League 2005

LEAGUE MATCHES 2005

Match Details MCC vs Serendib (at Serendib), 15th May 2005

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Van Dalsum 64 st
Lovell 15 ct
Khanna 6 b
Appavu 9 lbw
Sear 18 ct
Gale 9 b
Nichols 3 b
Mitcham 1 b
McGree 0 lbw
Blades 1 *
Gligorov 0 b
TOTAL 38 Overs 145 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Gale 6 1 6 1
Gligorov 8 2 27 2
Sear 6 0 23 2
Blades 8 0 39 2
McGree 6.3 0 17 2
Appavu 1 0 12 0

Summary of Match Result

Serendib were all out for 125, so an exciting 20 run win for the MCC

Comments on the Match

In the first league game of the 2005 season the MCC got off to steady start with a solid Lovell/van Dalsum opening stand at Neuperlach. A tight early bowling performance by ex-Tegersee nachwuchs set the standard for what ammounted to a commendable overall bowling effort by the Seredib team. Despite a relatively true teabag, the in-form opening pair were forced to graft patiently. This pattern was punctuated by the calculated twattage of the occasional bad ball for an enormous six, keeping the MCC run rate nicely afloat. Van Dalsum lost Lovell to a classic catch when the larger man was on 15. Khanna, Sembi and Sear lent some support, the latter hammering a couple over the fence before slamming a crowd killer straight down square-leg’s throat. VD finally went for a well-made 64, leaving the MCC with the basis for what should have been a 200 total. This triggered a collapse of pointless proportions, seven wickets falling for 18 runs in a display that can best be described as, well, shit. MCC all out for 145 and the middle to lower order could only shuffle it’s collective feet. A gracious note of positivity from the early order batsmen got the MCC back out onto the park in reasonable spirits. What followed was a remarkable session for the fielding side. Gale and Gligarov bowled immaculate line and length to restrict the opposition to 7 runs from 7 overs with 2 batsmen back in the dressing room. Run-rate pressure starting to tell, the Sri Lankan’s star batsman tried to smash a rare Gligarov leg-side slider into Pfingstmontag. Thanksfully he succeeded only in misreading the pace of the ball and dragging it back onto his sticks, a crucial wicket. Sear, Blades and McGree maintained the bowling standards and wickets continued to fall steadily on a day when the MCC held their catches. The dream mid-on/mid-off team of Van Dalsum/McGree showed composure under several ‘hard swirlers’, making outfield catching look like a walk in the Englischen Garten, and coolly driving nails into the Serendib batting coffin. A freakish McGree run-out off his own bowling confirmed his season motto of DIY. The quiet man shuffled his field and bowling attack to perfection and brought the bumblebees over the line by knocking off-stick out of the turf with just 20 runs left in the bank. All that remained was a trip to Forschungbrauerei for uncooked meat and big brown liquid comfort. A bokked-up Blades provided entertainment in the nippy evening air. As a sensible gambler once wrote, it’s all about celebrating a win and moving on. Moving on to several other pubs probably wasn’t what he had in mind, but what can you do. The rabble factor won out and the rest, as they say, is sausagefest history.

MCC Man of The Match

An exciting and encouraging start to the season on a day when they bowled tight but we bowled tighter. But we couldn’t have done it without runs on the board. Woman of the match: Janette van Dalsum.

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Match Details MCC vs MICC (at Westpark), Sun 12th June 2005

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Van Dalsum ct 8
Lovell ct 78
Appavu ct 25
Khanna b 1
Gale ct 5
Mitcham b 0
McGree ct 2
Nichols ct 5
Pryke ct 1
Blades not out 0
Scott b 0
TOTAL 38.1 Overs 139 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 27 1
Blades 6 0 36 1
McGree 8 0 19 4
Pryke 6.2 0 27 1
Gale 2 0 10 0
Appavu 5 0 17 0

