Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thursday, November 7, 2013


After a 1 wicket loss to crescents at lenz astro 3, MCC SA7 came back
well to defeat azaadville by 8 wickets.

after winning the toss azaadville decided to bat first.
they managed to muster a score of 84 all out in 27 overs.
with Farhad kadwa and Aslam Shatiek both taking 3 wickets each.

Batting second MCC made 87/2 in 19 overs.
Avinash Goven scoring 52 not out of 57 balls...earning him the man of
the match award.

was a fantastic win for MCC after good all round performances by all

lets hope we use this momentum in future matches...:)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MCC SA5 Win Again

After a no result wash out against Scaw Metals at Wendywood High School, MCC SA5 demolished Relode in their fixture at Florida High School.

Batting first MCC amassed 261/8 in their 40 overs with good all round performances by all.
Relode were then bundled out for around 140.

A good start to the season with all the players pulling their weight in the side. Its now 3 victories in 4 with one rain out. Keep up the momentum boys.

SA7 Team in Action

Monday, October 14, 2013

MCC SA5 on top in first two encounters

Marlboro Cricket Club First XI playing in SA5 had a great start to their campaign with two straight victories in convincing fashion.

In the first match vs Scaw Metals away, MCC bundled out Scaw for 48, winning by 8 wickets. Nasier finishing with figures of 5/9 including a hat trick.

Against Sandton this passed weekend, MCC batting first scored 259/7. Naeem Nathie with an unbeaten 73*

Sandton were then bowled out for 128. Nasier taking 4 wickets, Naeem Nathie and Labeeb 2 a piece.

This coming weekend its Scaw Metals again....

The New Season is upon us

The 2013/2014 Cricket Season commenced on 6 October 2013. MCC has two teams affiliated this season, in SA5 and SA6. Heres wishing all a fantastic season ahead.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

SA6 and the rain

I'm lying on my bed contemplating the possibility of a game tomorrow amid the thunderstorm currently underway in Marlboro. Seems the destiny of the league title which was firmly in our control is slowly sliding away.

The rains continue to fall and MCC SA6 fulfilled just one full fixture in 2013. The challenge for league honours seem they might be decided on the final day of the season.

Oh well, time to get some rest and hope we play some serious cricket soon.

Master Blaster Gayle

Friday, January 18, 2013

SA7 VS Mavericks


The SA 7 team have been unpredictable like the weather of late. With the opening of the second half of the season the team made their way to mavericks in roodepoort.

The wicket had a lot of grass on it and conditions looked favourable for bowling, however this was not to be the case as the bowlers were put to the sword and Mavericks amassed a total of 232.

The SA7 team set about the tasking of trying to haul the total in with some changes in tactics to try and unsettle the opposition. This didnt seem to work and with one of the best bowling attacks faced thus far the team was bowled out for 126. A crushing defeat which will surely get the players thinking on how to fix their approach to the game and move on to the next game.

Yours from the outfield


Friday, January 4, 2013


So Greigy has died. He didn't seem the sort. That huge heart, the heart that brought an uncompromising and triumphant life, finally said enough now, enough. He was born in 1946, and you kind of expected him to say good morning to all his viewers in 2046. Unbreakable Greigy; spirited, talented, courageous, opinionated, passionate, compassionate Greigy. Hard nut one minute, soft as the sands of Bondi the next. Goodbye, mate.

Anthony William Greig was out of South Africa's Eastern Cape, to Sussex in England, then Sydney, where he settled with a beautiful family of young and old, from marriages old and new. He first met his second wife, Vivian, soon after the World Series Cricket days and they became an irresistible partnership - breathtakingly good-looking, stylish and fun. Eventually their joint legacy was to be two children: Beau who is tall, gifted and 12, and Tom, two years her junior and a complete natural with bat and ball. Today their confusion and grief will be overwhelming. Though time will never fully heal, it will allow space for their father's strong leadership to make its impact.

