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