Pacific won the toss and batted first on a slow low grubber of a pitch. Scoring was difficult due to the conditions and some excellent fielding from our hosts. Tempany was the only batsman to get to grips with the lack of pace to hit a superb 60. A real captains knock whilst the rest faltered with a healthy mix of poor shots and good catches. Crucially we didnt manage to bat our alloted forty overs.
In the field Strongroom started sensibly with some positive running between the wickets putting pressure on the field. Smith and Brown had little luck on a pitch offering absolutely nothing to a seamer. Webley bowled with gusto and snared two wickets whilst keeping it tight. The introduction of Aroon turned the tide towards Pacific with an alluring cocktail of full bungers and unplayable deliveries he cunningly disposed of six Strongroom wickets. Pacific felt in the ascendancy but with such a low score to defend we were unable to take the final wicket with inside edges past the stumps and skiers not falling to hand.
A good match but one Pacific might have won with a little more discipline with the bat. Strongroom visit Fortress Wray in October which should play a little differently to the lifeless patch seen at Highgate.
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 Wet Wiped, Sat 02-Oct-2010, Wray Crescent, Won 5 wickets 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