Orp springs eternal
Pacific v Locksbottom at Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom  Sun 23-Apr-2017 at 1.30pm
Won by 7 wickets
 

Pacific inserted the home side onto a curiously uneven Tugmutton Common strip, with some early season butterflies fluttering as untested opening seam duo Rohan Khurd and George Moses stepped up at short notice. Rohan, who recently moved to Orpington with his wife and young daughter Aariya, had not played for Pacific since 2015. But he and George, bowling his first ever spell for Pacific, soothed any worries with a solid and skilful opening burst. They passed the bat of openers and best Locksbottom batsmen Cutting and Baldwin frequently. George’s entire spell was spent running up the Tugmutton hill and he adroitly negotiated the wicket’s steep gradient at delivery point, a natural speed bump doing a useful job of slowing down seamers over the limit.

The opening bats had put on 75 when Duncan took the sharpest of catches at slip to dismiss a now accelerating Cutting, who attempted to thwack a turner from Sam Howes* into the Tugmutton far distance. Parrying the ball up from inches off the turf, Aly snaffled the ball on its way back to the turf on the second or third attempt. What a catch and a catalyst, as Pacific energy levels surged in this becalming Orpington idyll.

The second helping of our spinning trio, Aroon, seemed to have got the short end of the stick and the wrong side of the slope on his first bowl this year. A short leg side boundary enabled the heavy- hitting Cutting to cuff the ball into the Tugmutton legside in his first over. But Korgy stuck with the slope and after a couple of near misses, enticed their number three into dancing down the wicket, this time to his peril, as he was deftly stumped by Aravindan.

Soon after Aroon was in the action again, running out captain Baldwin by seamlessly collecting Mullens’ throw and diving back to disturb the bails in another momentum-shifting micro moment of play. Korgaonkar wickets two, three and four followed quickly after, a caught and bowled featuring a post claim Korgyroll There was to be no ‘Aroon Five’ but our spinner from Bow should be proud of his best bowling figures for a couple of years after serious injury in 2015.

Pacific’s new death bowler for 2017 Ahmed Hussain was the final part of a bowling quintet who worked wonderfully well together in partnership. A Bomb claimed his wicket with a full, flighted delivery as Locksbottom’s effort rather petered out to 150 off 35.

Pacific’s reply suffered an early set back, as Lahrie Mohamed unluckily spooning a ball on his legs to midwicket. Lahrie is working his way back into form after a few years away from Pacific life and no doubt his batting fluency will return in time.

Number three Woodland showed further improvement with the bat in just his second full season of cricket, particularly in his transfer of weight into the shot and over the ball. He drove opening bowler Higgins for an effortless four before edging behind to first slip.

Mullens was then joined by Duncan, who helped to increase the run rate with some powerful drives and clips off his legs off the in swinger Baker, before his flourishing knock was nipped in the bud by a run out by midwicket following a mixup with Mullens. Not the best early birthday present for Aly but his fluency bodes well for the rest of the season.

George Moses arrived at the crease with nearly 100 runs to score and 18 overs left to get them. His 69 n.o from just 33 balls rendered a potentially tricky chase a foregone conclusion and was characterised by some serious power play against the Locksbottom’s youthful attack, generated on a slow surface and with an old ball.

It seemed appropriate that on St George’s Day Mr Moses should figure strongly but this was a strong team performance and it was great to notch a first victory of the season after a couple of near misses against strong opposition.

Track of the day

Not the Tugmutton strip, despite its reliability in these early weeks of the season, but Kate Bush’s ’85 classic ‘Running up that Hill’ which Ben Burnham identified was the correct anthem for the day based on the Tugmutton gradients.

 

*Sam bowled well on his first outing in 2017 and was also conspicuous for sporting some bespoke improvised cricket wear. A family gathering meant he couldn’t pick up his kit. So a Sunday morning SOS was speedily responded to by Ben Burnham who came bearing whites. Sam also chose Kieran’s offering - a 100% cotton M&S Collezione shirt without the cufflinks. Sam wore the look well, rolled up his sleeves and came to the (dinner) party.   

