Pacific sunk by pair of Pittmans
Pacific v Beamers CC at North Middlesex CC  Sun 05 Aug 2018 at 1pm
Lost by 82 runs
Friendly fixture

Our first game against Beamers since a rain cancellation in 2014 was played out in the near 30 degree heat of shadeless North Middlesex, which meant first time Pacific captain Sumeet Sharma got off on the wrong foot with his side by losing the toss and being asked to field first. Pacific took the field with ten as Ben Burnham was spending his birthday and Sunday conducting some high powered and urgent international lawyering rather than putting on his whites, but Beamers very kindly provided us with a sub fielder.

Opening up the bowling for Pacific were Alastair Pusinelli, who had declared himself “horrendously hungover” on arrival and was therefore the obvious choice to tear in off his long run, and PBD, who bowled off his somewhat shorter and more idiosyncratic run at the other end. A tidy start for Pacific was spoiled by the drop of K Pittman (the younger) at point by Dinsey off a hard but catchable height cut. Pittman was on four at the time.

Pittman’s opening partnership with the more philosophically minded Nietzsche reached 116 before Ahmed bowled the older batsman for an appropriate score of 42. By that point, the weekend’s spate of injuries of Pacific bowlers had reared its ugly head again when John Ormesher had to limp off mid over with groin-related issues (stop tittering at the back).

Pittman was accelerating rapidly by this point, hitting the ball hard and generally into gaps, offering few if any chances in bringing up his hundred. Pacific regained a measure of control through the wiley seam of Sumant Kumar (8-0-43-2) taking out the centurion’s next two batting partners, but the big breakthrough came off the spin of Sam Howes: Pittman going for another big shot into the leg side and getting a top edge, taken by the safe gloves of captain Sharma and departing for an excellently made 133. 

Howes (8-1-72-2) was to pick up one more wicket, ending the incredibly enjoyable cameo of Ebbin, who reached four with in a Bing-esque innings of reverse sweeps, paddles and other, less describable shots before contriving to get the ball back to the bowler with a sweep to a short pitched leg break. The next two batsmen were somewhat more orthodox and carried Beamers to 269-5 without too many alarms.

Facing a stretching total and with nine fit batsmen, Pacific needed a strong start. Opening the bowling was  M Pittman, the more senior of the pair, who bowled a tight line and took the edge of Mullens (0) with the first ball of the third over, and then Pacific’s captain in his next, the Sharma Chameleon having to come and go for just 4. When Naveen, opening the bowling from the other end, bowled Andy Birley (12), Pacific were three down in the 10th over for 30-odd, and staring down a fairly nasty looking barrel with the required run rate hovering at around 8 already.

The earlier injured Ormesher came into bat with a runner, resulting in some predictably entertaining yes… no… wait… sorry incidents, one of which saw off Sumant, run out for 6. Despite being in obvious discomfort and wincing every time he hit the ball, John hit the ball well and top scored with 45 before being bowled by the wiley (translation: old, slow, accurate) Edney, who had already bowled Howes (6).

Gifted a fairly friendly introduction to the crease (translation: an over of double bounce free hits down the leg side dispatched for 15), Dinsey set about trying to atone for the earlier drop and reached his Pacific (and career) best of 37 before being bowled by the returning M Pittman, just 92 runs short of achieving a net contribution of zero. Pusinelli and Davis continued the big hitting, picking up 29 and 22 respectively, before Pusinelli was caught in the deep and Davis was last man out, bowled off the penultimate ball of the allocated 40 by the centurion K Pittman, who had clearly decided he hadn’t humilated us enough and was now alternating between bowling left and right handed. Some people get all the talent. 

After a few post match drinks, soundtracked by Pusinelli remembering more boundaries he’d been conned out of by a scorers' conspiracy, the final score was agreed to have been 187 all out, a winning margin of 82 runs for the Beamers. 

Beamers CC v Pacific
Toss won by Beamers CC
Beamers CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  K Pittman c Sharma b Howes  133  0  0  0  0  
  A Nietschke b Hussain  42  0  0  0  0  
  Matthews b Kumar  7  0  0  0  0  
  Gole c Sharma b Kumar  26  0  0  0  0  
  Ebbin c & b Howes  4  0  0  0  0  
  Naveen not out  18  0  0  0  0  
  Greenhalgh not out  24  0  0  0  0  
  M Pittman did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Edney did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Wood did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 0, w 9, nb 1) 11    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 269    
 Fall of wickets:  1-116 [A Nietschke] , 2-138 [Matthews] , 3-203 [Gole] , 4-227 [K Pittman] , 5-227 [Ebbin]
Bowling O M R W  
 Alastair Pusinelli 8 0 29 0  
 Paul Davis 4 0 17 0  
 Sam Howes 8 1 72 2  
 John Ormesher 1.4 0 2 0  
 Rob Dinsey 0.2 0 5 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 6 0 59 0  
 Sumant Kumar 8 0 43 2  
 Kieran Mullens 4 0 41 0  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Kieran Mullens c Keeper b M Pittman  0  0  6  0  0  
  Andy Birley b Naveen  12  0  30  0  0  
  Sumeet Sharma*† c Keeper b M Pittman  4  0  6  1  0  
  John Ormesher b Edney  45  0  58  6  1  
  Sumant Kumar run out ?  6  0  16  1  0  
  Sam Howes b Edney  6  0  12  1  0  
  Rob Dinsey b M Pittman  37  0  37  6  0  
  Alastair Pusinelli c deep b Greenhalgh  29  0  17  4  0  
  Paul Davis b K Pittman  22  0  0  5  0  
  Ahmed Hussain not out  0  0  12  0  0  
 Extras (b 8, lb 3, w 7, nb 8) 26    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 187    
 Fall of wickets:  1-4 [Mullens] , 2-16 [Sharma]
Bowling O M R W  
 M Pittman 8 2 29 3  
 Naveen 8 1 23 1  
 Wood 6 0 42 0  
 Edney 8 1 22 2  
 Greenhalgh 8 0 56 1  
 K Pittman 1.5 0 9 1  

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 Oh what a beautiful day, Sun 02 Jun 2013, Walker Cricket Ground, Won 5 wickets
 Thu 02 Aug 2012, North Middlesex CC, Cancelled
 Smith foils treachery, Sun 21 Aug 2011, Broxbourne Sports Club, Won 53 runs
 Daydream Believers at Beamers, Sun 29 Aug 2010, Crouch End Playing Fields, Tied
 Blinder & Dropsies, Thu 22 Jul 2010, North Middlesex CC, Won 10 Runs