A very pleasing victory in a hard fought contest on a damp day. Skip Bastin won the toss and chose to bowl. Nuggsy and Hess, in his final game before departure to Singapore, continued to work well in partnership but they were not backed up by the fielding that shelled 5 chances. Strongroom clawed their way back into the game through Gower's dogged resistance and a biffer of a number 5. Smith and Webley bowled their usual super spells to keep Strongroom down to 182. Webley missed three chances in the field in what was a lacklustre fielding performance by the team.
Pacific's reply began solidly enough in the newly arrived steady drizzle but when Bastin fell at 80/4 the game was in the balance. Webbo batted patiently to see off Strongroom's top four bowlers before making hay against the part-timers (we were aided by Gower being unable to bowl due to the slippery conditions and his leaning back bowling style). Lahrie drove supremely - like watching Vaughan at his best. He outscored Jon for much of their partnership.
Strongroom Capatin Jon Gower said "The back is OK thanks, I just felt it jarr and didn't want to make it worse. We enjoyed the game, even though it was wet and in a losing cause. It's always a fixture we look forwards to, genuinely competitive and full of good cricket. Jon W played really well, and i enjoyed the contest between him and our better bowlers. We were missing bowlers at the end, as you could tell, and I opted to try and take wickets rather than tie things down in the final few overs, but there you go - that's captaincy for you"
Other matches: Sat 07-Oct-2017, Wray Crescent, Sat 29-Jul-2017, Highgate Woods, Momentum with Strongroom, Sat 08-Oct-2016, Wray Crescent, Lost 6 wickets The day the wheels fell off, Sat 10-Oct-2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 196 runs Sat 20-Jun-2015, Highgate Woods, Cancelled Kimchi, history and victory, Sat 11-Oct-2014, Wray Crescent, Won 83 Runs 6 of the best, Sat 28-Jun-2014, Highgate Woods, Cancelled Hutchinson INXS, Sat 05-Oct-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 42 runs Strongroom strongarmed out in dramatic win, Sat 29-Jun-2013, Highgate Woods, Won 4 runs Jittery collapse under October sun, Sat 06-Oct-2012, Wray Crescent, Lost 70 runs Pacific Outmuscled by Strongroom, Sat 30-Jun-2012, Highgate Woods, Lost by 41 runs October heatwave, Sat 01-Oct-2011, Wray Crescent, Lost 1 wicket A fielding performance to honour Rob, Sat 25-Jun-2011, Highgate Woods, Won 25 runs Strong Aroon Not Enough, Sat 04-Sep-2010, Highgate Woods, Lost 1 wicket Strongroom's Strongest, Sat 03-Oct-2009, Wray Crescent, Lost 149 runs Away Or At The Oval, Sat 22-Aug-2009, Highgate Woods, Cancelled Strongroom Out To Pasture As Roy Ruminates At The WC, Sat 04-Oct-2008, Wray Crescent, Won 88 runs Probably For The Best, Sat 06-Sep-2008, Highgate Woods, Cancelled Kendo Keeps Bastin EverReady, Sat 06-Oct-2007, Wray Crescent, Won 6 Wickets Strongroom Capitalise on Claird Skies, Sat 12-May-2007, Highgate Woods, Lost 4 wickets Strongroom Not Airtight, Sat 16-Sep-2006, Wray Crescent, Lost 1 run Brittle Middle Strongarmed Away, Sat 13-May-2006, Highgate Woods, Lost 5 wickets Strong Team Effort Just the Ticket!, Sat 17-Sep-2005, Wray Crescent, Won 8 wickets Sat 21-May-2005, Wray Crescent, Cancelled