The MEI League title slipped from the grasp of Ben Boorman and the Pacific team on Sunday, as the Islington men endured another damp draw with an embarrassingly negative HWG, who showed no interest in chasing a meager target of 210 with 51 overs to achieve the total, having won the toss and elected to bowl. After smashing 210 off 29 overs, largely thanks to the power hitting of Si Lawrence, who left his mark on the BBCC clubhouse, the declaration was made on the 29 over mark as the heavens opened. During tea the skies cleared, although PCC's bowlers faced an uphill struggle as the surface was something of an ice rink, with the ball resembling a sodden bean bag. A super-attacking field was set, and the games began. HWG's openers looked as though they might have been considering having a go at the required 4 an over, if only by accident, but as wickets began to fall the Hadley batsmen reverted to type, and the war of attrition began. Bridgett and Chasseaud were undoubtedly the pick of the bowlers, the former generating a remarkable amount of swing off a short run up with a useless cherry, the latter having a trademark big impact from the moment he was introduced into the attack and yielding the most frugal of spells. Despite throwing the kitchen sink, and Steve Richards, at the home side, Boorman's Pacific could only muster 7 wickets for their monumental efforts, and with news of a home win at South Loughton, the Islington men were consigned to second place at the end of an enjoyable league campaign.
Other matches: Sun 25-Jun-2017, Botany Bay Cricket Club, Sun 11-Jun-2017, Millfields Park, Quick runs set up a classy victory, Sun 26-Jun-2016, Botany Bay Cricket Club, Won 95 runs It's a wash-out, Sun 12-Jun-2016, North Middx CC, Cancelled Pride Restored , Sun 28-Jun-2015, Botany Bay Cricket Club, Won 8 wickets Post tenebra lux, Sun 14-Jun-2015, Alexandra Palace, Lost 9 wickets Sixth consecutive draw v HWG , Sun 29-Jun-2014, Botany Bay CC, Drawn Tables turn as Pacific bat out for a draw..., Sun 15-Jun-2014, Alexandra Palace, Drawn Heads you win, tails you draw, Sun 16-Jun-2013, Alexandra Palace, Drawn Early declaration fails to tempt old dogs to chase, Sun 09-Sep-2012, Botany Bay CC, Drawn Beauty without expression is boring, Sun 17-Jun-2012, Broxbourne Sports Club, Drawn Only Five Available, Sun 17-Jul-2011, South Loughton Cricket Club, Forfeited Smith and Korgaonkar foil Hadley Wood resistance, Sun 26-Jun-2011, Botany Bay CC, Won 65 runs