A nail-biting finish at Alexandra Park as a truly collective team performance featuring contributions from one to 11 enabled Pacific to beat Chigwell by about 15 runs in the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League. Pacific scored 185 all out in about 49 overs, with Toby Chasseaud scoring about 54. Our final total was aided by key middle/ late order contributions by Collis, the two KMs and Bridgett. Defending the 185 with passion and pride, Pacific bowled skillfully and economically to deny Chigwell's experienced old things the victory they so nearly achieved. Chasseaud bowled with Panesar-like precision and pace changes, Bridgett coruscated at the end, and in between Brown and Timbadia worked their own singular magic. It was one of my favourite victories in Pacific colours.
Toby Chasseaud Topscoring with 54 on a slow, low, passive aggressive strip, TC would later prise out four Chigwellians in Pacific’s victory pursuit. One memorable delivery, perhaps his finest in Pacific colours, bamboozled a right-hander in much the same way Monty Panesar deceived the great Sachin in 2012(see at 15secs approx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_lJC0fUOK0) The 2014 TC model gives the ball noticeably greater wrist fizz. His bowling style is much like Monty Panesar but Toby fortunately presents none of the post-match urinary difficulties. Valuable Chasseaud. Stephen Richards Skipper Stephen showcased the art of captaincy with perceptive decision-making, keeping Greenland gunpowder mostly dry on an unexpressive pitch and in a tight match situation requiring percentage plays. Middlesex and Essex Invitation League’s Mike Brearley for the day. Tom IrelandPacific’s closest fit to Eoin Morgan, the silken left-hander injects pace into innings much like his Irish contemporary – fast hands and deceptively easy power a counterpoint to the accumulators. On Sunday Ireland played a more measured hand as he and Chas consolidated after the unfortunate (pearoller) dismissal of Richards, before he too was sent back by a mullygrubber. Typically light-heeled in the field, I was also treated to a first viewing of Ireland as left armer spinner. With the recent emergence of Harry Gurney demonstrating the value of left arm angles, any chance of a seaming comeback Tom? James CollisScouted by Ahmed at Oval net sessions, James scored a neat and ultimately hugely important 25 on debut, defending the runchase with energy in the field.
Sheldon GreenlandSheldon is an instinctive, expressive, expansive talent who bowls fast and hits big when his stars are in alignment. Brought on late by Richards to blast out the lower order, he took the enervating pitch out of the equation, his radar unwittingly fixed on mature Chigwellian heads. One or two deliveries showed his true quality. Bright days lie ahead for this talented Mr Greenland.Kieran MullensKieran was simply delighted to hear the moniker ‘K-Dog’ ring out across the fresh meadow that was the Alexandra Park outfield for the first time this season. Contributed to the middle order push with a sprightly 17.Karl MathiesenBored or distressed at work? Try saying: “Equally proficient with glove and bat” in your finest Mikey Holding accent and you’ll surely be cheered (and have taken a step towards becoming the office eccentric). Karl hasn’t kept wicket much since his schoolboy days in Hobart but you wouldn’t have known with this agile begloved performance, particularly to Toby. The two KMs, Mathiesen and Mullens shared in a neat 5th wicket partnership. Giaco BridgettGiaco was the finisher supreme on Sunday. Opening up he beat the swinging bat of our Allum on numerous occasions, but, bowling into the notoriously stiff Alexandrabreeze also struggled just a tad with length. Yet he scorched his mark on the match at the death, returning to take out three Chigwellians in the final over, juicing Orange in a stump-shattering finale - a suitably exhilarating way to close such a closely contested match. The anglo-Italian’s was a creamy tiramisu of a last course.Shaz TimbadiaShaz extracted a different kind of result altogether from this dead dog of a pitch, his deliveries skidding across the square like butter on a hot frying pan. Time and again he found a golden lubricious ball to pass the bat of the technically accomplished wicketkeeper batsman Stevenson, and surely deserved more than the one wicket. A performance to have surely impressed his very own personal spectator Teresa.Jon BrownThe Alexandra Park strip and Mr Brown’s gliding seamers are a match made in heaven. Chigwellian totem Rob Allum struggled to get our opening bowler away, save for a risky swatted six, but was soon trapped on his crease LBW. Browny kept it typically tight and steady afterwards and took a key catch at fly slip. One more wicket - one step further towards a century of Pacific wickets. 93 and rising Mr Brown. Per ardua ad astra. Ahmed HussainThere can’t be a Pacific cricketer more dedicated to self-improvement than Ahmed, clearly subscribing to the Japanese philosophy of ‘kaizen‘; of continuously changing for the better. One Sunday scalp took him to 3rd in the wickets tally column for 2014. Often spotted on match days at long range practicing among ancient oaks, on Sunday Ahmed was spotted bowling a ball up a small hill of steep gradient, letting gravity do it’s glorious work. Pacific cricket’s original white collar worker deserves all the success he gets.
Other matches: Sat 09-Sep-2017, North Middx CC, Sun 07-May-2017, Old Chigwellians Club, Victory is sweet in last-ball thriller, Sun 11-Sep-2016, Alexandra Palace, Won 2 wickets Burnham sees red as runfest unfolds, Sun 08-May-2016, Old Chigwellians Club, Drawn Another tight finish, Sun 30-Aug-2015, Old Chigwellians Club, Lost 5 wickets PCC realise Chig ambitions , Sun 31-May-2015, Alexandra Palace, Won 7 wickets Plucky Pacific hang on for draw, Sun 31-Aug-2014, Old Chigwellians Club, Drawn Pacific on top, Sun 01-Sep-2013, Old Chigwellians Club, Won 7 wickets Scores level in last-ball thriller, Sun 28-Apr-2013, Alexandra Palace, Drawn - scores level! To Mankad or not to Mankad? Scores level despite skipper's heroics, Sun 02-Sep-2012, Old Chigwellians Club, Drawn - scores level! Sight screens as rafts, Sun 29-Apr-2012, Broxbourne Sports Club, Cancelled Could not raise team, Sun 28-Aug-2011, Old Chigwellians Club, Forfeited If you thought South Africa choked ..., Sun 31-Jul-2011, Broxbourne Sports Club, Lost 8 runs Perfect April As Draw Sanctuary for Chigwell Removed, Sun 25-Apr-2010, Wray Crescent, Won By 117 runs Allum the key for Chigwell, Sun 26-Apr-2009, Wray Crescent, Drawn The Fairest of Draws, Mon 06-May-2002, Met Police Grd, Drawn Marathon spell from Mileham seals it, Mon 07-May-2001, Away, Won by 3 wkts