Friday, November 4, 2011

In perspective.......




Marlboro Sports Complex Rejuvenated

Thanks to hard work behind the scenes from Chairman Zain Asmal and his Executive team, the long awaited upgrade of the practice facilities, cricket wicket and outfield have been completed!

Marlboro Cricket Club would like to say THANK YOU to Gauteng Cricket Board for the excellent work done. This definately will assist immensely in the development of cricket in our community.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Moosa Ganto in the Papers!

Former Marlboro Cricket Club all-rounder Moosa Patel, now representing Marks Park in the Premier League, appeared in The Citizen Newspaper on Tuesday 4 October 2011.

Here's wishing Moosa all the best in the season ahead...

Dummies Guide to 20/20 format

Herewith a summarised version of the playing conditions for the 20/20 competition. Please read and digest the laws because it needs to be enforced by all those that are umpiring.

• Hours of play:
First Innings: 14h00 to 15h20 (BUT PLEASE GET TO THE GROUNDS 30 TO 45 MINUTES BEFORE TIME)
Interval: 15h20 to 15h40
Second Innings: 15h40 to 17h00

• Not finishing bowling on time:
If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled. The interval shall be reduced to enable the second innings to commence at the scheduled time, subject to there being a minimum of 10 minutes. The team batting second shall receive its full quota of 20 overs irrespective of the number of overs it bowled in the scheduled time for the cessation of the first innings. Any time wasting will be reported to the Chairperson of the Umpires Association.

• Powerplay:
The first 6 overs of each innings will will be regarded as Powerplay.
There will be no more than 5 players allowed on the leg side.
Fielding restriction area needs to be drawn on the field. Two semi-circles 27.43 metres from the middle stump needs to be drawn on either end of the pitch. The semi-circles will be linked by two parallel lines.
During the powerplay overs only 2 fieldsmen will be permitted outside this fielding restriction area at the instant of delivery.
During the non Powerplay overs only 5 fieldsmen shall be permitted outside the fielding restriction area.

• Bowling restrictions:
Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 4 overs

• No ball – free hit after a foot fault is only applicable to Premier or Presidents league. This does not apply to Saturday 20 over competition.

• Wide deliveries:
A line shall be drawn from the popping crease to the bowling crease on the off-side. This line must be used to adjudge wides.
Any leg-side delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable opportunity to score will be called a wide – so it’s simple, only bowl on the off.
A penalty of one run for wide shall be scored. This run stands in addition to any other runs that are scored or awarded.
A short pitched delivery passing above head height of the batsmen standing upright shall be called a wide (this will also count as the allowable short pitched delivery for that over).

• Short pitched deliveries:
One short pitched deliver shall be allowed per over, adjudged as having passed over the batsman’s shoulder standing upright at the crease.
In the event of a second short pitched delivery in the same over, it will be called a no ball, and the bowler will be cautioned.

Lastly let us all embrace the 20/20 over format. It’s going to be quick, fast and fun to play.


MCC SA5 began the season with a loss and a victory, however much more positives than negatives have been realised.

Their first outing against Lenasia Crescents began with a brisk start by newly promoted batsman Nasief Seedat and stalwart Ebrahim Kadwa, who raced to a 50 run partnership. Kadwa soon fell, and Nasief looked the part of a classy left-hander, and eventually fell for a well played 56 in quick time.

MCC eventually ended on a competitive 131.
The chase by crescents began on a high, with ball flying all over tech grounds. Few wickets slowed the stem, however in the 20 over format and the pressure all the time on the fielding side, it showed with Crescents wrapping the game up in the 19th over.

A thoroughly enjoyable game nonetheless, and Man of the Match went to Nasief.

In the second outing MCC SA5 travelled to Heidelburg due to a drenched pitch at home. Heidelburg won the toss, and chose to bat. Zubair Patel (Patrao) and Nasief handled the first 6 overs rather well, and in 10 overs Heidelburg were 47/2.
After 15 they mustered 92, and fielding with 9 showed in last 5 as the hosts ended on 137/5 in 20.
Patrao 2/28
Nasief 1/24
Mayur 0/20
Kadwa 0/18
Ajay 1/45

The chase was magnificent. Brisk start, and consolidation with calculated risks. Game ending in the 19th over with Man of the Match Farhaad scoring 70*

The 20 over format is looking to be highly competitive with decision making and field playing key in succeeding in this action packed game. It is definatly enjoyable.


As we welcome in spring so too do we welcome the dawn of a brand new cricketing season!!

The executive team of MCC welcomes all current and new players and wishes one and all an enjoyable and pleasant season with the MCC Family!
This season is a rather special one with Gauteng Cricket Board coming to the assistance of the club with brand new practice nets being erected together with much needed help on the square and outfield. All bodes well for MCC going into the future...

