying to go for quick runs. MCC’s last hope in Lovell had progressed nicely to 33 well-made runs, before the run-rate pressure became too much. In trying to dispatch the ball to the boundary, he was stumped off the bowling of Gligorov. Glig really enjoyed that one…Rocket Rod doing the honours with the gloves. Very tidy.

The MCC battled out the remaining overs, but were never really a chance to win after that. Power made a useful 21 runs. Hebel chipped in with a couple of wickets, with the final score of the MCC reaching 8 for 122 off their 40 overs. As a result, the Aussies win by 26 runs. Best bowler for the Aussies was pro earnibbler Julian Kann, finishing with the incredibly miserly figures of 2 for 4 off his 8 overs (4 maidens). To go with his 28 runs, possibly a man of the match performance.

Later on a lot of the participants headed down to the Aussie bar „The Outland”, to join Grier in his farewell party & celebrate/commiserate the earlier events well into the night. And we will all be looking forward to next year’s match, where the Aussies will be gunning for the hat trick.

League 2002

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V LUFTHANSA MAY 18 2002

A beautiful summer’s day in the scenic English Garden seemed to be the order of the day. Or was it?

According to local weather reports it could empty hailstones and icy golf balls at any time during the afternoon. Electrical storms thunder and lightning but when? This seemed to affect the paranoid MCC skipper’s thinking. Renowned for his dislike of inclement cricketing conditions – the threat of these huge missiles soon to empty down from the sky were to play a pivotal role in Saturday’s opening 2002 league fixture.

With Lovell losing the toss once again in pure Hussain fashion MCC took to the field against Lufthansa on what was a bloody hot and steamy afternoon with temperatures approaching a tropical 30degrees in the middle. Personally it reminded me of Eden Gardens without the ceremonial burning of programmes and seats by disgruntled supporters. What was really needed were senior members of the club (i.e. Treasurer Giles, Chairman Bradley, Chief Nachwuchs breeder Carr and scorer Hamilton) to perform a type of Morris-dance with cricket bats to keep the demon storms away until stumps.

Dangerous Lufthansa left-hander, captain and senior pilot savagely cut the 3rd ball of the opening Hebel over to the boundary. He repeated the stroke next ball, middling it uppishly towards surfer Grier patrolling the covers. He took it nonchalantly, pouched it and wondered what all the fuss was about. A great catch made to look all too easy. This set the pattern for the day.

Entrusted with the new ball on their MCC league debuts Willing n’Hebel and ‘Maysie’ Mcgree ripped through the Lufthansa co-pilots taking 3 wickets each. Hebel with 3-11 and Mcgree with 3-23 with the majority bowled through the boarding gate as the Lufthansa batsman took off for departure earlier than they would have liked. Bostock joined in the fun and picked up the next pouched by van Driver at 3rd slip before the loveable Pom was (deservedly?) took off for taking too long to get back to his mark. Sembian Harbajan took 2 wickets with his spinners and van Driver raced in to take another clean bowled as Lufthansa landed on a meagre 60 all out in around 23 overs.

A very tasty tea with all mod cons was taken, courtesy Dr Vanessa & Matt Parry. A marvellous effort indeed. He is in danger of being asked again. It seemed that the MCC batsman seemed intent on getting back to the hatch to partake in a few more tasty sarnies as the Lufthansa opening bowler ripped out the top order with 5 good wickets. Power, Van Driver, Hebel, Grier and Scott were all removed. All bowled except for Power who chipped one back to the bowler before he hastily returned for small talk with his inlaws who had travelled all the way from England to see him bat. Sembian top scored with 23* before he was joined by the skipper as the MCC ‘cruised’ home by 5 wickets with shitloads of overs to go.

The match finished around 5pm whereupon we awaited with baited breath the imminent arrival of these dreaded and hideous hailstorms. They did come but only after 9pm when most of the unconvinced MCC amateur weathermen were tucking into their 5th beer or getting their pipes cleaned. And so it came to pass that Paul Scott of the Antarctic, MCC bowler of their year 2001 was ultimately denied a bowl for having too long a gallop. What a funny old game it is Richie! But he’ll keep.

MCC team.

MARK ‘BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY’ LOVELL CPT
WAYNE VAN DRIVER (NO SIGN OF NECKSCARF)
STEVE POWER & UNIMPRESSED DORSET INLAWS
AMOS GLADSTONE HEBEL
HAZZA HAZZA HAZZA KHAN (WK)
PAUL SCOTT OF THE MUNICH TROPICS
PAUL QUIET MAN MCGREE
JASON ROID GRIER
DR MATT TEACOSY & SCARF PARRY
ANDREW POGUE & SHAMBOSTOCK
DR SEMBIAN APPAVU OF SHABASHLAND
Camouflaged chairmanesque green-panted guru Desmond Bradley

Scorer & Bat repairman John Hamilton

Umpire Mansoor (Pak Orient)

MCC Batsman chasing 61 to win.

Van dalsum

Bowled

5

Power

C&B

2

Hebel

Bowled – gate

0

Grier

Bowled, head up

9

Sembian

Shabash – not out

23*

Scott

Bowled

3

Lovell

Not out

2*

Bostock

dnb

0

Mcgree

Dnb

0

Parry

Dnb

0

Khanna wk

Dnb

0

TOTAL

17.4 overs

61-5

Lufthansa 60 all out. MCC WON BY 5 wkts.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Hebel cranky

7

2

12

3

Quiet man Mcgree

8

3

23

3

Sembian

4

1

13

2

Spunk stock

3

1

5

1

Van Driver

2

0

2

1

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V MICC JUN 1ST 2002 IN ENGLISH GARDEN
Another hot and sultry day in the English Garden with, unusually, for this time of the year no apparent or imminent threat of golf-ball sized hailstones. Or were there?

The selectorial committee has stuck to the same tried and trusted formula with an unchanged line-up from the opening league game versus Lusthansa. This meant no place for the ‘injured’ captain of serious vice Blades who made his distaste well apparent for this perhaps harsh decision by performing a streak from the cover boundary at the tea interval. Or was it Max Walker?

Lovell won a toss for the first time since he started wearing long trousers and decided to bat first in the tropical temperatures. Van Driver disappointed all his fans all over the world by again deciding against the use of the elegant neckscarf and goggles. This is the final straw after the ceremonial burning of the ‘diahorrea’ pads and the giving away of an expensive club cap to a dodgy potential pipe cleaner after the German finals defeat in Moenchengladbul. It needed serious moral support from his partner Power to overcome this bad fashion decision as they set upon building a solid MCC base.

This proved to be well within their combined capabilities as the pair progressed smoothly to 80 for no loss at the 20over interval with some excellent running between the wickets. Spin had replaced the military medium trundlers and put the brakes on as Sweet Stevie P went caught behind for 33.

