MCC vs Geneva –
September 29th 2012
By Jonathan Legge
The Mayans say we are all going to perish late
December this year ( normally when my liver packs up anyway ), so if you didn’t
play the final game EVER, then tough.
A miracle the game took place in any case : I turned up at ten to eleven (just
before the rain turned up), and with 10 minutes to go before the start of the
game I was still the only person at the ground ! But gradually some damp souls
emerged out of the trees, and at 1 p.m we were still standing around
disconsolately wondering what to do – even Gino the barman, not the most
commercially-minded man at the best of times, had already locked up and gone
home. Geneva wanted to play some sort of game having travelled the 400 kms to
get here, so as the rain had stopped we opted for a 25 over game - Milan lost
the toss and soggily took to the field.
1st over : Sunil to bowl : dot ball, wide ball, then WICKET ! LBW.
Next ball : a spilled catch at backward point. A cracking start nonetheless.
Sadly Sunil was unable to continue having damaged a back muscle, and neither
Brian nor Ramesh could inflict further losses despite plenty of perseverance :
Geneva found their feet and some runs, some 7 an over, and built a score – not
Milan’s best day in the field, it must be said. By the time we got to drinks
Geneva were on 85 for 1, looking at a 140 / 150+ score, and change was urgently
needed - and boy, did we get it – Bhupi and Irfan came on as the 2 bowling
changes and tore into the batsmen – being scorebookless as usual does not allow
me the luxury of names and figures, but Bhupi struck twice in one over, clean
bowling his victims, and Irfan bowled one and then ran out another, courtesy of
a sharp return throw from Brian at deep mid on – and that’s the way it continued
: the run rate slumped from 7+ to around 5 and Geneva continued to shed wickets
– their opener was finally out playing across the line once too often - I know
he reached his 50 just after drinks, so he must have got to about 60 or so – the
final over, bowled by Sandeep sporting a General Anthony Hogmanay Melchett-type
moustache, went for 11 runs, leaving Geneva on 135 for 8. Great work by Bhupi (
4 wickets I think, and Irfan ( 2 wickets ), slow bowling triumphing over pace.
So having reined in Geneva with a succession of quick wickets and thus
restricting the run flow, surely Milan could get 136, given the batting line-up?
Cap’n Ramesh went for an unconventional opening pair, new boy Prem with ol’timer
Jonathan – and it worked : Prem’s first scoring shot was six over cover,
Jonathan’s a 4 through mid wicket – none of this “
take-it-easy-play-yourself-in” stuff with these two ! And after 5 overs a good
platform had been built : 51 on the board. The two openers were then bowled ( in
the same over I believe ) , and the next two batsmen didn’t last long : Irfan
was run out for 2, and Ramesh was out, bowled for just 6 ( I think ). 51 without
loss was now 69 for 4. Saqib and Bhupi were the next two in, and they seemed to
building a useful partnership when the rain came back with a vengeance, and so
play was abandoned with Milan on 89 for 4.
Season over – Champions of the Zuoz tourna.. festival and Lombardy League
champions ! Roll on 2013 ( Mayans permitting , of course !!)