Monday, July 11, 2011

MCC Breaking News: Marlboro Sports Complex

Once again I am pleased to say, I think the right people are at the head of The Gauteng Cricket Board. As a whole I am seeing major steps being taken in the right direction. The prospect of a great near future really excites me. Finally we have people who deliver on promises.

A meeting, with all relevant stakeholders of Marlboro Sports Complex present, was held at the Long Room, Wanderers on Thursday evening. And only one item on the agenda: The permission to commence the upgrade to the cricket wicket and practice facilities. GCB President Mr Ray Mali graced his presence.

What GCB required was a go ahead from the relevant players including users from soccer, and we are pleased to announce that the upgrade will begin in three weeks!

Three new practice nets to replace the existing ones and a new cricket wicket will be laid!
MCC will also engage with Alexandra Cricket Club and offer usage to the newly promoted Premier League team. A commitment was also given as a gesture of gratitude to grow cricket within our community and with the assistance of GCB, a fun day to commemorate the upgrade is on the cards. A KFC mini cricket day with Gauteng Cricket coaches present will be ideal, however this will be finalised closer to the time.

A special mention has to be made to Oom Ray, who over and above all, has also approved repair work and top soiling of the entire field ! This means that the facility will not be available from commencement upto the completion of the project. Soccer has agreed in principle to move their league matches during this time and the benefits will be shared by all users of Marlboro Complex.

This certainly is excellent news for all associated with MCC and we hope that your participation and assistance will always be forthcoming in growing the beautiful game in our community.

Thank you

Monday, May 30, 2011

Brandon Golf day

I want to thank each and every one of you for making Brandon’s Golf day such a huge success. I still have tears in my eyes when I think of Brandon coming onto stage with a big smile and when his brother Marco gave his speech. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one crying, they are truly a very brave family.
Thank you to all the Fourball players, the Sponsors and for the great prizes that were given to make this day even more successful. We managed to raise approximately R180 000.

A heartfelt thank you for all the support!

Brandon Golf day

Hi to all my friends and family,

I am Brandon Thomas Menezes. I am 10 years old and live in Germiston.
I was born with Diastrophic Dysplasia which is a skeletal condition. (A type of dwarfism)
All my major limbs are shorter in proportion to my body and my major joints are stiff and contracted. I can’t
make a fist with my hands and I can’t straighten my legs - just to mention a few of the symptoms. If you look at
my face and my torso- you will think that I am an average height person.
The part mostly affected is my lower legs and feet. I have had 5 reconstructive operations which kept me mobile
for only 3 months at a time. It has been so traumatic and would have to be done biannually for me to be mobile
for 6 months a year and in trauma the other 6 months while the surgery heals in cast & traction etc. This made
it very difficult for me to have a good quality of life as my school work would be affected and I like school so
much and really did not want to have major operations twice a year.
My mommy and many of the bone doctors (Orthopaedic surgeons) in South Africa did research on my
conditions and liaised with doctors in the USA too. They even considered Magic limbs as seen on Carte
Blanche some time ago, but that is not suitable for me.
There are more people with some sort of Skeletal Dysplasia in America. (there may be many in Africa too- but
not all of them go to the doctors so we don’t know of them) The conclusion was that the contraction would just
reoccur after each operation and I’d have to have reconstructive surgery very often. An alternative to surgery
was that I should use a motorised devise or a wheel chair if I wanted to be mobile.
I am a very intelligent and active little boy who is in a normal school and don’t want to be bound to a wheel
chair. They also don’t know if I’ll ever be mobile for long if they do the reconstructive surgery, even after I
stopped growing. Chances are slim.
I have been walking around on my hands and knees for the last 4-5 years. I have crutches, but it is getting
more difficult to use as the flexion in my legs progress. I prefer to walk on my knees at the moment, it is easier.
After many months of extensive investigation and research, myself, the doctors, my parents and family have
decided to amputate my lower legs and then give me Prosthetic Legs. It will give me a better quality of life and
will be best for me.
I’ll be able to do so many things the way anyone else does it; wear shoes, nice pants, carry my own school bag,
reach the counter tops, brush my teeth standing next to the basin, switch on the light, climb into the car, ride my
bicycle, skateboard, jump on the trampoline, and walk around with my friends. The doctors say I can do
ANYTHING i want to with my new legs. No more annoying crutches that lay next to my desk in class, that my
teacher or class mates trip over, no more sore hands, elbows and shoulders or wheel chair that gets in the way.
Walking on crutches really hurt my arms.
Walking on legs and feet is my biggest dream!
I can’t wait to carry things with my hands instead of having to hold crutches and someone carrying my things for
I am going to Sunninghill Clinic where the Bilateral through knee amputation operation will be done by Dr Mark
Eltringham.The medical aid’s annual limits for Prosthetic limbs are R24, 000. My new legs will cost about R300, 000.

