The last game saw Pacific throw away their unbeaten record on the continent, as French Under 19 captain Dan Nott, opening for St Au Lay Casuals, happy-slapped his team to an Alain Prost-like start, dismissing Nuggs back over his head in the first over. St Au Lay contained the only genuine Frenchman we faced on the tour, a talented man called Davide who was taught the sport by an English school teacher and is now director of cricket for France, and another player who is the coach for the aforementioned national Under 19s.
Despite the sometimes dibbly and sometimes dobbly efforts of Haill, Bunter, and the rarely unfurled bowling arms of Duthie and Richards, Pacific had a fairly significant chase on their hands. And it was one that they came nowhere near accomplishing, with former heroes Nuggs and Aroon chastened by a combination of opening the batting and a pitch on which no Pacific player could find their rhythm. That only two boundaries were notched up until Oli Haill came in at 5 was an indication of how difficult the visitors found it to time the ball on this slow-bouncing astroturf wicket despite its similarities with its distant cousin Wray.
We only got to within 100 runs thanks to our own France Under 19s ringer, James, who knew the pitch and belted a few boundaries that we were very grateful for.