Friendlies 2006

FRIENDLY MATCHES 2006

Match Details MCC vs MICC AWAY APRIL 16 – 35over match

MCC Performers

Batsman
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GILES lbw sobek 0
PALFREY ** 95
PARRY b 1
LOVELL lbw golden 0
FURLONGER ct 5
SOBEK b 0
MCGREE ct 13
NAV SHARMA ct 4
BLADES ct 20
SALING ** 0
GLIG DNB DNB
TOTAL 34.1 Overs 164 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
NAV SHARMA 6 0 32 2
GLIG 7 1 22 1
BLADES 5.4 0 35 1
MCGREE 7 0 23 1
PARRY 7 1 29 1
PALFREY 2 0 13 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON BY TWO WKTS IN FINAL OVER OF GAME +++NOTES FROM THE CHAIRMAN+++ Catches: N. Sharma, Saling, Furlonger (2), Gligorov Run-out: Parry/N. Sharma – Christmas fine for being involved in a runout McGree – Christmas fine, retrospectively demanding four runs to be taken off his figures claiming they were byes

Comments on the Match

MCC opened the season on a blisteringly hot Aprilese day at the theatre of cricket at Westpark … so hot in fact that rehabilitated skipper, Lovell, got burnt during the course of the day – having failed to apply factor 65. Basics. Before that, of course, he lost the obligatory toss with the testimonial man, Rajendra Nath. Invited to graze in the paddock for 2 hours, MCC took to the field with debutants Angus Lamby Furlonger donning the gloves and semi-debutant Mark Palfrey of Tasmania, starting for Munich in earnest after guesting in the grappafest of Trentino late last season. Nav removed cowboy Salman with a nice c & b and was also involved in a nice run out with the good doctor Parry. Glig bowled well considering he was spotted outside Temple Bar butchering a kebab a mere 5 hours before kick off. Bunty Blades, making his reappearance after shoulder surgery, slowly built up some rhythm and finished up the innings in good style. McGree was quiet until exploding into life with a late wkt. Doc Quizmaster was the pick of the bowlers from my vantage point at deep cow – tying up a few of their set batsmen. Some good fielding too with Knotty Furlonger and late switch Saling taking good catches behind the stumps. Glig took his second ever catch in history at squarish leg. All in all a fair bowling performance with naturally too many wides down the leg side. MICC closing on 160. Scorer McIntosh, ably supported by the Chairman, marvelled over the Antiguan temperatures after a quick passing shower at tea time. After some of Mr Badly’s home-made cake and muffins, the treasurer GILO opened up with the Palfreyman. Despite the amazing array of kit on display in the MCC kit bag, Palfrey couldn’t find matching left-hand batting gloves so opened with a fetching gardening glove instead. Sobek soon sent GILO back to the hatch lbw despite playing an immaculate high elbow fwd defensive. Skidded thru was the call from the large crowd assembled by the hatch. A brave decision by young Sobers considering his late payment of subs to the treasurer just a week prior. Sobers was duly relieved of officiating duties by Blades. Parry came and went refusing to adhere to his five rules of batting for longer than 10 minutes at a time. This brought skipper Lovell to the crease. He was soon sent very quickly back where he had come from, adjudged lbw by Bunty Blades, who decided to test the Lovell turning potential very early in the season. That’s plumb, boss. Furlonger and Palfrey steadied the rocking ship, though Angus looked more like Chris Tavare rather than Alan Lamb. More flamboyance to be expected as the season unfolds. Sobers did a Hershelle Gibbs and left a very very straight ball to join the skipper in the primary club. The gimpish Aussie in the crowd remarked how the English contingent had overdone themselves this week and had contributed a vast total of five runs to the MCC batting cause. A marvellous effort that, Richie. At 33-5, MCC were up sh1t creek with a broken paddle as the quiet man joined Palfrey. They took the score up to 60 odd before McGree sent a pie straight down point’s gullet. Nav looked at ease supporting Palfers before sending one high to cow. This brought Bunty to the crease having escaped the wrath of the skipper. A delightful cameo of 20 with Palfrey going big at the other end and suddenly the game had opened up with MCC now favourites, chasing down less than a run a ball. Blades succumbed late doors bringing Babe Ruth Saling to the crease to join the Tasmanian devil. Another six to Palfrey and the game was in the bag with 5 balls to spare. A chanceless innings of 95 not out, a fine effort. A good game and an even better start to the season. This Saturday MCC travel to Lahore Hasbeenburgled to take on league champions PAK ORIENT (11 am start).

