League 2004

Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa Sat 8 May in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell ct 35
Carr lbw 19
Asim ct 3
Sembian b 2
Sear ct 0
Power b 16
Khanna ct 13
Mcgree lbw 3
Blades * 13
Bostock ct 4
Scott * 0
TOTAL 40 Overs 145 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 3 12 2
Blades 8 2 22 2
Mcgree 6 2 9 2
Power 6 4 2 2
Carr 1 0 12 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC WON CONVINCINGLY BY 84 RUNS IN OPENING 2004 LEAGUE MATCH.

Comments on the Match

MCC won the toss and batted with weather worries in the air. It had properly p1ssed down all week so it was a major surprise to be playing at all. Luckily MCC borrowed a Luftwaffe helicopter to dry the sodden outfield which was handy. The Lufthansa opposition must have had a delayed flight as the match kicked off a trifle late due to their unfortunate collective tardiness. Anyway despite these early trials and tribulations MCC got off to a bright start with stalwart left hander Dave Carr impressing. Lovell and Carr put on 46 off 10 and were cruising. Carr then fell LBW to be quickly followed by the top/middle order. Lovell and Power regrouped slightly before Lovell finally fell reasonably knackered and stiff, top scoring with 35. Harry and Power got their heads down and re-grouped well and with Blades also reaching double figures MCC reached a battling score of 145-9 off their 40 overs. It was a handy score in the damp conditions. In reply Lufthansa were never at the races or the airport. Once Milan fell to a fine catch by Rowdyman Mcgree off 7 jumpers Scott it was Goodnight Irene and the fat tea lady was loosening her vocal chords and making her way to re-fill the tea urn. Lufthansa finally slumping tamely to 61 all out with all MCC bowlers among the wickets. Scott the pick of them with 2-12 off his 8.

MCC Man of The Match

Big Paul Scott – fine performance in opening spell of the year in definite 3 sweater conditions.

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Match Details MCC vs May 15 v MICC in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell b 17
Carr lbw 0
Houlahan b 25
Asim ct 30
Sembian ro 39
Power * 13
Khanna ct 0
Mcgree b 2
Blades * 6
Bostock dnb
Scott dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 139 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 37 2
Blades 8 1 20 1
Bostock 4 0 17 0
Mcgree 8 2 18 0
Power 7.2 1 24 4
Sembian 4 0 19 1

Summary of Match Result

Mcc lost by 1 wkt.

Comments on the Match

Mcc lost the toss and after the usual point/endless deliberations were asked to bat first by the opposition. Dave Carr was given out early doors LBW to a massive inswinging delivery. Then in the face of miserly bowling Lovell and Hooligan could not get things going in the first twenty despite some sporadic 4/6’s and got really buggered down as MCC crawled along at just over 2 an over. Thankfully with their departure Asim and Sembian upped the tempo, enjoying a fine stand. Asim made 30 before being caught reverse sweeping a la Mike Gatting. Sembian was run out for 39 quick runs. Power added an unbeaten 13 at the death to take MCC up to 139-7 after 40 overs. In reply MICC lost early wickets to Scott and Blades but they looked to be cruising at 90 odd for 3 before their wheels started coming off. Power entered the fray and got amongst them taking 4 wickets. A brilliant running catch by Asim in the deep looked to have turned the match in MCC’s favour as MICC reached the last 2 overs needing 17 to win. Big Rafiq from MICC then proceeded to hit 3 HUGE sixes against the odds and the rest is history. 1 off Sembi and then 2 off Power’s first two balls of the last over. MICC won by 1 wkt in an exciting game with 4 balls to spare. Shabash as they say in Lahore, scheisse wie sagt man in Muenchen.

MCC Man of The Match

Steve Power – almost a match winning performance. Fine display nonetheless.

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Match Details MCC vs SERENDIP SSC 19 June in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Houlza ct 47
Scrimshaw ro 4
Asim ct 47
Sear b 17
Sembian b 4
Power ro 1
Mcgree b 0
Bostock lbw 6
Mitcham b 8
Blades b 1
Scott * 1
TOTAL 39.1 Overs 167 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 1 14 1
Blades 5 0 18 0
Bostock 8 0 20 3
Mcgree 4 0 21 2
Sembian 3 0 23 1
Power 2 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Match abandoned rain. SSC were 119-8 after 30 overs chasing 168 to win. On the 20 over BCV rule = MCC were 87-1 SSC were 50-6 Match will be allegedly replayed at a later date after a BCV ruling. All very bizarre.

