P win by 4 wickets does not tell the story- it was off the last ball, hit straight by Matt Patel to short cover, right into his midriff - but he dropped the catch & the batsmen scampered home - somehow.
C: 139-10. Thomas 33. Alexander 12-3-26-3
P: 140-7. J Campbell 39, P Hollman 25. Jenkins 8-1-20-2
Earlier Alexander continued his season's fine form by continually beating the bat, but with Tanner out caught behind , Alexander broke through, an edge through to Emmins who kept tidily well all day - failing even to concede 1 bye - what a difference that was we realised later. More tidy & tight bowling from all the bowlers - Roberts, Lay, O'Grady & the Baglivi bros who helped cover a slightly rusty fielding performance as 4 difficult chances went to ground - but despite this, the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
When Pacific batted the tide turned after Campbell was dropped on 3 by Jenkins who later to put down Patel so vitally. Campbell continued to make 39 before edging on to Jenkins, useful contributions from Hollman, Jones & Emmins did not cover the fact that all these batsmen should have gone on to make it a comfortable win. Ultimately it wasnt. The 7th wicket partnership of Patel & Alexander had narrowed it to needing 7 off the last over & opening bowler Nagler was back on. Thereby followed some tickle & run before Matt was left needing 1 from the last ball.
Pacific notched up their 2nd consecutive win of the season & 4 games unbeaten which saw a visable relieved stand-in Captain - Peter Hollman say "I certainly felt that we outbowled & outfielded our opponents today, the batting still looks rusty but I am ever so pleased for Matt - he was the coolest man out there"
P: P Hollman* J Baglivi J Campbell C Jones S Emmins+ H Patel C O'Grady M Alexander I Lay D Roberts F Baglivi.
Earlier in the week Pacific started their league season with an emphatic 7 wicket defeat against league new boys Newham B, who declared their intentions in passing Pacific's total of 56 in 4.1 overs without loss. As stand in skipper Steve Lay - "we were well & truly stuffed!"