Van Driver soon followed caught and bowled for 39 as the MICC spinners threatened to bowl themselves back into the game. Lovell failed to impress and ultimately bored himself out going caught behind.

This brought Sembian to join Hebel and the pair brought the dying dregs of the innings back to life with some positive hitting. Hebel was out in the last over for 32 caught going for another six. Sembian meanwhile had progressed serenely to an unbeaten 48 off just 35 balls. Shabash.

Roid Grier unselfishly ran himself out off the penultimate ball as he attempted to give the little Indian master the strike.

MCC had finished, despite a momentary blip on an imposing 176-5 off their 40overs. Tea was taken courtesy of Kiwi Shamrocks. Great sandwiches. What a catch this eloquent young man might prove to be for any young single women reading this report out there. If only he could lose the very dodgy glaring Hawaii style shirts and singlet vests he would be right up there with the likes of Schmidthuber and van Driver vying for the title of MCC most eligible bachelor of the year 2002.

Patience was the key thing conveyed by the captain in the half-time pep talk. These words seemed pretty futile initially, as Scott struck with just the second ball as Grier scooped another good catch in the covers. Poguestock soon removed the other MIC opener ‘s furniture.

Catches then went down behind the wicket off Scott. Firstly the skipper was struck on the tit at first slip, the ball rebounding to the ground as he rebounded backwards on impact. Then Hazza spilled the same batsman diving to his right. Scott bowled with ‘guts’ and fire to finish with 1-15 off his 8 overs.

Wayne came on and immediately broke through bowling the next through the gate before he made way for the spin twins (quiet man Mcgree & Sembian) after the break.

There then followed a 12 over period where the away side started to bat well and pressurised the home side’s spin attack and the somewhat flustered fielders. Mcgree, perhaps somewhat perturbed at the sudden appearance of his fraulein on the boundary was given the long stick at times but recovered his composure well. He must have been bowling well as the opposition were soon accusing him of negative bowling a mere few inches outside off stick. It was Willin’n Hebel who turned things round with a rapid pick-up and direct hit to remove the dangerman Waleed. Great fielding. His partner finally (after surviving 3 drops) followed him back to the hatch as he heaved across the line to Sembian. This was game set and match to MCC as Dr Parry, Beau Stock and Sembian all took good catches as the opposition innings melted instantaneously.

Hebel (1-11) and Beau Stock (2-18) performed the last rites as MICC were bowled out for 127 with 4.1 overs remaining.

MCC 176-5

MICC 127 ALL OUT

MCC WON BY 49 RUNS

Sembian took the man of the match award (a lit Phillip Morris cigarette) after his unbeaten 48 2-30 off 8overs and a splendid catch on the run.

MCC TEAM

LOVELL (BRUISED TIT)
VAN DRIVER (SIXT)
POWER (NO PASS NEEDED)
HEBEL (FLOWER POT HAT)
GRIER (FRED A-STEROID)
MCGREE (NEGATIVE BOWLER)
SEMBIAN (TOTALLY SHABASH)
PARRY (DR DEREK STIRLING)
HARRY (NEW GLOVES)
BOSTOCK (LORD SHAMROCK)
SCOTT (2 JUMPERS ONLY)

MCC Batsman
Van dalsum

Caught&Bowled

39

Power

Caught behind

33

Lovell

Caught behind

4

Hebel

Caught sub

32

Sembian

Not out – shabash

48*

Grier

Run out – unselfishly

0

Scott

Not out

0

Bostock

Dnb

0

Mcgree

Dnb

0

Parry

Dnb

0

Khanna wk

Dnb

0

TOTAL

40 overs

176-5

MICC all out for 127. MCC WON BY 49 RUNS.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Scott (4 jumpers only)

8

1

15

1

Bostock

7

1

18

2

Hebel

4.5

0

11

1

Van Halen

2

0

8

1

Quiet man Mcgree

8

1

42

1

Sembian

8

1

30

2

LEAGUE MCC V CCB JUN 8 IN ENGLISH GARDEN

Once again the sun gods came to the party and we were blessed with fantastic playing conditions. Losing the toss MCC were asked to bat. A decision at the time which seemed strange but paid off handsomely.

Stevie Power was the first to go playing across his stumps and was bowled leg stump. Skipper Lovell came to the crease looking full of confidence only to nonchalantly pat one to square leg. When Wayne Van Driver went for a slash (to a very wide one) outside off stump and was caught, MCC were 3 down for not many and game had opened up.

Sem-Bien and Andy H. steadied the ship somewhat with a productive partnership, runs coming freely as the result of some loose bowling. However having both departed (both to pretty exotic shots), and at 80/5 at the 20 over (drinks) break the situation of the game was evenly poised.

What came next can only be described as some of the worst batting you could ever want to see from a batting side. From 80/5 the MCC fell from grace to be out for 101 (from just 27 of the allotted 40 overs!). An atrocious effort given the great batting conditions, amount of overs available, and the very tasty buffet bowling at the teams disposable. Matt Parry decided to go farming and was bowled courtesy of a very agricultural swipe. Paul M’gree fell to a juicy full toss (which should have had the patrons in the Chinese Bier garden looking for a hard red object), instead it went straight to a jubilant square leg. Kiwi Bostock played all over a straight yorker and was bowled. Butcher Smith came in and started playing as if he’d been there all day, swatting a boundary and a couple of 2’s, he proceeded to then try swatting another one and was comprehensively bowled. The shot however did resemble more like a fly swatting exercise in Australia in summer. Hazza Khan was the last to go caught at point not getting on top of (or not hitting hard enough) a very wide one. Tone Blades was left not out and the innings came to a close. Some very angry and disturbed faces were left wondering of what could have been?

The interval was a good reflecting time and Sem-bien’s sandwiches and teas were much enjoyed! Well done. The CCB’s innings started slowly, Andy H and Kiwi Bostock bowling a good line, both bowling with accuracy and pace. The first wicket fell due a fine catch by P.M’gree, catching it on his second attempt.

CCB’s Skipper Kev Miles played one on (from Andy H) to a slight touch, which flicked the off bail. Pretty unlucky way to get out really, but he played and missed at more balls than he actually got bat on. From that point onwards the innings fell apart.

Kiwi Bostock finished his 8 overs with 3 wickets to his name, and P. M’gree bowled an excellent spell to finish also with 3 wickets. Wayne Van Driver also picked up a valuable middle order scalp. The tail wagged somewhat and it came down to a situation where the CCB needed only 38 to win with 2 wickets in hand. Tone blades stepped in and took the last 2 wickets, Paul M’gree taking the last catch. So, CCB all out for 69. A win for the MCC by 32 runs.

A good comeback by the MCC, an excellent bowling performance against a team who in all honesty didn’t really have a top order batsman. The bowlers made up for the terrible performance of the batsman.

