On18 July, 2012, the MCC and Alberta contested a 50-over match at Westwinds Cricket Park in Calgary under ideal conditions—blazing sunshine and clear, blue skies with a cool, gentle breeze to make for a great day.
The MCC won the toss and skipper Jason Gallian opted to bat. The openers were watchful in defence but kept rotating the strike. The later batters scored at a brisker pace and the storied club managed a defendable target of 215 which included 12 penalty runs for slow-over rate by Alberta.
Left-hander Tom Webley top-scored with a patient knock of 56 (run out), with admirable contributions from Rajiv Sharma (46) and Mark Wright (45).
Khurram Tahir, a bit wayward at times, took three valuable scalps in his allotment of 10 overs. At the other end, skipper Khurram Chohan was economical in his 9 overs, picking up 2 important wickets for 21 runs.
In response, Albertakept up with the required run-rate of 4.3 per over.. By the 28th over, they were well past the half-way mark. Left-handed opener Yasoob Ul-Haq, was methodical in his approach and picked up runs whenever they were there for the taking.
He was eventually run out on exactly 50. Sudeepta Aurka, looking a bit scratchy at first and flashing and missing on numerous occasions, settled down to reach 31. Captain Chohan, hitting aggressively, sawAlbertaacross the finish line on 41 n o.
It was a happy day for Alberta as it was sweet pay back for a resounding defeat at the hands of the MCC in 2005.
The MCC are now off to Toronto to play three more marches before flying back to England.
MCC Manager: Steven Salisbury
Alberta Manager: Ganesh Subramanian
Umpires: James Knott, Ron Saywack and Sanjeev Kad.
The teams played in traditional whites and the red ball.