Match report vs MIC, 18th August 2012

Finally, summer had arrived with temperatures over 30°C, clear blue skies, three crates of cool fresh in the changing room fridge, plenty of shade for the scorers to sit and mock the perspiring fielders all day long and an opposition whom we had stuffed in a recent fixture with a very friendly MCC team but who had written that they hoped we would put out a “proper” team against them for this match. So we were more than up for it, to the extent that captain Weston actually won the toss and chose to bat in a 35 over fixture.

Sarma and Clare opened the batting to face Johnson, he of Sir Richard Turnbull fame, and George, and scored at a healthy 7 runs an over until Clare went for 38 off 37 balls in the eleventh over with the score on 69. Weston and Sarma put on another 54 for the second wicket, Weston hitting some almighty sixes and powerful fours in his 34 off 19 balls. Sarma and Hobbs took the score to 187 with a third wicket partnership of 64 before Sarma, who had really looked to be on a hundred played across a straight one and was clean bowled for 75 off 75 balls, the score now being 197 for 3 down. Soundarajan departed five runs later after joining in the duck race having faced eight balls. Wright came to join Hobbs, who was having the time of his life, and scored 8 off 10 balls allowing Fudge to come to the crease. Hobbs fell for 39 off 43 balls in the next over, this being his highest score for MCC, to be replaced by O`Connor who decided not to be upstaged in the duck race and went after facing one ball only. In came Sestan, the Croatian Killer to meet the hattrick ball with a straight bat and survived the rest of Johnsons double wicket maiden over. Sestan and Fudge put on 23 for the eigth wicket, Sestan being run out on the very last ball of the innings – remember to ground your bat Igor – and MCC finished on 240 for 8 after the 35 overs.

After a splendid tea provided by Fudge, complete with his infamous boiled eggs, MCC toook the field and opened with Gill and Jadwani who hadn`t batted in MCC`s innings. Gill struck with his fourth ball, getting the MIC opener Srini for a duck, LBW. In his second over he got the MIC captain Obaid, clean bowled for 4 and in his third over, Jadwani got Pramod clean bowled for 2. MIC were now 30 for 3 after 5.5 overs and in trouble but Kashif was at the crease and he was a joy to behold. He finished on 128 off 114 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes, being out finally, caught Fudge, bowled Wright with the score on 196 for 9. Sestan, who bowled very well and took 3 for 40 almost got him caught behind off a ball that the umpire called a wide despite a convincing appeal by all those close around the bat.  MIC were all out for 197 after 31,3 overs only Amit with 16 scoring above 10 runs and the victorious team enjoyed a swim in the Eisbach, loads of Helmut`s cool fresh then repaired to the Chinese Tower to discuss tactics until around midnight.

Note to Gill: It is extremely bad form to swim without your togs and even more so to swim with a bottle of cool fresh in your hand.

 

Sarma, 75, bowled

Clare, 38, bowled, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Weston, 34, caught

Hobbs, 39, bowled, 0.3 overs, 0 mdns, 1 run, 1 wkt

Soundarajan, 0, caught

Wright, 8, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 1 wkt

Fudge, 18*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs. 1 wkt, 1 catch

O`Connor, 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Sestan, 1, run out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 3 wkts

Jadwani, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 1 wkt

Gill, DNB, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

 

MCC, 240 for 8, best MIC 197 for 10, by 43 runs.

 

MCC MOM Sarma.

League vs FVSE Erlangen 7th July 2012

MCC were very excited about hosting the match with the current league leaders at the Hirschanger, having beaten them in a thrilling friendly at their ground in Erlangen last season. Captain Weston was winging in from KL on the Friday evening and, in fact, joined us at the Chinese Tower to discuss pre-match strategy after commandeering the internet connections on the flight home via Dubai to order us to mow the shi** out of the pitch before laying the Flicx at Friday`s practise session, in order to give our quickies all the help we could.

Later on Friday the heavens opened with torrential rain and the rain continued until around 08:30 on Saturday morning. The Erlangen team had already telephoned and texted asking what would be expected in the afternoon and were told, no problems, we will get the match in. As often happens in Munich, by the time the game began the clouds had blown away and we had a beautiful, hot, sunny afternoon.

