“Build a field & they will come” Actually that was Field of Dreams not the 5th Element but more of that later. In the meantime, Pacific’s recent resource problems were addressed by pulling them in at the top end ie. Adrian Duthie, Allan Roberts, Peter Hollman & Craig Jones all made comebacks & contributions. Although it also lead to speculation as to what the aggregate age was.
Meanwhile, back to the game. Capt’n Rob opted to bat 1st & things were going well as bowler after bowler was seen off. Hollman was lucky to be dropped twice at 1st slip that the Captain felt that enough was enough & sold him down the river with the classic call of yes while remaining entrenched in the crease. Something that later Adrian Duthie would look like recall.
Still 8 runs short for the 1st wicket wasn’t bad but the Daz enduced acceleration never happened & at 120-5 it could have gone either way. But like the visitors, Cranbourne had no 5th bowler & this was much to the liking of Craig Jones & Adrian Duthie who took full advantage until that 2nd silly run out.
A little tail wagging & Pacific nudged the score beyond 200. Pick of the bowlers was another senior servant Brian Powell who picked up 3 wickets including top scorer Rob Bastin with a brilliant caught & bowled. Clearly his vision was far less impaired than his Son in Law reported.
The reply never got going & Jon Brown & Aroon Korgoankar took 3 apiece. The former bowling & getting the luck he never seemed to previously enjoy. The latter’s control & turn too much for the home side’s stroke players. At 97-8 the game seemed over. Surely. But again the absence of a 5th line & lengthy bowler became evident as the run was kept in reach by Jones & Castle only for Rob to stump Castle & then taking off the pads & bowl his opposite number LBW
Only the bowling of Jon Brown & Aroon can challenge the Captain for MOTM.
A fine way to wrestle back the honour & did claim rightly that they were weak beforehand. Expect them to be strengthened up in 2011