Greig was a dynamic and fearless leader. He brought confidence and bravado to English cricket and unwavering commitment and showmanship to World Series Cricket. That move away from England was the seismic shift in his life. He stood at Kerry Packer's side and from an unlikely friendship came the seismic shifts of modern cricket. More money, more colour, more drama, more commerce. He was the face of the game's popular culture, full of mischief but still grounded, rooted even, by cricket's inherent and traditional values. This was a contradiction that England could not understand. The old school patronised his belief in a better world for all and vilified his desertion. He was sacked as captain - of course he was, like a dozen strokes from the headmaster solves anything - and left to rot as the adopted son who betrayed a nation.

Greig did anything but rot. This was a man who conquered epilepsy, the English establishment was but a bauble of intrusion. He convinced the greatest players in the world to come to Australia and play for Packer. He made the World XI a team that took on and beat the Aussies and by galvanising this so-called circus - probably the best cricket ever played, incidentally - he gave credibility to the show that ultimately brought Packer the television rights he so desired. This was, by any standard, a phenomenal achievement. In less than two years the game had changed forever.

The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney became his home, the Packer compendium his playground and the beaches his relaxation. But most of all, the television screen gave him a new identity. He became cricket's greatest salesman, taking it global, working from Brisbane to Bombay, from Birmingham to Bridgetown. He understood television's unique access and its value to the broadcaster, the advertiser and audience. "This is the time, boy" he once said to me, rubbing his hands with glee as we took our commentary seats at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, "that we get the housewives and the children: get them now and they are ours forever."

He stood at Kerry Packer's side and from an unlikely friendship came the seismic shifts of modern cricket. More money, more colour, more drama, more commerce. He was the face of the game's popular culture, full of mischief but still grounded

He loved it - absolutely, unconditionally loved that microphone. Yes, he could raise the hairs on the back of any neck and just occasionally he pushed his luck but mainly, day in and out, he educated and entertained in a way like no other. Bill Lawry and Geoffrey Boycott loved to work with him; Ian Healy, Ravi Shastri and Ian Botham loved to work with him too. There you have it, a common appeal. Sure, he could shoot you a look or fire a barb; intimidation was often the name of his fame. Surprisingly, when it came to work he was as insecure as the next man - "The jury's still out on you blokes" he said to Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and me three or four years back, with tongue only marginally in cheek - but he cared deeply about the product and was terrified that one day he may not be a part of it. He need not have worried. The key with Greigy was to divide most things he said by half; that way you got a better feel for their real meaning.

For example, he was not remotely racist in his threat to make the West Indians "grovel". Rather he thought that if you got on top of them, you had better stay there or they would bounce back and bite your balls off. And he was right, they bit and they bit, until he screamed. When he arrived in India as captain of England, he emerged from the plane into the subcontinental clamour and pronounced Indian umpires to be comfortably the best in the world. This got him favourable decisions previous touring teams could not have dreamed of. Against all odds England won the first three Tests and secured the series before anyone worked it out. Sort of a heist, or better explained as the power of personality.

It is worth noting that Tony was an exceptional cricketer, without ever quite looking like one. Platinum blond, gangly tall, long arms loping, big hands flapping, bigger smile disarming, and a huge, almighty, competitor. He scored his runs at more than 40 per innings and took his wickets, as both swing bowler and offspinner, at better than 33 per innings. Only two other men have ever done that. And he took a heap of catches, mainly at slip. The runs came against Lillee and Thomson; Roberts and Holding; Bedi, Prasanna and Chandrasekhar. Hardly muggins. The wickets included names such as Richards and Chappell - in other words, the best.

So what is left? The memory of a wonderful life, for sure. A strong family, with Viv at the helm and his older children, Mark and Samantha - who have children of their own - close by in spirit and place. A legacy of unbridled passion for cricket and everlasting enthusiasm for life. A gift of energy, of a determination to move things on, to not look back. Sure he liked a bit of hype; frankly, he couldn't see the downside. And yes, he liked to be No. 1 but he is not the lone ranger there.

There are myriad friends of course, and warm audiences that miss him already. And there is a sense of romance left behind, in the sense that cricket and family are as one in their ability to unite and broaden. In the redemptive MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture that he gave at Lord's earlier this year, he said: "Give your hand to cricket and it will take you on the most fantastic journey." You, Tony, have been the best evidence of that.

