A beautiful warm summer's day greeted the teams at a picturesque Wray. The public were out in force to enjoy the sun and watch Islington's finest. The wispish clouds only highlighted the magnificence of a day that stood in contrast to so much of this damp Olympian summer. The birds were twittering (and hopefully KP was not), the trees were resplendent and bushy green, the Porsche was shining, the ground was baked...
Ah well, I guess there has to be some mention of the cricket and our fourth heaviest defeat ever. A punctual and well supported Pacific team were made to field (one hopes!) and despite good opening spells from Giaco and Satish it was soon clear that a lightning fast outfield and supremely flat astro would make for a long afternoon. Well it would be 255 runs long before a wicket fell as the Washington openers exploited five dropped chances. The strange thing was that the bowling was not that atrocious - it was just a bad ball or two every over and it got punished every time. One opener played almost all correct and drove us through the covers whilst the other lofted to cow and straight. It was partnership that would comfortably clear our record of 211 and would place it tenth on the all time ODI list or over a seventh of the runs towards England's must successful ODI partnerships final run tally (Knight and Tresco). Of the drops Skip Ben at slip was the hardest chance and Giaco's unnecesarrily leaping effort at mid on the most inexplicable. Eventually Croft snared both openers as Justin and Lahri finally demonstrated how to catch but Washington ended on 309/2 (the sixth highest total conceded by us)
A good tea provided some refreshment but sadly not to our hopes. Soumik played well but too correct for the circumstances, Justin and Ben played good cameos and Luke nudged us past the 100 but it was not a display to be proud of. Washington bowled well but not well enough to excuse a tame batting display.
Other matches: Sun 02-Jul-2017, North Middx CC, Euro trashed, Sun 04-Oct-2015, Wray Crescent, Won 8 wickets Sheldon rages against the dying of the light, Sat 06-Sep-2014, Wray Crescent, Lost 50 runs JR's 50 not enough to stop Wash cycle, Sat 07-Sep-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost Toby and Harshdeep lead victory charge, Sat 03-Sep-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 28 Runs NM Development XI Reclaim Ground, Sun 07-Aug-2011, TBC (To Be Confirmed), Cancelled Sat 05-Jun-2010, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Hats Off To Lahri, Sun 23-Aug-2009, Wray Crescent, Won 89 runs Washout averted, Wash annihilated, Sun 06-Jul-2008, North Middx CC, Won 7 Wickets Wash Out Spares Wash Backlash, Sun 19-Aug-2007, Broxbourne Sports Club, Cancelled Iron Basket Full After Wash day, Sun 08-Jul-2007, North Middx CC, Lost 9 wickets Wash Pass Daz Test, Sun 23-Jul-2006, Gonville & Caius, Lost 3 wickets Diminishing Availabilities Leaves No option, Sun 14-May-2006, North Middx CC, Cancelled Washout In Cambridge, Sun 24-Jul-2005, Gonville & Caius, Drawn Brilliant Braden Mangles Wash!, Sun 15-May-2005, North Middx CC, Won 35 Runs Pete Picks Off Pacific!, Sun 12-Sep-2004, Broxbourne Sports Club, Lost by 20 Runs Wilkinson's Washington Woe!, Sun 16-May-2004, North Middx CC, Lost by 1 Run Sun 14-Sep-2003, Broxbourne Sports Club, Lost by 4 wkts Pacific Wash Away the Tears!, Sun 18-May-2003, North Middx CC, Won 6 Wickets Wilkinson Strangles Washington in Dramatic Draw, Sun 15-Sep-2002, Broxbourne Sports Club, Drawn Pacific Dreadful – Walker Disgraceful, Sun 19-May-2002, Alexandra Palace, Drawn Minnion seals it, Sun 09-Sep-2001, Away, Lost by 1 wkt Brave Jim sees Pacific home, Sun 10-Jun-2001, Broxbourne Sports Club, Won by 5 wkts Barnstorming Pacific put Washington to the Sword, Sun 10-Sep-2000, Dame Alice Owens, Won by 6 wkts Woods & Cragoe set up win for Wash, Sun 11-Jun-2000, Away, Lost by 5 wkts Demetri imposes as bowling dominates, Sun 09-May-1999, Alexandra Palace, Lost by 32 runs Wilkinson bats on..., Sun 02-Aug-1998, Queens College, Drawn Pitch unfit, Sat 18-Apr-1998, Tufnell Park, Cancelled Stapleford galvanises Pacific, Sun 20-Apr-1997, Tufnell Park, Drawn