A very valuable lesson was learnt and the same mistake can’t be repeated on the 22nd of June when the MCC take on SFLCC.

Cheers Kiwi.

MCC Batsman

Van dalsum

Caught bizarrely

30

Power

Bowled behind legs

2

Lovell

Caught flicking

0

Hebel

Caught

15

Sembian

Caught

20

Parry

Bowled – farming

0

Mcgree

Caught square-leg

2

Bostock

Bowled (not lbw)

3

Khanna wk

Caught – farming

4

Smith

Bowled

8

Blades

Not out

0

TOTAL

27.1 overs

101 all out

CCB all out for ’69’. MCC WON BY 32 RUNS.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Bostock

8

4

9

3

Hebel

8

2

19

1

Van Halen

6

3

7

1

Quiet man Mcgree

8

4

15

3

Blades

4.2

2

13

2

Sembian

1

0

3

0

Power

1

0

1

0

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V FSL — June 22, 2002 LEAGUE IN ENGLISH GARDEN

On a day that would have had the good folk of Kandy or Colombo scrambling for the shade, the MCC were asked to go out and field under a blazing sun.

The wearers of the baggy black-and-gold are made of tough stuff however and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Sri Lankans would be skittled well inside the 40 overs. It was good to see some unexpected faces too, even if they were rapidly getting sunburnt: van Driver back from Spain early, Ian Finch stepping in for the hypothermic Robert Falconer (Paul) Scott, and the umpiring contingent from MIC replacing Dave Weatherall. (While an FSL victory might have been in MIC’s interest, getting an LBW suddenly became a distinct possibility for the bowlers.)

In a move that surprised everyone, including the bowler who was still getting changed as he made his way onto the field, the skipper asked Mystery Maysie to open the bowling. FSL survived the first over and McGree was then relieved by Willing-and-Able at the Scoreboard End, but the opening bats were clearly unnerved and in no mental shape to handle the pace attack of the two Andys. A super opening spell from both bowlers–plenty of lift and variation–soon had the Sri Lankans two wickets down for not many runs, and they had the fast outfield to thank for most of those.

The back of the FSL innings was broken however by Senor Wayne. Living up to his name, van Damage pounced on a prod to silly mid-on and, in one motion, threw down the stumps as the batsman found himself languishing on the wrong side of the crease. The skipper seeing V.D. so rampant then asked him to bowl. By the second ball, he had shattered the stumps again. He was almost involved in another run out in his next over but was thwarted by a prematurely dislodged bail. Eagle-eye McGree wins the fairplay award for that one.

With the quicks all exploiting the conditions for swing, wickets continued to tumble: Kiwi 2-28, Hebel 2-14ish, Wayne 2-14. Tim May also came back to bamboozle the batsmen and picked up 1-11. To be fair though there was a slight wag in the FSL tail. Fortune favours the brave it is said, and perhaps those with a heavy bat. In any event, 30 runs were added for the 7th wicket.

The end finally came however when Sembian was brought into the attack. Perhaps his match fitness leaves something to be desired–he managed only 3 deliveries–but he snapped up the last two wickets. The first ball was top-edged by the slogger and comfortably taken by Hazza. The second was an unsightly dot ball. Then the third ball was knicked to second slip, where Blades showed he was as sharp as ever, broken finger or not. FSL 82 all out off around 27 overs.

Lunch was a happy combination of ham and cheese sandwiches and chips–thanks Chef Khanna–but because Des Twinings Bradley was away and only he knows how to use the urn, the MCC had to go without tea.

The luncheon interval lasted just long enough for the opening pair to pad up and put their shirts back on. But once out in the middle, they made it look like they’d been there all day. Van Driver was in particularly good nick and Steve the Stare Power kept the strike rotated and the runs ticking over. Curiously, the FSL bowlers had seemed a lot quicker in practice or maybe they didn’t open with their best.

Either way, by the time Nelson was brought into the attack, the chase was almost half over. Wayne finally went bowled for 30 in a partnership of 49 for the first wicket. Hebel joined Power, the 50 was brought up in the 15th over, and then Steve found himself adjudged LBW for 9.

This brought in Parry who arrived at the crease to cries of “Boring” and “You call this entertainment?” from one of the less impressed spectators. Whether the batsmen were concerned about reaching the rain target (65 off 20 overs) or Parry’s calling left something to be desired, but at this point the boundaries started to come. Matt got two and Willing four, including a crushing cover drive that would have made David Gower ill. Then with the score on 82-2, Hebel (21) and Parry (9)–both looking for glory–were bowled by consecutive deliveries just to make the things look more unrespectable. It was left to Sembian and Lovell to take the asterisks; the very next ball took the edge of Captain Lovelli’s mandolin down to third man for 2 scampered runs. MCC 84-4 off 21 overs and win number four of the campaign.

MCC Batsman chasing 83 to win

Van dalsum

Bowled

30

Power

LBW!

9

Hebel

Bowled

21

Dr.Parry

Bowled

9

Sembian

Not out

0*

Lovell

Not out

2*

Blades

Dnb

0

Bostock

Dnb

0

Mcgree

Dnb

0

Khanna wk

Dnb

0

Finch

Dnb

0

TOTAL

20.2 overs

84-4

FSL all out for 82. MCC WON BY 6 WKTS.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Bostock

8

3

28

1

Beachball Mcgree

7

3

10

1

Hebel

8

1

17

2

Van Halen

3

1

14

2

Pass Power

3

1

12

1

Sembian

0.3

0

0

2

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V PAK ORIENT JUNE 29, AWAY SOMEWHERE IN THE STICKS
Cast of Characters

Mark ‘Chief Meteorological Pessimist’ Lovell (c)
Tony ‘Vice’ Blades (vc)
Van Driver
Willing ‘n Hebel
Roid Grier
Hazza Khanna (wk)
Sembian ‘Shabash’ Appavu
Kiwi Bostock
Paul ‘all the wool from NZ’ Scott
Nav ‘What, there’s a German here?’ Sharma
Ian ‘Jonty’ Finch;
And special guest: Greg “I’m the bloody scorer, so why am I on the field?” Holmes

It was a fine day that greeted the cast somewhere in whoop whoop at the Pak Orient’s home ground, as the cast assembled for what was in effect the game to decide who would be walking away with the prize this year. The local press had also decided to show up, with an article appearing in the Süddeutsche Zeitung as a result.

Pak Orient won the toss and decided to bat. Paul Scott opened the bowling – a slashing edge went for 4 off the first delivery and it proved to be one of those days.

