Another blistering hot day, 30°C plus and the Forschungsbrauerei beckoning to celebrate our victory or drown our sorrows over losing as the case may be. At the Friday afternoon nets we agreed that to beat SSC was easy, you simply have to get Milan out and then Manny or Westy have to have a good knock.
Skipper Sarma got things off to a good start by losing the toss and MCC were asked to field. Clearly losing the toss was well planned as Scott took a wicket with his first ball and followed it with five dot balls. Crocodile Bock Blades followed with another maiden so after two overs, SSC were 0 for 1 but with Milan at the crease. Scott had another wicket maiden in his fourth and, after seven overs, SSC were 25 for 2. The other wickets fell with 60, 83, 108, 115, 131, 131, 149 and 149 on the board, Milan finally going for 84, the seventh wicket to fall. Only one other SSC batsman, Obaid, made double figures. MCC had bowled and fielded very well with much vocal support from the fielders to keep everyone on their toes. Pick of the bowlers were “You’ll never Bock alone” Ferguson, parsimonious as ever with 2 for 12 off 5.3 and Carrier with 4 for 35 off 6.
After teas, MCC opened with Veser and O’Meagher who pushed along at a steady six runs per over playing some glorious shots. Veser finally went for 64 in the 18th over with the score on 119. Sarma and O’Meagher then took MCC to their target in just 4.4 overs.
A resounding victory for MCM which guaranteed first division cricket next season and gave a great reason to celebrate at the Forschungsbrauerei to which we all retired afterwards. They have a new quaffable ale there, the Summer Helles, which is still a little strong for a session drink but is admirable when followed by Pilsisimus. Following that with a Bock beer as several did is not always recommended as it has the effect of causing one to sing any song where the word Bock can be inserted when sitting unprotected in a short but violent downpour.
Veser, 64, caught, 1 catch
Sarma, 15*,1 over, 0 mdns, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 2 catches
Weston, DNB, 2 catches, 1 stumping
Ferguson, DNB, 5.3 overs, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch
Carrie, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 4 wkts
Blades, DNB, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 29 runs, 1 wkt
Clare, DNB, 6 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 1 wkt, 2 catches
Scott, DNB, 6 overs, 2 mdns, 31 runs, 2 wkts,
MCC, 160 for 1, beat SSC, 159 for 10, by 9 wickets
MCC MOM Carrie.