Dave Murray calmly ambled his way to an unbeaten 59 as Pacific overcame Stoke Newington in this re-arranged first round cup game.
Stoke Newington 115 for 5 (Murray 2-28)
Pacific 118 for 1 (Murray 59*, Marshall 34)
Missing several regulars - and hampered by Rob Allum's unexpected absence - Pacific bowled and fielded well to keep SN down to 115 for 5 in their 16 overs. Dave Murray was the most expensive bowler - but even he only conceded 28 from 4 overs - having overcome a difficult start to snare 2 wickets with his slow dibbley-dobbleys. Particular praise also to Tim Marshall for taking over the gloves at short notice and doing an excellent job.
Marshall and Murray then set about the target in differing styles - Marshall bludgeoning his first ball for 6 on his way to a quickfire 34 from only 16 balls - before being unluckily run out when slipping mid-pitch. Murray meandered at a more measured pace - but a flurry of late boundaries carried him past his fifty. With Peter Czabotar joining in the fun with a run a ball 11 not out and darkness closing in - Pacific won with more than 3 overs in hand.
Joint skipper Jonathan Campbell commented "I was delighted with the effort all the boys put in - with only 7 men there is always a danger of letting things get away from you - but we bowled and fielded really well. Tim's keeping was a real bonus - as was Dave's bowling. Once Tim had blasted us off to a good start with the bat - Dave made sure of the win. Like the iceberg that hit the Titanic - he may have appeared slow at times - but he was always going to get the job done!"
Pacific: D Murray*, T Marshall +, P Czabotar, C Richardson, J Davies, J Campbell*, D Roberts