I hope that you will be a part of my dream come true!
Brandon Menezes

Friday, February 25, 2011


Sorry bout the rain folks!


If duckworth-lewis was in operation, it was a victory for MCC!

Rain intervened in a closely fought topsy turvy match between Marlboro and Roodepoort City.

Batting first MCC mustered 141 on a slowish home pitch depicting the Feroze Shah Kotla of few years back!

The chase by Roodepoort started slow, but were always behind the 8 ball. Wickets fell regularly, and after 19 overs in drizzle MCC were ahead on the rate. However in the 20th an inside edge and a slog both found the fence, and Rooodepoort just pipped it before the downpour.

Roodepoort finished on 78/4 in 20.4 overs, and won by 5 runs.



Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total

Hilson Park 15 8 4 3 0 0 0 38 0 38

Philips Glenvista 14 7 4 3 0 0 0 34 0 34

Bedfordview 14 7 5 2 0 0 0 32 0 32

Germiston City 15 7 6 2 0 0 0 32 0 32

Marlboro 13 6 4 3 0 0 0 30 0 30

Randburg 14 6 5 3 0 0 0 30 0 30

Heidelberg 15 5 8 2 0 0 0 24 0 24

Scaw Metals 16 6 10 0 0 0 0 24 0 24

Roodepoort City 10 4 4 2 0 0 0 20 0 20
Medal Paints Marks Park 14 3 9 2 0 0 0 16 0 16


Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total

Lenasia Crescents C C 14 11 2 1 0 0 0 46 0 46

Sandton Cricket Club 15 8 5 2 0 0 0 36 0 36

Bedfordview 14 7 5 2 0 0 0 32 0 32

Philips Glenvista 15 6 7 2 0 0 0 28 0 28

Old Parktonian 14 6 7 1 0 0 0 26 0 26

Marlboro 12 5 5 2 0 0 0 24 0 24

Securedata Kwateng 12 5 5 2 0 0 0 24 0 24

Community Paints Alberton 14 4 8 2 0 0 0 20 0 20

Cricket Club

Delfos Cricket Club 15 4 9 2 0 0 0 20 0 20

Germiston City 13 4 7 2 0 0 0 20 0 20


Club P W L D T DF NDF MP BP Total

Azad Swaraj Sporting 15 10 1 4 0 0 0 48 0 48

Southern Suburbs 15 11 2 2 0 0 0 48 0 48

Sandton Cricket Club 15 7 3 4 0 0 0 38 0 38

Delfos Cricket Club 13 8 4 0 0 0 0 34 0 34

Marlboro 14 7 4 3 0 0 0 34 0 34

Relode 13 6 6 1 0 0 0 26 0 26

Lenasia Crescents C C 14 5 7 2 0 0 0 24 0 24

Wits Lions (Modderfontein) 16 3 12 1 0 0 0 14 0 14

Scaw Metals 14 2 10 2 0 0 0 12 0 12

Pirates 15 2 12 1 0 0 0 10 0 10

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Julius Malema always fields at silly point.
Robert Mugabe is 23 not out. Still trying to beat Mubarak's 30 all out.Gaddafi 42 not out!
Zuma off to the showers after first innings.
Thabo Mbeki got run out.
Khalema Mothlante was a runner when Mbeki got run out.
Nelson Nelson Mandela. Double Nelson.
Zambia loses out of hosting Cricket world cup of politics as Kaunda Square is regarded not fit for events.
Mandela was fielding for 27 years.
Thabo Mbeki was run out by Zuma.
Zuma appealed the LBW decision and is at the strike end.
Julius bowls too many no balls.
Clinton was caught at silly mid off.
Lunchtime score: Mugabe (30*), Tsvangirai 0 (DNB)
Zuma bowled 5 Maidens, we need him at the death.
Yengeni and Shabbir Shaik suspended for match fixing.
Obama is a quota player.
COPE is considered an associate team.
Graca played with the best openers in the game, Samora Machel and Madiba.
Gaddafi waiting for 3rd umpires decision.
Malema might as well be a middle stump cos everyone aiming at him.
Somalia are yet to bat.
Unites States were caught leg before wikileaks.
Sarkozy prefers fine leg.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011



India 11/4
Sri Lanka 7/2
South Africa 9/2
Australia 11/2
England 7/1
Pakistan 8/1
West Indies 20/1
New Zealand 20/1
Bangladesh 33/1
Ireland 250/1
Zimbabwe 250/1
Canada 1000/1
Holland 1000/1
Kenya 1000/1


First ever cricket match at Moses Mabhida Stadium with 50 000 fans bidding farewell to Makhaya Ntini at a T20 International between South Africa and India

Blast from the Past

Whose this MCC player??