By Mark Nicholas, the former Hampshire captain, presents the cricket on Channel 9 in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK



Avinash Goven and Jacques Kallis

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Salim Bhagalia passes away

Salim Bhagalia passes away: CSA has extended its sincere condolences to his family of legendary fast bowler Salim Bhagalia who died at the age of 90.



Saturday Six

Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total
Bedfordview Cricket Club 8 4 1 3 0 0 0 22 0 22
Marlboro Cricket Club 8 4 1 3 0 0 0 22 0 22
G&M Maverick Cricket 7 4 1 2 0 0 0 20 0 20
Old Maristonians C C 6 2 0 2 1 0 0 17 0 17
Croxley Wits Cricket Club 6 2 1 3 0 0 0 14 0 14
Zulfikaars C C 8 1 3 3 1 0 0 13 0 13
Azad Swaraj Sporting 7 2 3 2 0 0 0 12 0 12
Old Parktonian Cricket 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 10 0 10
Randburg Cricket Club 8 1 4 3 0 0 0 10 0 10
S&E Delfos Cricket Club 7 0 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 2

Saturday Seven

Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total
Glenvista Johannesburg 8 3 1 4 0 0 0 20 0 20
South Academy (Philips
Sandton Cricket Club 7 4 1 2 0 0 0 20 0 20
Azad Swaraj Sporting 7 3 2 1 0 0 1 18 0 18
S&E Delfos Cricket Club 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 18 0 18
Marlboro Cricket Club 7 2 2 3 0 0 0 14 0 14
Old Parktonian Cricket 6 3 2 1 0 0 0 14 0 14
Rowlin Germiston City 6 2 2 2 0 0 0 12 0 12
Cricket Club
Azaadville C C 6 1 3 2 0 0 0 8 0 8
G&M Maverick Cricket 6 1 3 2 0 0 0 8 0 8
Riverlea Cricket Club 8 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0

Saturday Eight

Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total
Crescents C C 7 5 1 1 0 0 0 22 0 22
Marlboro Cricket Club 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 18 0 18
Azaadville C C 7 3 2 2 0 0 0 16 0 16
Kwateng Cricket Club 6 3 2 1 0 0 0 14 0 14
Pirates Cricket Club 6 1 1 4 0 0 0 12 0 12
Bedfordview Cricket Club 8 2 2 3 0 1 0 10 0 10
Heidelberg C C 7 1 3 3 0 0 0 10 0 10
Medal Paints Marks Park 5 0 1 3 0 0 1 10 0 10
Zulfikaars C C 7 1 3 3 0 0 0 10 0 10
Midrand Knights 6 1 4 1 0 0 0 6 0 6

Crescents C C 7 2 4 1 0 0 0 10 0 10
Pirates Cricket Club 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 10 0 10
Midrand C C 7 1 4 2 0 0 0 8 0 8
Commercials Cricket Club 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 4 0 4

The writing was in the clouds !

SA 7 embarked on the penultimate match of 2012 against old parks. Under heavy skies the conditions were ideal for some swing bowling and the opening pair of Captain Safu and Sunir “Movember” Goven took full advantage of the favourable conditions in the 1st spell of bowling, however with some rain interruption and an on field drinks break, concentration levels seemed to drop and Old parks posted a total of 200.

With more rain on the horizon we set about chasing down the runs, after 7 overs there was another rain interruption and this led to the total being revised to 150 in 30 overs.Baker took a blow to the temple from a beemer which left a nice CHERRY on his temple, but the batsmen made heavy weather of the batting and in the end we lost by 23 runs.

We move on the the final fixture of 2012 knowing that some hard works needs to be put in to move on and get back to winning ways

Yours Behind the Wicket.....


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Operation Masala Desert

The SA 7 team made the long journey to Lenz (The Masala Desert) this past weekend to take on log leaders Azad Swaraj Sporting.