After some brisk early scoring, Scott managed to get a top edge from Mansoor, who was caught well by the Kiwi at fine leg. It didn’t slow the scoring, however, as Soliman was agriculturally aggressive. In the fifth over, with quite a few runs on the board already, a single moment altered the course of the match: Soliman, already on around 20 runs skied a ball off Paul Scott. Both Roid (mid-off) and Finch (cover) ran to catch it having eyes only for the ball. A sickening collision ensued. There was a lot of blood, and an Ambulance arrived taking both players to hospital. Finch had a cut under his eye stitched up, while Roid had a slight concussion and a lip as fat as Mick Jagger’s – or perhaps looking like he’d been injecting Steroids straight into his face. Roid had actually caught the ball and had it jarred out with the collision. It left the MCC reduced to 9 ‘fit’ men and Soliman still very much in (ultimately scoring 58). Greg the scorer was called up to take his place on the field to help the side, but with a player down and 2 of the best fielders of the club being raced to the Krankenhaus, even Greg’s best efforts couldn’t cover the loss in the field.

The MCC, still battled on valiantly, but all the bowlers were taken apart by some big hitting by the Pak Orient side. Wickets tended to fall at regular intervals, but many more balls were skied and landed in gaps, and though the run-rate slowed a little for a few overs around the 30 over mark, some late hitting from Waqar ensured that the MCC were in for a tough chase.

In the end, Andy Hebel was the least expensive and picked up 2 wickets, but a high scoring last over ruined even his figures. Scott and Blades each picked up 3 wickets, as Pak Orient piled on 268 runs from their 40 overs.

It was a tall order for MCC who had benefited from the return of ‘Louisville Lip’ Grier in the innings break ready to take his place in the batting line-up.

In the absence of Steve Power, Hazza opened as a pinch hitter with Van Dalsum. The move didn’t pay off and after mistiming almost every delivery, and being hopelessly outscored by Van Damage, Hazza eventually edged one to fly slip having scored only 4. This brought Hebel to the crease. We needed a big innings from him, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as he was out caught at short cover (somewhat controversially) for 7. But, by his own admission, he could easily have been out LBW shortly before that. Out came Jason ‘Jagger’ Grier to join Van Damage in steadying the ship and both players scored quite freely. Just as they were looking good, and Pak Orient a little rattled, Van Damage hit the ball straight back to the bowler for a well-compiled 31. Roid kept going, though and was starting to look very good, while Lovell provided good support. Again, the Pak Orient started to worry, as Roid took several boundaries off one over, but just as he reached 50, he cut a ball straight to point. Kiwi scored 15 even without his much needed batting bifocals. Semby came and went after having saved the team a few times with the bat this season was unable to repeat on this occasion. And when skipper Lovell was bowled for 35 with the score at 162, the game was as good as gone with the fat bearded lady loosening her vocal chords. In the end, Blades and Sharma ensured that some respectability was maintained through a good partnership for, what was effectively, the last wicket (Finch having not returned). The final MCC score was 199.

MCC’s first league defeat in two years. SHOCK! HORROR! With the sunshine fading, the players left the ground. Beaten, but firm in the belief that the gods were not smiling on them that day.

Written by Hazza.

MCC Batsman chasing 280, yes I repeat 280 to win

Van dalsum

Caught&Bowled

31

Khanna wk

Caught

4

Hebel

Caught short mid-off

7

Grier

Caught point

51

Lovell

Bowled

35

Sembian

Bowled

1

Bostock

Caught

15

Blades

Not out

24*

Mcgree

Dnb

0

Sharma.N.

Not out

8

Finch

Injured- absent

0

TOTAL

40 overs

199-8

MCC lost by 80 runs. Pocc 279-8 off 40 overs

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Scott (4 jumpers only)

8

0

54

3

Bostock

8

1

43

0

Hebel

8

2

37

2

Van Halen

3

0

19

0

Blades

7

0

66

3

Sembian

6

0

49

0

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V TEGERNSEE
Final League Game at Tegernsee 27 July 2002

After rumblings at Munich train station with a couple of liabilities nearly missing the train, it was smooth sailing all the way to beautiful Tegernsee. Kiwi was even good enough to buy a cricket magazine for wildman McGree to read the entire trip.

Once at the ground more rumblings started as to who was going to be detailed 12th man for the day. There were already volunteers a plenty. The MCC hierarchy of Richter Des, Lovell and v.D finally arrived well after the train possee in Badly’s luxurious Merc, having as usual enjoyed Matt Munro’s greatest hits including the obligatory ‘Born Free’ on the car stereo. It was (perhaps) harshly decided to keep Bradley concentrating on the scorebook rather than the corner volleyball court. Such was the possible temptation from the petite Arian blond in the bikini strutting her stuff in the sandy distance.

Anyway to the cricket and here was the team for the day:

LOVELL (happy as Larry) Herr Captain
Tony BLADES Grieg
STEVIE (workaholic) POWER
J.C VAN DAMAGE (Father Ted)
KIWI (where are my specs?) BOSTOCK
Francis KHANNA Weissbier
PAUL (country bumpkin) MCGREE
Dr. (of Gynecology I believe?) PARRY
NAV SNAKE CHARMA
PAULY HARTLIDGE
ME (FlowerPot) CRANKY HEBEL
Not forgetting Chairman & Scorer – Richter Des Bradley (but he’s paid his subs!)

Comments from Tony (Blades) Grieg before the match on the pitch and weather conditions:

Thank-you Richie, well welcome to our readers who have just joined us from Munich. Today’s weather doesn’t look all that flash at the moment however the surroundings here look a treat. And so does the eye candy over at the beach volleyball court. Rather fine indeed. Anyway, back to the pitch and weather, the ground is very wet and the grass very thick. Could almost imagine we were somewhere else. But anyway the short boundaries should make up for any runs lost due to heavy conditions. The bowlers could have some trouble with the Flicx mat under foot and will have to be careful not to break a leg. Otherwise, the weatherman tells me it should be clearing a little this afternoon.

Anyway with us now is Mark (Tubby Taylor) Lovelli the skipper of MCC and Moritz, skipper of Tegernsee for the toss (of the coin). And would you believe it, Mark has won his first toss (of the coin) in 5 years and very smartly has elected to kick with the wind (bat).

Comments from the super skipper: “Old Devonian proverb Tony – win the toss and bat you Sarf Efriken barsteward”.

Thank-you for those riveting words Mark.

Now back to you Rich in the central missionary position.

With the end of the season in sight and the batting award up for grabs, Van Driver and his partner in crime Dr Parry walked to the crease with the expectation of a big score and a chance to settle the batting prize once and for all.

With some wayward bowling to the left hand-right hand combination, Van Driver made the bowling side pay heavily for their misdirection increasing the score with increments of 4 or 6 instead of the impossible 1’s or 2’s.