MCC Man of The Match

PALFREY NO FURTHER QUESTIONS FINE DONNAGE OF GARDENING GLOVES

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Match Details MCC vs PAK ORIENT SAT APR 22, 40over match

MCC Performers

Batsman
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PALFREY ct 23
LOVELL b 1
PARRY b 3
SEMBIAN lbw 6
MIKEY b 7
SEAR b 13
BLADES b 18
MITCHAM b 9
DUNNE b 3
SOBEK st 0
SALING * 0
TOTAL 22.3 Overs 105 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
PALFREY 8 0 42 1
SEAR 8 0 39 1
MIKEY 8 0 47 2
BLADES 5 0 47 0
DUNNE 3 0 20 1
SEMBIAN 3 1 8 3
SOBEK 3 0 21 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY LOTS TO A BETTER SIDE ON THE DAY. MOVE ON.

Comments on the Match

Six long and eventful days have passed since the euphoria of the last over victory against MIC – Shabash. The MCC arrived in a most delightful des res part of Munich, Hasbeenburgled, to tackle current league champions Pak Orient. The visiting party arrived promptly at the ground for the scheduled 11am start – except for MC Mikey McIntosh who was cruising around in his pimp mobile looking for prospects for future revenue. He continued this ultimately fruitless search for talent after the game – delaying his arrival for the post match drinks till well after the first Maß had been downed and the follow up ordered at the legendary Ghost Train. As is MCC tradition nowadays peppermint tea was being taken as Captain of life, Lovell, proceeded to lose another toss and they were put into the field for another session of leather chasing in searing April heat. A quick pep talk from Sir Henry detailing the amount of pies to be served up per over and the strict buffet bar opening hours was not enough to prevent Pak Orient from posting a huge score of 260+. Khaleed Butt plundering a good ton before he was finally snared off the bowling of Sear caught behind by MCC pin up Bob ‘do you like it straight up or with a twist’ Mitcham. The MCC perhaps did not take make the most of their chances which would ultimately prove costly. A notable example was when a straight driven loopy skier saw Mikey and Sembian discuss who would catch the ball as they ran parallel to each other. A deep and meaningful discussion that was still continuing in the Ghost Train many hours later. The ball as you can imagine plummeted in between their feet mid conversation. Another lollipop looped up later in the innings off the luckless Blades as Palfrey slipped at a crucial time. A look and no expletive from Blades who did not wish to be fined his match fee x2. A fine catch was taken early in the innings as Captain of Life snared a chance in the slips to remove Man Sore off the slippery bowling of Mikey. He finished with 2-47 off 8 as Sear would made no mistake with the huge Garry Owen that came his way at deep cow. With the exception of Sembian 3-8 off 3 overs, ditching spin for medium pace this season, all the MCC bowlers were tapped to some extent. Swashbuckler Sear looked good in taking 1-39 off 8 having left the blackberry at home to concentrate on cricket rather than his early morning punts on the equine species. Palfrey mixed quicker pace with latter well flighted slower ball leggy type spells. He claimed the prized scalp of Waqar who was stumped impressively by ladies man Mitcham. Waqar giving himself out as the square leg umpire froze at having to give the star player out and possibly missing the remainder of the season due to his reckless actions. The