The game got of to a lively start with lots of variation in the wicket and some GREAT bowling from the opening bowlers.Azad Swaraj were restricted to 29 runs for 4 wickets in the 1st twenty overs, however some sloppy fielding and dropped catches after the drinks interval allowed our host to post a total of 133.

Opening batsmen Baker and Farhaan set about the task of building a foundation for victory with other batsment chipping in.

We reached 59 for 4 at the drinks break. With a further 79 to get Captain Safu stepped up to the crease and shared a match winning partnership with Sunir, with other batmens chipping in as well.

The SA 7 team won the game by 3 wickets at the end and Sunir Goven & Captain Safu shared the men of the match award for their combined efforts with both bat and ball

Yours behind the Wicket


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


MCC SA6 continued on their excellent run with a 9 run victory over Bedfordview, and in so doing moved to joint top spot on the table.

Batting first once more MCC scored 232, Vawda top scoring with 52. Nasief held the innings together towards the end with a well batted 36*

Bedfordview were always behind the 8-ball, and with the time factor coming into play MCC introduced spin to rush through few overs. This gave Bedfordview a glimpse, but a brilliant all round performance and great team spirit pulled through for MCC at the end.

Vawda claimed the Man of the Match award for his all round effort, 52* with the bat, 2wickets with the ball, and i hope not for running Eboo out too!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

MCC SA6 clobber Zulfikaars in Lenz

MCC SA6 continues on their winning ways with a 150 run victory against Zulfikaars.

Aadil Seedat after being bowled on the toe, returned with a score of 36* and 4 wickets to claim the man of the match award.

MCC 240/6 in 40 overs

Zulfikaars 90 all out in 24 overs

A testing fixture awaits vs Bedfordview at Marlboro Complex this weekend...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Breaking news

At an extraordinary meeting of MCC it has unanimously been decided that Avi is a p@&s.



MCC SA6 returned after a washout to winning ways with a convincing 140 run victory vs Delfos at the Cecil Payne Stadium.

Batting first MCC mustered 245, with Eboo and Shaheen Vawda recording half centuries.

Thereafter excellent bowling all round dismissed the hosts for 116.

Chief destroyer was Nasir with 5/14, and in doing so capturing the man of the match award.

Next up, a drive to Lenasia against Zulfikaars.


Match Analysis….

The SA8 Team played their home game against Markspark on this past Saturday.

Markspark decided to bat first, with the team being bowled out of 84 runs in 28 Overs. Key Bowling figures:-

Mambo 4-20-1

Patel 4-13-1

Nathie 8-26-2

Kadwa 8-9-3

Ali 4-14-2

With a target of 85 runs, the team started off on a positive note scoring 8 runs after the first over and then suffered a mini collapse. Ali and Hasan went in, steadied the ship and took the team past the finishing line resulting in a comfortable win. Key Bowling figures

Zameer 8

Mambo 0

Aslam Rajah 7

Zax 11

Ali 32*

Hasan 12*


SA8 team suffers embrassing defeat at the hands of Heidelberg.

On 27th Oct, the SA8 team played there home game against Heidelberg. The team manage to restrict the opposition to 103 all out, with some good bowling but poor fielding. In response the team was astonishing bowled out for 21 runs, resulting in a 82 defeat to the opposition.

At the end team deliberated and took the defeat in their stride.

We Thought the storm had passed !!!

As the clouds lifted over Joburg and the sun shone down on Saturday, the SA7 team where ready to take the field again.

The wicket at the Marlboro Cricket Grounds (MCG) was green like a mamba and it looked like we were in for a good day of cricket.

Captain Safu lost the toss and the SA7 team were put in to bat. After a Lively start from Jaydeep with Avi on the other end rotating the strike, it looked like we might go on to set a formidable total to defend, however it was not to be and the remaining batsmen made heavy weather of the bowling.

Being set a minimal total to defend, the bowlers set about the task of trying to unsettle the opposition. Some consistent and accurate bowling gave the team some hope but the score set was not very defendable.

Some serious discussions took place after the game and all players agreed that we need to step on the gas and get back to winning ways.