The score was moving along nicely until Dr. Parry decided he had had enough and thought he would give the flowerpot a chance, departing the scene for a well-compiled 18. In hindsight, that wasn’t the smartest thing to do, as Hebel was back in the pavilion very quickly getting out in one would have to say very village fashion. Dragging the ball back on to his stumps with his foot.

Team player though he is Hebel knew that the skipper was positively itching for a bat. He and Van Driver consolidated the innings pushing the score along to 5 an over after the first 20. During the next 10 overs with some accurate bowling, Tegernsee managed to peg back the scoring rate limiting the skipper and van Driver to just under 4 an over off the 10 overs.

The intelligent and relatively careful batting however paid off with the in form batsmen at the crease for the last 10 overs. With some intelligent and powerful hitting from both the skipper and Van Driver, 100 runs were put on in the last 10 overs. Van Driver eventually feeling sorry for the home side skied a catch to mid wicket which was evidently dropped and decided to give them another one being caught at long on for an excellent 93.

Mark continued with his blazing run ending up at the end of the 40 overs with 82 n.o, well assisted in the last 2 overs by Francis Khanna Weissbier who also finished not out with three, despite trying persistently to run out the tiring skip with his Pamplona running style.

Lunch was then taken and the innings turned around with Bunty Blades and Pass Power taking the new pill. Blades finished with 0 8 off 3 with the ball swinging left right and centre. Power’s accurate bowling reaped early rewards for his side and finished with 2 13 off 6. Paul Hart had a chop finishing with 1 17 off 4 and Snake Charma 1 21 off 8. Flowerpot had a go but was taken off after being lifted over the fence from a badly executed slower ball finishing with 0 8 off 4. And Blind Bostock finished it off with the last wicket claiming 1 2 off 1.2.

The pick of the bowlers however was Paul country bumpkin McGree who devastated the Tegernsee innings with the figures of 4 32 off 7 with his darts. All together ‘well bowled Paul’.

Flower plot also chipped in with a very arsy run out somewhere in the middle of all that.

So MCC making 3 for 238 off their allotted 40 overs rolled the opposition for 109.

MEN OF THE MATCH:

Wayne Van Damage 93
Marky captain cranky Lovelli 82 n.o.
Paul wild man McGree 4-32
MCC 228-3 off 40overs

SCOREBOOK

Batsman

Van Driver Caught 93
Dr Parry Unusually Caught 18
F.Pot Hebel Unusually Bowled 4
Average Lovell NOT OUT 82
Khanna NOT OUT 3
Power
Bostock
McGree
Blades
Hart
N.Sharma

TOTAL 40 overs (3 Wkts) 238

Bowler O M R W
Power 6 1 13 2
Blades 3 0 8 0
Hebel 4 0 8 0
Hart 4 0 17 1
Sharma 8 1 21 1
McGree 7 0 32 4
Bostock 1.2 0 2 1

Tegernsee 109 all out

MCC won by 119 runs

Finish league with 5-1 record. Lose league on countback??. To be confirmed after ongoing legal wranglings in German high courts.

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Cup 2002

MATCH REPORT MUNICH CC V LUFTHANSA JULY 20 IN ENGLISH GARDEN
WEATHER CONDITIONS – Hot, Sultry

PITCH CONDITION – Plastic Bag Flicx

TEAM

LOVELL (happy as Larry)
BLADES (Darryl Hair)
POWER (never out LBW)
J.C VAN DAMAGE (Father Ted)
BOSTOCK (specsavers)
KHANNA (‘what no chicken?’)
MCGREE (Brazilian Sao Paulo afro)
PARRY (Dr buckets)
SEMBIAN (knee op – gute besserung)
GALE (groin/rib op – fell on mobile)
GLIGOROV (crawled off)
EDWARDS (Gerhard cider edvards)

With the selectors sharpening their axes and the rumblings lingering on from a not too distant hailstorm, MCC’S opening 2002 BCV Cup fixture brought Lufthansa’s finest pilots to the picturesque Hirschanger, home of the semi-legendary MCC for a quarter-final winner-takes all fixture.

MCC captain Mark “happy-go-lucky” Lovell skipped to the centre of the wicket holding hands with the opposition captain for the toss and came away with a win, electing to bat against the Lufthansa CC.

Openers Wayne van Damage and Steve ‘danger’ Power opened the innings and attempted to run each other out for a good four overs before Power got the worst umpiring decision of ALL TIME. He was adjudged LBW to a ball that pitched outside leg, turned at right angles and headed towards mid wicket, scraping his boot on the way past, with the score on 14.

Mr.”Happy as Pie” Lovell strolled to the crease in determined fashion and quickly gave the run rate a right good kick up the arris with a shitload of singles and twos as he and the ever enigmatic van Damage built the partnership of the day of 85. It was hard graft though, with the first boundary of the day coming up in the 24th over, guided fashionably between the wikki and first slip by Van Halen. Shortly after Lovell’s previous night’s liquids were just about sweated out of him, he started to eye off cover and edged one behind to be out for a much better than it sounds 32.

Van Driver was run out going for a suicidal non-existent second run when threatening to cut loose – top scoring with 61.

Unfortunately there then followed (something we have seen too much of lately) – a minor MCC collapse. With Parry, Sembian and Gale back in the hatch with not much success. A very determined Kiwi strode to the middle to grab his 4th LBW this year before former Aussie indoor cricket champion Harry Khanna thrashed a brutal 21, ably supported by quiet man McGree and Bunty Blades enabling the MCC to reach 158/9 off their allocation of 40overs.

Lufthansa flight 69 entered the runway and swatted a few short pitched pies from van Damage (8overs 2-29) before he said “f**k you” and trapped their star batsmen Milan in front for 15. With a superbly tight and unlucky spell from the other end from Kiwi Bostock (8overs 0-14) the MCC created a bit of a brain melt in the Lufthansa cockpit. This resulted in their opener trying to pinch a single off Mcgree at mid off, who reacted with a direct hit at the non-strikers end to send the visitors to 32/2.

Lovell then entrusted his spinners in McGree (8overs 1-30) and Sembian (7overs 4-32) to stifle the Lufthansa run rate even more in a great spin-twin phase spell of good line and length.

With a few close calls going the way of the opposition due to extremely “effective” umpiring LCC needed only about 60 off 10overs. Captain of vice Blades (4.4overs 3-14) was thrown the ball for an excellent mid-80s-Steve Waugh (DVT)-like performance of medium pace to clean out the LCC for 138 – ably supported by fine outfield catching from Van Damage, Gale and Parry.

M.O.M: Wayne van Dalsum 61 runs, 2 catches and 2 wickets.
Mug of the Day: Opposition square leg umpire. (SCHLAF GUT JUNGE)

Good Bloke of the Day: Andrew Bostock for being adjudged LBW for the 4th time this year and showing no dissent to the umpires or bringing the game into disrepute.