Comments on the Match

Good batting from Todd, Asim and Sear took MCC up to 147-3 before the mother of all collapses. In reply SSC slipped to 56-7 and were never a threat. Rain came and conditions became slippy and dangerous, especially to the bowlers on the Flicx pitch. A bizarre/disappointing end to the game ensued summarising all that is good in Munich cricket. Game is to be replayed at a later date. Pointless.

MCC Man of The Match

Houlahan/Asim.

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Match Details MCC vs CCB July 3 in English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Sear b 0
Scrimshaw ct 9
Asim ct 8
Sembian ct 24
Gale ct 13
Power b 14
Carr ct 10
Parry b 6
Mcgree ct 3
Bostock no 13
Scott no 13
TOTAL 40 Overs 143 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 4 11 2
Bostock 5.2 2 11 1
Power 8 1 21 2
Mcgree 8 0 18 3
Gale 4 0 15 2
Carr 1 0 13 0

Summary of Match Result

Mcc won convincingly by 47 runs.

Comments on the Match

Mcc struggled to convince with the bat with only Sembian reaching the twenties. Good useful runs at the end between pacemen Bostock and Scott took the total up to 143 on the slow pitch. CCB were always behind the clock. Scott and Mcgree the pick of the bowlers. A comfortable league win for MCC.

MCC Man of The Match

Scott useful late runs and figures of 8-4-11-2 4 jumpers. 1 minging.

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Match Details MCC vs DCB SF Berlin Stragglers Olympic Stadium

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 10
Lovell ct 11
Appavu ct 0
Kev B ct 15
Sear ct 5
Power ct 25
Mcgree ct 25
Khanna lbw 0
Bostock ct 1
Blades no 0
Nichols lbw 0
TOTAL 37.1 Overs 101 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 4.3 2 7 0
Power 5 0 40 0
Blades 10 2 41 3
Sear 9.3 1 51 0
Mcgree 9.3 2 34 0
Kev B 3 0 24 1
Sembian 8 1 28 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost German championship semi-final in Olympic Stadium Berlin by 128 runs.

Comments on the Match

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. All systems go to Berlin for this German semi-final game. Some flew up early doors. Some got night trains. Some drove up in sports cars. Some took the 10 hour tranny trip from hell. Some attempted to drive to Berlin but broke down on the motorway. Berlin really is a great city and beats the shit out of Munich for pure life and vitality. Has its scummy rat-tat areas sure, but that’s the way it goes. Bradley had some serious apologising to do after delaying the van departure on account of not being able to find his camouflage shorts. The van trip was a smoky, beery and JD affair according to Nichols’ woman. The hostel possee were very impressed by the cleanliness of the GENERATOR. No complaints there. No-one shat the bed. And now for the cricket in this 50 over affair on the quick artificial at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. After losing the toss Mcc were always you felt up against it. Asked to field during the hottest day of the summer so far this year. Cause wasn’t helped by the skipper going down crocked during his opening spell. He was bowling well too which was a great pity. MCC then dropped a couple of catches, which didn’t help either. In the searing heat MCC stuck to their task manfully. Blades battled well with 3-41 and spin twins Sembian and Mcgree bowled nicely too. After a watermelon frenzy at tea MCC struggled in reply to their huge target. Lovell, Parry and Kev B all reached double figures but couldn’t go on. Power and Mcgree both made 25, quiet man with a wild six too. MCC dismissed for 101 with their German championship hopes in tatters. MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN: ”Guys, just for the record, I’d like to thank all the guys who made themselves available for the trip, we did our best I feel at the end of the day, and were beaten by a better team on the day. A special thanks goes out to Dave (for your van driving and umpiring efforts) Des (scoring) and Harry (for doing the accommodation bookings).”

MCC Man of The Match

Mcgree by a nose.