Captain Weston used Maria Theresa to lose the toss but remained certain we would win the match as the correct coin was used. Superstition reigns supreme in some quarters.

FVSE chose to bat and opened with Satish and Bilal to face MCC`s opening pair, Scott and Ferguson. The outfield was still wet and it was difficult to score any boundaries even if the ball was hit well which was apparently difficult to achieve, the first wicket, Bilal, falling to Ferguson for 8 in the 6th over with the score on 16. Ferguson also accounted for Satish who went for 9 in the 8th over with the total now 21. Wyanand a South African and Wasif scored very slowly but FVSE lost no more wickets before the drinks break when the score was 50 for 2 after 80 minutes. FSVE appeared to be following the traditional ODI philosophy of saving wickets for a big charge towards the end. Wyanand was bowled for 16 by Clare in the 27th over with the total on 75. In the 32nd over Garner, the man of many voices (thank goodness for that “o”) had Akmal out caught by Rabbani for 19 and the score was now 102 for 4 down. In the 33rd over Wasif was finally out for 42, LBW to Clare and the score was now 113 for 5 down. There was a rather comical run out with Captain Gursher and Subjahit both just about at the same end.

FSVE finished up on 149 all out after 38 overs which, considering the difficult batting conditions at the start, was a very competitive total.

After enjoying a Sarma-special tea MCC openers Veser and O`Meagher took the field, O`Meagher hoping to be among the runs again and MCC requiring 3.75 runs per over to win the match. The bowling was tight and scoring difficult although Veser hit a cracking boundary six off his seventh ball. O`Meagher though was having problems and fell for 5 in the 9th over having faced 24 balls with the score on 25. Sarma and Veser pushed the score to 46 before Veser was out caught for 26 in the 16th over. Weston went for 2 in the same over and at the drinks break MCC were 70 for 3 needing just 4 runs per over from the remaining 20 overs. Ferguson and Sarma carried on at just about the required run-rate until Sarma went, bowled for 28 in the 26th over with the score on 89. Clare and Ferguson had a partnership of 39, Clare being bowled for 16 in the 34th over, the score now 128 for 5 and 22 runs needed off 6 overs. When Ferguson was bowled for 29 in the next over MCC were 129 for 6. Rabbani stayed only a short while and after 37 overs MCC were 132 for 7 down and needing 18 to win off 3 overs. Furlonger and Gill put on 11 for the 8th wicket but Gill was bowled for 3 in the 39th over to be replaced by the man of many voices who played dot and a 1 to keep the strike for the final over with MCC needing 7 runs for victory. The first two balls of the final over were wides, greeted with great enjoyment by the spectators then a single to leave Furlonger facing, needing 4 runs from 5 balls. He upped his strike rate and took a single off the first ball so leaving Garner needing 3 off 4. The first ball was met with a massive swipe to be a dot ball, 3 runs needed of 3 balls. Then, joy of joys, Big Bird tonked the penultimate ball for a massive six over square leg and MCC had won a thrilling match with 2 balls to spare. Helmuth`s cool fresh took a hammering in the after match celebrations before we retired to the Chinese Tower for a post match strategy discussion. There was some dispute over the score book, Rabbani claiming he had scored a single and not moved up the duck race table. This claim was, of course, rejected until Rabbani drove the chairman home and passed over a sealed brown envelope so he is credited with 1 run and Furlonger finished up with 6 not out rather than 7 not out.

 

Veser, 26, caught

O`Meagher, 5, caught, 1 catch

Sarma, 28, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 14 runs, 0 wkts,

Weston, 2, bowled, 2 catches

Ferguson, 29, bowled, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 18 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, 16, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs. 2 wkts

Rabbani, 1, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 32 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Furlonger, 6*,

Gill, 3, bowled, 5 overs, 1 mdn, 10 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch

Garner, 8*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 4 wickets

Scott, DNB, 8 overs, 3 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts

 

MCC, 153 for 8, beat FSVE Erlangen, 149 all out, by 2 wickets

 

MCC MOM Ferguson

League vs CC Bavaria 5th May

The first game at the Hirschanger this season and a league match against CC Bavaria who have put the kybosh on our league aspirations in three out of four seasons since 2008. What would it be like this year?