Best wishes go to the Indian Master Sembian who goes into hospital for a knee op. Not shabash but get fit soon old boy.

BE NAKED BUNTY PUB.02

Batsman

Van dalsum

Run out suicide

61

Power

Lbw obviously

5

Lovelli

Ct farming

32

Sembian

Ct bad knee

0

Hazza

Bowled

21

Gale

Ct farming

0

Dr Parry

Ct farming

3

Bostock

Lbw again

0

McGree

Ct quietly

7

Blades

Not out

3

Gimp

Not needed- pissed

TOTAL

40 overs

159-9

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Pogues bostock

8

1

14

0

Van driver

8

1

33

1

Sembian shabash

7

1

32

4

Mcgree Beachball

8

1

30

1

Bunty Blades

4.4

0

14

3

Power Tequila

2

0

13

0

SEMI FINAL MIC vs MCC
MCC reach Cup final

Munich Cricket Club (MCC) completed a strong victory today over arch-rivals, MICC in a hotly contested semi-final Cup match. Despite playing away from their home turf, MCC rose to the challenge in the knock-out semi, while the MICC’s folded like a pack of cards under the intense pressure of the occasion, eventually falling 33 runs short of a modest victory target.

MCC won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that was playing a little bit slow and low. Despite the long grass and slow outfield, a target of 180 to 200 was considered the minimum on a paddock with very small square boundaries. And they got off to a solid start with Van Damage and the Skip comfortably seeing out the first overs with the new ball, and keeping the runs ticking over at a steady rate. The lads put on an opening partnership of 59, until the Skip played one on that kept low and was dismissed for 19. Van Damage was joined at the crease by Hebel, and they continued on the good early work, taking the score past the 100 with still 9 wickets in hand in the 28th over. Van Damage again proved his big game status, scoring another 50 run milestone when it matters most. When the time came to press the accelerator and give it the farmer’s long handle, Wayne was well caught at cow. After that the rot set in, with a big batting collapse by the MCC. Is van Damage the shop steward – ‘one out – all out?’ MCC proceeded to lose their last 9 wickets for 40 runs, to be all out for 142 in the 38th over. Andy Hebel eventually finished with 30 runs to be second-top score. No other batsman is worth a mention (Ed – a bit harsh?). Three more were caught by freak fielder Waleed at cow and two more played on – struggling to overcome the low inconsistent bounce. A 142 run target was definitely a gettable one; with a required run-rate of just above 3.5 an over. Hardly, a ‘big arsk Richie.’

A strong and tight bowling and fielding display was required to get out of this tight corner, and that is exactly what followed. The new ball was given to Scott and Van Damage, with Scott getting the first early breakthru, with a great catch taken at second slip by young German international Nav Sharma. Shabash. Van Damage followed with a wicket from the other end shortly afterwards, being rewarded for a long and loud LBW ‘plea’. As well as getting the early wickets, the run rate was kept right down, as the MICC’s had great trouble finding a bad ball to score a boundary. This pressure was maintained right thru the MICC’s innings, and with regular wickets being taken, they never looked like making a successful chase, as they wilted under pressure. Further fielding highlights were provided by Nav, with an excellent catch coming in from the deep, to dismiss the MICC’s danger bat, Waleed off McGree. And Grier also completing a great catch jumping off the hill (in Aussie rules fashion) on the short boundary. Not a fielder in sight to collide with – thank god. Andy Hebel finally found his line to knock the stumps over in successive balls to put the MICC’s really on the ropes, a blow from which they never recovered. Bowling honours in the end were shared overall, with every bowler managing a wicket or 3. The MICCs were eventually rolled for 109 in the 36th over – a swipe off Billy Bob Blades disappearing into Lovelli’s waterbed behind the wicket.

It was a great team effort by the boys from the MCC, who will have to maintain that high standard of form into the Cup final against the Pak Orient on Sept 8. And what a clash that will be, with the 2001 League champs keen to take some revenge on the POCC for stealing this year’s League crown on countback. It should be a great game (hailstones permitting of course)…

Special thanks to Dr. Parry for performing the unwanted task of 12th man’s duties. You will be rewarded in a future life. And to Richter Des for the cake, water and, well for just being the Richter. He has the sh1ts though with Bostock for excessive appealing.

Copyright Quietman Pub@Beachball.com

MCC Batsman

Van dalsum

Caught at cow

51

Lovell

Bowled, played on

19

Hebel

Caught at cow

30

Grier (ZIM)

Bowled, played on

1

Scott

Bowled thru gate

3

Mcgree

Bowled, played on

4

Khanna

Bowled thru gate

8

Bostock

Bowled thru gate

0

Blades

Caught at Cow

2

Power

Not out

4

Sharma.Nav

Caught at cow

1

TOTAL

37.2 overs

142 all out

MICC all out for 109. MCC WON BY 33RUNS to reach cup final.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Scott (4 jumpers only)

7

1

16

1

Van Damage

4

1

10

1

Amos Hebel

7

0

30

3

Spunk stock

8

1

17

1

Quiet man Mcgree

8

1

23

3

BBBlades

1.5

0

11

1

FINAL POCC vs MCC
CAPTAIN’S CUP FINAL DISASTER LOG V POCC SAT SEP 14 IN JO’HASENBERGL

TEAM

LOVELL ©

BLADES (vc)

VAN DALSUM (vd)

HEBEL (amos)

BOSTOCK (sprinkler)

PARRY (dr)

KHANNA (wk)

MCGREE (kip)

SCOTT (pullis)

POWER (picnic)

SHARMA N (good luck!)

NICHOLS (12THman & pencils)

HOW IT ALL WENT PETE TONG…..
01. Dr.Liability failing to make Munich Hbf meet on time.

02.Dr.Liability erroneously thinking that we were playing at the Sri Lankans ground, not the Pak O ground.

03.Dr.Liability thinking it was a 1pm start not 1230sharp.

04.Vd.Liability getting off at wrong underground station on way to Johasenbergl despite having played at the ground on numerous occasions during last 13years.

05.Quietman Mcgree quietly falls asleep on arrival at the ground.

06.Captain delaying toss to wait for liabilities and removal of hideous sandtrack bunkers near boundaries.

07.Captain promptly losing toss again.

08.MCC asked to field on stinking hot late summer’s day.

09.Skiers going astray in the glaring sunlight.

10.No ambulances needed though to attend to fielding injuries.

11.Good comeback with the ball as Bostock continues his fine form with 4-22.

12.Pocc plummet to 174 all out after usual quick start with lots of aggressive farming.

13.Mid innings ploy from opposing captain, Waqar asking if we would be interested in some curry at the break.

14.MCC seen frenetically scavenging leftovers at the troth.

15.Very very tasty indeed. Shabaash.

16.Great start to the chase with Lovell run out backing up. Turned like a ballet dancer after 13pints of lager. Couldn’t wait to tuck into more of the chicken curry (allegedly).

