Davies Assured but Marshall Mesmerises!
Pacific v Archway Graces at Old Owens Grd  Sun 14 Jul 2002 at 2pm
Won by 7 wkts
Friendly fixture

At last a perfect day for cricket - Stand in Skipper Peter Hollman won the toss & in honour of Mohammed Kaif chose to field first in this 40 over match.

AG 101-10 (30.2 overs) Davies 26. T Marshall 7.2-0-23-5.
P 102-3 (26 overs). J Davies 44*. Gardiner 7-1-9-1

Initial signs of a breakthrough did not occur despite very steady opening spells from the new ball attack of Marcel Boonaert & Daryl Roberts, but the Captain had fears that the opening pair of Bromley & Walsh would see them off thereby laying the burden of taking wickets on the change bowlers. But Boonaert was in top form & clever control of swing both ways paid dividends when Bromley was bowled all ends up for 18. Roberts soon got in on the act & picked up 2 wickets himself with excellent bounce & away swing.

At 34-3 Shayne Rees taking over from his fellow South African Boonaert, introduced less movement but more bounce & with the field in attacking positions, the need for runs were overtaken by survival. Rees unluckily failed to take a wicket but was a model of economy with just 16 runs from his 6 over spell. Spin was now introduced & aussie Tim Marshall 's leg spin suited the worn pitch perfectly, regularly beating the bat & inducing false shots only to see his poorer deliveries get hit straight at well positioned fielders - fellow Aussie, Peter Czabotar, excelling in particular with some fine stops & 2 catches. Ian Lay also chipped in with a wicket having made the transition to spinner from 1st change seamer & bowled what looked like the ball of the day to Davies.

The regular fall of wickets despite Davies' 26 at no 7 & absence of Graces being allowed to build partnerships left Pacific clearly in the driving seat when the last man was caught by Rees at deep backward square to give Marshall a well deserved fivefor which looks nice indeed alongside his 46 runs last week.

Despite both Matt Holiday & Craig Jones scoring ducks there were no other real alarms. Lucius Faisal was given controversially not out when on 4 when he charged the bowler Bromley & a noise was heard. He went on to score 23 before being bowled by the steady Gardiner. But Jim Davies played as assured as ever & was only denied a deserved 50 when the 6th bowler Dudley lost his line & bowled 5 wides. Peter Czabotar (20*) was also a happy man having notched his personal best as Pacific romped home with 14 overs to spare.

"I was very pleased to Captain the side today & am really proud of the excellent team spirit that is prevalent. Tim (Marshall) has fitted in superbly & it was great to see him get 5 for us so soon. The team were a pleasure to Captain & it couldn't have gone more smoothly"

P: L Faisal, M Holiday+, J Davies, C Jones, P Czabotar, P Hollman*, M Boonaert, S Rees, T Marshall, D Roberts, I lay.


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 Pathetic Effort!, Sun 13 Jul 2003, Old Owens Grd, Cancelled
 Hollman plays on despite broken nose, Sun 15 Jul 2001, Dame Alice Owens, Won by 10 runs