Number 11 top scores in defeat
Pacific v Fulmer at Fulmer Recreation Ground  Sat 06 Aug 2011 at 2pm
Lost 112 runs
Friendly fixture

After Pacific suffered a utterly winless month of July, a new month and Aroon's debut as weekend skipper were not enough to turn things around. The game in ended in a limp defeat for Pacific - but it was through no fault of the legspinning veterinary legislator. After a promising bowling performance, Pacific's batting failed to deliver on a cloudy day that threatened but never delivered showers, and promised but never delivered a huge amount of swing. 

Pacific produced a solid bowling and fielding performance on a slow, low, spinning wicket. The opening James, with Gleadow down the hill and with the wind behind him, and Smith with the opposite against him, bowled a nagging line and length and largely limited the scoring against the stylish and calm Fulmer openers.

With the score just past 40 after 10 overs, slow left armer Oli Haill was brought on and, trying to sweep him against the spin after just three balls, the first wicket was snaffled with a looping catch to the captain at short fine leg. A second wicket came to Haill not long after, with a ball that pitched on leg and drew the batsman into a big stride forward for his forward defensive, however the ball zipped past his edge and hit the top of off - sending Haill Panesaring down the pitch in his gleeful excitement. 

The next batsmen, Field and Fox, both appropriately bucloic names with the lovely countryside feel of the wooded location of the ground, seemed eager in the hunt for runs, shooting any loose balls to the boundary and poaching the odd deft single in between. 

Alan Roberts, one of Pacific's own legion of silver foxes, snaffled two late wickets, one when Haill had swapped the ball for the keeping gloves and executed an over-eager stumping that might have been sent to the third umpire had there been one. Fulmer reached a Nelson of 222 by the end of their 40 overs.

After a sumptuous tea, Steve Richards and Forhad Ahmed took to the field like eager bloodhounds on the trail of runs. However, the latter, fasting for Ramadan and not having played for some weeks, fell to the fairly rapid Arslan, opening both the batting and bowling on one of his days of from palying league cricket for Slough.

Richards, who when facing a delivery is evocative of a big game hunter in the way he hunches slightly over his weapon and with his eyes fixed on his approaching target takes a few intrepid steps towards it, attacked as is his way, but will have been supremely disappointed to fall before the slow bowlers came on.

Likewise, the rest of a batting order that will not count among the club's strongest, were generally dissastisfied with their time at the crease, and when the number 11 top scores - all the more if it's Alan Roberts - you know the team have let themselves down (sorry Al - only joking!). 

But, both teams played in good spirits, and it was an generally enjoyable occasion. 

After the match Gleadow noted: "That was a gettable score if the team had some batting oomph. Sadly, once Richards departed that was unlikely and we subsided against accurate "old git" bowling that really should have been dispatched over the trees. However, it was a nice day, the oppisition were a nice lot and Fulmer is lovely place to play cricket."

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Agent Lay's cover blown

Driving down the quiet country lanes just outside the London Orbital, a sedately pootling car is approached from behind by another. As they continue along the twisting tree-lined tracks, the second car catches the first and begins to follow closely behind.

They stop at a junction. The front car, driven by Steve Lay, thought by his friends to work as an archivist deep the underground recesses of the BBC, signals to turn right. The car behind immediately follows suit and they both drive off only a dozen yards apart. 

Glancing anxiously in his rear view mirror, Lay becomes suspicious, his heart begins to race. He stops at the next junction and pauses for a second. He then signals left and watches in his mirror. The hatchback behind, where two figures can be seen in the front seats, again mimics his signal. 

Lay, now fearing for his life screetches off at top speed, leaving the second vehicle struggling to keep up as he careens along the dappled lanes, sending dirt flying from his spinning wheels and squirrels jumping for their lives as he dives left and right round the gentle bends. Soon his deft driving has left his pursuers far enough behind for him to sharply steer the car off into a secluded lay-by where he scoots in behind a towering tree. 

Breathing heavily, his pulse booming in his ears, he peers from behind the safety of the trunk and watches his pursuants zoom by.

In the other car, driver Jon Brown and his passenger James Smith, lost and now no longer able to follow their team-mate, wonder at the driving skills of the alleged BBC worker. And laugh and laugh and laugh.

Fulmer v Pacific
Fulmer innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Arslan c Korgaonkar b Haill  26  0  0  4  0  
  Prash b Haill  15  0  0  1  0  
  N Field st Haill b Roberts  59  0  0  11  0  
  N Fox not out  80  0  0  13  0  
  Shyma c & b Roberts  4  0  0  0  0  
  Denness not out  15  0  0  0  0  
  Voaden did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  J Gibbs did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 8, w 4, nb 2) 20    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 222/4    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 James Gleadow 7 0 35 0  
 James Smith 8 2 35 0  
 Oliver Haill 8 1 19 2  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 4 0 27 0  
 Tony Tambyrajah 5 0 38 0  
 Forhad Ahmed 2 0 14 0  
 Allan Roberts 3 0 21 2  
 Jon Brown 3 0 22 0  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Steve Richards c cover b Voaden  14  31  36  2  0  
  Forhad Ahmed b Arslan  4  10  4  1  0  
  Steve Lay b Voaden  5  32  18  1  0  
  James Gleadow c deepish mid off b Polloff  12  52  0  0  0  
  Oliver Haill c & b Gibbs  4  15  16  0  0  
  Shal Baig b Gibbs  1  7  7  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar b Gibbs  0  1  1  0  0  
  James Smith lbw b Polloff  13  26  0  2  0  
  Jon Brown not out  10  0  0  1  0  
  Tony Tambyrajah b Shyma  12  0  0  1  0  
  Allan Roberts c sub b Polloff  20  14  16  2  1  
 Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 7, nb 2) 15    
 TOTAL (32.4 Overs) 110    
 Fall of wickets:  1-8 , 2-27 , 3-35 , 4-44 , 5-47 , 6-49 , 7-55 , 8-68 , 9-83 , 10-110
Bowling O M R W  
 Arslan 6 1 17 1  
 Voaden 6 1 12 2  
 Gibbs 4 0 9 3  
 Randall 5 1 10 0  
 Polloff 6.4 0 29 3  
 Shyma 5 0 27 1  

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