Timber! Forrest fells four as Moses lends a hand
Pacific v Southbank CC at Dulwich Sports Ground  Sun 12 May 2019 at 1.30pm
Won by 48 runs
Friendly fixture

We arrived at the green expanse of the Dulwich Sports Ground to be greeted by the familiar firm handshake of Pacific occasional Jon Thornton and the intimidating presence of swing bowler Giaco Bridgett, the Italian stallion. 

Thornton won the toss and inserted Pacific on a pitch that looked pretty good but turned out to be very slow. Rob Dinsey and Jasbir Basi put on what was possibly Pacific’s highest opening stand of the season with their partnership of 31. Basi, cheered on by his fan club, looked to be batting especially positively, even hitting the first ever six of his cricket career. When Dinsey was caught out, John Deighan joined the party. Fresh off a midweek Vic Park knock of 30 not out, he batted incredibly fluently considering the slowness of the wicket and the outfield.

Toby then replaced Jas at the crease and, for a man who had somewhat bigheadedly taken the trouble to calculate that morning that his 2019 average was 135, failed to impress or find his timing on the slow deck. He managed to run himself out when, after one too many dot balls, he looked for a single to square leg, was sent back by Deighan and, in the judgment of Umpire Hussain, failed to make his ground. The skipper was later heard saying that he would have reviewed the decision but, despite agreement from the gully fielder, there are unfortunately no TV cameras at the Dulwich ground. So that's enough of that.

George Moses looked busy at the crease but never quite got going. He was almost caught at long-on when he failed to spot a fielder in the deep, presumably mistaking the white figure for a participant in the match on the adjoining pitch, and then survived a confident appeal for LBW. But he was then snaffled when a ball popped on him and he could only turn it round the corner to a grateful short fine leg. Even the powerhouse Rizwan Siddiqui struggled to score freely but he hit his way to our highest score of the day of 45 not out with four fours and two sixes. John Ormesher, who is now threatening to play more golf than cricket since moving to south London, contributed some handy runs and James McGinnigle had an impressive strike rate with seven off four balls. Hugo Forrest looked pretty solid and ought to have been allowed more of the strike, but that was hogged by Siddiqui, who still only managed to score one run off the final over despite smashing the ball repeatedly out to the boundary.

After the tea interval, Forrest was able to get more of the action, having Thornton caught behind with his fine edge pouched by Moses. McGinnigle generated good pace and would ultimately be rewarded with three wickets. Ormesher was desperately unlucky not to pick up a scalp from his eight impressive overs (he didn't help himself by dropping a tough chance in his follow through) but his containment was instrumental in exerting pressure. Sharan Timbadia's efforts also went unrewarded but spin king Ahmed Hussain bagged two in his fantastically economical spell. Riz chipped in with a wicket but it was Forrest who prised out the most batsmen with his 6 for 25. And clear-headed Moses took a whopping five catches and a stumping as Southbank were bowled out 48 runs short of their target.

Pacific v Southbank CC
Toss won by Southbank CC
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Rob Dinsey c Dalton b Fawkes  8  28  27  1  0  
  Jasbir Basi b Barr  23  40  26  2  1  
  John Deighan c Cover point b Bridgett  37  62  39  5  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* run out Eqram  7  34  25  0  0  
  George Moses† c Short fine leg b Dalton  11  0  20  0  0  
  Rizwan Siddiqui not out  45  0  56  4  2  
  John Ormesher c keeper b Twinn  14  0  19  1  0  
  James McGinnigle c keeper b Twinn  7  0  4  0  1  
  Hugo Forrest not out  0  0  4  0  0  
  Sharan Timbadia did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 12, nb 3) 22    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 188-7    
 Fall of wickets:  1-31 [Dinsey] , 2-48 [Basi] , 3-87 [Chasseaud] , 4-96 [Deighan] , 5-119 [Moses] , 6-179 [Ormesher] , 7-187 [McGinnigle]
Bowling O M R W  
 Twinn 8 2 34 2  
 Fawkes 5 0 29 1  
 Barr 7 0 32 1  
 Bridgett 7 0 25 1  
 Mendelson 5 0 26 0  
 Dalton 8 0 42 1  
Southbank CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  J Thornton* c Moses b Forrest  1  0  0  0  0  
  J Peak† c Chasseaud b McGinnigle  6  0  0  0  0  
  W Arnold b Hussain  46  0  0  0  0  
  Eqram c Moses b McGinnigle  44  0  0  0  0  
  H Fawkes c Moses b McGinnigle  5  0  0  0  0  
  T Wragg st Moses b Hussain  2  0  0  0  0  
  G Barr lbw b Forrest  7  0  0  0  0  
  A Dalton c Moses b Forrest  3  0  0  0  0  
  Z Mendelson b Forrest  3  0  0  0  0  
  J Twinn not out  2  0  0  0  0  
  G Bridgett c Moses b Siddiqui  1  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 5, lb 2, w 18, nb 9) 34    
 TOTAL (35.3 Overs) 140    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 James McGinnigle 8 0 30 3  
 Hugo Forrest 6 0 25 4  
 John Ormesher 8 2 14 0  
 Sharan Timbadia 4 0 27 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 8 1 21 2  
 Rizwan Siddiqui 1.3 0 5 1  

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 Top order struggles leave Pacific adrift, Sun 02 Sep 2018, Dulwich Sports Ground, Lost by 8 wickets