Beer match win is consolation prize
Pacific v Old Citizens at Mill Hill Village CC  Sat 27-Aug-2016 at 1pm
Lost 9 wickets

We hit about 125, which wasn't enough runs to defend and Old Citizens knocked them off for only one wicket down. Toby top-scored with a nice 38 before chipping one back to the bowler Junkie on the stopping surface so hopefully he's found his form again. Captain Ahmed marshalled the troops well but was let down by his batsmen, meaning he and Aroon had to put on about 30 for the final wicket to give us any kind of respectability.

Hakim bowled good wheels on debut but Citizens knocked of the meagre total in about 16 overs. The early finish allowed time for an eight-side beer match of 14 overs a side, which we managed to win quite comfortably thanks to Citizens playing with their batting order. Rafiq was the star in the beer match, almost taking a hat-trick, hitting boundaries and somehow misdirecting the ball by 90 degrees twice(!) while attempting to throw the ball in from the boundary in some kind of one-man relay. It had to be seen to be believed.

The watching Nuggsy wasn't overly impressed. Here are his thoughts: "Hmm. A day to forget on the whole. It was overcast and muggy at the remote-from-public-transport Mill Hill Village ground.

"Skipper Hussain won the toss and chose to bat. We lost both openers in the first two overs but still sped to 39/2 off 4 as Ben Burnham cover drove better than James Vince. Ben and Toby and then Sumant led a recovery to 88/3 before we collapsed to 97/9 mostly due to impatience and overambition. The skip and Aroon showed some steel to take us to 126.

"We were out so quickly that tea was not ready. Old Citizens cruised to 50odd for 0 before tea as the bowling failed to find any real consistency. After tea the end came pretty quickly although at least Shaz claimed a wicket."

Ahmed adds: on receiving advice from the perfidious Gleadow that we were the stronger side, I chose to bat first. Ooops. Things started dodgily as Sandeep unluckily spooned one back to the bowler trying to turn one that stopped in the pitch, and Rafique swiped a full toss hard to mid on. Ben B looked like he'd had a particularly potent breakfast and played a wonderfully aggressive cameo, but chanced his arm once too often and top-edged one to point. Despite two early wickets we were absolutely motoring and were probably about 50-2 after the first 5 or 6 overs. The opening bowlers were respectable but not terrifying, and Somani in particular was punished heavily for over-pitching. Then the wheels came off, closely followed by the chassis, the engine and the catalytic converter. The only thing slower than the rest of the Pacific innings was the Citizens' change bowling, which deployed the masterly tactic of barely letting go of the bowl at all, yet landing it on a length.

There was no devilry whatsoever in the bowling, but the total lack of pace, combined with stultifying accuracy skittled the Pacific middle and lower order for next to nothing. Looking at Mr Shannon's figures, you'd think that Curtly Ambrose had come on first change, not a very very slow-medium dobber plonking the ball gently on a length, but it did for us, as fellow Old Citizen Nuggsy assures us it has done for many other impatient batsmen down the years. Even then we might have managed a more respectable total if someone had hung around with Toby, but then he chipped one back and it was down to Aroon and me to salvage something from the wreckage.

Since the catastrophe had occurred when they took the pace off the ball, we tried opening with Aroon. Unfortunately their batsmen weren't in a mood to be anything like as generous as we'd been. Mr Treasurer got some good revs on the ball and beat them in the air a few times, but a couple of loose ones combined with a shortish boundary meant that they were always scoring. At the other end Hakim looked very very decent for a bloke coming back from a long layoff, with sharp pace and a good 'full and straight' line and length. Another day I'd back him to take 2 or 3 in a spell for us, but with no runs to play with we had to keep mixing things up. I bowled ok after a rocky-albeit unlucky-first over and fancied causing a problem or two but everyone including the skipper was pretty much on a one or two over contract by then. Nav bowled well, but they either played and missed or were content to see him off, and with an old ball he wasn't able to break through, and economy was no good to us - we had to take wickets. Shaz demonstrated that even when rusty he has a golden arm, and followed up several full bungers with a demon grubber of a long hop that took the only wicket of the innings, but by then it was far too late.

Pity, because the beer match afterwards proved that their batting was much less strong after the opening two, but sadly the opening two was all they had really needed. Apologies and a beer to Tony T for yet again only managing to get him into the attack when it was all over bar the shouting.




Pacific v Old Citizens
Toss won by Pacific
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Rafiq Ratta c Malnick b Syed  1  0  4  0  0  
  Sandeep Nair† c & b Somani  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ben Burnham c Shannon b Somani  21  0  13  4  0  
  Toby Chasseaud c & b Shannon  38  0  69  4  0  
  Sumant Kumar c Malnick b Millett  22  0  25  4  0  
  Navid Chowdhury b Shannon  2  0  0  0  0  
  Sharan Timbadia b Milett  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar b Harris  11  0  40  1  0  
  Hakim Ikram b Shannon  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tony Tambyrajah lbw b Shannon  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain* not out  9  0  28  1  0  
 Extras (b 3, lb 3, w 8, nb 4) 18    
 TOTAL (31.0 Overs) 127    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Somani 5 0 41 2  
 Syed 6 1 33 1  
 Shannon 7 3 8 4  
 Millitt 6 1 11 2  
 Harris 4 1 9 1  
 Kamtish 3 0 0 14  
Old Citizens innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Syed Saad not out  62  0  0  0  0  
  Hayward b Timbadia  47  0  0  0  0  
  Malnick not out  10  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 1, nb 1) 10    
 TOTAL (18.3 Overs) 129    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 3 0 21 0  
 Hakim Ikram 3 0 17 0  
 Sharan Timbadia 2 0 23 1  
 Navid Chowdhury 4 2 7 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 2 0 14 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 2 0 23 0  
 Sumant Kumar 2 1 5 0  
 Tony Tambyrajah 0.3 0 11 0