remaining bowlers all suffered as the Pakistani long handle applied some serious shabash spanking. Special mention to Golden Sobers who took 1-21 off 3 having a rare bowl and dislodging some furniture as cowboy number 7 tried to cart him over mid wicket only to hear the dreaded death rattle. Sobers can count himself fortunate to play after originally being selected as 12th man. He was called up at the eleventh hour for Gilo. Doug realised that Sobers was likely to umpire and not wanting to risk being triggered second ball again and seeing another afternoon going to waste, took the safer option of being on call for work. Mitcham behind the stumps for the first time this year took two catches and stumpings a piece. Although, he did spill one off Sembian denying a hat-trick ball in the process. Sembi’s afternoon was not to improve as he later met the same fate as Gilo last week and fell to the dreaded digit of Sobers LBW. The innings ended with them having lots on the board and the sloth Dunne redeeming himself for some earlier incompetent fielding by running out the last PO wicket in the final over – or was it stumped?? A fielding masterclass from the effervescent Jonty Rhodes Saling awaits when training resumes in the coming weeks. The MCC came in for refreshments and were ready for the challenge ahead. Palfrey and Captain of Life were to open the batting. The skippers departing words were ‘What we mustn’t do is loooooooose to them’. Lose to them we did. The Captain soon returned after playing across the line to a very very straight one. Palfrey, who looked in good nick, followed top edging a pull for an easy catch behind the stumps. Sembian came to the crease and was soon dispatched LBW Sobers. It is unlikely that Gilo and Sembian will appear on the same team sheet again as Sobers this season for obvious reasons. Is Sobers the new Nichols? Quizshow host Parry decided he was not up to the task of rescuing the MCC as a low one crept under the bat and dislodged the furniture. Mikey followed in a similar fashion glad that he could get back to his car and finish the tour of Hasbeenburgled that he had started that very morning. Sear and Blades were now at the crease but that soon became Mitcham and Blades. Sear deciding that after leaving a couple, defending a couple and clubbing a couple, that the match was lost and that he would sooner get home to watch the 17.30 at Leicester than see out the remaining overs. 20 overs elapsed and liquid refreshments. Then MCC went back out to the slaughter. Bob making a gritty 9. Blades followed after the third coming of Man Sore who was once again helped to quickly mop up the MCC tail after the short break. Dunne, after being encouraged to get forward decided to neither come nor go and was bowled thru the gate. A lost cause now but the chance to improve the averages for Sobek and Saling. Sobers soon came dashing down the wicket to shake the bowlers hand and fell stumped. Especially unfortunate for Saling who was stranded after looking in good form the previous over. A right mauling for the MCC but there were some positives to come out of the game. A new flicks pitch will arrrive at Pak Orient in time for the competitive fixtures. A new umpire was found to represent the MCC in league matches, it is Sobers’ aim to reduce these games to 20/20 as the fee would work out at a better hourly rate. A big thanks to Des for scoring without a scorebook and supplying the refreshments. Shabash

