Can PCC perform a coup?
Wed 24 Oct 2018 
Club news item
 

This Saturday, 27th of October 2018, marks the final game of the Pacific CC cricket season in style with the annual President’s game.

Old boys, scorers and others will descend on the Wray Crescent arena to see Pacific’s finest XI, proven over one of the longest seasons in English cricket, facing a side assembled by president and chairman Oli Haill and vice president Sam Howes. A young Pacific side won last season's President's game, and in fact have only lost this fixture once in the last decade.

Pacific’s line up is strong, with Toby Chasseaud and Ben Stockton having both hit 1000 runs this season. Another to have enjoyed a fantastic season with the bat, as well as behind the stumps, Sumeet Sharma, who has averaged over 100 at certain grounds this season, and fellow gloveman Mutz Siddiqui, who has had a great season in all forms of the game. Ben Burnham, Aly Duncan and Rob Dinsey have all put in fine batting performances this season and will provide a firm test.

The bowling attack is also led by Stockton, who has taken over 30 wickets this season and sits firmly atop the bowling stats for the season. Club number cruncher Shaz Timbadia will be dangerous, swinging the ball in October conditions to try and add a few more digits to his season's tally, whilst Big Brummie James Soden will be looking to extract the maximum bounce out of the Wray pitch along with Surrey seamer Mark Woodland. Tim Garrett, returning from a wrist injury bravely sustained at London Fields, will be providing his off-spin to round out the PCC attack.

The President’s XI is led by the supreme leader Chairman-President Haill, who has overseen a monumental season for the club. The exquisitely named Rupert Style, recruited on the tube between Victoria and Highbury, joins the side from Nomads CC to provide batting, along with Pacific friends Jonathan Hardisty and Stuart Anthony, on loan from Graces CC.

Also on loan are Vinay Venkateshan and Grant Dixon, regular Pacific rivals at Strongroom CC. Providing insider experience are Pacific legend Rob Bastin (164 PCC appearances), Jon Thornton and Riz Siddiqui, the latter of whom has averaged 75 with the bat in the few PCC games he has played this season. Sushant Gupta has the opportunity to show that his cricket skills match his house-party hosting skills, where he was recruited by vice-president Howes, who will be keen to finish the season on a high and secure second in the season’s wickets taking column.

The match begins at 11am with players and spectators likely to need to wrap up warm for the autumnal chill.