Yours behind the Stumps,


Monday, October 29, 2012


Nothing could bring down the Sixers as they go unbeaten in the tournament and win the CLT20 Title.


MCC SA6 continues to improve with two excellent performances, a win against Old Parks and a rained out game vs Mavericks.

Against Old Parks batting first, MCC mustered 283 in the allotted overs. Naeem Nathie top scoring with 67*.

Captain Shaheen Vawda also notched up his half century, with good supporting roles by Eboo 44* and Mambo 37.

Old Parks replied with 220.

During the latest encounter vs Mavericks, batting first MCC scored 200 and had the aging opposition at 40/2 in 10 overs before the heavens opened up. Points shared.

Nasir scored a quickfire 44 in 18 deliveries before getting caught on the fence with a brilliant catch low down.

Chirp of the week: Aadil Seedat telling the opposing batsman he seen a better block in a box of LEGO!!!

Upcoming fixture for the first XI is against Delfos at Cecil Payne.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


The SA7 team played G&M Mavericks at the Lenz Tech grounds this past Saturday. Being a home fixture and due to the burst water pipe the fixture was played in Lenz.

After a bit of a delay from our stand in wicketkeeper, we left Marlboro and caught up with the SA8 team who seem to have thought they were playing in Cape Town rather than Lenz.
The toss was conducted and yet again, I lost and we were asked to field. We started of pretty tight with the bowling between Naeem Nathie and myself.
During the middle of the innings we seem to have lost our concentration and with one bad ball an over the opposition were away and ending on 251 after 38 over’s and with 2 penalty over’s, set a target of 271.

Bowling Figures...
Naeem Nathie 8-48-5
Labib 5-26-1
Sunir 8-46-0
Avi 1-14-0
Mayur 3-35-0
Hamza 7-61-1
Safwaan 5-19-0

With yet another hefty total ahead of us and the advantage of playing only 8 fieldsman. The SA7 team started off with a positive attitude and a REAL game plan in mind. Super sub Naeem Natie after his fantastic 5 wicket haul opened the batting with the every energetic mouth piece of Marlboro Cricket Club, Labib.

The pair started off nice and easy and settled in nicely when then Labib was caught in yet another soft dismissal on a score of 26. Sa7 51/1 after the 12th over. In at 1 down our hero of the Sunday side, Jaydeep walks in. With our super sub the pair were in their stride settling in nicely and after 20 over’s were 128/1. Game plan working.
However shortly thereafter Jaydeep was caught of the bowling of Raymond with a well played 44. In walks in our blast from the past, one of the senior players of the team in age, Noey. Started off easy but once he got going it was almost impossible to stop, but alas 2 runs short of his 50. Noey scored a superb 48. Well played old man, tighten that back brace mate

With time running out and calculations being made it was impossible for us to lose...Game Plan....Eventually in the 35th over with light fading quickly Super Sub Naeem Nathie scored a awesome 107 Not out to take SA7 to a subliminal total of 262 and 50 penalty runs to win the game.

It was poetry in motion.Even thou we played a team with 8 players we gave them nothing. Our batsmen played a near flawless innings and was the biggest run chase that I have experienced at the Marlboro Cricket Club.

Well done Boy’s...

Batting Figures...
Labib Adam 26(35)
Naeem Nathie 107*(105)
Jaydeep Patel 44(24)
Naushaad Khan 48(31
Hamza Sidiqi 2*(2)

Man of the Match was an obvious Naeem Nathie. Give that man a Bell’s


The SA8 team played their second game last week Saturday.

The game was against Zulfikaars at Lenz tech. As usual the team met at the ground on time. We bowled first and managed to restrict them to 204 inclusive of the 40 penalty runs we conceded due to not completely our overs.

Key bowling figures:-
Mambo 6-22-0
Ziyaad 6-32-1
Aslam – 5-35-0
Patel 7-23-4
Ace 3-15-0Ali 8-28-2
Nathie 1-9-0

We managed to chase down the score in 34 overs:-
Key Batting Figures:-
Mambo 65
Kadwa 9
Aslam 39
Ali 26 not out
Zameer 15 not out

Overall, was a comfortable win with our over rate improving but still need to finish our overs within the stipulated time.