MCC Man of The Match

DES BRADLEY FOR BRINGING HOME MADE ROLLS AND MR KIPLING CAKES.

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Match Details MCC vs SERENDIP SSC MAY 7

MCC Performers

Batsman
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MCGREE b 34
PRAMOD lbw 18
SEMBIAN * 20
KHANNA * 11
FURLONGER dnb
MITCHAM dnb
PRYKE dnb
BLADES dnb
MCGREE dnb
SCOTT dnb
GLIG/HAMMO dnb
TOTAL 24.1 Overs 107 for 2

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
SCOTT 6 0 18 0
GLIG 5 0 19 0
BLADES 3 0 10 1
MCGREE 4 1 9 2
PRAMOD 3 0 14 1
SEMBIAN 3 0 6 3
PRYKE 3.1 0 20 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won this away friendly by 8 wkts. NB: also bowled hammo 2-0-7-1.

Comments on the Match

Munich won the toss and decided to have a bowl in lovely conditions. Knowing that the Forschungsbrauerei was only a cat’s cock away – the lads set about their task with aplomb and gusto. Scottie and Glig took the new ball. Scottie absolutely steamed in like the Antarctic express and bowled nasty despite a sore side. He was well backed up at the other end by Gliggy who teased the batsmen with a devilish line. Both made the opener’s work hard and bowled with menace and intent. As the pressure mounted the SSC went for a suicidal single. An excellent pick up and throw from Stevie and some nice composure from Gliggy in “eventually” taking off the bails saw the MCC strike nice and early. Clearly not content with one piece of decent fielding, shortly afterwards, Stevie “Collingwood” Pryke was at it again. This time swooping in like an eagle looking for a field mouse dinner, he picked up the ball and delivered a mid air throw direct at the stumps. With the timbers splattered the dreaded finger was raised and the SSC were apple crumbling. Magnificent. The tone for the standard of fielding was set and others followed suit. Blades fired one down, which the batsman looked to slap over mid on, and Gliggy took a fine catch going backwards. Not once did any of the fielders doubt that Gliggy would hold on (cough). The stand in skipper was next to take advantage when Pramod running backwards, took a fine catch on the moo corner boundary. Bobby also kept well and took a fine stumping and was unlucky with another stumping effort. Not sure what everyone had for breakfast but the amazing fielding continued. We are clearly reaping the benefit of all the fine fielding practice we have been doing lately. Blades took a beauty on the turn whilst running with a ball that came over his head and into the sun from the bowling of Pramod. Sembian bowled well and got his just rewards with some wickets – Hammo cashed in with a well taken catch at square leg. Sembi followed this up with an Lbw before Angus leapt like a salmon and held onto a snorter at slip. With the SSC reeling, the skipper sent on the secret weapon (Hammo) to bamboozle the opponents and frighten the shit out of Harry who was keeping at the time with a “couple” of leg side deliveries. Hammo, showing lovely shape, let rip with a couple of firecracker’s and clean bowled one of their tail enders. Stevie wrapped up procedures with a well flighted delivery, which hit the middle stump. SSC were all out for 106 after a stonking all round fielding performance. We’ve set the fielding standard so let’s keep it that way! With 40 overs to get the runs, Pramod and Maysie saw off the quick openers and were being outscored by extras at the start of the innings. With their eye now in and having taken the shine off the new ball, they stepped up the pace and Maysie hit a stylish 34 before being bowled. Sembi was next in and batted well with Pramod who spent some invaluable early season time at the crease. Pramod was eventually out for a well crafted 18. Harry’s eyes lit up with the buffet bowling on offer and he set about tucking in and carting the ball to all corners. A solid start by the openers and some decent hitting by Sembi and Harry ensured a comfortable victory by 8 wickets and an extra mass for the boys in the sunshine at the Forschungsbrauerei.

MCC Man of The Match

MCGREE won the toss, 34 and 2 wkts.

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Match Details MCC vs THE ARC SATURDAY MAY 6

MCC Performers

Batsman
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PARRY 72 Skittleage
LOVELL 27 Gligged
ASIM 74 Furniture
PRAMOD 10 Not Out
SEAR 15 Not Out
SEMBIAN DNB
NAV SHARMA DNB
BLADES DNB
DUNNE DNB
SALING DNB
HOLMES DNB
TOTAL 30 Overs 211 for 3

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
SEAR 3 2 6 2
DUNNE 4 3 4 4
SEMBIAN 3 0 14 0
NAV SHARMA 3 0 15 2
BLADES 3 0 8 1
HOLMES .4 0 2 1
SALING 2 0 13 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON BY 137 RUNS

Comments on the Match

THE CHAIRMANS OPENING THOUGHTS The first game at the Hirschanger (MCC home ground in the aptly named English Garden) to play the Arc for the Noah’s Jar. Another beautiful day, sunshine, 20degrees and a barrel of ale kindly donated by Glig and Harry from the Arc. Once it was tapped the Arc team guarded it rather like bees around a honey pot…but it still tasted rather good. The MCC team was too strong for the Arc regulars but, with the first league game against the MICC approaching, it was important for the potential league team players to spend some time in the middle. On the MCC batting front Dr Matt surprised everyone (including his wife) by passing the 49 run hurdle for the very first time since joining the MCC. He was so worried about this magical score that once on 44 he calmly struck a six, before finally falling exhausted for a well made 72. It was almost a hari-kari end to his innings, but he didnt quite impale himself on a stump. Another fine innings was from Asim top scoring with 74, celebrating a welcome return as if he’d never been away. Lovell is still confused about which game he is playing and for the second time this season kicked the ball onto his stumps. We all look forward to the end of the footie season so our captain can sort himself out mentally. On the bowling front Dunne had one particularly awful over and finished up with figures of 4-3-4-4. Bunty Blades was pleased to take one wicket for only 8 runs in 3 overs for his average was fast approaching his IQ. Saling grabbed ( I almost wrote groped) his first wicket of the season and, as every year, Greg Holmes tops the bowling stats.

