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
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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
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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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MCC Man of The Match

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

MCC Performers

Batsman
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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
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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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