A sunny footballer busy scene greeted the players at Wray. However, the footballers played ball for once and left on time. Pete H and Jason L umpired and Vic Devers kindly scored for the second day in a row. Skipper Nuggsy faced near mutiny over inserting in a 30 over game.
Fields started well as a frazzled skip failed to find his line and Aroon suffered from said frazzled skip's poor field settings. Stockton came on and bowled very well as did Luke so that we regained some control. Riz bowled with usual supreme tightness and wiff of hostility. Hugh unfortunately injured his knee trying to field of his own bowling. Ravi bowled well and was unlucky the run out was not ruled a stumping. Webbo took three catches to add to the run out. Ahmed was a victim of puritanical captaincy. The catching was much better than the day before although a couple of chances were spilled.
Tea was good but a heavy rain shower delayed the restart. 226 was a stiff target but did not appear insurmountable given our batting depth and the fast outfield.
The openers got us off to a cracking start as Fields struggled with a wet ball. Burnham, as usual, blasted the ball back down the ground and top edged to third man with abandon to make a fine 43. Riz nearly decapitated the scorer with a four through cover (!) - I don't think ever seen a ball that hard through that part of the field - before being lbw for a rapid 27. Webbo initially benefited from a fielder at cow corner who seemed uninterested in catching the ball on multiple occasions but after that he eased through the gears in the gathering gloom. He became the first Pacifician to 10,000 runs - an immense achievement sadly not marked at the time. Toby ticked along in support in usual immaculuate style. Victory was inevitable despite the near dark before rain ended proceedings. Fields may count it as a draw but D/L exists for a reason – win by 25 runs D/L Method (app).*
*Steve Lay subsequently informs us that, because the possibility of D/L was not discussed at the toss, the match counts as abandoned as a draw.
Other matches: Sun 24-Sep-2017, London Fields, Fri 14-Apr-2017, Wray Crescent, Fields feel Pacific force, Sun 18-Sep-2016, London Fields, Won by 7 runs Sodden outfield dampens our spirits, Sat 16-Apr-2016, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Opening stand a hard act to follow, Sun 20-Sep-2015, London Fields, Won 90 runs Fields' Day, Sat 18-Apr-2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 122 runs The Party Balloon Popped, Sun 21-Sep-2014, London Fields, Won 123 Runs Sheldon superstar, Fri 18-Apr-2014, Wray Crescent, Won 78 runs No Tea, No Justice, Sun 22-Sep-2013, London Fields, Lost 6 wickets It's Miller Time, Sat 20-Apr-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets Precipitating pooches and felines, Sun 23-Sep-2012, London Fields, Cancelled Toby seals a triumph for the optimists, Sat 21-Apr-2012, Wray Crescent, Won by 36 runs Friends Day, Sun 18-Sep-2011, London Fields, Lost 148 runs Haroon leads successful chase, Thu 23-Jun-2011, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 6 wickets Haroon hundred on debut wins game, Sat 16-Apr-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 22 Runs Extras Star, Sat 22-May-2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 11 runs Picnickers Disturbed 5 Deep, Sun 09-Aug-2009, London Fields, Won 141 Runs Damp squib, Tue 07-Jul-2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 3 wickets Lahri Steps Through Room 101, Sat 18-Apr-2009, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets Mothers Inspiration Sees Rees & Purcell Hit Heights, Mon 09-Jun-2008, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 1 Wicket Puck !, Tue 31-Jul-2007, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 4 Wickets Defeat Almost Snatched From The Jaws of Victory, Tue 16-May-2006, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 4 wickets