Throwing caution to the wind
Pacific v Alexandra Park at Alexandra Palace  Sun 25-Sep-2011 at 12.30pm
Won 60 runs
 

A windswept victory against a motivated nine-man team from Alexandra Palace. Considering the epic quality of the home teams tea, this is hopefully the beginning of another local rivalry. 

Pacific batted first and started slowly as the wind howled across the outfield, leading to prodigous swing on a placid, even-paced wicket. Opening bat Pete Hollman was barnacle-like, refusing to be ground down by AP's bowling whelks, his adhesive qualities helping him to a 49. The main beneficiary of Pacific attempts to accelerate towards a defendable total was a stump-high 11-year-old leg spinner, Jacob. The promising, milk toothy Alexandra Park colt, who, bowling with a cap, with long hair tucked behind, reminded Kieran of a minature Wayne from early 90's flick Wayne's World, enjoyed an 'excellent' party time all of his own. Eight well flighted overs brought four deserved wickets, including a great ball to stump the skipper. Smith, Croft and Gleadow perished while unselfishly looking to push the score on, and Vincent will cherish his maximum over the mid-wicket boundary. Our total was helped to a defendable target by fine strokeplay from Abi, whose controlled but destructive hitting all round the wicket in a quick-time 44 not out was a pleasure to watch, releasing Pacific from their earlier shackles. Abi was ably supported by number eight Mullens, whose 21 not out told of quick running between the wickets and greater confidence in his batting ability this season. The pair took Pacific to 197 for 6 at tea, a hearty spread which was merrily wolfed.

After the comforts, the barrel-bellied men of Pacific headed out into the gale to defend our total. After some minor squabbling from last year's leading wicket taker who wanted a particular end despite batting we begun to witness some epic smacking from Ally Pally's spectacled opener. He creamed both opening bowlers to all corners whilst charging onto 50 in about 20 balls.  At 65 for 0 from 6 overs things looked a little dire for Pacific, a situation we have become accustomed to over this tough season. But a determined Smith ramped up the pace, his left arm angles across the right handers not to the liking of their biffer, who fell to a full and straight ball. Produce the ball which darts into the right hander more consistently, and Smith will be a massive threat, like his namesake and fellow leftarmer Mike was for Gloucestershire in the '90s. Ahmed Hussain found the match situation rather more to his liking this week as he entered the attack, finding immediate control and turn as he drove through the crease in delivery. Our leggie was fully deserving of his wickets too, including that of their accomplished captain.  The run rate climbed to 6 an over and we reaped the rewards with a collective fielding effort, particularly from the always supportive Ben Boorman, and a fantastic direct hit run out from Abi. After some minor confusion regarding the exact nature of 'last man standing' the match drew to a close with another run out to complete a victory to savour.


Pacific v Alexandra Park
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Peter Hollman c Cattell b Dodd  51  0  0  3  0  
  Ben Boorman b Bagley  5  0  0  0  0  
  Jon Webley st de Kock b Dodd  25  0  0  6  0  
  James Smith c Yasin b Dodd  15  0  0  1  1  
  Vincent Croft c & b Cattel  17  0  0  2  1  
  Abhi Patel not out  44  0  0  5  2  
  James Gleadow b Dodd  5  0  0  0  0  
  Kieran Mullens not out  21  0  0  2  0  
  Jon Brown did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Jon Briley did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 11, lb 3, w 3, nb 0) 17    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 197/6    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Bagley 8 1 42 1  
 Bose 7 1 28 0  
 Yasir 5 0 19 0  
 Cattel 8 1 22 1  
 Dodd 8 0 56 4  
 De Kock 3 0 11 0  
 
 
Alexandra Park innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Srikant c Boorman b Gleadow  4  0  0  0  0  
  Mazhar b Smith  52  0  0  0  0  
  De Kock c & b Smith  10  0  0  0  0  
  Yasin c Patel b Hussain  47  0  0  0  0  
  I Majid b Gleadow  6  0  0  0  0  
  Bose b Webley  0  0  0  0  0  
  Bagley b Hussain  3  0  0  0  0  
  Cattell run out Patel  3  0  0  0  0  
  Dodd run out Croft  3  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 7, nb 0) 11    
 TOTAL (0.0 Overs) 137/9    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Jon Brown 4 1 36 0  
 James Gleadow 8 2 35 2  
 James Smith 8 2 21 2  
 Jon Webley 5 0 25 1  
 Ahmed Hussain 3 1 12 2  
 Kieran Mullens 1 0 4 0  
 
 

Other matches:
 Sun 13-Sep-2015, Alexandra Palace, Lost 7 wickets
 Sun 05-Oct-2014, TBC (To Be Confirmed), Cancelled
 Nine-man Pacific summon the Pawar, Sat 26-May-2012, Oakhill Park, Won by 207 runs
 Start The Bus For The Parade, Sun 15-Aug-2010, Alexandra Palace, Won By Walkover
 Never underestimate No. 11, Sun 06-Jun-2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 13 runs
 Not Applicable, Mon 30-May-2005, Alexandra Palace, Cancelled