The weather in the days leading up to the match had been poor for cricket, a lot of rain and rain was forecast for later in the day. Club captain Weston was making Berlin unsafe so club vice-captain Clare was again skipper for the day. Clare duly won the toss and perhaps surprisingly chose to field first. Clearly the threat of rain and the opportunity to keep the opposition contained to a small twenty over score swayed him.

The move seemed to pay off, all MCC bowlers bowling tightly, and, at 20 overs, the CC Bavaria score was 78 for 2. There was a rain shower making the outfield even wetter but thereafter the weather improved. After around 32 overs the batsmen insisted that the wet outfield has caused the ball to soak up moisture and become too heavy. Although there was no deformation nor any damage to the seam, the umpire finally allowed the ball to be changed and the batsmen were soon profitting from it. After the match I checked with the lawmakers at Lords and was advised that should the ball soak up too much water and become heavier than the weight defined in the laws then it should be changed. However this is something that very rarely, if ever, happens. Should umpires now have to carry a miniature set of scales with them? After 38 overs CC Bavaria were 191 for 5 but some poor bowling at the death allowed them to increase this to 229 for 6 after the 40 overs.

At the start of the MCC innings it was clear that there would be no twenty overs decision, to win we would have to beat their score of 229. Openers O`Meagher and Veser bagan the chase but Veser soon departed for 4 with the score on 9 to be replaced by Sarma. They put on 69 for the second wicket at a fair run rate, Sarma finally being caught for 31 with the score on 78. Rabbani came and went quickly having been run out slowly and was replaced by Algar. He and O`Meagher took the score to 100 for 3 after 20 overs, Algar passing his 1000 accumulated runs milestone on the way. MCC continued to score at a healthy rate but also lost wickets fairly regularly, among them skipper Clare who decided to join the duck race. Pick of the batsmen was Wright, who finished on 52, his first fifty anywhere less than a 90 minute flight from Munich. After 38 overs MCC were 201 for 9 and almost made it when Wright was out caught on the boundary in the final over. Had it carried to be a boundary six we would have needed only nine runs from five balls. In the end a very exciting match and CC Bavaria continue to be the bane of our league title aspirations.

 

Veser, 4, caught

O`Meagher, 37, caught

Sarma, 31, caught, 1 catch

Rabbani, 2, run-out, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 48 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Algar, 17, bowled

Ferguson, 14, caught, 8 overs, 2 mdns, 19 runs, 0 wkts

Clare, 0, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 1 wkt

Wright, 52, caught, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 2 wkts

Turner, 12, caught, 2 stumpings

Garner, 3, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 1 wkt

Blades, 2*, 8 overs, 1 mdn, 39 runs, 1 wkt

 

MCC, 214 for 10, lost to CC Bavaria, 229 for 6, by 15 runs.

 

MCC MOM Wright

League vs Tegernsee, 1st May 2012

The Hischanger wasn`t available for our home fixture so we arranged to play the match in Tegernsee`s picturesque ground. A large party of nineteen or so gathered at the main station by the BOB ticket desk for the 10.15 train. Sobek brought a cooling box with food and he also had some ladies to share the onerous task of watching with him. However on the walk from the station to the ground he got diverted to the Tegernseeer Brauhaus and we didn`t see him or the ladies for some while afterwards. Nevetheless, Palfrey, who had missed the train but took a later one need not worry as he made a new friend in Sestan who took a cooler with eight cans of cool fresh in it. Scott had left his hotel in Hamburg at 7.30 am to head for the airport and arriving in Munich left for Tegernsee without going home first – there’s dedication for you. Veser and family also drove down as did Rabbani and Blades, complete with the kit.

Skipper Clare won the toss – be warned Weston – and chose to bat. It is a small, but beautiful ground with snow topped mountains in the background.

