Another victory!
Pacific v Pecos CC at Wray Crescent  Sat 21 May 2016 at 1pm
Won 4 wickets
Friendly fixture

Cricket subjects its players to a range of emotions which no other sport can match – from joy to pain in the time it takes to raise a finger. On Saturday Pacific experienced the full gamut a spectrum ranging from beautiful to brutal, before knuckling down and pulling off a cherished four wicket win with a few overs to spare.

Pacific took to the field with watery sunshine intermittently breaking through the thick cloud cover smothering Wray skies. Under heavy isobars, the Chowdhury/Stockton opening partnership piled the pressure on the Pecos top order. Generating considerable pace Navid bowled captain Arvind, while Ben coaxed into a skier which debutant and N4 local Rafiq Ratta held on to expertly. Soon after, Navid forced an edge from Sharad, which a flying Sumeet pouched at full length to his right – a stunning Sharma take (watch the highlights!).  Ben bowled Sharad all ends up after which captain Chasseaud, sensing a Pecos capitulation, brought on spinners Sam Howes and Jason ‘Baddles’ Baddiley. Sam Howes*, embracing the intricate craft of legspin for just the third time in his career, bowled a special first over of flighted, well-pitched ripping spin, deservedly claiming his first Pacific wicket as Satish sliced to a Hugh MacPherson positioned at point who snaffled a tricky catch with ease. Pecos were in the miso soup at 25/5 and Pacific were in a beautiful space, rutilant with confidence. All our Christmases had come at once.

That is until Santa (143) arrived at the crease to slay the previously buoyant Pacific attack into submission. The festively named Pecos star had obviously been eating the Reindeers’ carrots as he had a serious eye for hitting. Pummeling the attack to all parts of the Wray arena, Santa’s purple patch saw him pulling even Navid to the midwicket boundary. A highly effective partnership with Kris saw the pair add some 200 runs, though Pacific failed to profit from several opportunities presented to them, Hugh the unlucky bowler on a couple of occasions. Sam returned to send the prolific pair back to the Wray pavilibunker. Santa’s stay had seen him accrue some 60 per cent of the team’s total, a not dissimilar proportion to Jonny Bairstow’s for England at Headingley. Both operated on a different playing plain to their teammates and changed the complexion of the game.

Pacific chewed on a sizeable, splendid tea while chewing over a sizeable chase ahead. Under grey skies spitting out droplets on N4, the debutant George Moses (29) and Sumeet (42) got off to an importantly brisk start, the pair showcasing considerable power to pierce the Pecos fielding ring. Looking to move the score on both were bowled by the slippery full length of Rajeev. This is a polished partnership and bodes well for the future.

Three seems to be proving very much the magic number for Toby this season. Batting at 3 after years of being reluctant to do so, he hit his third consecutive 50, displaying not only the ‘positive’ defensive shots which sap the spirit of bowlers and would have had Geoff Boycott purring, but also started to unleash the repertoire of shots all round wicket that this stellar run accumulator has in his locker. Stockton, promoted up the order to four, brought his natural grace with the ball to the crease, looking particularly accomplished off his legs through the midwicket area with a pleasing cameo of 25, before being stumped off the flighty loopers of Sharan. Ben’s foot was on but not behind the crease when the bails came off, and after originally being given not out, umpire Baddles had no option but to raise the finger after discussion with the opposition.

The Kumar cameo is becoming a familiar feature of Wray afternoons and Sumant once again didn’t disappoint, essaying his finest flamingo-style flicked sixes with masterful hand-eye coordination, both straight and over square leg. Before departing the square to spend a night partying in Shepherd’s Bush, he insouciantly flicked three fours in an over to bring Pacific’s total required to a formality. Alongside a studious Kieran, Navid closed the deal, first showing soft hands and using the pace to ease Gowri behind square for three fours, before, and perhaps appropriately, he gave Santa a taste of his own medicine, whipping the talented batsman through midwicket to take his team to victory.

Thanks to everyone involved for a great afternoon. 

*who has recently joined forces with HowesThat! International Sports Managements company, is under the wing of cricket agent Kieran Mullens who will be expertly guiding the young Cornish talent through the inevitable ‘rollercoaster ride’ of his leg spin career

***You can watch Navid's video highlights package here***


Pecos CC v Pacific
Toss won by Pecos CC
Pecos CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Shaswat c Ratta b Stockton  4  0  0  0  0  
  Arvind* b Chowdhury  0  0  0  0  0  
  Amit c Sharma b Chowdhury  8  0  0  0  0  
  Sharad b Stockton  2  0  0  0  0  
  Santa not out  143  0  0  0  0  
  satish c Macpherson b Howes  0  0  0  0  0  
  Krishna c Mullens b Howes  72  0  0  0  0  
  Rajeev lbw b Howes  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rajesh not out  7  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 0, nb 3) 8    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 259    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Navid Chowdhury 8 1 30 2  
 Ben Stockton 7 0 40 2  
 Sam Howes 8 0 45 3  
 Jason Baddiley 7 0 55 0  
 Hugh Macpherson 4 0 21 0  
 Kieran Mullens 3 0 25 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 2 0 21 0  
 Sumant Kumar 1 0 11 0  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Sumeet Sharma† b Rajeev  42  0  0  7  1  
  George Moses b Rajeev  29  0  0  4  1  
  Toby Chasseaud* lbw b Santa  55  0  0  9  1  
  Ben Stockton st Gloveman  25  0  0  5  0  
  Sumant Kumar b Sharan  43  0  0  6  2  
  Kieran Mullens not out  13  0  0  1  0  
  Navid Chowdhury not out  19  0  0  4  0  
  Rafiq Ratta did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Jason Baddiley did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Hugh Macpherson did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sam Howes did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (36.4 Overs) 260    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W