17.Soon to be followed by van Damage in all too bizarre fashion as it all seemed to go pearshaped.

18.Shuaib (‘but he’s paid his subs’) & Waqar rip through rest of MCC batting.

19.Harry left not out on 13. No chicken curry left in the pot either.

20.Finish at the earliest of doors with the fat lady struggling to make the premature end due to getting off at the wrong Ubahn stop.

21.Thanks to all the supporters: Mrs. Hebel and friends, the Hamiltons, Bill Cooper (Mcc wk legend), Sembi, Prav and for Apprentice Scorer Alex ‘Rusty Watch’ Nichols for his immaculate pencilwork.

22.Consolation beers in beergarden, no consolation at all.

23.Batting pants all season. Bowling very good, excellent in fact. Fielding ordinary. Catching village.

24.Good luck to young Nav Sharma as he sets off for studies in England. Come back soon and show us the error of our ways Nav.

25.Ah well, soon be winter. Ashes in Oz. Roll on 2003. Please forgive me Richter for MCC have failed to add silverware to our bulging MCC cabinet. As a result I offer my head as penance.

Copyright PercyPotless at Headon’block publishing 02

Batsman MCC chasing 175 to win

v.d

Run out

14

Lovell

Run out village

0

McGree

Bowled

14

Hebel

Ct wk

9

Power

Bowled

2

Parry

Bowled

1

Bostock

Ct midoff

3

Blades

Bowled

0

Khanna

Not out

13

Scott

Bowled

1

Sharma N

Bowled

0

TOTAL

62 all out

MCC Bowler

O

M

R

W

Scott Jumpers

6

0

34

1

Quietman Mcgree

7

1

17

1

BBBlades

7

0

37

0

Amos Hebel

6

0

32

2

Bostock

4.5

1

22

4

Dr. Parry

4

1

25

1

Ashes 2002

Munich Ashes Aug 24

MCC England v MCC Aussies – 40over match in English Garden

Welcome back to the Hirschanger cricket ground for the much-awaited annual Munich Ashes.

When the Aussies stumbled into the ground, the usual rumblings eminated from the ever hopeful Englishmen that hail was forecast for the late afternoon. However, the weather was beautiful with not a cloud in the sky.

Blaring music blasted out from the teams’ change rooms, the Aussies crooning to Cold Chisel, and the Poms singing shrilly Rule Brittiania – whispering at what was to come, the match up of the year between Bunty’s Boys and Lovell’s Lords.

Bunty Blades and Lovell had a toss, and using his superior coin tossing skills, Bunty won the toss he had to win; otherwise he would have been in the field with only 9 takers. Glig the liability of course was late – crawling.

So Horse and Oh!McGree took their Aussie blades onto the pitch, whilst Butcher Schmidt and Flowerpot Hebel strapped on their pads, just in case. A strong half-century opening stand meant those pads would not be needed for a long time. Despite a brief moment, where Oh!McGree pretended to nick the ball behind, this solid opening partnership nearly lasted till drinks – seeing off the opening attack with aplomb.

However left-handed Horse Carr spooned one up in Gale’s first breezy over, departing with his tail between his legs back to the pavilion for a well-made 20.

The butcher stepped onto the field, and showed his ability to stick around (surviving 2 massive LBW shouts where the umpire was allegedly unsighted) and let Oh!McGree continue the good work.

After a drinks break, they went back out there, and were soon both run out in a series of mix-ups, but not before Oh!McGree knocked up 44 with the Aussies on the way to a good total.

The demise of cranky hard man Hebel though was not a good sign, showing that Pommie Bostock was bowling a wicked line.’ You need a bit of luck’ – muttered the successful bowler.

A rally by Roid Grier and the TrumpCard Ringer (Kann) commenced, pushing the team well past the 120 mark, until Trumpie skied it to Power who held a good catch on the fence.

Following that Huhner (Khanna) and Bunty Blades added themselves quickly to the Pommie hat rack, bringing Hitman Holmes to the middle. Hitman tried to give the strike to Grier by knocking it through Jumpers Scott (sorry Paul – hope the arm is fine now), leaving Lord Stringy bloke to complete the rest of the over after Scott was unable to continue.

Grier belted a few more with some large hitting before being bowled by Bostock. Glig gave the Phantom Plummer a pretty easy LBW decision next ball, and Pommie Pogue-stock suddenly had a Michelle 5-for.

Muzza Coles came in, cool as a cucumber. Despite the close field and pending hat-trick (perfect for that growing hat-rack), scored a couple of runs pretty quickly, and defended those wickets stoutly. Hitman then played across a straight ball, ending the Aussie innings a couple of overs short, giving Pommie 6/25, and leaving the Aussies to defend 149.

Lord Power and Duke Jumpers opened the chase, whilst Trumpie opened the bowling, and very early on shattered Power’s furniture. The Gimp, meanwhile was let loose at the other end. He performed admirably to remove Jumpers before he and Jardine Lovell could get a good partnership started.

Jardine stood unworried for a while, scoring well, whilst Oh! McGree did it again! removing Sir Schuaib and Gardener Gale quickly.

Pommie Bostock and Jardine then proceeded to move the score forward keeping the English in the game. However Jardine wrongly tested Bunty’s juggling technique at 1st slip. The Quiet man had ‘done it again’.

The Tour Organiser Edwards replaced him, and kept some sort of momentum going, but when Bostock had had enough to be replaced by Rusty watch Nichols, some Englishmen looked towards the sky for the hail rumoured to be approaching.

Horse scored the Rusty’s wicket, and Puddicombe came on and soldiered valiantly helping the Tour Organiser towards the 100 mark. And the fat lady was soon spotted by the men’s urinals loosening her vocal chords. Cider Edwards blasted one to Bunty’s good hand to be C&B in a flash. Finch helped Puddicombe for a short while, until he departed when threatening to break loose. People wrongly presumed it to be all over when the Stringy fellow come on to the field, with almost 50 runs still to win.

However these guys showed many upper order batsman in both teams, that sticking around and scoring runs wasn’t really that hard, until the score reached 119, still 30 runs short, Puddi was bundled out, leaving Stringer stranded on 10*.

A tough entertaining day ended with Aussies on top, a good thing, because after 9 years of Ashes battles, it would not be nice if we (Aussies) were 8-1 down.

Thanks for Des & Wayne for the organisation. The darkest of dark horses (Hamilton) for scoring. Bunty for getting the best bunch of Aussie blokes together to play, to the real Kiwis for Umpiring, to all the boys (even the Poms) for playing, and for those poor buggers who came to watch us.

The evening ended up with a great barbie with FORSCHUNGSBRAUEREI beer which no-one recalls drinking. A top drop.

