Stockton tees off for maiden ton as Pacific cruise to win
Pacific v Bussey at Wray Crescent  Sun 22 May 2016 at 1pm
Won 110 runs
Friendly fixture

One of Pacific's raft of fresh talent for 2016 took his game to new-found heights and his new club to their third victory in a row on Sunday. Yorkshireman Ben Stockton scored a brutal 139, passing the century mark for the first time in his life, and took a brace of wickets as Pacific beat South London artists collective Bussey by a handsome margin.

Although the innings began in sedate fashion, with habitual number-11 Ahmed Hussain sporting thigh-pads on both legs but no helmet as he was given a chance at the top of the order, along with Mark Woodland. Vindicating this decision, A-bomb scored his first four, he thinks, for the club. This was of course came after several of his favourite forward defensive strokes as he warmed up for his big, swivelling pull shot. At the other end, 'Creatures' also showed how his game is improving rapidly after only taking up cricket last year.  

Stockton arrived after a short cameo from Ben Burnham, as he recovered from partying til 4am the night before and a morning game of squash, and healthy acceleration of the run rate from Jon Webley. The young Imperial college graduate was soon smashing sixes and fours with imperious ease alongside Kieran Mullens, who skippered the team to victory in style with a classy innings that included a wristy cut that Jon branded 'shot of the day'. The pair put on partnership of 206 which left Bussey chasing an intimidating total. 

The chunky blades of both players owed a small debt to the man after whom the opposition team were named. Bussey CC was formed a few years ago by artistic types who worked in galleries near to the old Bussey cricket bat factory. George Bussey decided in 1890 to abandon the trend of using the heavy heart-wood of the tree and instead experiment with sapwood, which was lighter in colour and weight.

Despite their close connections to cricketing history, not many of the Bussey batsmen stayed around for a long time. Mullens had a strong bowling attack to choose from, with Navid Chowdhury and Sharan Timbadia hooping the ball out of reach, before Bussey then began to boost their total when spinner Ahmed and drifter Oli Haill were brought on. After the opposition skipper fell for the same score as his counterpart as a drizzle began to fall, the Bussey batters (including noted carrot photographer Tim Smyth) were returned to the bunker fairly regularly, with the 'Lambrini moment' said to be Oli holding on to a fizzing cut with a diving left hand off Stockton's bowling. 

Continuing the history theme, Pacific's third win in a row is the first time this feat has been accomplished since May 2012 with a win over Oakfield in sunny Broxbourne featuring a Webley 92-not-out and the long-lost Lahri Mohammed, Steve Richards and Tony Tambyrajah. That trio of wins in May was extended into a five-game streak in June, so here's hoping that repeats in 2016.

***Click here to watch Navid's video higlights***

Stockton's stats

As many of you already know, Ben Stockton scored his first ever century on Sunday with a formidable 139 n.o.. The innings will be providing statistician Lay with some meaty number nuggets of goodness to get his teeth in to this winter. Because, Ben's innings was, by my reckoning:

* The equal 13th highest score by a Pacific player
*The equal fastest Pacific ton - matching Conrad Chandler's 50 ball effort vs London Fields in 2009
* Stockton and Mullens' partnership of 206 is the fourth highest in Pacific history and the highest 4th wicket partnership, beating Webley and Bastin's 179 Thames Ditton effort in 2009.

Pacific v Bussey
Toss won by Pacific
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Mark Woodland lbw b Howard  9  0  16  2  0  
  Ahmed Hussain run out From the boundary  5  0  38  1  0  
  Ben Burnham b Chalmers  5  0  0  0  0  
  Jon Webley b Howard  33  0  0  4  2  
  Ben Stockton not out  139  0  70  17  5  
  Kieran Mullens* c & b Smyth  67  0  66  10  0  
  Oliver Haill not out  10  0  6  2  0  
  Rafiq Ratta did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sharan Timbadia did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Navid Chowdhury did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 15, nb 3) 26    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 300    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
Bussey innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Robertson c & b Timbadia  0  0  0  0  0  
  Paul Davis b Timbadia  13  0  0  0  0  
  Saunderson* c Mullens b Stockton  67  0  0  0  0  
  Barclay b Timbadia  0  0  0  0  0  
  Banden b Webley  38  0  0  0  0  
  groves c Haill b Stockton  0  0  0  0  0  
  Roberts b Chowdhury  6  0  0  0  0  
  Howard b Webley  6  0  0  0  0  
  Smyth c Webley b Timbadia  7  0  0  0  0  
  Learner not out  10  0  0  0  0  
  Chalmers b Mullens  1  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 26, lb 6, w 14, nb 1) 47    
 TOTAL (38.1 Overs) 190    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Sharan Timbadia 6 1 30 4  
 Navid Chowdhury 8 1 22 1  
 Oliver Haill 6 0 31 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 5 0 40 0  
 Jon Webley 6 1 15 2  
 Ben Stockton 4 1 25 2  
 Kieran Mullens 1.1 0 1 1  

Other matches:
 Sun 21 Oct 2018, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Bussey time , Sat 06 May 2017, Greenwich Park, Lost by 48 runs
 Nav's bat and ball heroics seal victory, Sat 24 Sep 2016, Greenwich Park, Won by 37 runs
 Room on the Bus, Sat 31 May 2014, Wray Crescent, Cancelled