Munich Cricket Club (MCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary recently with a friendly match against its elder statesmen, former captains and stalwarts.
The younger generation prevailed on the day in a competitive but social game. At the post-match pleasantries, club members paid tribute to MCC Chairman Desmond Bradley for his unstinting service, hard work and devotion to the club.
The club was founded in 1982 and is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Germany. Initial games were actually played on the vast open areas of the English Garden. A local rule back then meant that a batsman could not be given out if he had been distracted by one of the local 'maidens' who often 'inconveniently' disrobed behind the bowler's arm. Of course, nude sunbathing was and still is quite a popular pastime in Munich.
Home games are played at the 'Hirschanger', arguably one of the most picturesque grounds in Germany, just a lofted off-drive from the famous Chinese Tower beer garden. The ground is located in the South East corner of the English Garden, it's a ten minute walk north from Lehel U-Bahn station. Nearest tram stop is Paradiesstrasse opposite the ground - Tram 17 direction Effnerplatz. More details can be found on the club website.