Veser and O’Meagher opened and put on a very good partnership against good Tegernsee bowling from Saleem and Govindar before Veser was out, caught behind, with the score on 51. Wright and Veser then put on 21 before O`Meagher, complete with a new bat from New Zealand, went for 23 in the 14th Over. Ferguson came and went, joining the duck race, after receiving what, from the square leg umpire’s position, looked to be a bummer of a decision. Then came hard  hitting Rabbani, who top scored with 38 before being LBW in the 21st over with the score on 175. Blades and Garner joined the duck race, Algar and Hobbs enjoyed some lusty hits, Hobbs sacrificing his wicket going for a second that wasn`t on in the 39th over and  MCC were all out for 205.

Ferguson and Blades opened the bowling for MCC and for me it was an unusual opportunity to see how our bowlers were as I usually stand in matches between other teams. Tegernsee were up with the run rate but, in the 6th over Blades struck twice and Tegernsee were 31 for 2. Ferguson got a wicket in the seventh over and Blades another in the 10th over leaving the score on 49 for 4. Garner and the long distance traveller Scott come on and bowled very tightly, the run rate dropped and the game looked to be in the bag and at the 20 over drinks break Tegernsee were 76 for 5. Blades had taken up a fielding position at  third man, close to the volley ball pit and the young amazons playing there – its a hard life for some. Rabbani came on in the 21st over for a short spell of four overs in which he took 2 for 24, Hobbs tried to repeat his performance from Bucharest but got hammered for three fours in a single over.  Tegernsee were all out for 142 after 32.5 overs despite a splendid defensive stand by Denish Ritigahapoln, who top scored with 36 not out.

After the match we stayed at the ground sampling Tegernseer helles until they ran out and had only Weissbier on offer. We then retired to the Brauhaus to admire the spectacle of Hobbs devouring a Haxe in under five minutes and took the 9 pm BOB back to Munich. By this time, Palfrey was reduced to a glassy stare, Algar slept all the way dreaming of long white clouds and the 12 runs he need to make his 1000 for the club. Sobek treated us to a hilarious German lesson and some yoga dancing in the isle.

All in all a wonderful day trip and, as skipper Clare remarked, perhaps we should arrange to play all our league matches against Tegernsee away.

 

Veser, 23, caught, 1 catch

O`Meagher, caught, 23

Wright, caught 14,

Ferguson, LBW, 0, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 30 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch

Rabbani, LBW, 38, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 24 runs, 2 wkts

Clare, bowled, 23

Algar, bowled 12

Garner, caught 0, 7.5 overs, 12 runs, 2 wkts, 1 catch

Hobbs, run out, 13, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts

Blades, caught, 0, 8 over, 0 mdns, 40 runs, 4 wkts

Scott, not out, 1, 5 overs, 2 madns, 15 runs, 1 wkt.

 

MCC, 205 for 10 beat Tegernsee, 142- 10 by 53 runs

 

MCC MOM Rabbani.

Match report vs. Pak Orient, 15th April 2012

An awful day dawned, overcast, not raining but there had been rain in the night. An hour before the match captain Weston sent out a message that having talked to Pak Orient, the game was definitely on and scheduled for a 1230 start.

In the meanwhile it had begun to rain, not heavily but more than a drizzle. A few MCC stalwarts gathered outside the ground, wondering where the opposition were for 10 minutes or so when finally about eight of them arrived, having travelled up from Rosenheim. MCC numbers had now increased to eight, including a new, keen member, Tejas Jadwani who was getting a brilliant introduction to Munich cricketing weather. Unfortunately we had some five bail outs, disrespecting the cricketing tradition of turning up at the ground to experience the match being called off.

Ibrihim had sent an SMS advising he was on his way from Rosenheim and Wrighty confirmed he was coming too, bringing MCC up to ten. It continued to rain and the sensible thing would have been to cancel the fixture but the opposition were very keen, as many of them had travelled a fair distance to get there. Also O’Meagher stated that they played club cricket in the north of England in such weather and we didn`t want to be labelled a bunch of poofters, like the bail outs, by Yorkshire members of the club – eat dirt Steven Pryke!

