Ocean beats Lake
Pacific v London Challengers CC at Wray Crescent
Sun 15 Apr 2018 at 1.30pm
Won by 2 wickets
Friendly fixture

Click here to watch GoPro video highlights of the match – it makes for great viewing!

 

Summary

  • Pacific bowl out Windermere for 98 with high quality performance from all 8 bowlers. Like the original Ocean’s eleven, each of our bowlers brought their own skill sets of rich variety to pull off a cricketing heist.

  • The fielding was SUPERB. We took 8 catches on the day and dropped just one. Debutant Ben Snodin was perhaps the pick of our outfielders.

  • Ramiz Khan picked up his first five-fer in cricket in a spell of 5 for 5 in 5 overs which is surely one of the more economical spells in PCC history.

  • A choice tea of individually packed sandwiches, exquisite sausage rolls, cake and many more delights from Tim Garrett’s wife. Huge thanks Jas/Jaz!

  • Pacific’s ostensibly batting-light 11 shows steel, courage and skill against a strong bowling oppo. Garrett and Timbadia steer us home with calm minds and big hearts after Joshi’s inspired late spell leaves Pacific requiring 10 runs with two wickets.

 

This fifth installment of the Ocean and the Lake produced another classic at Wray on Sunday. Last September Windermere prevailed in a thrilling final-over finish but this time around Pacific’s nerveless lower order of Garrett and Timbadia pulled off a wonderful two wicket victory in the penultimate over.

We inserted the opposition in dank conditions. Alastair Pusinelli, stepping up to replace a fragile Phil Smith, rose to the challenge by taking the new ball with Sumant Kumar. The pride of Putney’s gentle approach belied a fast arm and was unlucky not to get at least one LBW in an economical opening spell, while Alastair consistently beat the bat of Windermere’s premier batsman Jaimesh with his rhythmical fast-medium corridor-targeting seam. This was a hugely encouraging debut.

Sam Howes’ early introduction soon accounted for Rajesh, a key breakthrough after the opener had somewhat luckily survived our openers’ burst. A ripped spinner was scythed into the air and expertly caught by Sumant on the hoof from mid off.

After Shaz’s solid opening four over spell, we introduced the next two weapons in our arsenal, Korgaonkar and Khan. The former’s loop, over-spin and steep bounce on Wray’s hard synthetic surface baffled the Lakers. They hadn’t learned their lesson. Trying to hit their way out of this trial by tweak proved ineffective, and another debutant Ben Snodin kept his stability on the claggy Wray turf to take an excellent catch at deep mid off.

Ramiz Khan’s shirt bears the logo "Asset Fruit", which seems apt. We already knew of the young all rounder’s batting talents at the tail end of last season but were served notice of his abilities with the cherry as he produced a high quality five-over spell of work with several peaches to take his career-first fiver-fer.

From 64/3 at drinks Windermere stumbled to 80 for 6. Shaz took a sharp pouch at cover to send back Windermere fulcrum Jaimesh as Ramiz took three wickets in two overs. Garrett and that man Ben Snodin took another assured catch, as batsman after batsman failed to understand the importance of building a platform. Wray’s 2018 pitch seems to offer more uneven bounce. Add in the rain-induced surface skid accentuated by the damp long grass in the outfield and you had conditions that offered little value for stroke play. Tim Garrett’s off spin accounted for two more swishing bats as our opposition finished three shy of one hundred.

After the Mrs Garrett Pacific Tea Break Woodland and Sharma took to the middle. Mark was unlucky to be bowled third ball, after which Sumeet, now accompanied by Kieran, looked to stabilise the innings with judicious shot making and quick runs. Once he’d put away his cut shot, a high risk shot on the day, especially to the pace and bounce of Kiran, Sumeet looked the most accomplished batter in the match. A smacked drive off Dhiraj was the highlight of his innings of 30. The pair took the score to 40 before both fell, unnecessarily ceding their wickets, Kieran with a drive that picked out cover, and Sumeet with a backfoot cut to point.

