Thursday, October 29, 2009

Southern Wipeout

Match day 4 and after a rained out game the previous week it looks like the storm follwed the SA8 team to southern suburbs.The heavy cloud cover and threatening thunder and lightning was just a sign of what was to come.

Captain Rawat was paak this week and won the toss, electing to field first. The southern suburbs team were restricted to 147 all out in the 40 overs and the MCC SA 8 team did well to keep Mr Extra runs under control.

The time came to bat and even after the early loss of Muhajir "Broekies" and Hazrat Joe Captain Rashaad lead from the front hitting a few huge sixes( 2 of them right out the ground) making 57. We seemed on track to have the game in the bag but we were deceived by some really deceptive slow bowling and the team was bundled out for 139.

There were no excuses for the bad performance and perhaps we needed the loss to give the guys a wake up call. Team spirits remain high and going forward all players are going to have to pull their weight and lift their game.

Man of the Match was award to Rashaad Rawat for his batting performance

This is Boeta Signing out

Sunday, October 18, 2009


To all our Hindu players and supporters, and their families, joyous and happy Diwali greetings to you!
May you have a splendid day and even more festive evening!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cricket Explained

This is the correct position the wicketkeeper should be in. Note the slightly bent knees for easy manoevering to both sides.
The Batsman's focus should still be at the bowler.
White clothing must always be worn.
Cricketers should always appreciate fine legs..

Heavy Weather.....

Match day 2 and weather predictions seemed to be indicating that a full day’s play would not be on the cards, however it looked like the weather man got it wrong. The rain clouds threatened but that’s all it was.

Looks like Captain Rawat was Napaak as he lost the toss and we were put into bat. Baker seems to have the right ingredients and continued to "bake" a good opening partnership with Hazrat Joe Chotia. Hazrat Joe was in superb nick and and in the words of Geoff Boycott (With a heavy Pommie Accent) "Hazrat Joe played each stroke like a master violinist" scoring 58 and after viewing the stroke wagon wheel he covered the entire oval. Mr Muhajir "Broekies" was seriously affected by his Royal Duck last week and proved a point by scoring an impressive 49 and bowling 8 over’s for 27 runs and 1 wicket, thus earning him the man of the match award.

Avi seems to be taking the castle test cricket really seriously and looks to he following in the footsteps of his mentor Jacques Clueless. Hamza Bhai showing his Paki power blasted 25 of 25 Balls and the others all chipped in giving us 191 for 5.

The bowling started of quite well and Azhar "Powder" Moosa seemed to have set the scene for a wicket fest with an early wicket but this was not the case. The bowling attack made "HEAVY WEATHER" of the situation and our 12th man Mr "Extra Runs" featured prominently again. Giving the opposition a strong belief that they could actually pull of a win. In the end we managed to win the game by 10 runs and I am sure Uncle Haroon "Timer" will have some strong words for the come next training session.

Overall the team spirit and commitment remains at a high as we progress and with hard work we will surely see the fruits of our labour.
This is Boeta Signing off. Shup

Monday, October 12, 2009


It was a first class performance from the first team as they notched up the first victory of the season.

Having loss the toss the top order for once performed admirably, albeit against 8, with all batsman getting in on a somewhat difficult wicket. Farhad top-scored with a man of the match 53 off just 44 balls.
275 the total in 40 overs.

The bowling department was superb!
New ball pairing Aadil and Safwaan after giving the wickie some work to do got the ball to talk, and removed the top four cheaply, and the match all but sealed.
The old man and the tall one wagged their tails a bit, the tennis pro entered the fray with some classic 5 iron hooks, all in vain as Roodepoort City were dismissed for 77- in time for the 5 o' clock show!

Chirp of the week:
Naushaad for his line when chirps were flying around to the tennis dude, the classic ' Quiet Please' !!!!!

Highlight of the week
Farhad and Kadwa third wicket stand of 94 runs.

Man of the Match
For a sterling batting performance, Farhad Essop (53 off 44 balls) and one wicket.

Next fixture against Randburg, the boys enter the match quietly confident.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SA5 opening fixture against Scaw Metals

It was not the best start to the season for the 1st XI going down by 2 wickets, and once again getting an early wake up call.

MCC batting first mustered just 165/9 in 37 overs, Naushaad's 28 being the top score.
Scaw were cruising, until the part time spin twins Zaheer (2/10) and Farhaad (2/12) made it a close fight to the end.
The Man of the Match award was shared by Zaheer and Safwaan for their all round performances.
Moemish of the week goes to Moosa for his dropped catch on Scaw's top batsman in the 3rd over who went on to score 50+.

On a positive note, the side is looking good, and with some fine tuning and more drills with Uncle Haroon, things look positive for the season. And hey the Chairman took two catches, we can't overlook that! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What a score at SCAW

From the land of Ford Cortina’s and dice on the rear view mirror comes match day one of the MCC SA8. We ventured deep into Jaavir (Boertjie) territory only to find we playing against "CoCoNuTs".

After loosing 99% of his team while driving with Azhar "Powder" (Google the movie powder and you will know why we call him this name), Captain "wrong directions" Rawat finally managed to get the rest of his team to the grounds.

The captain chose to bat first, a brave decision on a wicket which looked like a bowler’s heaven. It was even greener than Adam Bhai's Turban. Looks proved to be deceiving and Baker had the right ingredients to bake a solid opening partnership with Hazrat Joe Chotia which gave us 54 runs from 12 overs. After Joe who contributed 26 runs lost his wicket it felt like we were at Zoo lake for a while with 3 consecutive ducks from Rashaad, Nasief and Muhajir. Baker contributed 21 and then Avi and Azhar played some Castle test cricket scoring 7 runs from 36 balls and JuJu23 added to the duck count.

Then the tail wagged like a happy dog and Hamza Bhai scored a decent 38 with an awesome show of paki power.Sunir "sleapy" Goven scored 22 and Boeta scored 19 not out, however our 12th man "Mr Extra Runs" top scored with 43 runs ensuring a respectable total of 180 was posted.

The opening bowlers Sunir "Sleapy" and Azhar "Powder" rattled the batsmen with some awesome pace taking 4 wickets each. We slacked of a few over’s before drinks and the teams energy levels dropped. At the drinks break Mr Peter Stuyvesant & some H2O revived spirits and we finished the opposition off 9 overs after drinks.

Overall it was a good performance for the first game and if the commitment and team spirit can be maintained then the season ahead looks promising.

Sunir "sleapy" Goven received the man of the match award for his 22 runs from 14 balls and bowling figures of 6 overs, 4 wickets & 27 BoEtA :)