So the match was on and captain Weston duly lost the toss, a very bad toss to loose in retrospect. The scorer settled down in his Zuoz attire – thick woollen shirt, long sleeved MCC sweater, a hoodie, a padded winter jacket, an MCC cap and a pair of gloves plus a battered umbrella and a flask of steaming tea.
Ferguson opened the bowling with a no-ball and demonstrated that it was going to be extremely difficult to control the ball at any pace. In fact MCC bowled 32 wide balls and 8 no-balls making an extra 6.4 overs to be bowled and endured by the freezing scorer whose tea flask had been shattered by a six hit towards the end of the Pak Orient innings. Pak Orient had scored at around 7 per over up until the half way stage when they turned up the screw and finished with 248 for 9 after the allotted 25 overs. It was very difficult to keep the score, all the fielders’s were dressed like Scott’s Antartic expedition and there was no scorer from the opposition to help. They even retired one batsman after he reached fifty and replaced him with Omar Khan without advising the scorer who enjoyed a vicious revenge when Omar asked how many he had scored, only to be told, none, because you were not listed in the batting order. MCC bowlers did their best under shocking conditions, the best probably being Ferguson who went for 34 off his five overs and only bowled three wides and one no-ball.

After a short break enjoyed in the warmth of the changing room, Sarma and Wright opened for MCC against the bowling of Suleiman and Sheraz. Suleiman had trouble controlling the ball, as had the majority of MCC’s bowlers and he put down seven wides in his two overs finishing with 0 – 24. He was replaced by Omar who showed that it was possible to control the ball but nevertheless, the MCC openers were very aggressive and scored at ten an over until Wright was out, caught off Omar’s bowling for 21 in the seventh over with the score on 57. Algar came and went, being run out without facing a ball – the second time in his career with MCC and Sarma went in the same over for 25, the score at the end of the eighth over being 60 for 3.

Ibrahim went for 1 in the ninth over and then O’Meagher and Weston put on the brakes. It was noticable that the Pak Orient bowlers were better able to control the ball than had the MCC bowlers and, in fact, they bowled only 16 wide balls and 0 no-balls in the allotted 25 overs. It was clear that Weston was completely out of sorts at the start of his innings, but at the end appeared to be back into form so we hope this is an omen for the games in Bucharest next week. He remained unbeaten, with 26 off 52 balls as did O’Meagher with 21 off 45 balls. MCC finished with 114 for 4 after 25 overs thus losing the match by 134 runs

Sarma, 25, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Wright, 21 caught,
Algar, 0, run out, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 36 runs, 1 wkt
O’Meagher, 21*, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 47 runs, 2 wkts
Ibrahim, 1, LBW, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 42 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Weston, 26*
Rabbani, DNB, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 1 wkt
Jadwani, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 16 runs, 1 wkt
Shakarappa, DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts
Ferguson, DNB, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 1 wkt, 3 catches.

MCC, 114 for 4, lost to Pak Orient, 248 for 9, by 134 runs.
MCC man of the match, Ferguson, tight bowling, fewer wides and three catches.

Summary 2012

1 April 2012 – Pak Orient, friendly – Loss
15 April 2012 – Pak Orient, friendly – Loss
22 April 2012 – TCC Bucharest, friendly – Win
22 April 2012 – TCC Bucharest, friendly – Win
23 April 2012 – UCC Bucharest, friendly – Win
1st May 2012 – Tegernsee, league – Win
5th May 2012 – CC Bavaria, league – Loss
19th May 2012 – MIC, league – Win
19th May 2012 – Pak Orient, friendly – Loss

Match report, 1st April vs Pak Orient Friendly

The first game of the season and we trundled off to Hasenbergl again as we have been doing for the past few seasons. It was a beautiful spring day, sunshine but rather cool with the temperature around 10°C. MCC had dropped from 15 players to ten, Amruth moving from “playing” to a “maybe” in the morning and Ibrahimi simply not turning up. Nevertheless, spirits were high although captain Weston spurned the assistance of Maria Theresa and lost the toss, and thus gave us the opportunity to field first.

The opposition had several new players and also Omar Khan appears to be back having left the Munich Boys; the beautifully named Sher Khan, who took six wickets against us in the last game of the 2011 season was playing too.