Summary of Match Result

We lost by 3 wickets

Comments on the Match

The big League match between Munich’s traditional rivals got off to a good start for the MCC, with us winning the toss & electing to bat. Lovell & Van Dalsum arrived just in time to put on the pads & open up the innings. Unfortunately Wayne was unable to settle, possibly distracted by some strange interpretation of the wide rule, & was dismissed early doors. Sembi came in to join Mark, & they proceeded to construct a 50+ partnership that put the MCC in a good position. Sembi then committed an act of cricketing madness, failing to capitalise on a dropped chance, & getting caught by the same man with the same shot next ball! Wickets fell steadily after that, with the exception of Mark Lovell, who went on to capitalise, making a magnificent 78 runs (well over half our score). We were eventually dismissed for 139, which was a disappointing total & below expectations. Our bowling effort was again gallant, with runs hard to come by against the tight bowling & fielding display. Scott & Blades bowled well early, with Tones unlucky to suffer from mis-hits carrying the short boundary. The spinners worked their magic thru the middle overs, with Pryke, Appavu, & McGree all getting long spells – McGree ending up with 4 wickets. However it was all to no avail. The MICC’s eventually crawling past our total with only a few overs left.

MCC Man of The Match

The rejuvenated Mark Lovell batted superbly again, with 78 valuable runs

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Match Details MCC vs POCC (at Hirschanger) Sat 25th June 2005

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Parry ct 2
Lovell b 0
Appavu ct 3
Bostock ct 8
Gale lbw 1
Nichols b 25
Mitcham st 43
McGree run out 12
Gligorov ct 1
Blades not out 6
Scott b 0
TOTAL 36.5 Overs 138 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 0 37 0
Gligorov 4 0 28 2
Bostock 4 0 25 1
McGree 8 2 30 4
Gale 5 0 18 0
Blades 6 1 25 1
Appavu 3.5 0 21 2

Summary of Match Result

MCC lost by 47 runs

Comments on the Match

On a typically blazing hot day in Munich (over 30 degrees), Pak Orient won the toss and with no surprise decided to bat first. After the odd initial display of Pakistani pyrotechnics MCC picked up 2 early wickets, with Gligorov doing the damage. Kiwi picked up self confessed cow corner specialist and team non walker Ali Amjad – having dropped him on the cow corner boundary just a couple of overs before – to leave Pak Orient 3 down for not many. A brief recovery period followed, but this was short lived as McGree came into the attack and picked up 3 wkts for next to nothing to leave POCC at 93/6 at the drinks break. However controversy appeared in the last over before the drinks break, when McGree appeared (according to many) to take a good catch moving forward at mid-off. The umpire said not out straight away, and a heated debate moved proceedings up a notch. POCC had a strong period where they scored runs at will before Blades sent the dangerous Waqar back for 41. POCC ended with 185 all out off 38.5 overs. McGree the pick of the MCC bowlers with 4/30 off 8 overs. As is so often the case in recent times a collapse of disastrous proportions left MCC reeling at 29/5, a fighting partnership between Nichols (25) and Mitcham (43) gave MCC some respectability, unfortunately MCC could not recover from being 29/5, ending up with 138 all out off 36.5 overs.

MCC Man of The Match

Two good performances. McGree, tight controlled spell of bowling – 4/30 off 8 overs, and Bob Mitcham – 43, batted a lot of overs in hot conditions, never gave up.

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Match Details MCC vs Lufthansa (at Hirschanger), Sat July 16

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell b 7
McGree b 18
Bostock lbw 4
Appavu b 2
Sear b 8
Albert b 14
Gale b 2
Scott c 1
Edwards not out 6
Gligorov lbw 0
Dunne b 0
TOTAL 28.4 Overs 85 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 2 0 7 0
Gale 2 0 13 0
McGree 7.5 0 30 1
Appavu 3 0 15 1
Gligorov 4 1 19 1

Summary of Match Result

Lufthansa won by 6 wickets

Comments on the Match

The match was doomed for controversy before a ball was bowled. A starting time of 12.30 had been arranged in advance, however, Lufthansa was nowhere to be seen. At 12.55 the opposition finally strolled through the gates, a heated exchange started the days proceedings and the upshot was that MCC won the toss by default and decided to bat first. The decision seemed to back fire almost immediately. A clutter of wickets fell at regular intervals with no-one really settling in, McGree with 18 and Albert with 14 were the only ones to bat with any degree of comfort. Edwards, G remained stranded on 6 not out, MCC posting an underpar 85 from 28.4 from their allotted 40 overs. Needing only 86 runs to win, but with rain around the corner, Lufthansa started their chase briskly. With the score on 21/0 after only 4 overs, the players left the field for the first of several rain breaks. Returning 30 mins later, Mcgree, Appavu and Gligorov picked up wickets, however, with such a small total to chase Lufthansa were always in control of the match. The players left the field again because of heavy rain with Lufthansa needing 2 runs to win. Another delay of about 20 mins brought more tension and debate as to the state of the game. The players returned to the field to complete the match after the rain had stopped. Lufthansa decided to play funny buggers by not trying to score the winning runs – objectively trying to keep us out there as long as possible in the drizzle – village! – 2 wides were finally bowled to seal the Lufthansa win and this put an end to a nasty game of cricket, which was played for the majority of the time in farcical circumstances.