MCC Man of The Match

Dr Matt Parry exemplary five rules of batting.

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Match Details MCC vs MICC SUNDAY MAY 21 WESTPARK

MCC Performers

Batsman
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BOB MITCHAM b 5
BUCKETS PUDDS ro 12
WALDROI MIKEY b 55
HARRY b 0
RYAN ct 0
PRYKEY ct 2
LOVELLI b 61
MORGAN b 12
DUNNE ro 0
FINCH * 4
WEATHERALL lbw 0
TOTAL 38 Overs 166 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
DUNNE 8 1 37 1
MORGAN 4 0 26 0
MIKEY 8 2 24 1
PRYKEY 7 2 30 1
FINCH 5 0 26 1
HARRY 2.4 0 12 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 5 wkts.

Comments on the Match

The MCC troops appeared bright and happy to a somewhat miserable cold and wet theatre of cricket that is Westpark. There was some serious doubt as to whether the game would go ahead at all. Wisely though Lovell had ensured his mobile was switched off during the temple hours of darkness pre match to avoid (well meant but annoying) weather related enquiries. However, on match day The Kapitän des Lebens seemed unusually keen – much keener in fact than most of his team mates to get the game underway – making a real transformation of outlook from the days of Mönchengladbach, So a starting time was arranged with a Nath-less MiC team, skippered by Rafiq. Captain Lovell allegedly won his first toss since Steve Waugh retired, and the MCC batted first. Just like as from a miracle, the clouds parted just moments before the scheduled start and much of the game was played in bright Bavarian blazing sunshine. Bob Mitcham and Puddicombe got the proceedings underway. A solid start for the right and left jab combo until Pudds pulled a muscle in his leg (calf). Bob still forced the poor man to run quick singles and it must have been a relief for him when Bob was bowled by a pearler. Relief turned to dismay when Bob stayed on the field to run for him. Not content with getting out just once, he ran poor Phil out with the first ball that he ran for him for a well made 12. A lot of beer needs to be bought to even out that score. The good start was not built on by the MCC, however, and a succession of quick wickets, including Hazza and Saling for a combined total of slightly less than 1 and Pryke for only 2 – unfortunately for him getting caught by the worst fielder in Munich cricket. It left them struggling at 5-35 before Waldroi Mikey Macintosh (55) and captain of life Lovo got together, both hitting half centuries before Mikey (suffering from post temple of doomitis) decided to finally give into tiredness and got himself bowled. Captain Morgan made a quick fire dozen and Dunne, desperately keen to get off the mark ran himself out without scoring. Lovo (61) was finally dismissed by Greg Holmes’ long lost brother, whilst Hazza finally got his revenge on Dave Buggerall for all the times he’d been fired, sending him on his way LBW. Thus ensued the obligatory late order collapse with the innings finishing at a somewhat modest 166 all out in the 38th over, leaving Finch stranded on 4 but with all the best Penny Markt bargains long since bagged over the weekend. Dunne and Captain Morgan took the new ball, but despite troubling the batsmen on occasions were unfortunately unable to make the early inroads required. A wicket to Dunne helped and there was some good fielding from several players, with stand-out Saling (who affected a run out and took 2 catches). There was some good tight bowling from Pryke and Finch, who picked up a wicket each (and were both unlucky to have LBW appeals turned down), who kept the MCC in the game along with Waldroi, who picked up a wicket, enticing an edge to Bob and bowled a very tight second spell. Ultimately it was Greg Holmes’ clone who took the game away at the end for the MiC with some lusty blows. Hazza got a consolation disco wicket, but MiC won quite comfortably in the end by 5 wickets.