The MCC opening and first change bowlers were pretty tight and they took wickets too. The first five wickets fell with the score on 10, 45, 67, 76 and 76 and, after 18 overs, Pak Orient were 86 for 5. However, after the drinks break Pak Orient went into big-hitting mode, helped by a couple of dropped catches. Awal Khan, one of their new players, finished on 130* having hit 18 fours and 4 sixes, more than many of us hit in a complete season. Pak Orient were eight down for 287, including 34 wides after their 35 overs.

Sarma and Ferguson opened the batting for MCC and put on 54 for the first wicket before Sarma was out for 25, bowled by Sheraz in the 10th over. Veser and Ferguson continued scoring at a fast rate until Ferguson was out for 31, stumped by Aslam off Omar Khan’s bowling in the 16th over. After 18 overs MCC were 120 for 2 and still thinking of winning the match. The good scoring rate continued until the 24th over when Weston was out for 22, bowled by Awal Khan. Wright came and went quickly, only just troubling the scorers as they say, to be replaced by Rabbani. He and Veser continued the good work until Rabbani went for 14 in the 28th over, bowled by Waqar who introduced Caspari to the duck race for 2012 off the next ball.

MCC were now regretting having only ten players but were pleasantly surprised when Happy Hooch Turner turned up, dressed like Johnny Cash, having been out for a bike ride. Like a real cricketer he had his whites in the saddle bag and was persuaded to change from his skin-hugging attire into cricket clothes, ready to bat at number eleven. Albert and Sestan made some useful runs and really enjoyed themselves before Blades with Turner took MCC to 220 for 9 from their 35 overs.

So with over 500 runs scored, everyone getting a bat and a bowl, the first friendly of the season finished with MCC losing by 67 runs but everyone had an enjoyable day in the spring sunshine.

Sarma, 25, bowled, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 65 runs, 3 wkts, 3 catches
Ferguson, 31, stumped, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 50 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Veser, 73*, 1 over, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts.
Weston, 22, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 25 runs, 1 wkt,
Wright, 1, caught, 1 catch
Rabbani 14, bowled, 7 overs, 2 mdns, 27 runs, 2 wkts
Caspari, 0, bowled,
Albert, 3, bowled,
Sestan, 6, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 53 runs, 1 wkt
Blades, 6*, 7 overs, 0 mdns, 51 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Turner, 1*

Pak Orient, 287 for 8 beat MCC, 220 for 9 by 67 runs

MCC man of the match: Manfred Veser.

Friendly vs Pak Orient, 24th September

A beautiful autumn day with clear blue skies and the temperature just above 20°C awaited us for the last game of the season at the picturesque Hirschanger. Captain for the day Rabbani lost the toss and MCC were asked to field. Club captain Weston stayed only long enough to take some video films then had to leave to change into his toy boy kit for an excursion to the Oktoberfest. Naveed and Matheen opened the batting for Pak Orient and faced Scott and Blades. The run rate was kept under control, the score being 32 for 0 after seven overs but, significantly, 11 of the runs were wides. The two openers fell in the ninth and 13th overs respectively but numbers three and four both scored rapidly and turned in the highest scores of the match. One of them, a new player on the scene, went under the glorious name of Sher Khan and was the cause of many Kipling quotes. Khan finished on 54 from 61 balls before being caught by Fudge off Rabbani`s bowling and his partner, Sheraz, scored 64 from 51 balls before retiring. Fudge had taken an excellent catch in the deep having earlier treated us to a beautiful ballet dancing sketch – at least that is how Sestan defined it – also on the boundary while missing another catch completely. Basit, playing again for Pak Orient, made 31 not out but none of the other batters made any significant scores. After 35 overs Pak Orient were 243 for 8 including 51 extras leaving MCC needing only seven an over to win.
Fudge had provided the teas and as it was the last game of the season we decided we would offer teas to the opposition too. They promptly ate everything and Fudge had to leave for the supermarket again to purchase some snacks for the MCC players.
Palfrey and Veser opened MCC`s innings, Palfrey giving only a single chance in his innings on the third ball he faced leaving MCC on 0 for 1 after three balls. Sarma replaced him and he and Veser put on 69 runs for the second wicket, Veser going for 35 from 32 balls in the 12th over. That, unfortunately for MCC, was it with only Sear of the remaining batsmen reaching double figures. A couple joined in the duck race and MCC were all all out for 102 after 25.4 overs. The main destoyers were two slow spin bowlers, the infamous Sher Khan (1 – 18 from 7) and Hashim (5 – 14 from 7).

