Korgy's Glory
Pacific v Fives at Minchenden Association  Sun 21 Jul 2019 at 1pm
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Middlesex & Essex Invitation League
 

Pacific arrived at the Minchenden Sports Ground looking for revenge for the bitter defeat in the home game earlier in the season. Those who played that day will recall the contentious moments when Fives’ gun bat Nikunj was given not out for at least two LBW appeals early on in his innings and went on to score a ton. With John Deighan’s younger brother Joe roped in at the last minute and a couple of late pull-outs, Pacific were forced to start the game with ten men. Nevertheless, with a strong bowling line-up and a green, slopey pitch, Pacific started the game with great optimism.

The home side won the toss and opted to bat. Howes opened the bowling, a little stiff having played the previous day, yet determined to edge ahead of Garrett in the ongoing battle for highest wicket taker of the season. He continued his fine season with the ball, forcing ‘Nine Lives Nikunj’ to knick one early to Aroon at first slip. The catch was an absolute beauty; the veteran diving low to his left, before throwing the ball high in the air and shouting “f**cking 'ave it!”. Wild celebrations followed, similar to England’s World Cup Final winning moment a week earlier.

At the other end, seamer Jonas bowled a nagging line and length and was rewarded for his efforts by claiming other opener Ajay for 17. Fifteen overs in and with not much happening for the tiring opening bowlers, captain Toby turned to spin to try and find the next breakthrough. Tim bagged a wicket with only his second ball, bowling their No 3 with a straight one, shortly followed by Colin who was neatly stumped by Sumeet off the bowling of Ahmed. With scoring tricky on the slow, uneven track, Fives’ Captain Suri looked to play some shots and regularly found gaps in the 10-man field. He scored seven 4s on his way to an aggressive 46 until he was caught on the square boundary by Deighan Senior. Colin and Hari then fell to Aroon and Howes respectively; and with the home side 90-odd for 6, a low score was on the cards.

Then came the pivotal moment of the match. Once again, the Fives innings was marred with controversy when, early on in his innings, big-hitting Sujan came down the track in an attempt to hit Ahmed over the top. He missed the ball and Sumeet quickly whipped off the bails for his second stumping of the match. Not for the first time this season, their umpire’s finger stayed in his pocket. Rather inevitably Sujan went on to score a quickfire 65 and was well supported by Nelson (30). The Fives batsmen then capitalised on some sloppy fielding from the deflated and tiring 10-man field to finish on a very competitive 209 from their 45 overs.

Sam Howes was more excited than others by the tea, as he piled his plate high with the vast selection of gluten-free products on offer. With a slow pitch and an inexperienced middle order, much depended on Pacific’s top four to chase down the tricky total.

The innings started well with evergreen Chasseaud and in-form opener Siddiqui blocking well and capitalising on anything loose. Soon after the 50 partnership, Toby brought up his 1000 runs for the season – a remarkable achievement considering we are still in July. At this rate he may well reach the next milestone of 10,000 runs for the club by the end of the season.

With Pacific openers looking comfortable and 62 on the board, the Fives captain looked to a combination of youth and experience to break the deadlock. Mutz’s eyes lit up as the nervous looking 12-year-old Om loosened up. Looking to smash the young whippersnapper out the ground first ball, he skied it to gully.

At the other end, ageing all-rounder Suri came into the attack to claim the key wicket of Sumeet, who looked to play in his usual aggressive style but was bowled for 7 by one that may have stayed low. Three balls later, the same bowler accounted for John Deighan, who continued his poor weekend form by nervously pushing to mid-off for a blob. As a consequence, your correspondent is considering giving up the longer form of the game and becoming an ‘orange ball specialist’. In a bid to play more cricket he is currently on the lookout for V.P.C.C.L. equivalent franchises in Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

The batting collapse continued with Jonas and Joe Deighan falling in quick succession. At 80 for 5, under pressure Pacific were forced to play out for a draw.  Tim ‘the wall’ Garret was next to the crease; the perfect man for the situation, having batted for well over an hour the previous weekend. He stuck around for a while, as did Howes who played uncharacteristically cautiously (assuming his concentration improved from his bountiful tea) until the nagging Sujan accounted for both of them to claim his 5-fer. At the other end, Toby continued to bat fluently with some eye-catching cover-drives and pull shots. Not even an overhead drone or a model aeroplane behind the bowler’s arm could put the talisman off his stride.

With only Ahmed left to come in and 5 overs to bat out, there was still plenty of work to do. Luckily Aroon capped off a brilliant all-round game by comfortably seeing off the bowling as Pacific held out for yet another hard-fought draw.

Champagne moment: An honourable mention to Toby for his 1000 runs for the season but the accolade goes to Korgy’s worldie and wild celebrations that followed.

 

STATS CORNER: 

As well as passing his 1000 runs for the season, Toby overtook Pacific legend Pete Hollman in the all-time ("first class") runs chart, which currently stands as follows:

Jon Webley 10308
Steve Lay 9707
Toby Chasseaud 9652
Peter Hollman 9630

Well done also to Aroon for reaching 900 career runs.


Fives v Pacific
Toss won by Fives
 
Fives innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Ajay c Garrett b Nisse  17  0  0  0  0  
  Nikunj† c Korgaonkar b Howes  5  0  0  0  0  
  Nikul b Garrett  12  0  0  0  0  
  Suri* c Deighan b Hussain  46  0  0  0  0  
  Colin st Sharma b Korgaonkar  4  0  0  0  0  
  Hari c Chasseaud b Howes  12  0  0  0  0  
  Sujan st Sharma b Hussain  65  0  0  0  0  
  Nelson b Garrett  30  0  0  0  0  
  Om c Deighan b Garrett  2  0  0  0  0  
  Gary not out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aman not out  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 4, w 9, nb 0) 15    
 TOTAL (45.0 Overs) 209    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Sam Howes 12 2 57 2  
 Jonas Nisse 9 0 43 1  
 Ahmed Hussain 13 1 55 2  
 Tim Garrett 6 0 36 3  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 5 2 12 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Murtaza Siddiqui c Gully b Om  28  0  40  2  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* not out  62  0  100  5  0  
  Sumeet Sharma† b Sujan  7  0  9  1  0  
  John Deighan c Mid Off b Sujan  0  0  3  0  0  
  Jonas Nisse b Sujan  0  0  8  0  0  
  Joe Deighan c Extra Cover b Om  2  0  11  0  0  
  Tim Garrett b Sujan  3  0  16  0  0  
  Sam Howes c Sujan b Sujan  2  0  17  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar not out  13  0  19  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 4    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 121    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-62 , 2-73 , 3-73 , 4-75 , 5-80 , 6-84 , 7-104
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Nelson 3 0 13 0  
 Ajay 6 1 24 0  
 Suri 11 3 36 0  
 Sujan 11 4 18 5  
 Om 5 1 11 1  
 Harj 2 1 4 1  
 Aman 2 0 11 0  
 
 

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 I (don't) got Five on it, Sun 02 Jun 2019, Highgate CC, Lost by 158 runs
 Fives squeeze home as PCC victory slips away, Sun 22 Jul 2018, Minchenden Association, Lost by 2 wickets
 Thumb down as Fives make easy fist of it, Sun 03 Jun 2018, Highgate CC, Lost by 8 wickets
 High Fives, Sun 18 Jun 2017, Minchenden Association, Lost by 4 wickets
 High Fives sink Pacific, Sun 04 Jun 2017, North Middlesex CC, Lost by 3 wickets