A game of two halves
Pacific v Regents at Victoria Park Pitch 2
Wed 19 Jul 2017 at 6pm
Lost by 49 runs
Victoria Park Community Cricket League fixture

It was never going to be easy. With a couple of regulars away and a couple of drop-outs on the day, including Mutz who'd suffered a back spasm, we were left with just six men.

Regents, a very nice bunch, kindly lent us a fielder – first Jake, then Dan who even executed a run-out from long-on – though there was obviously still a big gap in the field. Opening batsman Ormsby looked dangerous until Toby bowled him for 27. Dan Partridge started a touch more slowly but accelerated to reach 53 and retire. Their other batsmen didn't seem overly threatening but they all chipped in and exploited the gap in the field, with No 6 Salmon finishing on 31 not out. We let it go a bit in the last few overs with a few misfields including a dropped catch (though certainly not an easy one as it was a swirly skier) and a missed run out. Jaime in particular enjoyed his fielding, using his rugby training to "get on the floor" as often as possible. Paul gave Anthony a bit of tough time by pitching bullet throws in front of him. Jamie stayed switched on apart from the delivery where he was facing the wrong way. Aroon rotated his bowlers cleverly.

So we needed just over nine an over and were up with the rate for the first two or three overs before the wickets started taking their toll and slowing our scoring. On the bright side everyone got some time in the middle. Toby retired and returned but only to face one more ball before we were bowled out.

So, given the circumstances, it was an honourable defeat. In the People's Park Tavern we were joined by Sheldon (who'd been playing for another side whose name I've forgotten yet again). Paul, while drinking his customary "half and half", broke the good news that he's marrying the brilliant Babs. Let's drink to that.

Regents v Pacific
Toss won by Regents
Regents innings  R  M  B  4  6
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (16.0 Overs) 148    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Paul Davis   4  0  37  1  
 Jaime Hargreaves   4  0  46  0  
 Toby Chasseaud   4  0  27  2  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   4  0  32  0  
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Toby Chasseaud   not out    51  0  33  7  0  
Anthony Bradley†   c Someone b Someone Else   1  0  3  0  0  
Jaime Hargreaves   Someone    13  0  11  1  0  
Paul Davis   b Someone   10  0  16  0  0  
Jamie Turnbull   c Someone b Someone Else   5  0  7  0  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar*   b Someone   7  0  4  1  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (14.0 Overs) 100    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W