Friday, October 12, 2012


Now what might go through the Little Master's mind just before delivery?

I am always on the hunt for other people's inspiration.
Come on lads, comment with a caption for this pic....

SA7 Slashed in the Sun

The opening of the cricket Season brought along a long day in the field for
SA 7. The drive all the way to Kibler Park on the south seemed to have taken
its toll on the players and we started off with being wacked all over the

The opening batsman looked like he drank a case of Red bull before the game
and smashed our bowlers for countless boundaries. Fetching the ball all the
time cost us time and the opposition got 60 penalty runs in the end.

With a MASSIVE target of 332 to chase the SA7 team set about trying to get
the runs. Hamza Bhai contributed with 40 runs and some decent bowling wich
earned him the man of the match.

Not much else to say but we learnt some valuable lessons from this game.

Going forward we look to improve and enjoy our game

Yours Behind the Wicket

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Marlboro Cricket Club SA6 began the new season with a loss to Wits at the Marlboro Stadium. Wits posted 304, with 60 penalty runs. MCC responded with 157 ALL OUT.

A terrible start to the season, with 3 players filling in for the first fixture.

The home wicket played quite well for the first home fixture. SA6 will need to up their game drastically if they are to chase for honours this season


The SA8 team played their first game on Saturday last weekend. As we were playing in Allenglen, the team met at the ground at around 11.30 and departed to the ground.

The opposition we played against was Kwateng, a team that in the previous year was in SA6 but has since been demoted. The opposition, in all honesty were a very good bunch of guys with the entire game played in the true spirit of cricket without any issues.

Kwateng decided to bat first and put a total of 254 in the 34 overs. Our ability not to complete our overs in the allotted timeframe cost the team 6 overs/60 runs, which put the final total of 315 to chase.

Key bowling figures:-
Zameer 3/21/0
Ziyaad 3/35/1
Mambo 7/28/0
Aslam 7/28/0
Ali 3/25/0
Nathie 5/35/0

Our team managed to chase down the total in 37 overs with 8 wickets down. Batting figures in order:-
Mambo 14
Ace 1
Zaks 47
Aslam 22
Ziyaad 29
Ali 135 n.o
Patrou 10
Kadwa 5
Zameer 37 n.o
Patel DNB
Nathie DNB

Key focus areas:-

Fielding: We dropped 4/5 catches and were generally lethargic on the filed (Given that it was extremely hot)
Time Management: We did not complete our overs in the allotted time, giving us a total of 315 with 60 penalty runs
Bowling: Too many extras conceded

Key wins:- Morale: The team had a positive approach during the game led by the continuously mentoring by the captain
Confidence: The team were confident in our chasing ability and the belief we could win the game.
Unity: The team displayed good team spirit despite us being hammered during our bowling.

Thanks to Ali for a wonderful synopsis of the game.

Monday, October 1, 2012



Smooth action, excellent follow through....


The cricketing wicket is looking exceptionally good going into the first game of the season, with plenty work been put in by our very own Rashaad Rawat.


Welcome to the New Season

The Executive Committee of Marlboro Cricket Club would like welcome back all players to what is building up as being an exciting season of cricket.

Training has begun in early September and the boys are set and raring to go.

The format for the Saturday Leagues has reverted back to the 40 over format only over two rounds, home and away. This is good news as MCC seemed to find it difficult in the shorter form of the game.

At the AGM held prior to the season, a new executive team has been nominated. The new committee is as follows:


We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to outgoing chairman Zain Asmal, for his sterling work and dedication offered to the club during his tenure. The club has grown to its largest during this period and has left the club in good standing ging forward. However he is and always will be associated with club and will assist in an administrative level.

First league fixtures begin for all teams this weekend, 6th October. Teams are affiliated in the Saturday Six, Seven and Eight Leagues, with Sunday represented in the Five Limited overs format.

Heres wishing one and all a successful season with bat and ball, and perhaps some silverware to go with it at the end of the season.