RGDS

GREG THE HITMAN HOLMES

Batsman MCC Aussies

Carr

C&B Gale

20

Mcgree

Run out (quietly)

44

Smith

Run out (butchered)

5

Hebel

Played on bostock

6

Grier

Bowled (finally)

36

Kann

Ringer

15

Khanna

Lbw

2

Blades

Played on

0

Holmes

Bowled but inj scott

3

Glig

Lbw (bunny)

0

Coles

Not out – somehow

2*

TOTAL

38.1 overs

149 all out

MCC England Bowler

O

M

R

W

Scott (4 jumpers only)

7.4

0

28

1

Steve the Power

8

0

33

0

Schuaib

7

0

25

0

Bostock (Pommie)

7.1

1

25

SIX

Farmer Gale

6

1

17

1

Lord Stringer

2.2

0

8

0

Batsman MCC England

Power

Bowled behind legs

0

Scott

Bowled gimpish

5

Lovell

Caught BBB slip

19

Schuaib

Bowled Mcgree

2

Gale

St Mcgree allegedly

0

Bostock

Ct (walked)

20

Edwards

C&B BBB

16

Nichols

Dark horsed out

4

Puddicombe

Flew in for day

12

Finch

Not late

7

Stringer

Not out??

10*

TOTAL

34.4 overs

119 all out

MCC England 119 all out. MCC Aussies WON BY 30 RUNS.

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Jules Kann

8

1

19

1

Gimpage Glig

4

1

11

1

Mcgree

4

0

16

3

Carr-nage

5

0

18

1

Amos Hebel

5.4

2

11

2

BBBlades

5

1

7

2

Muzza Coles

3

0

27

0

*!*s

Ashes 2001

Munich Ashes 2001
Aussies

English

Famous Day As England Gain Hat-trick of Success

National pride stands tall today as one by one, English teams gained victories over national rivals. It started with the Heineken Shield where Harlequins beat the French in a nail bitter. The England Cricket team followed it up by a 3 day mauling of the Pakistanis and to cap a great day, the English strode to a ‘comfortable’ win over the Aussies in the Munich Ashes.

The English success was based on intense tiddlywinks practice and the bizarre choice of 5 “smurfs” in the starting line up, but was delivered through a determined batting performance and a consistent bowling attack where none of the bowlers conceded 20 runs.

Winning the toss, Mark ‘Jardine’ Lovell, the English captain, threw the game plan in the bin (did he ever have one?) and decided to bat in damp conditions. The Aussies struck early by running out Steve ‘Chalky White’ Power. Power had been scoring at a run a ball but slipped in the wet conditions, Richard ‘Tresco’ Mundy followed soon after, with the shock of running out his opening partner nothing compared to his disbelief at getting caught behind after the ball bounced around ‘pin-ball’ fashion in the slips.

At 20-2, the Aussies were in full voice looking to press home their advantage. Up came the skipper and vice captain, Nigel ‘knotty’ Shaw, and rebuilt the English innings with a combination of determined defence and cavalier attack. Nigel finally attacking once too often to go after 25 quick runs.

The mid-session drinks break came with England at 63-4 after 20 overs and left the match finely balanced. Setting himself a total of 160, Mark continued to accumulate runs and was capably supported by a steady partnership with Sir Jack Hobbs (aka Peter Wood) who scored 20 and the flashing blade of Alex ‘Beefy’ Gale (23).

The English score reached 100, and then headed for 160 with each Aussie over effortlessly going for 8 to 10 runs. Mark reached a well-deserved 50 before deciding that he had run for long enough. Afterwards claiming that he had slipped, he inexplicably walked nonchalantly up the pitch after an Alex drive to long on, only to find the ball come over his head and be closely run out. The English square leg umpire (who wishes to remain amonymous for his own safety) was later quoted as saying that with 160 on the board, the close decision ensured that the Aussies would have no excuses for their ‘inevitable’ defeat.

With the target 160 safely reached the English innings wound down to finish at 163-9 with a flurry of stumpings by the sharp Aussie keeper, Rod ‘iron gloves’ Murray. Though mauled in the English 3rd 50, Aussie MCC players ended with respectable figures with Mike Smith (6 overs, 1 for 25), Jason (1 for 12 off 5 overs..the prized caught+bowled dismissal of captain of vice Nigel), Dave Carr (1 for 17), Matthew (0 for 8) and the Aussie skipper Tony Blades (taking 2 late wickets from blitzlike stumpings for 21 runs) all making an impact. The guest Aussie pro, Kevin, also taking 2 wickets for 22 with his left-arm dibblydobblers.

Harmony returned to the ground as the largest ever crowd for a Munich cricket match enjoyed the sun and tucked into the impressive lunch.

The Aussie innings started well with the first 7 overs seeing them to a comfortable 30-0. Then Mark turned to his second string bowlers, with the bowling changes bringing immediate results as the Aussie top order crumbled under intense English pressure. Steve and Alex returned 2 wickets each and Peter maintained the pressure as the Aussies suddenly couldn’t score a run -being reduced to 43-4 off 16 overs.

At this point the game reached its crucial watershed. The Aussie semi pro came in and straight away Mark turned to his most experienced and wily bowler. Experience won out immediately, with Kevin going for only a single run and Mike ‘Brian Close’ Stringfellow beginning the spell that would bring amazing figures of 4 wickets for 17 runs.

In came Tony with his team in tatters at 47-5 – a captains innings was needed and Tony set himself to bat through to the end eventually making 26 not out.

At the other end, Dave Carr who had started brightly picked up the challenge with Tony. In their best spell of the match, Dave and Tony added 56 runs over the next 18 overs to bring the Aussies over 100 and towards a respectable score.

With the required rate per over reaching 15, Dave finally fell in the 36th over after opening the Aussie innings and scoring 58. The remaining Aussie wickets tumbled quickly with Aussie finishing all out for 107 – some 56 runs behind the jubilant English.

The English bowling had won through with Mike being capably supported by Steve (3 wickets for 13), Alex (2 for 15) and most surprisingly the claimed to be non-bowler Richard scooping 1 for 16. Disappointed not to take wickets in his opening spell, Ian ‘Tuffers’ Finch excelled in the field taking a nonchalant one handed catch and running tirelessly to restrict the Aussie scoring.

In the end, everything turned out as it should. England beat the Aussies to take the replica urn, the Aussies managed to claim some victory by asserting that they are always ‘winners’ anyway, the large crowd of 100 enjoyed the sun and the strange but quaint spectacle of cricket in Munich, and the match Sponsors – Outland, the Munich Aussie Bar, supplied the liquid celebration. Magnanimous in Victory, Mark raised the possibility of Aussie revenge by suggesting to popular approval that the Munich Ashes should be held more regularly – so bring on the 3 test series!

Ashes 2001 Photos