MCC Man of The Match

Waldroi Mikey Mcintosh

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Match Details MCC vs PRAGUE TOUR DE CANS JULY 15 AWAY

MCC Performers

Batsman
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SEMBIAN ct 47
SALING b 4
HOOLIGAN b 18
BOSTOCK ct 6
LOVELL ro 38
FURLONGER b 8
MORGAN ct 5
MCGREE no 8
HAENELT no 2
MITCHAM DNB
TOTAL 35 Overs 163 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
MORGAN 7 0 46 3
SEMBIAN 7 1 16 1
HOOLIGAN 7 0 34 3
MCGREE 7 0 18 2
SALING 2 0 24 0
FURLONGER 2.2 0 17 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY ONE WKT

Comments on the Match

MCC’s first ever tour visit to Prague ended in a nail biting defeat by 1wkt. Playing with 10men due to a late bailage MCC won the toss and elected to take first use of the juicyfacilities. A solid start to the innings with Sembi smoothly showing Septic Saling the way. Shot of the day though for the yank spanking a lovely boundary off his legs behind backward square. No need to run them. He was bowled next over through the gate. Houlsa joined sembi as MCC rattled along. It was something of a surprise when H was bowled through the gate for 18. Kiwi, making his seasonal debut came in at four and looked to sell his farm very dearly. It was about this time that the track started to play some very bizarre tricks and batting became more of a struggle before the innings break. Sembi came off at the innings break to check the scorebook and departed after the interval without adding to his tally of 47 well made runs. Angus joined Kiwi and both had to wear a few as the ball popped. Kiwi having decided to don a lid departed the next over wafting. Lovell joined the cans man who was being pinged at both ends and was ultimately hit on the scone. Having called for the helmet he was bowled next ball. Captain Morgan joined the captain of life and set about rebuilding the innings. Morgan decided against a lid but still looked relatively at ease before spooning one to bring the quiet man to the crease. He kept Lovell company until after they had run a FIVE in the penultimate over. Lovell was run out for a battling 38 in the last over while still trying to get his breath back. Knut scored his 102nd run for the club as the MCC set a challenging total for the home side. After a lovely BBQ at half time courtesy the Prague boys MCC took to the field with bloated bellys. Morgan picked up 3 wickets with his liquorice all s(h)orts while Sembi bowled tight at the other end. Houlsa and Mcgree made other inroads as spin kept the home side in check and had them well on the ropes. Saling took a great catch at cover off a Morgan pie. Kiwi took a nice skier with a confident call. Mcc possibly a bowler short though and with a Prague (dubai) ringer coming in at no11 we didnt quite have the firepower to force the victory. A good game though played in the right spirit despite the vaguaries of the pitch. Thanks to the Prague boys for their hospitality.

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian continues his rich can of form.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB WIDE FEST HOME SATURDAY JULY 22

MCC Performers

Batsman
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SALING CT 1
LOVELL CT 57
PARRY CT 6
HOLMES B 0
MIKEY B 35
SEAR B 12
BLADES CT 3
MORGAN NO 15
DUNNE NO 22
WEATHERALL DNB
HAMMO DNB
TOTAL 29.1 Overs 193 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
SEAR 6 0 17 0
DUNNE 2 0 23 0
MIKEY 6 0 26 3
BLADES 6 0 35 0
PARRY 3 0 26 2
MORGAN 6 0 33 2
HAMMO 1 0 21 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON BY 3 WKTS WITH 5 BALLS TO SPARE.