Howes, promoted to four, and Aroon Five stabilised once again. The left/right-hand combo were not to be cowed by their elevation up the order. Aroon has often deserved more opportunities and he showed his worth with his trademark nurdles as well as a crisp drive in a 19 ball stay. He was unfortunate to be run out in a mix up but will surely reach his target of 1000 Pacific runs in the near future.

It was a breakthrough day for Howes with the bat. Save for a 33 a few years ago in a league match at Old Parkonians, he hadn’t often delivered despite showing some enterprise in the nets. On Sunday, Sam batted his way through 17 overs, facing a number of Windermere’s better bowlers in a crucial knock of 19. Alongside an innings-anchoring Ramiz, Sam took Pacific to within about 20 runs of the promised land before the game swung dramatically back into Windermere’s favour after Kieran agreed to a short drinks break for Captain Amit’s XI.

Fired up after the break, Joshi clean bowled Howes, Kumar and Pusinelli with fast, full deliveries, while Purvesh produced a peach from left arm round the wicket, beating Ramiz all ends up with a ball that straightened from the angle to hit the top of leg stump. This left Garrett and Timbadia requiring 10 runs to seal victory. The pair saw off the very best of Windermere – Joshi and Purvesh. Tim wore a short ball on his chest via his glove but would not be moved. Shaz cleverly dropped and ran, while Tim pulled a ball into the deep. Then Shaz lobbed into the leg side to run two. Finally, with the second ball of the penultimate over, Garrett creamed the ball through the covers for four to secure victory, a shot so potent it seemed to cut through the April gloom with one masterful swing of the bat.

 

Stats of the day

First time we’ve won two opening weekend fixtures of the season since 2010.

Korgaonkar and Mullens each played their 129th game for Pacific.


London Challengers CC v Pacific
Toss won by Pacific
 
London Challengers CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
Jamish   c Timbadia b Khan   30  0  0  0  0  
Rajesh   c Kumar b Howes   11  0  0  0  0  
Sahil   c Snodin b Korgaonkar   12  0  0  0  0  
Purvesh   c Snodin b Khan   0  0  0  0  0  
Anand   b Khan   4  0  0  0  0  
Amit   c Garrett b Khan   14  0  0  0  0  
Hitesh   c Mullens b Garrett   1  0  0  0  0  
Sunil   c & b Khan   2  0  0  0  0  
Kiran   run out Mullens    6  0  0  0  0  
Arthur   c Kumar b Garrett   0  0  0  0  0  
Dhiraj   not out    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 13, nb 1) 16    
 TOTAL (31.0 Overs) 97    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Sumant Kumar   4  2  6  0  
 Alastair Pusinelli   6  1  23  0  
 Sharan Timbadia   4  0  21  0  
 Sam Howes   3  0  14  1  
 Ramiz Khan   5  3  5  5  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   4  0  12  1  
 Tim Garrett   3  0  9  2  
 Ben Snodin   2  1  5  0  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Woodland   b Dhiraj   0  0  3  0  0  
Sumeet Sharma†   c ? b Sunil   30  0  46  4  0  
Kieran Mullens*   c ? b Purvesh   5  0  19  0  0  
Sam Howes   b Sunil   19  0  46  2  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar   run out ?    4  0  18  0  0  
Ramiz Khan   b Purvesh   14  0  41  2  0  
Sumant Kumar   b Sunil   0  0  8  0  0  
Tim Garrett   not out    8  0  17  1  0  
Alastair Pusinelli   b Sunil   0  0  2  0  0  
Sharan Timbadia   not out    4  0  11  0  0  
Ben Snodin   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (38.2 Overs) 100    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Dhiraj   5  1  16  1  
 Kiran   7  1  23  0  
 Purvesh   7.2  1  14  2  
 Sunil   8  2  19  4  
 Arthur   5  0  11  1  
 Amit   3  1  4  0  
 Anand   2  0  13  0