Pacific v Mixed Media at Away  Sat 11 Jul 1998
Friendly fixture

Match reduced to 30 over game due to late start due to rain shower.

Mixed Media 149-7 (30 overs).
Pacific innings did commence due to further heavier showers & water affected pitch.

MM lead by N Harper (56) made a useful total but afterwards Captain Nigel Wilkinson, despite recent poor batting , was confident the total could have been reached. "I am disappointed than the weather has prevented us from having a go & I think we had the batting line up today that would have been good enough to overhaul their score." Earlier, in a game littered by a low standard of umpiring~, the bowlers had done well, in keeping the score down & only N Harper appeared to have the variety in his shots & the confidence to play them.

John Baglivi 4-37 was unusually expensive but did well by persevering & picking up the best figures of the day. David Murray varying it between off spin & medium seam was again the most economical with only runs accredited from his 4 overs. Good ground fielding too was another feature but Matt Patel would have been disappointed dropping P Jones (22) early on. Adrian Duthie too completely misjudged a steepler & N Harper who was well set by then was out soon after caught by Darryl Roberts at mid off. Adrian was able to make amends catching P Jones at mid on.

The weather dampened the spirits but not Mixed Media's enthusiasm & despite worsening conditions played a 5 a side game whilst Pacific's players settled for the comfort of a warm hostelry.

Without wishing to dwell on this issue:-

  • 1. The opening bat was recalled after having been bowled on a no ball which no one saw signalled or heard called.
  • 2. The same batsman clearly edged but it was not given nor did he walk.
  • 3. The umpires continually failed to get in position & obstructed our fielders.
  • 4. There was a ridiculous delay when 1 umpire called over, the other said 2 balls remained, the scorer was not consulted & the game was held up.
  • 5. Leg byes were signalled when the batter had clearly not played a shot.
  • 6. The umpires failed to stop the batsman running on the pitch - as it was raining, this was even more important than ever.
I believe there is little chance of resuming the fixture against our Lords Indoors rivals at this level again next season as a consequence.


Other matches:
 Sun 11 May 1997, Oakhill Park, Drawn