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Match Details MCC vs Pak Orient in Johasenbergl August 15

MCC Performers

Batsman
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VD c&b 41
Lovell ct 31
Mcgree ct 24
Sembian ct 51
Gale ro 1
Power ct 5
Bostock * 12
Mitcham ct 8
Khanna * 2
Pryke dnb
Blades dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 206 for 7

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Power 5 0 40 0
Bostock 6 0 31 2
Blades 4.1 0 28 0
Pryke 3 0 21 2
Mcgree 6 2 28 0
Sembian 2 0 10 0
VD 4 0 31 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC LOST BY 5 WKTS.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss and batting MCC got off to a bright start with Lovell blazing 31 before being caught hooking. VD and Mcgree took the score to 83 at the 20 over break. VD fell C&B for 41 with Mcgree going soon after for 24. Sembian upped the tempo with a quickfire 51 including 5 shabash sixes. MCC finished on a healthy 206-7 off their full allocation. After another watermelon frenzy at tea MCC got off to a good start with Bostock claiming two early wickets, snaffled up quite marvellously by the Power at shortish leg. The game then was abruptly taken away from the away side as Ali rode his luck to cane 86. Despite some late wickets by debutant Stevie Pryke and VD it was never going to be enough as POCC cruised home with plenty of overs to spare and 5 wkts in hand.

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian. Why? Maybe he’ll do teas next week. That’s why.

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Match Details MCC vs CUP SEMI V PAK ORIENT home Aug 21

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry b 37
Carr b 1
Sembian ct 49
Sear ct 9
Gale b 38
Lovell ct 20
Mcgree b 0
Mitcham b 8
Pryke * 7
Finch b 0
Blades * 1
TOTAL 35 Overs 191 for 9

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sear 4.1 0 17 3
Blades 7 1 23 1
Mcgree 7 0 23 2
Sembian 7 0 28 1
Pryke 4 1 6 1
Gale 1 1 0 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC reach cup final with resounding 89 run victory.

Comments on the Match

Skipper for the day Blades reports: ”Good morning MCC Members. On Saturday the MCC advanced to the Cup final after a courageous performance against POCC. In a rain affected match reduced to 35 overs MCC scored 191/9 after winning the toss and batting first at home in the English Garden. Some superb batting by Sembian,Matt,Gale and Lovell helped us to this total. I witnessed some truly amazing sixes during this innings. Gales six over cover,Lovos crowd killer over cover and Bob Mitchums hook over square leg to name but a few. They were all out the very next ball afer hitting these sixes. Funny that. We then bowled the POCC all out for 102 after new opener Dan Seared through the top order with 2 quick wickets.(Sorry Dan,I couldnt resist!) Another real tight ass spell from Quiet man Mcgree and Sembian quashed any hope of the visitors winning on the twenty over rule (editors note: if it still exists?). Pryke,Blades and Gale then mopped up the bunnies to catapult us into the final. Some great catches too from Pryke, Dan and especially Blades on the fence, grabbing one low just off the deck diving forward. Marvellous stuff. Good stuff too from Carr to run out dangerman Waqar. A big thanx to all the players for a great effort, especially given the fact that they had stuffed us in the league just a few days prior to this rematch. Usual appreciation goes out to Hammo and the Richter for scoring. Good work. Final to be played sometime in September before it starts snowing.”

MCC Man of The Match

Sembian. Blitztering display of hitting to lift run-rate early doors.

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Match Details MCC vs Munich South Africans, 4th Sept

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 6
Mitchem lbw 10
Houlahan ct 30
Welthagen st 4
Appavu ct 70
Gale ct 4
Bostock b 43
Blades ct 2
Sharma, N b 21
Sharma, P ** 3
Hamilton, M run out 1
TOTAL 40 Overs 208 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Sharma, N 4 0 20 2
Blades 6 3 4 1
Hamilton 4 0 21 0
Houlahan 4 1 4 1
Gale 4 1 8 2
Bostock 2 1 2 2
Parry 3.3 0 20 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by a massive 115 runs, having made 208 all out in 40 overs. Munich South Africans replied making a paltry 93 all out (batting 12 men) in 32.3 overs.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss in fantastic batting conditions MCC lost early wkts (despite a whirlwind knock of 30 from Houzzzza) to be 88/5 in the 22nd over. Sembi and Kiwi then put on 76 for the 6th wkt in 10 overs to give the lower order a good finishing platform. Sembian out in the 32nd over for a well made 70. Nav Snake Sharma (in his first match of the season) played some crunching lofted off drives on his way to 21 at the end. The SA’s innings started in the worst possible fashion losing 2 early wkts without a run on the board! Not much more to mention apart from that all the bowlers ended up with attractive figures with Sharma.N, Gale and Kiwi picking up 2 sticks each, Blades, Parry and Houzzzza picking up 1 a piece. All in all a good day out, the match played in great spirit, and a fine evening in the Beer Garden afterwards…