Comments on the Match

A scorching day at Munich’s home of cricket the Hirschanger, toss lost, MCC sent into the field to sweat. Some good sharp bowling from Dan without any luck, great spell of 3 step Jamaican rum from Mikey and some good bowling at the end from Captain Morgan. Great diving catch by Blades in close, a catch to Dunne, which according to Blades is the first catch he has ever seen him take in Munich (games, trainings, warm ups etc. included) Under Munich’s interesting definition of umpiring, a rather large addition to the score as usual was extras, putting in a well earned 50. Some loose stuff down leg but also some very interesting calls on good balls outside off stump, the ability to not be able to cut the ball does not make it a wide (something that Lovell and Weatherall tried to inform the opposition about)! Some very close LBW’s not given, standards…. One guy walked so respect to him. So, after 30 overs CCB put on 7/191, setting 6.37 runs an over for the MCC to win. Saling and Lovell opened. Lovell batted most of the game in Lahore style heat notching up a well earned 57 and a hell of lot more if you include the extras. Lovell had one life of sorts when he chopped a ball on from Pradnike on 47, unfortunately for CCB massive front foot no-ball so Lovell had a bit more time at the crease. Also seemed to really upset Pradnike, which was a highlight for many observers. MCC needed someone to hang around with Lovell, which Mikey happily did. Some cracking shots from Mikey – one ball taken from outside off and dispatched to the leg side boundary was a real highlight. Unfortunately we lost Lovell and then Mikey in the same over as they tried to bump up the run rate. Sear and Blades were at the crease; as usual some big swinging from Dan added a few quick runs. Unfortunately both were out leaving Captain Morgan and Dunne at the crease – MCC’s chances not looking too bright with a fat lady spotted frantically loosening up from the pavilion end with circa 11 an over required late doors. In what can only be described as a freak – Dunne and Morgan decided to throw their cans to the wind and somehow got the required runs with 5 balls to spare. 8th wicket partnership added 38 runs off 11 balls. Dunne scored a quick fire 22 off 7 balls with some hefty heaves to the cow area – including a mighty big SIX. Captain Morgan scored 15 off 8, scoring 12 off 4 balls whilst at the crease with Dunne. MCC had snatched victory from the cans of defeat and the cricketing gods were seen selling their prayer mats later that evening in the Chinese Tower. Glig, junior medium pacer, reliably informs that Cpt Morgan and Dunne are now MCC Superstars…

MCC Man of The Match

DUNNE-MORGAN-ALLIANZ SNATCHING VICTORY AT DEATH

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Match Details MCC vs NEWCASTLE RUGBY STAG MEDICS AUGUST 26

MCC Performers

Batsman
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SALING CT 11
BLADES CT 30
PARRY CT 30
MCINTOSH RETD 103
LOVELL CT 92
FINCH * 7
HOLMES * 1
KHANNA DNB
SOBEK DNB
GLIG DNB
GALE DNB
TOTAL 40 Overs 303 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
SOBEK 3 0 12 1
FINCH 3 0 12 2
GALE 2 0 6 1
HOLMES 3.5 0 13 4
KHANNA 2 0 11 1
BLADES 2 0 7 0
GLIG 3 0 9 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON BY A FEW.

Comments on the Match

A lovely sunny Munich August day began slowly, as testimonial boy Saling turned up early with the captain, clearly trying to curry favour to ensure an early batting spot. Mikey and Bladesy were also there in good time to greet the visitors “Newcastle Medical Rugby Old Boys Stag with strange Drinking Habits”. Gradually a few MCC players started to leisurely amble in. 10 mins before starting time, Tony Blades was starting to steam at the ears as Finch and then Holmes and Khanna arrived in a rush, along with Sobek, Glig (minus balls) and Gale. Des sharpened up his pencils as Saling and Blades padded up and wandered out to face the Geordie bowling attack. A steady partnership ensued until Saling lobbed one up like a baseball player on cheap steroids. Blades and Parry batted on quickly, until they both downed tools and politely left the crease for Lovell and McIntosh to give it the ultra long handle. The captain and Waldroi blasted a 200 run partnership, McIntosh working his way to a quick century, which included 4 sixes in a row, and many big hits with his Brian Lara bat. He gallantly retired after his century, and Mark L. gave away his wicket trying to get his, and let Finch and Holmes drive the total over 300 to what may be a club record. Bowling to defend such a huge total left the captain with many options, including that of sending the likes of Saling, Holmes, Sobek, Khanna and himself in to bowl, and not being beaten around too much as a result. In fact yours truly was at one stage on a hat trick (but sadly not completed) along with Finch, Khanna, Sobek, Gale and Saling sharing out the wickets. The opposition managed to avoid a complete collapse, fighting their way to more than 80 runs for 11 wickets. Still, this must be one of our biggest victories in a while, if not ever, and the second biggest partnership with Lovell and McIntosh’s effort. Visiting team’s Man of the Match award went to McIntosh for his awesome demolition of their bowling attack. Immediately following the match, they issued fines to the worst offenders, including the visiting groom for getting out twice to the same ‘also bowled’ bowler. A good day to be playing cricket in the English garden, which was topped off by a cold Hofbräu in the Chinese Tower, and a big farewell party for Ryan Saling, Ian Mitcham and Matt Parry. I also will be signing off soon, following Dr Parry to the home of cricket. Your honest reporter, Greg Holmes