Palfrey 0, caught
Veser 35, bowled
Sarma 26, bowled, 1 stumping
Hobbs 0, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 31 runs, 0 wkts
O`Meagher 1, run out, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 38 runs, 2 wkts,
Sear 12, bowled, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 50 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 1, LBW, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Rabbani 5, caught, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt
Sestan 1, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2, caught, 5 overs, 0 mdns, 26 runs, 4 wkts
Scott 0*, 6 overs, 0 mdns, 34 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 102 for 10, lost to Pak Orient by 141 runs.

MCC MOM Veser

BCV T20 semi-final vs Serendib 17th September

After the strenuous tours to Trento and Prague it was back to the Hirschanger for the BCV T20 semi-final against Serendib who had thrashed us by six wickets in the league. The school summer-holidays were over so we had been able to get some good preparation with a Friday afternoon training session. Captain Weston won the toss and chose to bowl on a slightly damp playing area after some heavy rain during the night. The usual Serendib opening pair of Berenger and Milan Fernando came out to face Blades and Sear as the opening bowlers for MCC. Things started to look good, Berenger falling to Blades off the second ball of the match and Sear following up with a maiden in his first over. After five overs Serendib were 21 for 1 and MCC were happy. Unfortunately thereafter the Serendib batsmen, Fernando and Basit, both began to score regularly and of the remaining 15 overs, eight went for double figures. These two batsmen scored 148 runs between them, Fernando finally falling, caught and bowled to Sear, in the 19th over having hit 120 from 59 balls, including 5 fours and 11 sixes. The captain had tried nine bowlers during the innings, Lovell being the only one not to be asked to bowl apart from the captain/wicket keeper himself. Serendib finished on 177 for 7 from their 20 overs, leaving MCC a little shell shocked but still able to enjoy the splendid tea provided by the non-bowling Lovell.
Weston and Lovell opened the MCC innings and got off to a good start. After five overs the score was 33 for 0 and well ahead of the equivalent opposition score. Weston fell in the 6th over for 19  to be followed by Lovell for 35 in the 10th over with the score on 73. The Serendib bowlers seemed to bowl a better length than had MCC and there were far fewer balls able to be lofted over the boundary for six. Throughout the innings MCC were only able to post three overs with double figures and despite a determined, spirited effort, the target set by Serendib was simply too high, the last MCC wicket falling in the 20th over with the score on 134.

Weston 19, caught, 1 catch
Lovell 35, bowled
Sarma 20, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts
Clare 15, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 0 wkts
Sear 3, bowled, 4 overs, 1 mdn, 32 runs, 3 wkts, 2 catches
Rabbani 13, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 12 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 0, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 1 wkt, 1 catch
Ferguson 0, bowled, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 19 runs, 1 wkt
Wright 1, run out, 1 over, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Garner 12, caught, 4 overs, 0 mdns, 33 runs, 0 wkts
Blades 2*, 3 overs, 0 mdns, 17 runs, 2 wkts.

MCC, 134 – 10, lost to Serendib, 177 – 7, by 43 runs.

MCC MOM Lovell, highest score and excellent teas.

3/4 Sep – Trentino Tour – Semi Finalists

3rd September, first round, first match.