Sunday Five 35 Overs - Seniors
Croxley Wits vs Marlboro :WEC A Wits Education Campus

Saturday Five

Marlboro vs Roodepoort City: Marlboro Sports Complex

Saturday Seven
Community Paints Alberton Cricket Club vs Marlboro: Lindeque Oval

Saturday Eight
Lenasia Crescents C C vs Marlboro: Lenz Tech 4


SA5 vs Bedfordview

The lack of blog articles is by no means the fault of the author, but rather lack of results going the way of MCC SA5, until the last fixture against Bedfordview!

Two losses back to back against Glenvista and Germiston, SA5 bounced back to clinch a tightly fought encounter. Batting first,opener Ebrahim Essop batted superbly in a fine innings, showing his class with a well played 88. Naushaad and Naeem Nathie chipped in sharing valuable partnerships with Eboo too.

Total set was 196 in 40 overs.

With rain looking a possibility Bedfordview started like a house on fire racing to 67/0 in 12 overs. However a good all round bowling performance and tight fielding restricted the hosts to 181 all out.

Incident of the match: Mayoor bowled a bowl wide outside the leg-stump, and was taken by wicketkeeper Ishaq. The opener presumed the ball had passed the wickie, and with a quick yell of YES set out for a run, leaving Ishaq to whip off the bails!

Eboo was named Man of the Match and is looking quite good heading into the business end of the season.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The bizhub Highveld Lions today welcomed left-hander Gulam Bodi back to his roots where he started his career as a young cricketer. Bodi, who transfers from Nashua Titans with immediate effect, will join the team in time to form part of the squad for the Standard Bank Pro20 Tournament.
Head Coach, Dave Nosworthy, is regarding Gulam as a real asset. “Gulam will be an asset, both on and off the field with his superb track record and playing experience. I’ve also no doubt that he will fit in well and welcome him back home after many years away,” said Nosworthy.

Bodi is looking forward to contributing to the squad. “I’m really looking forward to be playing for my home team again, something that I have always wanted. This is where I started my career and I believe that I still have plenty to still offer. I’m thankful to the bizhub Highveld Lions for giving me the opportunity to further my career and for being part of the team,” Bodi said.

Friday, January 21, 2011

FIXTURES: 22-23 January 2011

Marlboro CC vs Heidelburg CC at Malboro Oval

Philips Glenvista vs Marlboro CC at MBCG Oval

Wits Lions (Modderfontein) vs Marlboro CC at Wits Education Campus A

Sunday 35 overs
Nordbak Alberton CC vs Marlboro at Southern Suburbs


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SA5 begin 2011 with victory

MCC SA5 defeated Germiston City in a rather low scoring match this past weekend.

With a slowish outfield, MCC batting first scored 129/8. Contributions from Archie 41, Farhad 22, and Ishaq 22.

The bowling was tight too, with Aadil, Nathie, Mayur, Jaydeep and Kadwa chipping in with wickets.

It went down to the last over with Kadwa bowling, and 10 required with 1 wicket in hand. Nerves got to the old chappie, who bowled two wides before Nathie took a stunning catch to end the innings, and a win by 6 runs.

Archie claimed the Man of the Match award for his patient knock of 41 in trying conditions.

South Africa vs India

There is a rather intriguing series going on between South Africa and India, with just a month to go before the World Cup.

Two top teams vying it out in their final series before the Big One on the Sub-continent.

So far we seen South Africa dominate the first, then choke miserably in the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers. Let's take a look firstly at the SA outfit.

In the batting, there has been a partnership that's got them out of trouble. Smith looks ordinary, Amla is taking on the attacking role. I'm not sure who is advising him, but with Kallis out through injury I feel he has to be playing the anchor role.

Ingram, Miller and newcomer Faf has to prove their worth if they want to cement their places in the side. JP and AB will do well at the World Cup.

Then the long list of bowlers. With Steyn and Morkel picking themselves, Botha and Imran Taahir I'm sure will play regularly on those wickets. Which leaves one spot in the XI open for Parnell or Tsotsobe.

When the team will be announced, I don't think Ingam will make the cut. News out suggest SA will be including an additional keeper to the squad.

And South Africa seem to be struggling to an Indian team missing regulars Tendulkar, Gambir and explosive Sehwag.

India has a good balance, with Zaheer and Harbajan lookin ever so good.

This series means nothing in the build up to the tournament, and I foresee lots of close matches and nailbiters, which seems its going to be the most closely matched World Cup in years!