Tigers unfazed by Tempany's return
Pacific v London Tigers at Victoria Park Pitch 2  Wed 25 Apr 2018 at 6pm
Lost by 38 runs
Victoria Park Community Cricket League fixture

The new season always brings new opportunities and often new people although only Sam was technically a newcomer to the midweek team. Everyone else played more than a few times last year but many of our eight were rather ring rusty not least a blast (in more ways than one) in Darren Tempany! More seasoned Pacificists will remember our mighty middle order dynamo and some truly explosive efforts as well as truly wonderful company off the pitch over a good few years at the back end of the noughties and early part of this decade.


Anyway it was good to get many of our disparate side together especially my old Last Man Stands comrades who join us again for the new campaign. Our opener was against one of the leading sides in Viccy Park cricket and logic dictated that we would be up against it after last year’s utter bashing in the cup. It was with a sense of trepidation that I lost the toss and we were duly asked to bowl first. Matters seemed to be against us with a sharp shower meaning ball and outfield were wet. This only intensified when the first ball of the game from Greg Ayre was top edged by their opener and Sam Howes couldn’t cling on. However Greg held his nerve and bowled a fantastic spell that was both economical and incisive and he would castle opener Sayad at the end of the first over. Jaime Hargreaves would also have an effective opening spell after he got looser. He rather enjoyed the damp conditions too in engaging successfully in his trademark slides! Given the conditions the ground fielding was pretty decent. After this and with the need to save our openers to the end, Tigers were more effective against both Tempany and Howes in the first instance as the former had barely bowled a ball in ages and the latter’s leg spin ill suited to the conditions with such a wet ball. However the latter would revert to seam and end up with a wicket and would bowl really well after making that intelligent change. Yours truly came on and blagged a wicket with a long hop with the batsman and top scorer very off balance trying to blast the ball to kingdom come! However the middle order for Tigers would churn out runs if not truly dominating the bowling. However a last ball 6 off Ayre took them up to 128. A shout out to Anthony Bradley for a good effort with the gloves too.


Against a traditionally good bowling line up this would be a stiff task especially as post 7pm the light closes in at this time of year. Although a spirited effort was made by Hargreaves and Tarring, they couldn’t get the Tigers bowlers away often enough and the scoring rate would steadily climb. Both would perish in quick succession bringing in the big-hitting sensation of yore to the crease. Darren showed just the odd sign of his considerable power with one or two nicely timed efforts being slowed in the outfield and by a polished opposition fielding unit and a big six to midwicket reminding yours truly of that rather golden era. But he too would soon perish trying to up the ante. At this point the game then meandered towards the close as players would come and go until Ayre and yours truly would see out the innings. I managed to inside nick the first ball I received past stumps and keeper despite barely seeing it!


Anyway we couldn’t be too downhearted about the effort and a few of us retired to the People’s Park Tavern to get talking to Daz and catch up generally. Hopefully a few more will get to meet him while he’s here.


Many thanks 




Rasel b Korgaonkar 38

Sayad b Ayre 2

Riktar lbw b Sam 24

Jamil c Tempany b Hargreaves 21

Juel not out 19

Salman not out 6


Extras 7 6w nb 1


Total 128-4 from 16



Hargreaves ct wicketkeeper b Aslan 17

Tarring b Jamil 12

Tempany b Aslan 12

Siddiqi b Rasel 5

Howes ct wicketkeeper b Aslan 5

Ayre not out 4

Bradley c wicketkeeper b Rasel 1

Korgaonkar not out 4


Extras 30 (quite a few byes and a few wides)


Total 9 from 16


Other matches:
 Another first-round knock-out, Mon 22 May 2017, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost by 137 runs
 Tiger's Tail Tweaked, Mon 17 May 2010, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost by 2 runs
 Eye of the Tiger Storm Spin, Mon 29 Jun 2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 6 wickets
 Reserves Stretched Despite The Rocket Man, Tue 05 May 2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 36 Runs