A very hot and humid day in Trento, with temperatures in the middle thirties, saw captain Weston lose the toss against Trentino and being asked to field. The opposition appeared to be mainly of Pakistani  heritage with their known preference for tonking the ball around with massive swinging hits. The rules of the tournament were that players had to retire on reaching 25 and the opening Trentino batsman, a gentleman with a rather solid figure, retired when he had reached 31 – he should actually have retired one ball and four runs earlier. That was his final contribution to the game for he neither fielded nor bowled but was replaced by another, more athletic player. The four MCC bowlers used went for around 10 runs per over, the exception being Wright who took one for 13 in his two overs. The cummulative Trentino scores at the end of each over were 0 -12, 0 – 22, 0 – 32, 1 – 34, 1 – 45, 1 – 54, 1 – 67 and 2 – 78.
Weston and Clare opened the batting for MCC and the scoring was slow, the first boundary coming in the third over with the 15th ball of the innings. After the seventh over things were looking gloomy, MCC reaching only 60 for 2. However Wright did some marvellous tonking before being run out spectacularly after easily making his ground and Sarma and Turner then took us to 78 with an exciting two runs off the last ball of the innings.
MCC`s cummulative scores after each over were 0 – 5, 0 – 10, 0 – 24, 0 – 32, 1 – 40, 2 – 50, 2 – 60, 3 – 78.

Weston  24, caught, 1 catch
Clare 13, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Wright 23, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 13 runs, 1 wkt
Sarma 8*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 23 runs, 0 wkts
Turner 4*,
Fudge DNB, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts

MCC, 78 for 3, tied with Trentino, 78 for 2.

3rd September, first round second match
Captain Weston lost the toss and MCC were put in to bat by Indomita, a team from Trento consisting mainly of Italians but not including Guido “Hitta ze Rabbish” Ronconi. Weston and Fudge opened the innings and scored at a rapid rate, Fudge falling in the third over with the score on 34. Embleton at number three was the only MCC batsman having to retire during the weekend after he scored 26. Some powerful hitting and aggressive running took MCC to  a good score, the cummulative scores after each over being 0 – 11, 0 – 33, 1  – 41, 1 – 48, 1 – 63, 1 – 81, 2 – 89, 3 – 94.
Clare and Embleton opened the bowling, Embleton taking a wicket with only his second ball. In the first over Clare had run out the other opening batsman with a quick gather-and-throw off his own bowling. The scoring was kept to a moderate rate and Indomita were three wickets down after the alloted eight overs. The cummulative scores were:
1 – 6, 2 – 10, 2 – 18, 3 – 23, 3 – 24, 3 – 31, 3 – 38, 3 – 46

Weston 22, caught, 1 over, 0 mdns, 7 runs, 0 wkts, 1 catch
Fudge 23, bowled, 1 over, 0 mdns, 8 runs, 0 wkts
Embleton 26* retired, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 9 runs, 2 wkts,
Turner 12, caught, 1 catch
Sarma 3*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 15 runs, 0 wkts
Clare 2*, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 6 runs, 0 wkts.

MCC, 94 – 3, beat Indomita, 46 – 3 by 48 runs.

4th September, semi-final

Having competed well in the first round matches, MCC were not quite up to standard for this match – was it the long wait for the ice cream, the excess of vino, the impressive views in the Piazza or the excertions of the Pink Flamingo? I guess we will never know.
Captain Weston made it three in a row for the toss and MCC were asked to field by Trento. Clare opened the bowling and after taking a wicket off his third ball things were looking up. Embleton, his opening bowling partner also had a good first over but thereafter it went pear-shaped. Trento finished with 105 from their eight overs, two of their batsmen retiring having reached 25. The cummulative scores were.
1 – 3, 1 – 16, 1 – 32, 1 – 47, 1 – 58, 2 – 79, 2 – 89, 2 – 105.
Weston and Clare opened for MCC and found scoring to be very difficult, in fact only one boundary was scored in the complete MCC innings whereas Trento had scored 17. Weston top scored with 19 but after 6 overs the match was finished, the cummulative scores being:
0 – 6, 0 – 16, 1 – 23, 1 – 34, 3 – 45, 5 – 52.

Weston 19, bowled, 1 catch
Clare 7, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 20 runs, 1 wkt
Embleton 4, caught, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 28 runs, 0 wkts
Wright 2, bowled, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 21 runs, 0 wkts
Sarma 6, run out, 2 overs, 0 mdns, 35 runs, 1 wkt
Turner 1*

MCC, 52 – 5, lost to Trento, 105 – 2 by 53 runs.

MCC player of the tournament, the pink flamingo