MCC Man of The Match

MIKEY WALDROI WADDERS MCINTOSH

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Match Details MCC vs Munich Roos October 7

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Algar no 119
Bostock lbw 2
Wilson st 31
Dunne b 0
Gligorov ct 14
Lepani b 0
Blades * 5
Lovell DNB
Gale DNB
Furlonger DNB
Bradley DNB
TOTAL 30 Overs 193 for 6

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Wilson 6 0 22 0
Dunne 2 0 8 0
Gligorov 3 1 9 2
Blades 4 0 16 3
Gale 2.2 0 15 1
Lepani 3 0 13 1
Algar 2 0 4 3

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won last game of season by 105 runs

Comments on the Match

Mcc’s final bout of the season at a very moist Hirschanger. All was not well at scheduled start time with half the MCC team still in their chariots presuming the game was off. The batting order was thus very easy to clarify for Captain Lovell who along with the opposition was ever so keen to end the season in an exemplary fashion and get the game on. Lovell lost the toss for the 19th time this season and the MCC were asked to bat with a Kiwi ram rooter top three of Beau stock, Algar the processor and newboy beard Wilson. Kiwi was soon adjudged lbw to a very straight ball from around the wicket. He was very quiet in the umpire’s pub later on that evening discussing the lbw law at length with anyone who cared to listen. Algar, in only his second outing of the season, treated the bad ball with contempt and kept out the good ones with aplomb. Never looking in much trouble throughout his 30over vigil at the crease. He found the boundary rope at will and gorged himself frenziedly at the buffet bar. Finishing on a splendid unbeaten 119. Very pleasant to watch – even in the p1ssing rain. Wilson, in his debut, provided useful support before being stumped. Glig’s batting was not as detrimental as his behaviour the previous day. Mcc closed on a more than useful 193 off the agreed 30overs. After no tea and a trip to Lehel to do some grocery shopping MCC suddenly went out to bat in superb sunshine. Suddenly too almost with a full complement of players/individuals after the seedy Munich bars had closed up for their hours cleaning. The opposition including a very quiet opener started off very well in pursuit of 6.5 runs an over. Lebbo’s catch off Blades bowling to remove Mcgree opened the floodgates. After the shop steward left it was one out all out as the Roos subsided to 88 in quick time. This was useful as the football kicked off soon after so the rabble descended on another seedy bar to put the season to bed.

MCC Man of The Match

Algar unbeaten ton and 3 billig wkts.

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Match Details MCC vs ROOS INVITATION ELEVEN – JULY 14

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Blades b 0
Morgan b 16
Sobek ct 24
Clare ro 11
Cross st 28
Glig b 6
Weston ct 0
Lovell ct 25
Dunne no 55
Weatherall no 7
Bradley dnb
TOTAL 35 Overs 191 for 8

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Dunne 3 0 12 0
Glig 7 0 53 1
Blades 7 0 45 1
Clare 5 2 25 2
Weston 5.5 1 22 1
Sobek 2 0 7 1
Morgan 2 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 4 WKTS.

Comments on the Match

Sobek always scores runs at no3. Dunne scored his maiden 50 with some lusty hitting late doors. Mcc totalled a challenging total 191 off 35. Palfrey 3-18 and Harry taking 2-22 for the Roos. In reply ringer Di Perna outstayed his welcome and quickly took the game away from MCC with some large blows in his 83. Ringer Mitch Ryan then finished the game off with 36* as the Roos ran out 4 wkt winners in a good contest.

MCC Man of The Match

MOM RINGER RICH DE P. 83 and 2 catches 1 stumping.

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Match Details MCC vs

MCC Performers

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MCC Bowler
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Summary of Match Result

Comments on the Match

MCC Man of The Match

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