Pacific Blow Unbeaten Record in Spectacular Style
Pacific 43 All Out
Harrow St Mary’s 47-1
As millions celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in London - Pacific blew their 2-month 14-game unbeaten start to the season with a woeful performance against an impressive Harrow St Mary’s side in the Middlesex Federation Cup. Having had to relinquish home advantage due to the unsatisfactory nature of the Wray Crescent ground – Pacific skipper Steve Lay also lost the toss – and was promptly invited to bat.
Unfortunately his team failed to accept that invitation – faced by some fine fast bowling from Casey (3-14) on what was never the less a good wicket. With Guy Wiehann back in the pavilion in the first over – and Matt Holiday and Jim Davies following soon after – the innings was stuttering from the start. While the skipper held his end up – Colin Pettet (9) and Peter Czabotar (4) tried to hit their way out of trouble – but with only brief success. Steve Emmins received a devastating off-stump yorker first ball and Marcel Boonaert became the only batsman to reach double figures with some lusty blows – before falling victim to a quicker ball from young spinner Metha (4-18). Lay then fell to a spectacular slip catch for 5 – and the innings was soon wrapped up by Metha – taking two wickets in two balls – his prodigious spin undoing Ian Lay first ball.
A feeble total of 43 was never likely to be enough on a largely blameless pitch. Both Marcel Boonaert and Mike Alexander bowled well and stuck to their task – but despite securing a late breakthrough the result was never in doubt. An enjoyable beer match – won more narrowly by the hosts – followed – and Pacific hope to get an opportunity to redress the balance with a fixture against the same opposition next year.
“A pretty sad way to lose your unbeaten run” said skipper Steve Lay afterwards. “After a glut of runs earlier in the year – the batsmen have been letting the bowlers down recently – and really our batting was a bit pathetic today” “Despite that, we were made to feel very welcome by our hosts - and we hope to play them again next year. We wish them well in the next round of the cup” he added.
South African opener Guy Wiehann summed up the Jubilee party mood by concluding “The way I batted today – I’d better get in the bar and down a bottle of wine!”
Statfact : 5th lowest total & lowest since May 1996
The XI were: Mike Alexander, Marcel Boonaert, Jim Davies, Matt Holliday, Peter Hollman, Ian Lay, Steve Lay*, Colin Pettet, Guy Wiehahn, Steve Emmins+ & Peter Czabotar