Pacific Wrench-ed asunder !
Pacific v Crossbats at Moor Mead  Sat 30-Sep-2000
Lost by 38 runs
Friendly fixture

In the return game back in April at Wray Crescent, Crossbats dug in early to secure a very dull draw. Without a tinge of irony, their Captain, Alistair Wright chose a limited over format & became the main beneficiary as he top scored in the match making a 1st wicket partnership of 147 with Alan Carter(52) before he was caught at long on to a fine running catch by Mike Alexander.

C 189-7 (40 overs). A Wright 82. A Carter 52. J Davies 8-0-54-5
P 151-10 (39.5). D Roberts 50. Wrench 6-0-15-3

Pacificıs longest standing fixture, this was the 26th meeting (w8 d8 l10), saw Pacificıs bowlers toll long & hard. Their stand continued, broken only by a 30 minute downpour, half an hour after the start. Darryl Roberts was the most economical bowler for Pacific (8-2-20-0) as the 4 other seamers struggled to reach consistency. Jim Davies, however, was the main beneficiary, as the new batters came & went, having underestimated the skill & judgment of the opening pair to the extent that 147-0 became 158-4 & 178-7 to make a par total, but surely less than the Crossbats would have hoped after such a fine start. Jim left the field with only his 2nd ever 5 wicket haul & he must be one of the finds of the season for Pacific.

Indeed, this season was looking to be something special indeed as until the August Bank Holliday weekend, only 3 defeats had been recorded. However since, there have been 3 defeats, 2 draws (1 abandoned due to rain), the rain also caused abandonment of the tour of Cambridgeshire & just the 1 win against Washington. A woeful Autumn indeed given that this was looking like it could have been the 2nd best season ever !

Back to Crossbats & in the antithesis of Crossbats opening partnership, Pacific lost Hollman 1st ball as the ball bounced down from bat & pad & trickled towards the stumps with just enough effort to dislodge a bail. Joe Phelan (5) soon joined him & like Joe, Jonathan Hardisty (7) too departed lbw. Steve Lay (14) & the recuperating David Murray (13) both got starts but were beaten by the flight & turn of the Australian leg spinner Wrench who also took 3 catches & a run out to add to his quick fire 21 earlier. At 71-8 the P innings was in disarray but Darryl Roberts with some belligerent strokes, a little luck where the ball dropped & some fine positive attitude scored only his second career 50. The required rate had not risen beyond 8 per over but with his dismissal the last pair of Wilkinson & Alexander did what they could despite the result no longer being in doubt before Wilkinson was run out by Wrench with just 2 minutes of daylight remaining.

P: P Hollman J Hardisty+ J Phelan S Lay D Murray J Davies+ N Wright C OıGrady D Roberts M Alexander N Wilkinson*

Next Saturday is Pacificıs last fixture when Pacific President, Adrian Palmer leads an XI especially invited from clubs all around London & beyond, in what will his first match of the season due to work & family commitments. Surely there cannot be too many players who make their seasonal debuts in October ?

Next Sunday (8/10) is the opening day of the MCC Indoor school 6 a side league which this year features Hackney Grasshoppers, as well as as Cherry Tree (Washington B), Washington & Pacific - the latter 2 of which face each other in their opening games on Sunday 15/10 as Pacific hope to emulate their outdoor success & find again the form which took them to the indoor cup final in 97.


Other matches:
 Sat 08-Sep-2018, Marble Hill Park,
 Sharma steers Pacific to victory in Richmond, Sat 19-Aug-2017, Marble Hill Park, Won by 85 runs
 Last ball chiller, Sat 08-Oct-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 5 wickets
 Sat 28-May-2011, Gonville & Caius, Cancelled
 Arse And Wangered, Sat 09-Oct-2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets
 Who would be a bowler?, Sun 30-May-2010, Gonville & Caius, Won 6 wickets
 Who would be a batsman?, Sat 29-May-2010, Gonville & Caius,
 Pure & Simple Every Time, Sat 10-Oct-2009, Moor Mead, Won
 Hundred not out overnight, Sat 30-May-2009, Gonville & Caius, Won 6 wickets
 Webley Continues Fine Form & Roberts Picks up Season's Best, Sat 11-Oct-2008, Moor Mead, Won 68 runs
 Sat 19-Jul-2008, TBC (To Be Confirmed), Cancelled
 The Wonder of Webley, Sat 15-Sep-2007, Hampton Wick, Won 3 Wickets
 Crossbats Rain Runs, Sun 22-Jul-2007, Gonville & Caius, Lost by 168 runs
 Carter's Steamy Fare, Sat 07-Oct-2006, Moor Mead, Lost 5 wickets
 Mud on the Crossbat, Sat 20-May-2006, Bushey Park, Won 23 Runs
 Brown Arsed!, Sat 01-Oct-2005, Moor Mead, Lost 45 Runs
 Crossbats Washed Away in Pacific Tide, Sat 04-Jun-2005, Gonville & Caius, Won 170 runs
 Sat 02-Oct-2004, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Braden Blasts King Ton in Kingston!, Sat 05-Jun-2004, Hawker Ground, Won By 100 Runs
 Downpour ? What Downpour ?, Sat 01-May-2004, Moor Mead, Postponed
 Close But No Cigar - Again!, Sat 04-Oct-2003, Moor Mead, Lost By 1 Run
 Cancelled, Sat 06-Sep-2003, Queens College, Cancelled
 Marshall Magic in Vain!, Mon 26-May-2003, Wray Crescent, Lost 14 Runs
 Davies Crossbats Pacific to Victory, Sat 28-Sep-2002, Moor Mead, Won by 5 Wickets
 Great Guy Breaks Crossbats Hearts, Sun 30-Jun-2002, Queens College, Won by 4 Wickets
 Picknett leads Pacific home, Sat 29-Sep-2001, Away, Won by 5 wkts
 Pacific dominate one-sided draw, Sun 01-Jul-2001, Queens College, Drawn
 Crossbats play deadbat, Sat 29-Apr-2000, Wray Crescent, Drawn
 Good starts for Roberts & Murray, Sat 24-Apr-1999, Wray Crescent, Won by 8 wkts
 Neil out-foxes Crossbats, Sat 26-Sep-1998, Moor Mead, Won by 123 runs
 Under water, Sat 25-Apr-1998, Tufnell Park, Cancelled
 Sherpa Murray returns to form, Sat 26-Apr-1997, Tufnell Park, Drawn