Crouching tiger, hidden Ireland
Pacific v Crouch End CC at Crouch End Playing Fields  Sun 06-Sep-2015 at 1pm
Lost 114 runs
 

Arriving as usual in late dribs and drabs, the ten men of Pacific weren't doing themselves any favours. Still, the tight opening bowling of Tom Ireland and Phil Smith gave us hope, removing both opening batsmen cheaply. Sadid was surely caught behind by Toby on about three but the umpire, perhaps unconvinced by Smith's hoarse appeal, declined to raise his finger in what turned out to be a game-changing decision. 

Crouch End declared on 38.2 overs as soon as Sadid, in a cruel twist of fate, reached his century, leaving Pacific the somewhat odd period of 41.4 overs to bat, including a tricky 10 overs before tea (a tasty vegetable curry) was ready. It was to prove three balls too many.

It wasn't the best of starts, with Pacific 0-2 off two balls, and then 3-6 off about ten balls.

Steve Lay (edging past Jon Webley once again in the all-time Pacific run-scorers list) steadied the ship with a well compiled 36 while Tom's brother Antony Ireland, on debut, struck a mightily impressive 51 off 30 balls.

Matters hadn't been helped by Toby splitting his finger open while attempting a low catch off Ahmed's bowling at extra cover. As a result he came in somewhat lower than usual, at No 7, and in some discomfort. With gloves rubbing painfully against his cut finger, he removed them after the first few balls and batted heroically (ie stupidly) without them until undone by the dangerous Sadid.

Tony T was once again left stranded on nought not out. With an eleventh batsman we probably would have hung on for a draw. As it was, over half our runs scored by brothers Ireland, giving their watching parents something to cheer about at least. If only Daddy Ireland had brought his whites with him, rather than just beers, the result might have been different.

With thanks to Aroon for doing a stint of umpiring. We hope to see him with ball in hand again soon.


Crouch End CC v Pacific
 
Crouch End CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Andrew S b Smith  3  0  0  0  0  
  Asif b Ireland  0  0  0  0  0  
  Zinzan c Chasseaud b Smith  59  0  0  0  0  
  Syman b Ireland  19  0  0  0  0  
  Sadid not out  101  0  0  0  0  
  Robbie J c Ireland b Davis  54  0  0  0  0  
  Courtney c Smith b Ireland  1  0  0  0  0  
  Tom M not out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Nicol J* did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ranie did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Mark S did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 11, lb 3, w 9, nb 1) 24    
 TOTAL (38.2 Overs) 262    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Tom Ireland 8 0 26 2  
 Phil Smith 13 1 54 2  
 Tony Tambyrajah 3 0 41 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 6 0 59 0  
 Paul Davis 6 0 34 1  
 Antony Ireland 3.2 0 35 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Mark Woodland b Symon  0  0  1  0  0  
  Steve Lay b Zinzan  36  0  0  0  0  
  Paul Davis b Symon  0  0  1  0  0  
  Ben Burnham c ? b Nichol  5  0  0  0  0  
  Antony Ireland c Mid-on b Sandler  51  0  30  0  0  
  Tom Ireland c ? b Jenkins  24  0  0  0  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* b Sadid  10  0  0  0  0  
  Phil Smith b Sadid  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tony Tambyrajah not out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain b Sadid  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 7, lb 1, w 11, nb 0) 19    
 TOTAL (41.1 Overs) 148    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Symon 7.1 3 7 3  
 Sandler 9 1 30 1  
 Nichol 7 0 40 1  
 Asif 3 0 8 0  
 Jenkins 5 0 28 1  
 Morris 5 0 22 0  
 Sadid 4 3 4 3  
 Zinzan 1 1 0 1  
 
 

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 A Toby jug as Enders bat out, Sun 04-Sep-2016, Crouch End Playing Fields, Drawn
 Webley six blitz in stiff breeze, Sun 30-Sep-2012, Alexandra Palace, Won 108 runs
 The team that dreams of what might have been, Sun 20-May-2012, Crouch End Playing Fields, Cancelled
 Skipper shines above arrogant mediocrity, Sun 05-Jun-2011, Broxbourne Sports Club, Won 2 wickets
 Burned Bike on a Length, Sun 04-Jun-2006, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Sun 15-Aug-2004, Broxbourne Sports Club, Cancelled
 Sun 07-May-2000, Away, Won by 4 wkts
 Pacific recovery falls just short, Mon 03-May-1999, Away, Drawn
 Sun 06-Sep-1998, Away, Won by 9 wkts