MCC Man of The Match

Sembi for his 70 and the Sharma Bros for outstanding Teas!…

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Match Details MCC vs SSC , September 11, English Garden

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 5
McGree ct 0
Appavu b 26
Lovell st 73
Carr not out 44
Lepani b 0
Bostock not out 2
Mitchem dnb
Blades dnb
Pryke dnb
Finch dnb
TOTAL 40 Overs 182 for 5

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Bostock 6 2 13 3
Blades 5 0 13 0
McGree 5 1 25 2
Pryke 4 0 17 2
Lepani 2.5 0 2 2
Finch 2 0 11 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC won by 99 runs having made 182/5 in 40 overs. SSC restricted to 83 all out 24.5 overs. *This match was re-played due to the “rain abandoned” league match from 19.06*

Comments on the Match

Kiwi won the toss (again..) and decided to bat in overcast conditions. The decision seemed to have backfired with both openers gone with 13 on the board. Lovell and Sembi steadied the ship putting on 65 in quick time, Sembi out for 26. What followed can only be described as a partnership of massive, epic, season swinging proportions. Lovell and Carr put on exactly 100 for the 4th wkt (Des a record?) Both players (clearly short of a recent gallop..) batted superbly to set up – what turned out to be – a substantial winning total. 182 seemed a big score to overhaul, and the SSC innings was very much one of 3 parts – Kiwi creamed off the top with 3 early strikes, McGree and Pryke ate their way through the middle with 2 sticks each, and (fringe) Lepani mopped up the bottom with 2 also. The catching was safe, sometimes even sublime, with Lovell and Blades taking a blinder each. SSC rolled for 83, no contest, over in 24.5 overs. Was a certain wrong written perhaps?..I’ll let you be the judge of that!

MCC Man of The Match

Lovell/Carr, match winning, 4th wkt record breaking (?) stand.

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Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa (away), BCV Cup Final, 18.09

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Power lbw 11
Houlahan b 21
Appavu lbw 3
Lovell fired 2
Gale b 23
Carr ct 0
Bostock run out 0
Mitchem st 0
Blades ct 2
Pyrke ct 1
Scott not out 1
TOTAL 34.3 Overs 87 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 1 0 16 0
Bostock 4 1 16 0
Appavu 4 1 22 0
Pyrke 1 0 13 0
Houlahan 1.5 0 22 1
Power 1 0 2 0

Summary of Match Result

MCC batting first made 87 all out in 34.3 overs, Lufthansa replying with 91/1 off 12.5 overs, winning the 2004 BCV Knockout cup by 9 wkts.

Comments on the Match

Winning the toss and batting first seemed a step in the right direction for the MCC, the sun was out and overhead conditions were near perfect, except for the condition of the ground itself which had been left all season to bake and be overtaken by bush and other exotic wildlife. The ground not match fit, but it continued nonetheless. Power (playing in his last match for the mighty MCC) and Houzza batted sensibly and ran well taking quick singles. 45 was put on for the first wkt and a sizable total was building, however – hold the phone – then came a collapse of just horrible, ridiculous proportions, MCC all out for a sorry state total of 87! Moo Gale batted with good concentration for 23 (despite deciding it was a good time to show how much he disliked his skipper and put him soundly to good pasture!). As is mostly the case when playing out at besooker (Luft) Park, the innings was not short of incidents – curious umpiring decisions (asked Lovo), polite exchanges of conversation with opposition players and a funny interpretation of the laws of cricket from the Lufthansa Captain who decided that he would enforce the rule where you can rotate players on and off the field at his own free will, not totally dissimilar to interchange in rugby!..The Lufthansa innings was so short that if one had chosen to nod off for a quick kip one could have quite easily missed the whole thing, the only highlight from a MCC point of view was not allowing Luft the satisfaction of winning by 10 wkts, Paul Scott taking a good sharp catch off Houzza to dismiss the Luft Capt. So, what a bugger huh!…Bring on 2005 – less playing pointless matches vs teams who don’t appreciate the finer aspects of this great game we play, less matches on sub-standard playing conditions, more of the old fashioned tour to old hunting grounds of Hamburg and L.Jana, making the Ashes a best of 3 series, and the introduction of fresher, keener, run making pub winter signed recruits!..Prost, Roger over under under over and out!

MCC Man of The Match

Hammo, great effort cutting short his trip in Hedi-berg to come and score and keep a watchful eye on those (opposition) who can’t!..

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