PS I will get a picture of the cap, once it is on display in our pavilion. Will that be ok ? It was a good match, Pacific played well & were deserved winners. Glad to have got the match in after so many cancellations in recent years. Best wishes. Matt, LBCC


Locksbottom v Pacific
 
Locksbottom innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  M Cutting c Duncan b Howes  39  0  0  0  0  
  J Baldwin run out Mullens  43  0  0  0  0  
  F Habgood st Ilangovan b Korgaonkar  11  0  0  0  0  
  R Snashall c Mullens b Korgaonkar  13  0  0  0  0  
  J Lott c & b Korgaonkar  0  0  0  0  0  
  S Yambal c Howes b Korgaonkar  0  0  0  0  0  
  A Graham not out  11  0  0  0  0  
  S Baker b Hussain  12  0  0  0  0  
  R Higgins not out  0  0  0  0  0  
  M Cox did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  A Cutting did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 150/7    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-75 , 2-100 , 3-107 , 4-112 , 5-119 , 6-120 , 7-150
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Rohan Khurd 7 1 27 0  
 George Moses 7 0 27 0  
 Sam Howes 7 0 34 1  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 7 1 35 4  
 Ahmed Hussain 7 1 23 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Lahri Mohamed c unsure b Higgins  0  0  1  0  0  
  Kieran Mullens* not out  47  0  78  7  0  
  Mark Woodland c unsure b Higgins  9  0  27  1  0  
  Aly Duncan run out m/w  16  0  22  0  0  
  George Moses not out  69  36  33  14  0  
  Ben Burnham did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aravindan Ilangovan† did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rohan Khurd did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sam Howes did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 5, nb 1) 10    
 TOTAL (27.1 Overs) 151/3    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-0 , 2-20 , 3-58
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Higgins 7 2 16 2  
 Baker 6 0 22 0  
 Cutting 5 0 49 0  
 Cox 7 1 33 0  
 Graham 2.1 0 27 0  
 
 

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 Pacific: The 3rd Generation, Sun 19-Apr-2015, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Lost 130 runs
 300 reasons to dislike short boundaries, Mon 21-Apr-2014, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Lost 81 runs
 Waterbottom, Sun 21-Apr-2013, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Cancelled
 Squelchy Bottom, Sun 22-Apr-2012, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Cancelled
 Locksbottom hit Tugmutton heights, Sun 17-Apr-2011, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Lost 5 Wickets
 Tempo Blitz Eclipses Another Webbo Ton, Sun 18-Apr-2010, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Won 57 runs
 The Reinvigurated Bottom, Sat 05-Sep-2009, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Lost 6 wickets
 Old Boys Reunion, Sat 05-Jul-2008, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Won 3 wickets
 The Complete Anchor, Sat 07-Jul-2007, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Won 5 Wickets
 Locksbottom End Up on Top!, Sat 08-Jul-2006, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Lost by 3 wickets
 No Rain No Prob. Only 2 available though !, Sat 02-Jul-2005, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Cancelled
 Water table won't reach Lock(s) Bottom, Sat 15-May-2004, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Cancelled
 Rain Forces Hand, Sat 17-May-2003, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Cancelled
 Hill shows some vintage, Sat 18-May-2002, Tugmutton Common, Locksbottom, Won by 8 wkts
 Rain ...and more rain, Sat 19-May-2001, Away, Cancelled
 Pitch underwater, Sat 13-May-2000, Away, Cancelled
 Lay & Alexander excel, Sat 08-May-1999, Away, Won by 49 runs
 Baglivi plays straight bat, Sat 09-May-1998, Away, Drawn
 Pacific fall short, Sat 10-May-1997, Perivale, Lost by 4 runs