MCC Man of The Match

Hammo, M – not only did he help set up the ground, packed up at the end, & score in the rain, but he took home the team tea kettle the night before and spent the best part of a night scrubbing the thing till he could see his bearded reflection. Sparkling effort that! – clone this man!

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Match Details MCC vs POCC (away, Cup game), Sun July 24

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Van Dalsum c 0
Giles c 0
McIntosh c 5
Appavu hit wicket 51
Sear c 18
Finch st 3
Khanna c 16
Holmes b 5
Lepani b 11
McCauley c 6
Dunne not out 2
TOTAL 28.4 Overs 137 for 10

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
McCauley 6 0 55 1
McIntosh 8 0 62 0
Appavu 8 0 45 4
Sear 8 1 29 2
Finch 2 0 23 0
Dunne 8 1 27 1
Lepani 1 0 14 0

Summary of Match Result

POCC made 8/263, winning by 126 runs

Comments on the Match

We began the day badly, half the team not even finding the ground until just before starting time. We could have taken this as an omen, but instead we named Van D captain, and then introduced the opening bowlers to him. As club tradition goes, we lost the toss and were set to field. Perhaps the time in the pasture would liven some of the guys up, but to no avail. The bowlers began well, but as a rough introduction to Munich cricket, they found the power of POCC and the tiny field working against them, and despite the excellent bowling of Semby, Sear and Dunne, we were punished to a total of 263. So we started out to bat. The captain in a rousing speech managed to install some vigor into the young players, with his demands of “no mucking around and getting ducks” almost making a big impression. Except for the openers of course. Sembian restored some strength into the batting line-up, but started running out of partners. When I was at the other end, he was removed by a freak ball that bounced a foot outside off, putting him on the back foot, but then it totally failed to bounce and headed straight for the stumps. Semby kept it out, but struck down the wicket in the process. Then into the tail, none of us offered much resistence, and we were skittled for 126.

MCC Man of The Match

Sembi played very well, leading wicket taker & run scorer

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Match Details MCC vs CCB (at Hirschanger), Sat July 30th

MCC Performers

Batsman
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Lovell c 20
McGree not out 20
Appavu run out 20
Sear not out 12
Albert, Bostock dnb
Khanna, Scott dnb
Gligorov, Edwards dnb
Dunne dnb
TOTAL 14.5 Overs 96 for 2

MCC Bowler
Bowler O M R W
Scott 8 1 20 0
Gligorov 8 2 13 0
Sear 8 2 17 4
McGree 8 1 30 3
Appavu 2.1 0 5 0
Dunne 2 0 5 1

Summary of Match Result

MCC cruised home by 8 wickets

Comments on the Match

This was a critical game for the MCC, with a lot of pride at stake. A loss to the CCB – who are the consistently one of the weakest teams in the league – would relegate us to the wooden spoon position for 2005. Definitely a situation we wanted to avoid. CCB started off the batting, against the opening bowling combination of Scott & Gligorov. Tight opening spells from both went unrewarded with wickets, but kept the scoring pressure on the opposition. Dan Sear was introduced into the attack as first change, & immediately began to rip thru the opposition top order. Wickets began to tumble at regular intervals, & Dan finished with his season-best figures of 4/17. He was supported by the spin of McGree at the other end, who also chipped in with 3 wickets of his own. CCB eventually collapsed all out for 92, which was a very gettable target on a gloomy Summers day in Munich. MCC opened up with Lovell & McGree, who combined for a strong opening partnership. Lovell departed for 20, but the runs continued to flow steadily, as both Sembi & then Dan hit some sparkling boundaries, as the total was reached in a canter inside 15 overs with 8 wickets to spare. Just as well for the quick finish, as we managed to beat the late Munich thunderstorms & enjoy some celebratory beers early doors.

MCC Man of The Match

McGree (3 wkts and 20 not out) and Sear (4 wkts and 12 not out) were hard to separate

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